Phrases with "depended"

George Gissing But, such as it was, it depended entirely upon her own effort. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Edward Bellamy For it must be understood that the comparative desirability of different parts of Boston for residence depended then, not on natural features, but on the character of the neighboring population. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

George Gissing She wasn’t a girl to be depended upon, and I never thought she’d come to good, and whether she’s alive or dead there’s no knowing. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Was it a time to yield to unworthy despair, when the life of a fellow-man depended on each minute? Inaction would be unpardonable. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

This alone, if the woman’s word was to be depended upon, gave the lie to Eleanor’s story. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Charles Dickens At certain timesmeaning at uncertain times, for they depended on our humor — I would say to Herbert, as if it were a remarkable discovery — “My dear Herbert, we are getting on badly. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Anthony Trollope The bishop thought that a great deal depended on a good lock and quite as much on the key. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Benjamin Disraeli Had the fate of Reisenburg depended on the result of the day, the Field Marshal, and his Generals, and Aides-de-camp, and Orderlies, could not have looked more agitated and more in earnest. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

But the knowledge and use of these was dying out; most people depended upon their garden stock. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Wilkie Collins On that one poor little topic of the yacht he talked, talked, talked, as if his life depended upon his not being silent for an instant on the rest of the way back. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

E. F. Benson A great deal depended on how long she stopped there. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Maria Edgeworth I depended on your prudence, delicacy, and principles, to understand this hint properly, and I trusted that you would conduct yourself accordingly. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

George Eliot The rumour that there were pirates who had a settlement in Delos was not to be depended on, or might be nothing to the purpose. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

George Gissing Every idiot of them will, at all events, come and look at the shop; that can be depended upon; in itself no bad advertisement. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Success depended upon my resource, readiness, and courage. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Everything depended upon his luck. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Anthony Trollope He would not tell her that everything depended on her word — that Lucy was ready to marry him only on condition that she, Lady Lufton, would desire her to do so. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Even the officer himself was not quite to be depended on. An Unpleasant Predicament by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1861]

Thomas Hardy She kept her face partially away from Knight and Stephen, and set her eyes upon the sky visible outside, as if her salvation depended upon quickly reaching it. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

T. E. Lawrence Salmond hoped to do this; but it depended on how many heavy machines he received or assembled in time. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

H.P. Lovecraft The carvings had led us to expect a steep downhill walk of about a mile to the abyss, but our previous wanderings had shown us that matters of scale were not wholly to be depended on. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

George Gissing Her nervousness throughout the day of the concert was terrible, but little less than her life depended on the result, and at the hour of trial she was strong to conquer. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Benjamin Disraeli Left to themselves, they felt how much they had depended on his vigilant and considerate attention, and how much his sweet temper and his unfailing sympathy had contributed to their consolation. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

G. K. Chesterton Whether we were better than the people of the twelfth century, according to him, depended entirely upon whether we chose or deserved to be. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Ann Radcliffe The conditions of the Baroness’s pardon to the man depended on his endeavours to repair the injury he had promoted, by a strict search for the people to whom he had committed her child. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Anthony Trollope I never knew the propriety of a girl of that sort to be fit to be depended on yet. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Her plans for the future depended on what those good people might be willing to do. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

However, I depended upon Theodore’s discretion, and trusted that my letter to the Baroness would convince her of the rectitude of my intentions. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

George Gissing The window was over-spun with cobwebs, thick, hoary; each corner of the ceiling was cobweb-packed; long, dusty filaments depended along the walls. The House of Cobwebs by George Gissing

It depended upon what information he received as to how Mallow would act. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Henry James We’ve depended on him greatly, my sister and I, and have found him so faithful. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

Theodore Dreiser It depended on the man now, he knew that. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Virginia Woolf Helen’s sense seemed to have much in common with the ruthless good sense of nature, which avenged rashness by a headache, and, like nature’s good sense, might be depended upon. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Robert Green Ingersoll Most of these gods were revengeful, savage, lustful, and ignorant; as they generally depended upon their priests for information, their ignorance can hardly excite our astonishment. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

