Phrases with "been"

H. G. Wells He must have been thinking very intently — at any rate he was sitting very still . The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Andrew Lang At the end of three months he came to the entrance of a huge forest, which looked as if it had never been trodden by human foot before, and which seemed to stretch out indefinitely. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Robert Louis Stevenson And the torch had scarcely been shaken. Ballads by Robert Louis Stevenson

Poor old fool! It must have been bitter to him. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

D. H. Lawrence Since man has been trying absolutely to love women, and women to love man, the human species has almost wrecked itself. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Edward Jenner A case of the latter kind having been presented to me by Mr. Fewster, Surgeon, of Thornbury, I shall insert it: “Three children were inoculated with the vaccine matter you obligingly sent me. On Vaccination Against Smallpox by Edward Jenner

Kate Chopin But as that lady had not been apprised of his intention of picking her up, she was not at home. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Would to God the man we have lost had not been so amiable nor so good: but that’s a wish for our own sakes, not for his. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

H. G. Wells It is how we two have been made. The Croquet Player by H. G. Wells [1936]

Francis Bacon For we do not find here any air that is warm, unless it has either been confined, or compressed, or manifestly warmed by the sun, fire, or some other warm substance. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Willa Cather We have all been there before, even if we have never crossed salt water. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

Now it chanced that at that very hour her master had been with Alison, and the pair of them were preparing a deadly pit. The Outgoing of the Tide by John Buchan [1902]

Wilkie Collins Ah! if he could have been her friend and her adviser on the fatal day when she first turned her steps toward Mablethorpe House! She sighed bitterly as the hopeless aspiration wrung her heart. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Edith Wharton To a dispassionate critic (as Glennard now rated himself) the art may at times have been a little too obvious. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

James Anthony Froude Mr. Gifford’s treatment, if it was ever good for any man, was too sharp for Bunyan. The fierce acid which had been poured into his wounds set them all festering again. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

What an amount of trouble I should have been spared had I only known this before? “You did not approve then of my being imported into the case?” “I distinctly disapproved,” he answered. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

If the man had not been somehow a sympathetic personality I would have resented it like an insult. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

I forget you have jus’ been sheepwreck. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

William Makepeace Thackeray They are sure that all their conduct towards my poor friend here has been perfectly righteous, and that they have given proofs of the most Christian virtue. Mens Wives by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Jules Verne The sea, which till now had been white, was red, owing to the presence of salts of iron. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Arthur Conan Doyle Had we been alone, it would not have been long before it would have been in my hand, but with his comrade there it was impossible for me to hope to take it by force. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

George Gissing It was for the loss of his watch and chain that he grieved; they had been worn for years by his father, and on that account had a far higher value for him than was represented by their mere cost. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

He would have been hanged, or his head would have been split in two halves with a hatchet, or he would have tumbled down the cliff when he was drunk and been smashed into jelly. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

The Brownons had from time immemorial — from the very earliest of the old colonial daysbeen the leading family of the town. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Arthur Conan Doyle The Elder to whose care the two waifs had been committed led them to his wagon, where a meal was already awaiting them. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

H.P. Lovecraft It may have been just fear, and it may have been fear mixed with a queer belated sort of remorse for bygone crudities. In the Vault by H.P. Lovecraft [1925]

Niccolo Machiavelli Have we not won an engagement very happily? But it would have been won with greater felicity if I should have been allowed to put them in action. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

Kate Chopin The “pigeon house” stood behind a locked gate, and a shallow parterre that had been somewhat neglected. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The prophecy had been fulfilled. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Holland had never been blind to this defect in his wife, but he seemed resigned to it; one can conceive it to be a merit in the wife of an amusing man. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Henry James All his wonderments in life had been hitherto unanswered — and didn’t the change mean that here again was the social relation? “Ah, I didn’t live as you saw me the other day. The Bench of Desolation by Henry James [1909]

Oliver Goldsmith It would have been unjust to damp their satisfactions, merely to condole with resolute melancholy, or to burthen them with a sadness they did not feel. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Her manner had not a touch of coquetry; I might have been simply another woman, she might have been simply another man. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

