Phrases with "affairs"

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

Anthony Trollope George gave him to understand that he could manage his own affairs himself. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

And I say, Mallow, I suppose all Aunt Selina’s affairs will be left in Hale’s hands?” “I can’t say. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Wilkie Collins I don’t like to worry you about it, Amelius. But my aunt seems to take no interest in her husband’s affairs — and it is really a relief to me to talk of my troubles to you. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

H. G. Wells They seemed to be affairs beyond our concern. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

H.P. Lovecraft I paused, letting the flashlight wander about the dark study and racking my brain for explanations of the turn affairs had taken. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Gaston Leroux What state of affairs was necessary for there to have been no crime? Simply that the poison should have appeared in the expulsions after the ipecac. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Although his companions robbed him he had wisdom sufficient to leave his affairs in Hartwell’s hands. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Anthony Trollope With a strong resolve he had fixed his mind upon the affairs of his house, and had allowed himself to meditate as little as might be possible. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

And so, that’s about how the state of affairs lies up there,” concluded Dan, shaking hands with me as we reached the door of his lodgings. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

Benjamin Disraeli Foreign affairs are all the future, and my views may be as right as anybody else’s; probably more correct, not so conventional. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Andrew Lang Therefore lose no time in setting in order the affairs of your kingdom and go in search of your wife. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope When she was once more at home she went about her household affairs as she had done on that day of his arrival. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton Our relation was consequently one of those unavowed affairs in which triviality is the only alternative to tragedy. The Long Run by Edith Wharton [1916]

E. Nesbi You mustn’t go telling everyone about our affairs — it’s not right. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

D. H. Lawrence In this unhappy state of affairs Somers suggested they should sit on the tram-car and go somewhere. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

In the internal affairs of the leading nations the transformation scenes were often as rapid as those of a pantomime. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

He was sitting at the breakfast table reading his paper, he merely looked up, frowned a little in an absent-minded way, and told me I must manage the servants’ affairs without troubling him. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells The retreat of the United States from the imbroglio of European affairs as the great depression intensified was marked by a new, more vigorous determination to grip the essentials of social life. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Leslie Stephen Mankind are kept perpetually busy by their fears or desires, and have not more leisure from their own affairs than to acquaint themselves with the accidents of the current day. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

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]

G. K. Chesterton Is it really not enough for you, who have had so many other affairs to excite and distract you? Notting Hill is a nation. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

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

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

She spake: “My lord of Berne, I seek thy counsel, help, and favor, for mine affairs do stand in anxious wise. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

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

It was one of those unpremeditated affairs which are sure to be a success. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Anthony Trollope What on earth have the public got to do with that?” “Private quarrels between gentlemen and ladies have been public affairs for a long time past. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope They know that that much-belaboured head of affairs must succumb to the terrible blows which are now in store for him. Framley Parsonage 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

Wilkie Collins Go when you please — but take care how you spread scandals about me and my affairs when you’re out of my service. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Something of the man’s heroic temper may be gathered from a letter which he wrote to Miss Heathorn when his affairs were darkest. The Life of Huxley by Ada L. F. Snell [1909]

Anthony Trollope You can’t meddle with my affairs till you’ve a title to meddle. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Henry James Great responsibilities, great opportunities, great consideration, great wealth, great power, a natural share in the public affairs of a great country. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

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]

Charles Dickens So here was a strange family-party! The boy-Prince besieging his grandmother, and his uncle besieging him! This position of affairs did not last long. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Niccolo Machiavelli From which state of affairs proceeded first the division of the Empire and finally its ruin. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

The Prime Minister, the Count von Marquart, who still remained staunch to my father, had done his best to reduce the country’s affairs to something like order, but his efforts were in vain. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Arthur Morrison Jerry Shiels traveled with a “pardner”— a man who played the harp and acted as his assistant and messenger in affairs wherein Jerry was reluctant to appear personally. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