George Gissing Mr. Elgar is originally much better endowed; though at present I should think he is even less to be depended upon, either intellectually or morally. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Guy de Maupassan When he had gone the Countess and the Count would artfully praise him, saying everything necessary to let the young girl know that it depended only upon herself to marry him if he pleased her. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Olaf Stapledon Most of the natural sciences, for instance, depended on many peoples equally. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope Mr Browborough left the town in great disgust, not without various publicly expressed intimations from his opponents that the prosperity of England depended on the Church of her people. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

His stakes were very large, and all depended on the flicker of those lanthorns out towards the men on the luggers that were hidden in the black expanse of the sea. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Speculations most important to his interests depended on the results to be wrought by them: where were they? The words ‘we’ve smashed ’em’ rang in his ears. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

A witness on his guard is no longer a witness to be depended upon; he trembles for fear of compromising himself, measures the weight of the questions, and hesitates as to his answers. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Trollope He ordered himself to be called at a certain hour, and the assistants in our household listened to his words as though feeling that everything depended on their obedience. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Florence Dixie But her hand did not tremble as she held it there, for she knew that on this test depended the terrible truth of whether he was dead or alive. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Wilkie Collins Here again was a contradiction, and here, once more, Friley’s evidence was, to say the least of it, not to be depended on. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Jules Verne Everything, in fact, depended upon this, which was their last chance of safety. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

His future destiny depended on her. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Henry James That was a reason the more for making the most of Susan Ash, who in her quality of under-housemaid moved at a very different level and who, none the less, was much depended upon out of doors. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Horace Walpole The Prince even suspected that the Friar depended on some secret support from Frederic, whose arrival, coinciding with the novel appearance of Theodore, seemed to bespeak a correspondence. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

H. G. Wells From it depended the trail rope and grapnel, and over the sides of the car were a number of canvas bags that Bert decided must be ballast to “chuck down” if the balloon fell. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Arnold Bennett She had the charm of her sex, and she depended on it. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Henry Handel Richardson And to what was left of his freedom he clung as if his life depended on it. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

H.P. Lovecraft The children and the women-folk whimpered, kept from screaming by some obscure, vestigial instinct of defence which told them their lives depended on silence. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

It was a murder case and the guilt or innocence of an accused man depended on the relative positions of the fifty-first and fifty-second cards. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

From the center of the dome, swung at the end of a twenty-foot chain, depended a huge bell. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

He’s not to be depended on, poor devil; but it’s Hobson’s choice—we’ve got to depend on him. The Understudy by Mary Cholmondeley

He was essentially a mercenary, and his self-respect depended on his conception of himself not as a worker or a citizen but simply as a fighting animal. Democracy in the British Army by George Orwell [1939]

Edith Wharton Her needle hung like a sword of Damocles above the canvas; she saw at once that Joe depended on her trying to win Charlotte over to his way of thinking. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

The irregular and contingent cavalry and infantry can never be depended upon, even under such a chief as Abd-el-Kader was. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Everything depended on Betty, and Betty on — on nothing that Lester yet knew. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

D. H. Lawrence They depended on her for their stability. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Optimism, a manly optimism, depended only upon the radius of the encircling soul. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Isabella Bird It was hanging on the wall in a leather bag, from which depended strings of blue and onyx beads. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Edith Wharton The sense of power was undeniably pleasant; pleasanter still was the feeling that someone really needed her, that the happiness of the man at her side depended on her yes or no. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Edith Wharton He knew that the future welfare of Pianura depended on the annexation of Monte Alloro. He owed it to his people to unite the two sovereignties. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Olaf Stapledon The second theme depended on the application of intelligence to another sphere, namely the inner world of desires and fears. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope Cicero had risen to thank Cæsar — on whose breath the recall of Marcellus depended — for his unexpected courtesy. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