G. K. Chesterton You must have been in the antipodes. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

George Gissing Before it’s too late I take up the pen to say these few words, which is this: I have always been a respectable and a saving man, which I hope to be until I am no more. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Charles Dickens His thoughts have been in ‘terrible companionship’ with yours, because you have gone down to his unnatural level. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain by Charles Dickens [1848]

I might have been the Hajji; indeed I was worse than the Hajji, for he at least thought about using it. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

It was already very late; midnight had been passed by almost an hour. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

And had it been a thousand times as much, if the Lord Siegfried were but alive again, Kriemhild would fain have stood empty-handed at his side. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Walter Scott The neatness with which it was made up, argued the precision of a practised traveller, who had been long accustomed to every resource which change of weather required. Castle Dangerous by Walter Scott [1832]

But Giffen did not respond except with a smile; he had probably never heard of Lord Falkland. A woman entered the room, a woman who might have been pretty if she had taken a little pains. Fullcircle by John Buchan [1920]

Arthur Conan Doyle No one will ever know how the fire broke out at Melrose Lodge. It may have been the paraffin in the cellars, or it may have been the beams behind the grate. The Colonel’s Choice by Arthur Conan Doyle

Andrew Lang The world, and Lockhart, easily found good reasons for distrusting this new claimant of the ivy and the bays: moreover, since about 1814 there had been a reaction against new poetry. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch The shells of these buildings stood, but every one had been gutted and the roofs of all but two or three had collapsed. The Poisoned Ice by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

G. K. Chesterton It must have been a rush order; people must have worked all night. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Arthur Machen I couldn’t make out their shapes any more, but I could see them on and on for a long way, and I looked at them, and they seemed as if they had been arranged into patterns, and shapes, and figures. The White People by Arthur Machen

Benjamin Disraeli Mrs. Dacre died, and the widower and his daughter returned to England. In the meantime, the Duke of St. James had not been idle. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

The memory that an oath or vow has been made will nerve one to abstinences and efforts otherwise impossible; witness the “pledge” in the history of the temperance movement. Memories and Studies by William James

Without understanding, or wishing to understand, how the change had been effected, she felt her brow clearing, her heart lightening . The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

D. H. Lawrence Oh, I felt, if it hadn’t been for the pit, an’ them as runs the pit, there’d have been no leaving me. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Florence Dixie Here, young bloods, who had lost their all on a race which they had been quite sure they must assuredly win, would seek what they thought was a pick-me-up for the time being. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Walter Crane Still, if the colour of a pattern has been carefully thought out, or rather harmoniously felt, as a real organic thing, it is sure to fit into its place when its time comes. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

Andrew Lang Your sympathy is not wholly with the dogs that are having their day; you can throw a bone or a crust to the dog that has had his, and has been taught that it is over and ended. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

George Meredith Proudly she could tell herself that her dreams of the Prince of the island had not been illusions as far as he was concerned; for he had a great soul. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Jane Austen I made no comments, however, for words would have been vain. Lady Susan by Jane Austen [1794]

It was a very dark night, as the moon had not yet risen; they did not land at the harbour, but, as they had been accustomed, at a creek about two miles below. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

H. G. Wells I’ve been thinking about it. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Thomas Carlyle Yet, at bottom, after all the talk there is and has been about it, what is tolerance? Tolerance has to tolerate the unessential; and to see well what that is. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Charles Dickens Years before she had married him, there had been a quarrel. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

Tod and I must have been in the school two years, I think, when Archie Hearn entered. Wolfe Barrington’s Taming by Ellen Wood [1870]

G. K. Chesterton When I saw his eyes and heard his old croaking accent, I knew that it would not really have been right to kill you. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Andrew Lang In his absence a son had been born to him, and so great was his joy that he quite forgot the mermaid and the price he had paid for the safety of his ship. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

It is not, of course, as delightful as Boswell; but who re-opens Boswell? Boswell is in another category; because, as every one knows, when he has once been opened he can never be shut. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Charles Dickens The road had been dug out of the snow on the previous day, and the document in question was my bill. The Holly-Tree by Charles Dickens [1855]

Guy de Maupassan Suddenly Sidoine, who had been observing the crowd of passengers, cried out angrily: “It’s disgusting, the boat is full of English people!” It was indeed full of them. Discovery by Guy de Maupassan