G. K. Chesterton At this time I should have been quite as annoyed as anybody else for miles round, if I had found a priest interfering with my affairs or interpolating things in my manuscript. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Anthony Trollope He had indulged in other hopes till the bishop’s affairs had become dull to him, and he was moreover aware that, as regarded the diocese, Mrs. Proudie had checkmated him. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Henry Fielding He was then a young gentleman just come from his travels; and it did me good to hear him discourse on affairs which, for my part, I knew nothing of. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

H. G. Wells They brought me closer than I had ever come hitherto to many processes in contemporary English politics and they gave me juster ideas of the mental atmosphere in which such affairs are managed. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Wilkie Collins And yet, I love the Republic. Ah, you monarchy-people, sitting fat and contented under tyrants, respect that! This time, we took refuge in England. The affairs of Central America went on without us. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

This was the condition of affairs when Mr. Gladstone published his pamphlet. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

H. G. Wells Reedly hasn’t reported the state of affairs to us, because he is hesitating. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

George Meredith She pointed out to her father, by a variety of signs, that Lady Romfrey either knew or suspected the state of affairs in Bevisham, and repeated her remarks upon Nevil’s illness. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Olaf Stapledon By supplementing them with a careful use of my own imagination, I shall try to construct a picture of the state of affairs on Neptune when the disaster was already far advanced. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Ford Madox Ford Edward at that time was not well; he supposed himself to be overworked with his regimental affairs — he was managing the mess at the time. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

There is no reason for thinking that this state of affairs will change while any totalitarian domination endures. Looking back on the Spanish war by George Orwell [1942]

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]

Edith Wharton I felt it my duty to leave my affairs in Andrea’s hands, and to entrust my wife to his care. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

E. F. Benson I should like to put all my affairs and all poor Thurso’s into his hands. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

George Eliot Thank heaven it had turned out so well! He should have plenty of affairs and interests to fill his life now, and not be in danger of playing the fool again. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

George Gissing And now let me tell you how my affairs stand— At the first reading, Nancy gave but slight attention to this concluding paragraph. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

George Gissing He thought of Ralph Pomfret. There, certainly, a kindly will would not be lacking, but how could he worry with his foolish affairs a man on whom he had no shadow of claim? No: he stood alone. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Sigmund Freud This state of affairs is revealed in the psychoneuroses even more distinctly than in dreams. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Theodore Dreiser He grew remote according as his clandestine affairs were drifting or blazing, without, however, losing his firm grip on his financial affairs, and Aileen noticed it. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

It was even, according to our present manners, something like an infamous action; but at that period people did not manage affairs as they do today. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

F. Scott Fitzgerald Russel Gilbert’s affairs having been cleared up they came into possession of about three thousand dollars, and a great amount of furniture. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Anthony Trollope He must go to London for awhile, and then on to Belton, to settle your affairs and his. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

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

I need scarcely again urge upon you the necessity of confining your outlay to the minimum, as you know that my affairs are desperate. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

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]

Such fortifications as you shall meet with, their fashion, strength, and advantages for defence, and other such military affairs as are considerable. Life of Sir Isaac Newton by N. W. Chittenden [1846]

Arthur Conan Doyle In his absence he used to leave his affairs in the hands of his head clerk, Jelland, whom he knew to be a man of great energy and resolution. Jelland’s Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Why do I think of her? — why do I trouble myself about her? I have my affairs to arrange — a new will to makebefore I think of vengeance. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Jane Austen Elinor remembered what Robert had told her in Harley Street, of his opinion of what his own mediation in his brother’s affairs might have done, if applied to in time. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Arthur Conan Doyle He was always threatening to set his affairs in order, and now he has got an energetic fit and intends to do it. Uncle Jeremy’s Household by Arthur Conan Doyle

Andrew Lang At the end of a few weeks she grew so used to this state of affairs that she only got up just in time to prepare breakfast. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

It pleased him to find the rascals here, for in the unpleasant affairs on the verge of which he felt himself they were a comforting reminder of the peace of home. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

If the public credit is thus affected by the mere apprehension of a turn of affairs in England, Defoe said, the thing itself will be a fatal blow to it. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