George Gissing It was plain that Jasper could not think of marrying until his position and prospects were greatly improved; practically, his sisters depended upon him. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

For the moment they were lifted out of the ordinary run of common thoughts, thinking in terms of Russia, of Socialism, the world, as if it depended on them whether the Revolution were to live or die. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Benjamin Disraeli All depended on Peel. Until he arrived nothing could be arranged. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Thomas Hardy How he’s going on!” He was, indeed, walking with a will over the furze, as straight as a line, as if his life depended upon it. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

That depended upon circumstances,” the young man answered, indifferently. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Anthony Trollope Englishmen sported, he said, as though more than their bread — as though their honor, their wives, their souls, depended on it. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope What right could she have to refuse the man she loved when he told her that all his happiness depended on her love! She could see it now. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Anthony Trollope Had the petition depended solely on Mr Moffat, Sir Roger’s seat no doubt would have been saved by Frank Gresham’s cutting whip. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Everything depended on whether the servant was in the hall. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Anthony Trollope It depended in no wise on virtue, on morals, or on truth, though very much on education. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

But, knowing what depended on it, I toiled at the oars like a galley slave, while Miss Maybourne kept her eyes fixed upon the retreating ship. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

George Gissing I’m sure I marvel at your patience sometimes when I see you working with those poor children as if your life depended on it. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Henry James He had neither wit, nor tact, nor inspiration: all she could say was that when they were together the alienation these charms were usually depended on to allay didn’t occur. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

The Chinese are honest, very keen at a bargain, but when the bargain is made the Chinaman may be depended on to keep it. Chinese Pictures by Isabella L. Bird [1900]

Olive Schreiner We knew that upon our labours, even as upon man’s, depended the life and well-being of the people whom we bore. Woman and Labour by Olive Schreiner

Edgar Rice Burroughs The great secret upon which depended the continuance of the Mahar race was safely hid where only Dian and I knew. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Gaston Leroux On that answer he waited for depended the formidable part he meant to play before quitting Russia. He had accomplished nothing up to now, unless he could play his part in this later development. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Isabella Bird People hurry about as if their lives depended on their speed. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

G. K. Chesterton Everything depended so obviously upon whether this buried monster spoke that Turnbull did not know or care whether he himself had spoken. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Arthur Conan Doyle On his superior speed he depended both for overhauling the trader and escaping the man-of-war. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Benjamin Disraeli Liberty depended on land, and the greater the landowners, the greater the liberty of a country. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Henry James If poor Long depended on her —— ” “Well, what?” She was really interested. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Sigmund Freud The valuation of dreams by the individual philosophers of antiquity naturally depended on the importance which they were prepared to attribute to manticism in general. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

George Eliot All the confusion which had depended on personal feeling had given way before the sense that she had to speak the truth about the man whom she felt to be admirable. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

She described her tribe as living inland to the east and north-east of the Congo peoples, distant two moons — a detail, of course, not to be depended upon. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Wilkie Collins See! They tell you plainly that their information is not to be depended on — they warn you to wait for further particulars. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Edgar Allan Poe Now in no one of the seven apartments was there any lamp or candelabrum, amid the profusion of golden ornaments that lay scattered to and fro or depended from the roof. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

Hawthorne listened to Story, and read Mrs. Jameson, although Edward Silsbee had warned him against her as an uncertain authority; but Hawthorne depended chiefly on his own investigations. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch All depended therefore (1) on how much Marmont knew and (2) on his readiness to strike boldly. The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

She could always be depended upon to make her courses. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