George Meredith But Weyburn’s mind had been set in the opposite direction—up Thames instead of down. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Charles Dickens If you’d been born a Squeaker —” “He was, if ever a child was,” said my sister, most emphatically. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

George Borrow Kiraly is a word derived from the Sclaves; haz, or house, from the Germans, who first taught them to build houses, their original dwellings having been tilted waggons. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

H.P. Lovecraft Oral accounts of the mysterious and secluded wife had been numerous, but no tangible relic of her stay at Jermyn House remained. Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

Arthur Machen We had not been there for ten minutes when my friend took off his hat, and I glanced round and saw the lady I had been following all day. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

Andrew Lang A strong presumption would have been raised against the miracles of Christianity. But Hume applauds the wisdom of not giving his own theory this chance of a triumph. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Mark Twain They felt cowardly and treacherous to the last degree when Potter said: “You’ve been mighty good to me, boys — better’n anybody else in this town. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Rudyard Kipling It’s what we’ve been only waitin’ for, all of us. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

D. H. Lawrence The season had been rainy and dreary. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

H.G. Wells It was the sensation of the tenth of a second, yet both men could not have remembered that transitory attitude more vividly had it been a picture they had studied for hours together. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

H.P. Lovecraft The rays were now perceptibly dimmer than they had been during the weeks of drifting. The Temple by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

Arnold Bennett In the starlit gloom he could see that a ladder had been raised against the back of the house. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Her oriflamme had been dragged through the dust. Charles Lamb by Thomas De Quincey

Arthur Morrison The money for the site alone had been hard enough to gather. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

H. G. Wells Their marriage had been a comparatively inconspicuous one, but since that time they had been engaged upon a honeymoon of great extent and variety. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Nellie Bly She went to Dr. Field and asked him why she had been sent there. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

Arthur Conan Doyle If he’s been away in the barge I’d ha’ thought nothin’; for many a time a job has taken him as far as Gravesend, and then if there was much doin’ there he might ha’ stayed over. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Arthur Morrison I hope you haven’t been knocking long? Come in now, at any rate. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

H. G. Wells He was not sure whether they were actually insusceptible to mass emotions; he may have expected them to be, and that with him would have been halfway to thinking them so. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Abraham Merri The misty eyes cleared, they sparkled; the lips that had been so parched and pale grew red, the white body gleamed as though the waning light had been fed with new. The Woman of the Wood by Abraham Merri

E. Phillips Oppenheim She must have been a very beautiful woman—nay, she is beautiful now! You asked me in your first letter to watch well and to tell you whether they were happy together. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

George Gissing But since I’ve been living here—well, it’s no use thinking of impossibilities. The Pig and Whistle by George Gissing

All he wished was that his sentence had been dealt without this formula of debate and of delay, which could have issue but in one end. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

All along both sides have been outside the law in this game, and that’s going to continue. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Walter Scott But it was his only fault, and when pressed to drink DOCH-AN-DORROCH to my ladyship’s good health, it would have been ill taken to have refused the pledge; nor was he willing to do such discourtesy. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

For it is manifest, says he, that had they not been willing they had never been ravished. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

M. R. James If it had come in I should have been out of my wits: it must have been a very large bird, from its voice. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Miles Franklin Her mother had been born on the station adjoining my mother’s, and knew that Ma was as high as herself. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

F. Scott Fitzgerald At the end of a long hall they reached a room from which proceeded a variety of howls — indeed, a room which, in later parlance, would have been known as the “crying-room. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Arthur Conan Doyle I’ve been a blusterous old husband to you, dear, but you’ll just bear in mind that G. E. C. is as he was made and couldn’t help himself. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

She was delighted that her pokings-about with James in the print shop had been so effective. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

I added that good champagne hurt nobody, and Lupin told me he had only got it from a traveller as a favour, as that particular brand had been entirely bought up by a West–End club. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

William Black It is exceedingly interesting to note, as has already been mentioned, how Goldsmith altered and altered these lines until he had got them full of gentle vowel sounds. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

H. G. Wells Always I have been hard, I’ve been a little hard. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Sinclair Lewis In his necessitous life night had ever been a period of heavy slumber in close rooms. Young Man Axelbrod by Sinclair Lewis

D. H. Lawrence It had already been arranged that the Somers should come and live in Coo-ee, and Victoria was quite happy and determined to leave a supply of nice eatables behind her. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