Sometimes—in fact, very often—in affairs of the kind there was—er—as the saying goes—er—a lady in the case. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Anthony Trollope He was not so deeply in debt as to have his affairs known to every one; and hence was thought prudent. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Henry James I’ll take their affairs in hand; I’ll marry my sisters. The Pupil by Henry James [1891]

The affairs of the dead must give place to those of the living. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

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]

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]

Walter Scott On his return he found the gentleman who managed the Duke of Argyle’s affairs was desirous of seeing him, with a view to completing the arrangement between them. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

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]

And if people choose to carry on their love affairs out of doors they must expect to be overheard. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

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

This custom is now reversed, and public and commercial affairs are transacted in halls of marble whose faces shine with civic dignity. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

George Meredith His conduct of affairs was so open that none could have supposed the gallant cornet entangled in a maze of sentiment. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Henry James Besides, he makes nothing of HER. She won’t take him from me — though she wouldn’t, no doubt, having other affairs in hand, even if she could. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

H. G. Wells From all the world around him Rud caught the trick of putting divinity out of his mind in the ordinary affairs of life. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Wilkie Collins But there happened to be living at Court two noblemen—Prince d’Olgorowki and Count Osterman—who had an interest of their own in complicating the affairs connected with the succession. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

H. G. Wells It was like watching the affairs of a glass hive. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

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

Thomas Hardy Would I had never found out this about her! John, why did you interfere? You had no right to overhaul my affairs like this. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

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

Anthony Trollope He had been very conversant with the affairs of the family, and had even dealt with marriage settlements on behalf of the lady in question. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

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

Washington Irving The aunts were continually hovering around her; for maiden aunts are apt to take great interest in affairs of this nature. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Henry Fielding Indeed, I fear my heir will find my affairs in a worse situation than they are reputed to be. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Olaf Stapledon Such was the state of affairs when, in the main galactic “continent,” the mad United Empires concentrated their power upon the few worlds that were not merely sane but of superior mental rank. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Timberdale would say, “Why does not Benjamin come back to carry on affairs in his father’s place?” but it had no satisfactory answer. Margaret Rymer by Ellen Wood [1875]

Theodore Dreiser This guaranteed that privacy which the illicit affairs of this world so greatly required. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope Your affairs shall be my affairs. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton Of the state of affairs in France he spoke openly and despondently. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Charles Dudley Warner The audience of the literary artist has been less than that of the reporter of affairs and discoveries and the special correspondent. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Matthew Arnold The Norman genius, talent for affairs as its main basis, with strenuousness and clear rapidity for its excellence, hardness and insolence for its defect. The Study of Celtic Literature by Matthew Arnold [1867]

The rare passers-by I met hurrying on their last affairs of the day paid no attention to me at all. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Anthony Trollope He had come up to London with the express object of pressing his suit upon Mary Bonner; but during his first day or two in London had busied himself rather with the affairs of his other love. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

The same authority which had ordered his affairs ever since he had been torn from the burnt hills now commanded him to begone. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Dr. Baker is so good to me, and is undertaking my affairs himself as I really cannot care about them now. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Anthony Trollope Some said that he was not ill at all, but that in the present state of affairs the retirement suited him. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

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]

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]

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle He was a man of no force of brain or character, though occasionally he swayed public affairs by a manifesto printed in larger type upon his own front page. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

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

Benjamin Disraeli We know not how it is, but love at first sight is a subject of constant ridicule; but, somehow, we suspect that it has more to do with the affairs of this world than the world is willing to own. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

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

Anthony Trollope Tell her that I’ve seen her father, and have offered to explain all my affairs to him — so that he may know that there is nothing to fear on her behalf. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

The pater stood inside, and Monk, touching his hat, was about to report to him of his journey, when the strange aspect of affairs seemed to strike him dumb. Roger Monk by Ellen Wood [1868]

Henry Handel Richardson But Mary had on her thinking-cap, and sat wondering how she could best reduce John’s affairs to order. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