He wished once more to captivate his wife, as his safety depended on the impression he was about to make on her. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Henry James Rowland made no haste to pronounce; too much depended on his judgment. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Wilkie Collins My memory is to be depended on. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Edgar Rice Burroughs He had almost reached the lowest branch of the tree from which the creeper depended when the thing parted beneath his weight and he fell sprawling at my feet. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Neither Adrian nor myself would have been so anxious, if our own success had depended on our exertions; but we had egged our friend on to the enterprise, and it became us to ensure his triumph. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Henry James Ah yes, your aunt’s a sort of guarantee; I believe she may be depended on. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Arthur Conan Doyle As to the other requisites of the advertisement, I knew that my nerves could be depended upon, and I had won the weight-throwing competition at the inter-hospital sports. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Don’t you see: Richard had no need of any mystery; but Henry’s whole case depended on the boys’ end being mysterious. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

He flatters himself that he, at the head of his division, will always keep Santa Anna in check; as if Cortazar, who deserted Bustamante in a moment of difficulty, could be depended on! . Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Wilkie Collins Below, in the parlours, there seems to be a migratory population, which comes in one week and goes out the next, and is, in some cases, not at all to be depended upon in the matter of paying rent. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Robert Louis Stevenson She depended on me wholly for her bread and shelter; in case I should alarm her delicacy, she had no retreat. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope I heard him going on today to someone as though his whole soul depended on it. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassant They moved slowly, with a serious expression, their bodies straight, their legs stiff, as if something of extreme importance depended upon their appearance. My Uncle Jules (Mon oncle Jules) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Edith Wharton His loyalty to the dull women who depended on him was, after all, compounded of finer tissues than any mere sensibility to ideal demands. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

He was as much to be depended upon at the appointed time as the solstice or the equinox. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Anthony Trollope But she had depended on Lady Ball for kindness of manner, and had been tempted to repeat her visits to the house because her aunt had, after her fashion, been gracious to her. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

The success of the plot depended on the next five minutes. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Jane Austen He particularly built upon a very happy summer and autumn there this year; he felt that it would be so: he depended upon it; a summer and autumn infinitely superior to the last. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Leon Trotsky On the decisions made and the orders given in those days depended the fate of the nation for an entire historical era. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Henry James If he only could have seen her five years before! However, I replied that this time I was sure and that success therefore depended simply on herself. The Way it Came by Henry James [1896]

Its future, its continued existence perhaps, depended on him. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Arthur Conan Doyle Had we but known it, our fate depended upon that trivial question. The Winning Shot by Arthur Conan Doyle

Lester was by her at once; the speed of her movement depended now chiefly on her will. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Henry James He admitted with a candour all his own that he was in truth only to be depended on in the Mulvilles’ drawing-room. The Coxon Fund by Henry James [1894]

Edith Wharton Probably it made no difference to him if they were married or not; perhaps, even, it was a relief to feel that the tie between them depended only on their pleasure. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Thomas Hardy Stephen pushed aside the curtain, and before him sat a man writing away as if his life depended upon it — which it did. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Anthony Trollope She could not congratulate her successful rival, even though her bread depended on it. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells He had several mirrors, adapted by various subtleties of curvature and tint to different types of face and complexion, and much depended on the proper use of these. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Wilkie Collins Try to see yourself shrinking from a necessary explanation, when the happiness of a harmless girl — so dutiful, so affectionatedepended on a word of kindness from your lips. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

George Gissing There was a time when I dreaded it; but that, merely because it meant disaster to others who depended upon my labour; the cessation of being has never in itself had power to afflict me. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Arthur Conan Doyle The fate of France depended upon my judgment and my nerve. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

He was pretty nearly foundered, he was in a sweat of terror, and as a matter of fact he was taking one of the biggest risks of his life, for we had no rope and his neck depended on himself. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Rudyard Kipling What man do you think would dare to use a pistol at even thirty yards, if his life depended on it? Not one of your men. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Leon Trotsky Everything depended on that one moment; a single rifle-shot would have been enough to bring on a catastrophe. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Henry James A great deal, to Miss Pynsent’s sense, depended on that moment. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Wilkie Collins Everything depended on the care taken of her, under his direction, in that house. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