E. Nesbi Don’t fancy such horrible things, darling!” Later on, when the Russian stranger had been made comfortable for the night, Mother came into the girls’ room. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Arthur Machen One was still in existence well within my recollection, another became extinct in the legitimate line soon after I was born, and the third had been merged in other and larger inheritances. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

He at once agreed to go with me to the ground, and commended me, rather than otherwise, for refusing the offer which had been made to me. Novels by Eminent Hands by William Makepeace Thackeray [1847]

It would have been better for you, though, and infinitely better for her if she had. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Olaf Stapledon A brain large enough for complex “human” activity could not have been lifted. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

This was differently shaped; fatter; and the middle finger was stunted, and shorter than the rest, looking as if it had once been broken, and the nail was crooked like a claw. Dickon the Devil by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

H. G. Wells Truly tonight has been a night of victory. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Cuvier thought that it might have been seventy feet in length. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

William Makepeace Thackeray Even the choristers pooh-poohed this speech, coming though it did from the successful author, whose songs of wine, love, and battle, they had been repeating that night. Mens Wives by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Henry James It might have been in confirmation of what was in her mind that she presently said: “ He told me I might see the wonderful baby. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

In another second we should have been side by side, when my foot caught against some obstacle on the uneven turf, and I fell head-foremost to the ground. Capturing a Convict by Richard Marsh [1893]

Nor was the speech of Alfred free from the taint — Alfred, whose pronunciation at least had been correct before he went out; while the common colloquialisms of the pair made Granville shudder. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Robert Louis Stevenson He was mighty placable, and indicated his belief you had been drinking. The Misadventures of John Nicholson by Robert Louis Stevenson

There were only a few old Bibbulmun who had been able to tell me about it, and according to them it came from the man-eating groups on their north-eastern border. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Then she thought he might have taken refuge in a hollow of the rocks, where it had sometimes been his custom to lie in wait for game, but the hollow of the rocks was empty. The Miller’s Daughter by Émile Zola

Willa Cather Still, he would have been pleased . Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The gate of heaven had been kindly left ajar, that this forlorn old creature might catch a glimpse within. The Dolliver Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1876]

Oscar Wilde How inquisitive you are, Harry! You always want to know what one has been doing. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

William Makepeace Thackeray But the confinement sickened her, who had been used to happy country air, and she grew daily paler and paler. The History of Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond by William Makepeace Thackeray

Charles Dickens Slowly, for he had been desperately wounded in the head, and had been shot in the body, but making some little advance every day. The Seven Poor Travellers by Charles Dickens [1854]

Virginia Woolf The Portsmouth mail-coach has already lost its way; several ships have foundered, and Margate pier has been totally destroyed. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Oscar Wilde Suddenly there flashed across his mind what he had said in Basil Hallward’s studio the day the picture had been finished. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Henry James He had guessed his wife’s extraordinary precaution, which would have been almost grotesque if it hadn’t been so infinitely touching. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

H. Rider Haggard Now Gudruda came safely to Middalhof, having been eleven days gone, and found that few had visited the house, and that these had been told that she lay sick abed. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

An open Bible was before Mrs. Lease: I wondered whether she had been reading aloud to Daniel. “What was the text, child?” asked the old lady. Reality or Delusion? by Ellen Wood [1868]

H.P. Lovecraft He knew that there had been a Randolph Carter of Boston, yet could not be sure whether he — the fragment or facet of an entity beyond the Ultimate Gate — had been that one or some other. Through the Gates of the Silver Key by H.P. Lovecraft [1934]

Among her victims are her own children, including Alfred, aged five, who has been induced to take an oath “never to use tobacco in any form. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Julian Hawthorne You know me pretty well, and you know what my life has been thus far. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

Steele Rudd We caught her, and Dave pointed to white spots all over the saddle, and said —“Hanged if they haven’t been ridin’ her!”— meaning the crows. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Virginia Woolf It could have been thickened and stiffened. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Arthur Conan Doyle Too much has been made also of the intervention of Mrs. Murreyfield, though I admit that the quarrel was more serious upon that occasion. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

They were standing at the Cross, to enjoy their Saturday at e’en, when Gourlay’s “quarriers”— as the quarry horses had been named — came through the town last week-end. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