It’s pretty clear that I am not fitted for the affairs of the wide world. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Wilkie Collins The head-clerk made the affairs of the office serve for his apology, it was foreign post day, and he could not possibly be absent from his desk. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

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]

The course of affairs in France, indeed, was such as seemed by an irony of fate to drive the noblest and firmest hearts into the worst aberrations. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

H. G. Wells Throughout all English affairs the suggestion of this political system has spread. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

When the state of affairs had sufficiently impressed itself on his startled senses, he burst out of the room in mortal terror, shouting out “murder. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

The wisdom of these later times in princes’ affairs (says Verulamius) is rather fine deliveries and shiftings of dangers when they be near, than solid and grounded courses to keep them off. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

But what of those numerous affairs of the heart — those entanglements which had made his life one long intrigue? Lady Sarah sat simpering and nodding as Masaroon whispered close in her ear. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

H. G. Wells This again is a state of affairs no counter-revolution could change. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells Some earlier grudge in the day’s affairs must have been in Archie’s mind. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Wilkie Collins I was never over-scrupulous where other people’s affairs were concerned, and I was not over-scrupulous about his adding one to the marriages in the register on his own account. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

H. Rider Haggard Well, well, I don’t complain, young men will be young men; but don’t let these affairs interfere with the business of life. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

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]

To say that I did not like the look of affairs would be to put my feelings very mildly. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

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

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim I have other affairs to see to. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Miles Franklin He had come to Caddagat purposely to explain his affairs to me, and stated as his reason for not having done so earlier that he had waited until the last moment thinking he might pull himself up. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

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

Their intelligence service would discover me—you admit yourself that they know a good deal about my affairs even in this country. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Thomas Hardy This was the condition of affairs between Winterborne and his neighbors after his stroke of ill-luck. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Tobias Smolle You shall come along with me — you are no longer a prisoner, but shall live at my house comfortably, till your affairs are settled to your wish. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

His affairs are in a state of confusion, and nobody can come to the bottom of them without an explanation from him. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

When steamers are stopped, and well known and respected government officials publicly flogged in mid-ocean, it is evident that affairs are coming to too atrocious a pass altogether. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Gaston Leroux The way in which he spoke of his love affairs only increased my alarm, for I foresaw the cause of fresh and more hideous tragedies in this event to which he alluded so boastfully. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Rudyard Kipling What’s the exact state of affairs as regards myself?’ ‘You had my wire? You’ve caught on here. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Anthony Hope Thus armed, he gathered instruments round him and organized a system of espionage that carried to his ears all our actions and the whole position of affairs at court. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

One of the results of this new state of affairs was a change in the position of the Duchess of Kent and her daughter. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Bram Stoker The state of affairs just before the death of Louis XVII gave a chance of success to any desperate fraud. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Sinclair Lewis He sounded so doubtful of himself that Hatch cried to Peony, unsneeringly, “Seems as if your husband has learned not to take careering and butting into other people’s affairs too seriously. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

This was the state of affairs in our parish a week or two since, when Simmons, the beadle, suddenly died. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

During the last two days she had reminded herself more than once that affairs of the heart, when not interfered with unduly, have an odd way of coming right. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Rudyard Kipling And we both abandoned our own affairs  And took to the dreadful seas. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

E. Phillips Oppenheim What about your affairs in the City?” “Touch and go,” Harvey confessed. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

The Cardinal Richelieu determined, instead, to return to France on affairs which he considered more urgent. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Anthony Trollope She did not pretend, had never pretended, that she loved Mr Moffat, but she knew, she said, that in the present state of her father’s affairs such a match was expedient. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

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

Knowing nothing of the strained state of affairs that had existed prior to their entrance, Marquart must not be blamed if he unwittingly intensified the unpleasantness of the situation. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

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]

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

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

On the rare occasions when he spoke of his own affairs it was observed that he began to talk more about Pomerania and less about the great world of art. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

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]

H. G. Wells It is not only in British affairs that this propaganda goes on. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope But he was somewhat dismayed when he came to understand the condition of affairs in Keppel Street. “How can I not be severe?” said the Countess, when he remonstrated with her. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott It is not from priests or women, he would say, that men should receive counsel in affairs of honour. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Benjamin Disraeli This morning, however, affairs were altered. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Olaf Stapledon Such was the state of affairs when the minded worlds first attempted to make telepathic contact with the minded stars. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

At last he said: “But if affairs are like this, it would be well to have one more with us. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

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

But in human actions and the affairs of common life the judgment of Euripides is verified, that Virtue and vice ne’er separately exist, But in the same acts with each other twist. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Anthony Trollope I hope you will find that your affairs will be comfortable. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope To her nerves affairs of taste were of such paramount importance! To this Dosett yielded. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

H.P. Lovecraft His son had formerly conducted the office in the square, but latterly they had been keeping out of sight a good deal and leaving the brunt of affairs to the younger generation. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

E. Phillips Oppenheim His clients seldom indulged in such plain language and he was inclined to resent the attitude of this stranger who upon his first appearance in the world of affairs was tilting against tradition. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

He never showed the slightest affection or consideration for Mary and, taking as little notice of her as possible, seemed to regard her as only one of the servants to manage the affairs of his house. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

George Gissing His affairs were in disorder; he left no will; for some time it would remain uncertain whether the relatives inherited anything but debt. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Wilkie Collins If one’s affairs are settled, it seems, on that account, to be the death to prefer. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Adam Colburn gradually acquired reputation not only in the management of the temporal affairs of the society, but as a clear and efficient preacher of their doctrines. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

I own I was called in to his assistance, when the state of affairs was in the greatest confusion. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

Frederick Marryat Such was the state of affairs at the time that King Charles made his escape from Hampton Court; and I now shall resume my narrative from where it was broken off. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Anthony Trollope I do not wish to have it supposed from this that I quarrel with public judgment in affairs of literature. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Maria Edgeworth French marriages, you know, according to l’ancien régime, in which you were brought up, were never supposed to be affairs of the heart, but mere alliances of interest, pride, or convenience. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

Anthony Trollope On this money he counted much when his affairs were in trouble, as he was going to join Pompey at Pharsalia in the following year. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

George Meredith Everything she knew of men and affairs was to him stale. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Above all, I warn you not to meddle in affairs which are no concern of yours. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Edmund Burke There was, however, (as in all human affairs there is,) in the midst of this joy, something to exercise the patience of these worthy gentlemen, and to try the long-suffering of their faith. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

The story, is typical of the happy valiance with which he conducted both his own affairs and those of the nation. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Anthony Trollope We will reserve the point, if you please,’ and so affairs went on darkly, no ray of light being permitted to shine in on the matter in dispute. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

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]

H. G. Wells We believed war was shrinking to mere expeditionary affairs on the outskirts of our civilisation, a sort of frontier police business. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Maria Edgeworth The butchers, bakers, ploughmen, and spinsters, who compose our world, have all affairs of their own to mind. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

George Borrow We agreed, therefore, that our marriage should take place within the course of a year; and I forthwith commenced enlarging my house and getting my affairs in order. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Unless some sudden turn in the wheel of fortune should change the aspect of affairs for him very soon, ruin, most complete and utter, was inevitable. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Edgar Allan Poe The stupor and surprise produced in my mind by this extraordinary change in the posture of affairs was perhaps, after all, that part of the adventure least susceptible of explanation. The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

George Gissing I happen to know his affairs in the way of business. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson But in our flowing affairs a decision must be made, — the best, if you can; but any is better than none. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Maria Edgeworth It was too late in the evening, when I arrived, to see the sultan that night; so I went to Omychund, the Hindoo merchant, to settle my affairs with him. Lame Jervas by Maria Edgeworth

George Gissing The same phenomenon has often been remarked in persons conscious that their affairs are prospering, and whose temptations to paltry meanness are on that account less frequent. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Rudyard Kipling Pagett was far from satisfied with this, and wished to have the old gentleman’s opinion on the propriety of managing all Indian affairs on the basis of an elective system. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

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