He took them with him, without encouraging them or promising them anything, and without concealing from them that their luck, and even his own, depended upon the cast of the dice. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Arthur Machen He entered his name for every possible event at the sports, and jumped the jumps and threw the hammer and ran the races as if his life depended on it. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

How could I think of it? Escape where? I dared not even show myself outside the Casa. My safety within depended on old Cesar more than on anybody else. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

He had a cap of fox’s skin on his head, a loose great coat fixed round him by a belt, from which depended an enormous Highland broadsword. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Margaret Oliphant It was the crisis of the fever, and everything depended upon it. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Anthony Trollope In heaven’s name, what shall I do? the night’s half over now; can’t you think of any place where I might be, for tomorrow at any rate? I depended on you, Joe, and now you won’t help me. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

He knew very little Arabic, and he depended for his information upon a few ignorant English-speaking subordinates. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Tobias Smolle But she either depended upon the effect of his own good taste and discernment, or was too proud to disclose a passion which he had hitherto overlooked. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

Wilkie Collins Her whole future depended on Geoffrey’s making an honest woman of her. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

George Gissing Don’t you think he will make himself known some day?” “That kind of thing isn’t much to be depended on, it seems to me. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Charles Kingsley The Greek was not to be depended on; if it suited him, he would lie, betray, overreach, change sides, and think it no sin. The Stage as it was Once by Charles Kingsley

The official records of her trial, apart from which nothing can be depended upon, were first in the course of publication from the Paris press during the currency of last year. Charles Lamb by Thomas De Quincey

Wilkie Collins Mr. Mannion privately assured me, that I might depend on him in my absence from North Villa, exactly as I had always depended on him, during my presence there. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Elizabeth Gaskell Her poor father, nearly sightless, depended upon her cares in his blind helplessness; but this was a sacred pious charge, the duties of which she was blessed in fulfilling. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

I am not one who is prone to take violent fancies, and, consequently, my friendship is the more to be depended on. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Wilkie Collins HIS nose for a stranger was to be depended on. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Edith Wharton Her choice would be to stay near him as long as he did not ask her to come nearer; and it depended on himself to keep her just there, safe but secluded. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

H. G. Wells And these works and the gas we are making, those also depended on the fulfilling of conditions. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

He wore a yellow chrysanthemum as a boutonniere, and from his eyeglasses depended a broad black ribbon. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Jack London Wherefore Al Hutchins, in possession of ten or twelve thousand dollars and of the promise of a pardon, could be depended upon to do the Warden’s bidding blind. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Algernon Blackwood He attended operations, post-mortems, and anything in the nature of an experiment, while the grim Dissecting Room knew him as well as if his living depended upon passing the examination in anatomy. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

On Kara Gubek depended the defence of Erzerum, and it was a broken reed if one knew where the weakness lay. Greenmantle by John Buchan

We knew that it depended on the wind; but what then? In Egypt, the wind is supposed always to blow from the north at this time of the year, and we had ten good days at our disposal. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Elizabeth Gaskell But they knew that they might deceive themselves, and that sisters’ judgments of each other’s productions were likely to be too partial to be depended upon. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Olaf Stapledon It was soon clear that the unofficial marriage was a great success, and that in many ways Victor depended on Maggie for security. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope The difference consisted mainly in an increase of income from about £450 to about £800 — for at that time the sum netted still depended on the number of miles travelled. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

But Lee is to be depended on: he would not tamper with it. Lost in the Post by Ellen Wood [1870]

Walter Besant If we women were Jacobites before, judge what we were now, when all our hopes depended on success! Charles stayed with us, waiting. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Henry Handel Richardson At present everything depended on how the practice panned out. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

My whole profits, in fact, depended upon my discrimination of characters. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Edith Wharton There had been more than one moment in her past when everything-somebody else’s everything-had depended on her keeping a cool head and a clear glance. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