H. G. Wells It ain’t been no use to me particular since, so thinks I, drat it! I may as well give it ‘er as not. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Philip, who had been standing with clenched fists, watching him, listened until the sound of his retreating footsteps died away. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

It had only been in the very early days of their married life that Minnie had hurried to greet his return for the mere pleasure it gave her. At Twickenham by Ella D'Arcy [1897]

Jules Verne It was important that they should have not a moment either to send their craft darting out upon the waters of Lake Erie, or to plunge it beneath the waves where we would have been entrapped with it. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

William Hope Hodgson I know of no other word that so exactly describes their condition, and the agony the man suffered must have been dreadful. The Derelict by William Hope Hodgson

H.P. Lovecraft Men of his blood had once ruled over Kilderry and built and dwelt in the castle, but those days were very remote, so that for generations the castle had been empty and decaying. The Moon-Bog by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

I had staked everything on my belief in his story, and had been let down; here was his book telling me a different tale, and instead of being once-bitten-twice-shy, I believed it absolutely. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Arthur Conan Doyle His chalet has been searched to-day, but nothing of importance found. A Pastoral Horror by Arthur Conan Doyle

Pray how much have you been paid by M. le Chevalier for patching up this marriage?’ “I felt my blood boil and my cheeks burn at this insult, but I affected to treat it as a jest. All-Saints' Eve by Amelia B. Edwards

Elizabeth Gaskell We thought it would have been prettier if he had hired John Cobb, the Morton builder and joiner, he that had made the squire’s coffin, and the squire’s father’s before that. Morton Hall by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Guy de Maupassant Then, after having bandaged him the best way they could, they brought him back to his own house, and they awaited the doctor, who had been sent for, as well as a priest. Hautot Senior and Hautot Junior (Hautot père et fils) by Guy de Maupassant [1889]

Robert Louis Stevenson A more bald-headed picture of life, if I may so express myself, has seldom been presented. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Charles Dickens He was rather afraid, in the beginning, that her quiet ways arose from a listlessness and laziness of character which would have been exceedingly discordant to his active energetic nature. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

From her garb and the arrangement of her hair, it had evidently been painted about the end of our civil war. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

John Galsworthy Why had the boy not come to HIM? What had he been doing to require an overdraft like that? He had a good allowance. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Henry James Tony had given a bound, but, caught by the arm, found himself jerked, flaming red, face to face with Rose, who had been caught as tightly by the wrist. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

G. K. Chesterton He had not the moral courage to ask MacIan if there had been anything astounding in the manner of his coming there, nor did MacIan seem to have any question to ask, or perhaps any need to ask it. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Virginia Woolf For I feel as one feels on a switchback railway when the car, instead of sinking, as one has been led to expect, swerves up again. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Every overworked man, who has been overtaken by fever in the midst of his toil and complications, knows well the kind of tricks his brain has played him on the verge of that chaos. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

G. K. Chesterton Our belief has been slandered, it has been disfigured, it has been utterly confused and concealed, but it has never been altered. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Arthur Conan Doyle It is possible that when I threw the chairman’s table at the President of the Psychic College I passed the bounds of decorum, but the provocation had been excessive. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

I did not want to have the throttling of him, you understand — and indeed it would have been very little use for any practical purpose. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Algernon Blackwood He’s been with your father for months now. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

The leaves of the trees were curled in sleep, but the boughs were so close and numerous that, but for the fact that they were translucent, the rays of the sun would have been completely intercepted. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

I began to fear that I must have been all along following the course of some wandering Bedouins, and I felt that if this were the case, my fate was a little uncertain. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Past us swept the pursued and the pursuers, nor did the hairy ones accord us more than a passing glance until the arena had been emptied of its former occupants. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

George Gissing Having no desire to quarrel with her parent (it would have been so very one-sided and uninspiriting) Polly began in a conciliatory tone. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Jack London The effect of it on her had been startling. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

George Meredith Heigh! by the Lord, this country would have been like a man free to rub his skin with his hand and a mortal disease in his blood. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

And such would probably have been the event of the trial, had not the Bishop of Nantes and the grand-seneschal taken a very decided course in the matter. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Arthur Conan Doyle We would think the whole thing had been fixed up for theatrical effect if there wasn’t a dead man in the middle of it. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

To have cracked my solemn mask by a single smile would have been to break down irrepressibly, and never since I set foot in India had I felt a parallel desire to laugh and to weep. An impossible ideal by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

John Galsworthy It was not as if it had been a precious stone or a purse — which, of course, would have been different. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

The three doors of the great chamber were shut and locked, while across the old patrol entrance at the west a grate of heavy golden bars had been lowered. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

No truly great poem or drama or novel has been written concerning this tragic, deathless character. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

George Meredith It must have been so, since his townsmen rejoiced to hail him as head of their town. The House on the Beach by George Meredith [1877]

Miles Franklin My chiefest grudge against it has always been its ugliness. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

He talked affably, and even gently, as we went along the street; he had never been so civil to me in his life. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

H.P. Lovecraft It must have been thus before the first stones of Memphis were laid, and while the bricks of Babylon were yet unbaked. The Nameless City by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

Henry James In fact, he was a great stranger in New York. It was his native place; but he had not been there for many years. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Virginia Woolf It is early morning, and strange men have been whispering among the women as they milk. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

G. K. Chesterton Anyhow, we’re all poor enough now; I don’t know whether you know that I’ve been teaching music. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Arnold Bennett What have you been doing to Dimmock’s body?’ ‘I’ve been embalming it. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

The atmosphere was stifling, full of smoke and foul odours; if it hadn’t been for the broken windows we would doubtless have smothered during the night. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Edgar Rice Burroughs As Ja had never been so far and knew only of Amoz through hearsay, we thought that he must be mistaken; but he was not. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Anthony Trollope In his heart there had been anger against her because she had spoken no such word to him — as of course there was also in her heart against him, very bitter and very hot. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells We are here, Brothers, to what end? To serve the spirit and the purpose that has been breathed into our lives. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Olaf Stapledon On its mottled surface, in spite of the pervading brilliance, I could see, with my miraculous vision, a group of huge dark sun-spots, each one a pit into which a dozen Earths could have been dropped. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

If he had begun to pity himself, he would have been undone. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

He had decided, it is true, to say nothing at all; but then there had been no opening, and here was one such as might never come again. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Nikolai Gogol He had never been a coward; but his imagination and nerves were sensitive, and that evening he could not explain his involuntary fear. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

I fear you’re getting old!” The alert man who had been so unceremoniously superseded stepped off the little platform. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

George MacDonald I knew now that I loved her when I left her, and that the hope of seeing her again had been my main comfort. Lilith by George MacDonald

F. Scott Fitzgerald Mr. Shaver came around the desk and poured forth words that had been fermenting in him for months. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

Jules Verne But later on it was discovered that the observers had been deceived in the body, and that what they had seen was an aerolite. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Yes, it must have been so, for now I recalled to mind that the voice had been that of my poor lost Julia; and at the moment I heard it I had been dreaming of her. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Abraham Merri And here Sigurd told them of Zubran’s sacrifice and why that sacrifice had been necessary. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

His face was blue and his hair was covered with dirt as though he’d been sleeping in the street; he was as thin as a match. An Honest Thief by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1848]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The day had been a long one, full of experiences which had been novel and sensations which were a little bewildering. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Henry James Of course it’s rather long, but all the while they’ve been engaged. Pandora by Henry James [1884]

These proceedings had been watched with the deepest interest; and now, as this curious floating thing made its appearance among them, they all crowded around it in eager excitement. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

G. K. Chesterton Before Dombey and Son even his pathos had been really frivolous. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

H. P. Lovecraf It is, when one reflects upon it, genuinely remarkable that weird narration as a fixed and academically recognized literary form should have been so late of final birth. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

Robert Louis Stevenson His life has been repeatedly in danger. The Old Pacific Capital by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jules Verne They found that the deck and the cross-beams that supported it had been much less injured than they expected, and the thick, heavy planks had only been scorched very superficially. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Vsevolod Krestovsky The blow had been too much—the daughter of the ancient and ever honorable line of Chechevinski a fugitive and a thief! Natasha had had her revenge. Knights of Industry by Vsevolod Krestovsky

Sinclair Lewis It seems that, though he had forgotten it, this had been her birthday, and she, poor mouse, had prepared a feast for them. The Cat of the Stars by Sinclair Lewis