D. H. Lawrence But he had achieved his satisfaction by obliterating his own individuality, that which it depended on his manhood to preserve and develop. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch It went to my heart to leave him there on the mountain side, but it had to be done, for possibly the fate of the garrison at Guarda depended on it. The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Henry Handel Richardson Short, irregular, piquant, they had depended on freshness and round contours for their charm. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry Handel Richardson Her words were addressed to Mary, who was rattling a sewing-machine as if her life depended on it. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Willa Cather Whether she neglected her husband depended upon one’s conception of what was his due. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Thomas Hardy Captain Hardy may be depended upon for that; he knows every current about here, being a native. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Do I commit a sin in marrying John Marchmont in this spirit, papa?” She asked the question eagerly, almost breathlessly; as if her decision depended upon her father’s answer. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Much depended upon Mrs Brisbane–Brown. Jaikie was fairly certain that there would be a marriage between the two, and he approved. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Anthony Trollope And that income, such as it was, depended entirely on his celibacy. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Wilkie Collins Do you know of any doctor in the neighborhood who can be depended on?” “Not in our neighborhood, sir. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Charles Dudley Warner The play of his mind depended upon the sunshine of approval. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Anthony Trollope The morality might perhaps be thrown away; but Lady Lufton depended much on her dignified sternness. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton The other plan depended for its success on the infliction of an open injury, while this reduced the transaction to a private understanding, of which no third person need have the remotest hint. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Henry Adams Websters or Sewards depended on others for machine work and money — on Peter Harveys and Thurlow Weeds, who spent their lives in it, took most of the abuse, and asked no reward. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

It hung from a short, broad chain of rich workmanship, which she hooked into her girdle, near another chain of the same description, from which depended a small hand-mirror in a pretty gold frame. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

John Lewis Burckhard The accuracy of his statements I believe may be depended on. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Henry Handel Richardson Now he shrank from the moment when he should see her again; for it seemed that not only the present, but all his future depended on it. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

He raised his voice in a declamation here — yet, the whole case for the prosecution depended absolutely upon that. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

He guessed at once that the future would be Panine’s, and that the maintenance of his own influence in the house of Desvarennes depended on the attitude which he was about to take. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

But all this depended upon the third thing, which was due to happen on June 15th. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

D. H. Lawrence Mrs. Morel was fond of him, and he depended on her. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Heaven alone knows what induced me to do it; but if my life had depended on it I could not have acted otherwise. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Henry James This last is the only fair account of the complete and perfect case that France has shown us and that civilisation has depended on for half its assurances. France by Henry James

Jane Austen It is the worst evil of too yielding and indecisive a character, that no influence over it can be depended on. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Wilkie Collins I am an old customer at the hotel we are going to; and if we find the place full, the landlord may be depended on to take care of any letters with my name on them. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

It depended on Peter, now slumbering like a tired dog on a couch of straw. Greenmantle by John Buchan

George Gissing Whatever hope remained depended now upon her own self-command and prudence. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

It depended upon Mrs. Harris’s humour whether this was Dora’s misfortune or her crime. An impossible ideal by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Henry Adams Himself a typical anarchist, sure to overshadow Europe and alarm empires bigger than Naples, his success depended on his mind; his energy was beyond doubt. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Ah! if it depended upon me alone, I could not, even were he guilty, see you weep, and resist. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

So fixed was its instinctive knowledge that its safety depended on its immovability, that it allowed me to pick it up and replace it amongst the ants without making a single effort to escape. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

George Gissing Mrs. Wade read his features as if her life depended on what he would resolve. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

The parish required a man who could be depended on (‘Hear!’ from the Spruggins side, answered by ironical cheers from the Bung party). Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Anthony Trollope The welfare of the nation depended chiefly on sugar. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell He loved her; and oh, how she loved him! and perhaps this very next autumn — but that depended on his own success in his profession. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Then on his word and will depended my own happiness — the fate of all dear to me. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope It professed to be an hotel, and accommodation for sleeping was to be obtained there; but the well-being of the house depended but little on custom of this class. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope