Phrases with "either"

Sir Walter Scott Almost every individual was enrolled either in a military or civil capacity, for the purpose of contributing to resist the long-suspended threats of invasion, which were echoed from every quarter. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Virginia Woolf It lay like that on the sea, did it, with a dent in the middle and two sharp crags, and the sea swept in there, and spread away for miles and miles on either side of the island. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

The natural forces were not wholly adequate in either case, but the vehicles were not so thick with dust as the road, because they could shake it off. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

When I heard her story, Mr. Gryce, I no longer hesitated either as to her duty or mine. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Theodore Dreiser I want to know if there is any way that we can get control of either of those two old tunnels that I was talking to you about a little while ago. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Wilkie Collins Seated on the floor, in the angle formed by the junction of two walls, we saw the superintendent’s “lucky lunatic” at work, with a truss of loose straw on either side of him. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

But how had he entered? There did not appear to be any secret entrance, and no one could enter by the windows; nor by the door either without a latch-key. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Sir Walter Scott Richard, a professed admirer of the joyous science in all its branches, could imitate either the minstrel or troubadour. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Jules Verne Darkness now filled the galleries, formerly lighted either by the miner’s lamp or by the electric light, the use of which had been introduced in the mines. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

Virginia Woolf There was a blue and red Japanese plate on either side of it. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

M. P. Shiel In fact, the bodies which I saw here were, in general, either those of new-come foreigners, or else of the very poor, the very old, or the very young. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

D.H. Lawrence And he used the religious oaths that Maria hated, even Porca-Maria. He always used oaths, either Bacchus or God or Mary or the Sacrament. Maria was always offended. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Anthony Trollope It may be doubted whether either of them had ever told the other of his regard. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Rudyard Kipling M. (Aside.) ‘No fault of yours if either weren’t all you say. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

William Morris All ideas of peace on a basis of compromise had disappeared on either side. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

They were happy with that inordinate happiness that comes of exhaustion and achievement, and with which nothing else in life — no joy of either the body or the mind — is even able to be compared. Burmese Days by George Orwell

H. G. Wells His honour is not in the case either way. The Queer Story of Brownlow’s Newspaper by H. G. Wells [1932]

Samuel Johnson Women must here study to be either pleasing or useful. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

They’ll be suspicious then and the search will be hotter than either you or I will like. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Walter Besant He must therefore either be made a priest or remain a sportsman. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Theodore Dreiser She was busy adjusting her thoughts and feelings to newer conditions, and was not in danger of suffering disturbing pangs from either quarter. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope At any rate, in such a strait she would want assistance, either in keeping them or in giving them up. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle On either side no notice was taken of casualties. The Death Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle

Andrew Lang All the neighbouring kings had offered rich rewards to anyone who should be able to destroy the monster, either by force or enchantment, and many had tried their luck, but all had miserably failed. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

So hath it pleased the Lord of Hosts to deliver your enemies into your Highnesses’ hand, and so too as one only excepted, not one of yours is either lost or hurt. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Robert Louis Stevenson It was surrounded with a wide verandah; a lamp, very well trimmed, stood upon the floor of it, and on either side of the lamp there sat a man, cross-legged, after the Oriental manner. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Zona Gale Yet it did not occur to either to distrust the phenomenon, or to regard it as unnatural or the fruit of any unnatural law. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

George Borrow These details I either gathered at the time or on subsequent occasions. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

George Meredith Let me add, that I deeply respect the lady who is engaged to be united to you, and would not willingly cross steel either with her lover or her husband. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

William Dampier Captain Swan was much vexed at the general’s actions for he promised to supply us with as much beef as we should want, but now either could not or would not make good his promise. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

These customers were either very young men, who hung about the window for a time before slipping in suddenly; or men of a more mature age, but looking generally as if they were not in funds. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Maria Edgeworth Deceived by these appearances, Mrs. Luttridge thought that his affection for Belinda either was or might be conquered, and her hopes of obtaining his fortune for her niece Annabella revived. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

But I’ll either go in so, or the police shall clear an entrance for me. Crabb Ravine by Ellen Wood [1869]

Wilkie Collins When he left us he went to London. He behaved most liberally to me; and we parted with sincere good wishes on either side. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Thomas Hughes Before either Tom Brown or Arthur left the School-house, there was no room in which it had not become the regular custom. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Henry Adams The intermediate period needed intermediate treatment; the gap between James Madison and Abraham Lincoln could not be judicially filled by either of them. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Watkin Tench Criminal courts, either from the tediousness of their process, or from the frequent escape of culprits from their decision, were seldomer convened than formerly. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

D.H. Lawrence On either hand the grim and wicked battleships watched along their sharp noses. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling In either case you will come to great grief. The Smith Administration by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Andrew Lang All this time the king and queen remained in their palace hungering for their children, but not a word was heard of either of them or of the generals who had gone to seek for them. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope Then, when the news had, he thought, been made certain, either in one direction or the other, he came and called on the young lady. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Henry Kingsley Poor fellow! A fellow-servant slept in the same room with him — the younger and better-tempered of the two (though Charles had no complaint against either of them). Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Anthony Trollope He had not declared, either by words or by actions, that as his father was a rich man, and as he was an only son, he would therefore do nothing. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Benjamin Disraeli Between your father and myself there can be nothing to communicate, either of fact or feeling. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Arthur Conan Doyle Others again lined the ditches on either side or lay flat upon the roadway, while a few showed their belief in the workings of Providence by standing upright without flinching from the bullets. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Jane Austen There had been no real affection either in his language or manners. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Well, I can tell you that M. de Bragelonne loves La Valliere to such a degree that, if she deceived him, he would, I repeat, either kill himself or kill her. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

H. G. Wells No one noticed either his gesture or his feeble cry. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Niccolo Machiavelli FABRIZIO: You doubt very prudently, and I will endeavor either to resolve the doubt, or to give you a remedy. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

The face of heav’n their flying jav’lins hide, And deaths unseen are dealt on either side. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Their lackeys likewise were absent, and nothing had been heard of either the one or the other. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

In the end it might be expected to arrive at a shape in which the British consciousness must either assimilate it or cast it forth. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

He is either going to land or to drop his anchor. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

On either side it had tall windows, so that the light shone directly through. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Isabella Bird It looks much like a Chinese Malay settlement, having on either side of its long narrow roadway a row of shops, with rude verandahs in front. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

This bird, either the same, or one of the next generation, had sung for years in the same situation; and Kant grew uneasy when the cold weather, lasting longer than usual, retarded its return. The Last Days of Immanuel Kant by Thomas De Quincey [1827]

Sir Walter Scott Our breeding, our faith, alike forbid either to pass over it. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Anthony Trollope But he did not believe that the newspaper would do any good either to him or to Isabel. Mr Owen doubted altogether the righteousness of the proceeding as regarded the newspaper. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Henry James The red cloth beneath her feet looked rich in the light of lamps placed on high pedestals on either side of the stage; it gave her figure a setting of colour which made it more pure and salient. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Walter Scott Go, you are both very foolish boys, and I cannot take it kind of either of you to bring the name of my daughter into such disputes as these. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

If, in a few hours, she become either decidedly stronger or decidedly more enfeebled, you shall be summoned to her side. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

William Makepeace Thackeray The chapel is a very big whitewashed place of worship, supported by half a dozen columns on either side, over each of which stands the statue of an Apostle, with his emblem of martyrdom. Little Travels and Roadside Sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray [1844]

And the two gas jets inside the panes were always turned low, either for economy’s sake or for the sake of the customers. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

No lesser word would fit either the intensity of my feeling or the confused state of my mind. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

Ford Madox Ford One is either a body or a brain in these affairs. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Anthony Trollope Her ladyship has three sons, either of which would make a perfect marquis. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

He’d either not seem to hear you, or else he’d say something which made you sorry for opening your mouth at all. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

George Meredith He had now a double reason for exclaiming at the folly of Willoughby. Willoughby’s treatment of her showed either temper or weariness. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Anthony Trollope But, alas, alas! what if one-half were also true? It is undoubtedly a very dangerous thing for a young man of twenty-two to keep house by himself, either in town or country. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Henry Fielding But I pass by these and many others to mention two books lately published, which represent an admirable pattern of the amiable in either sex. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Willa Cather I was examining these things while Cressida bent over Bouchalka. Her carriage cloak she threw over the foot of his bed, either from a protective impulse, or because there was no place else to put it. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

There, the only thing of the slightest interest to either of them appeared to be a big iron saucepan, lying almost obscured among the weeds. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Guy de Maupassant I have no feeling of either anger or spite, but I love my children, Monsieur. I have, therefore, come to ask my wife to return home. A Passion (Une Passion) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Ralph Waldo Emerson He must have average opulence, either of his own, or in his family. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Jane Austen Have I ever seen either of the gentlemen? Yes, Mr. Charles Maddox dined at my sister’s one day, did not he, Henry? A quiet-looking young man. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

He was more curious, perhaps, but less disturbed than either of the Cardiffs as the days went by and Elfrida made no sign. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Andrew Lang From there she can see all over her lands, and behold the entrance of either man or demon. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

As she did so, a loose leaf escaped from the volume and slowly fluttered to the floor unobserved by either her or her companion. My Wife’s Tempter by Fitz James O’Brien

Elbowing my way forward to go below, as I had threatened, I saw the crew tumble to the deck on either hand like ten-pins. The Ocean Wave by Ambrose Bierce

Edgar Rice Burroughs It was then that Juag called my attention to the rift in the shore-line which I had thought either a bay or the mouth of a great river. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Anthony Trollope The bullet which had maimed her sorely had not touched her life, and she scorned to go about the world complaining either by word or look of the injury she had received. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

William Morris So far he rode, going on the whole up-hill, till at last there was a great pine-wood before him, so that he could see no ending to it either north or south. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Wilkie Collins The experiment succeeded but poorly on either side. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

And I emphasized my offence by nodding and shrugging toward a pair of very large Indian clubs that stood in the fender, on either side of the chimney up which I had presumed to glance. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Arnold Bennett Mr and Mrs Orgreave sat at either end of the table. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

G. K. Chesterton I fancy it would puzzle him to say what either of the terms mean. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They’ve either got jobs that they want to push along with, or they’re all in a hurry to shoulder some one else out of the way and climb another notch in the ladder. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Anthony Trollope She did not move from her position, or allow her hand to drop, or show that she was in any way either confused or conscious. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was the fight he wanted—the man-to-man fight—but he had no faith in either of the antagonists to whom he desired to mete out punishment. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Jules Verne If a cleft or side opening presented itself, he felt with his hand that it was not the main way; either the cleft was too shallow, or the opening too narrow, and he thus kept in the right road. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

But we do not ascribe it either to Greek deity, or to superstition; we call it luck. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Edgar Allan Poe I thought it could make no difference whether either of us held on at all; so I let him have the bolt, and went astern to the cask. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

John Galsworthy Still grey-dark and misty, the wood on either side of its dim open streak looked mournful and mysterious. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope She knew that she would be condemned, either by words or by the lack of them; it was nearly equal to her by which. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Virginia Woolf Denham was not altogether popular either in his office or among his family. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

D. H. Lawrence They were all either blank or common. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Not a week passes without some anonymous letter, either threatening me or giving me warning. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Then, turning down the hammock to the east, she walked noiselessly forward over the fibrous litter, the men on either side of her, their pistols poised. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

The old story was repeated; I had forty-five hungry men, who must have food, and unless either she or the king would make some proper provision for them, I could not help it. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Jane Austen She could not have called it either cold or friendly, or anything so certainly as embarrassed. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Some of the drivers were already speeding their horses, and these shot to and fro on inner lines, between the slowly moving vehicles on either side of the road. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Never had he felt so strong and alert, either in body or mind. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

George Gissing He began to foster the thought that Agnes’ parents were both aged; it could not be expected that either would be alive ten years hence, and half that period might see both removed. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

Henry Handel Richardson Familiar rooms and lodgings were either closely shuttered, or, in process of scouring, hung out their curtains to flutter on the sill. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

None on the handles of the door, either inside or outside. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

What was it that Rouse had said: That either George Evans had murdered Abraham Anson, or shared his fate! She knew—George Evans’s daughter knew—that he had not shared the clerk’s fate. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

But I warn you that, if you keep me long here, I shall leave this place either a corpse or a madman. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

On either door jamb of the store was a curved plate of polished metal, with the name GERRISH cut into it in black letters; the sills of the wide windows were of metal, and bore the same legend. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Bochart connects the term with the Hebrew meaning ‘great’ or ‘mighty,’ which epithet would be naturally applied to the Atlas, and all mountains, by either a savage or civilized people. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

E. Phillips Oppenheim Before either of them could say a word, the door was thrown open and closed again. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Abraham Merri Unseen by either of us, Ventnor had slipped to one side where he could cover the core of ruby flame that must have seemed to him the heart of the Disk’s rose of fire. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Julian Hawthorne The bridge had not been entirely of stone; but a stout plank had probably spanned the flood, secured at either end by rough masonry. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

G. K. Chesterton It was the irritant of this irritation, which seemed to me a little local irritation, against any large views either of loyalty or liberty, that slowly estranged me from political liberalism. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Anthony Trollope There was no longer a club open to him, either in London or Paris, at which he could win or lose one hundred pounds. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

David Hume To which of these reasons will we adhere? To neither of them, in my opinion, unless we have a mind to enlist ourselves and become zealots in either party. Of the Independency of Parliament by David Hume

Arthur Conan Doyle But as he came up the path he seemed to me to be either mad or drunk. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Moreover, other forms, which are not found in the Chalk of Europe, but which occur in the formations either above or below, occur in the same order at these distant points of the world. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Anthony Trollope Yes, Miss Todd had come to Littlebath, and was intent rather on forming a party of Toddites than of joining herself to either of the regular sets. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

It grew darker as he descended, and twice he almost turned back in dread of the gulfs on either side of him. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Anthony Trollope It cannot be either for your good or for his. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

They used to sit opposite one another on either side of the nave, in the pews nearest the pulpit. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Instead, it was always to be found when not in use, in his bedroom, either upon the mantelpiece, or upon the chest of drawers. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Arthur Machen In each case the true line is distorted and awry, for neither system attains either sanctity or beauty in the highest. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

The pander makes a speech: “Whatever I, or whatever each of these has at home, believe it to be yours: and give your order for it either directly, or tomorrow. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Arnold Bennett On either side the naked walls of warehouses rose like grey precipices from the stream, holding forth quaint arms of steam-cranes. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Bram Stoker In either case they would start in the early morning for home. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Wilkie Collins To her great surprise, she had heard nothing of either of her two suitors, from the day when she left Maplesworth to the day when she presented herself at my rectory. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Mr. Carlyle opened the gate of the Grove, and glanced at the trees on either side of him, but he neither saw nor heard any signs of Richard’s being concealed there. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Maria Edgeworth We listened till not a sound, either of human voice or of horse’s foot, was to be heard. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

D.H. Lawrence The last man on either side to be seated lowered himself carefully, like a wedge, between his two neighbours. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Three miles below us the river opens into Fowey Harbour, with Fowey town beside it and facing across upon the village of Polruan, and a fort on either shore to guard the entrance. Margery of Lawhibbet by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

But let us hear which of the company, either old or young, can allege anything for the contrary opinion. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Theodore Dreiser We will have to have the name of the city, of course, and the name of either the man or the woman; but not necessarily both of them, unless you want to help us in that way. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Francis Bacon As for any merchandise you have brought, ye shall be well used, and have your return, either in merchandise or in gold and silver, for to us it is all one. The New Atlantis by Francis Bacon

Sir Richard Burton When he saw this, he was bewildered in his wit and said: “By Allah either I am dreaming a dream, or this is Paradise and the Abode of Peace!” And he shut his eyes and would have slept again. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

You cannot get at either the reference or the adaptation without using the notion of the workings. The Meaning of Truth by William James

E. Phillips Oppenheim A steward was handing round glasses of champagne, and Cornelius Blunn, with an apologetic grin, was holding a glass in either hand. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Anne Bronte Sensible people never either desire it for themselves or care about it in others. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

Such dissertations as appear in his writings, on either the one or the other subject, have nothing more original about them than can be found in the most ordinary election speech or pulpit discourse. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

D. H. Lawrence She did not confide, either to Gudrun or to her parents, how horrible she found it to be a school-teacher. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence Her mother was a Wyld, a family famous either for shocking lawlessness, or for extreme uprightness. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

It may be of two kinds; either the Majrá proper (“divide”) or the Nakb (“pass”), and the latter may safely be left to the reader’s imagination. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Ivan Turgenev No! Mumu’s delicate little voice was never raised without good reason; either some stranger was passing close to the fence, or there was some suspicious sound or rustle somewhere. Mumu by Ivan Turgenev

The third occasion, however, was more desperate than either I have yet described. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Guy de Maupassan She assumed a particularly imperious manner towards her son’s tutor, and she either found fault with, or made fun of, everything that he did, while he put up with it all with smiling humility. The White Lady by Guy de Maupassan

George Gissing For instance, I shall be able to take a modest house, either in the country, or here in one of the suburbs. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Jane Austen Your husband I abhor, Reginald I despise, and I am secure of never seeing either again. Lady Susan by Jane Austen [1794]

When at last she was sufficiently close to enable him to place his arm round her, and to lift her into safety beside himself, the reaction was almost more than either of them could bear. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

They were all cleanly — many of them decently — attired, and there was nothing peculiar, either in their appearance or demeanour. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Edith Wharton How could we ever have imagined, either of us, that the child could escape disaster? I thought only of her present happiness — of all the advantages, for both of us, of being with you. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

Rudyard Kipling There was no shadow of fight in either — only amazement, distress, and shame. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

E. M. Forster, for instance, though he wrote his best book in 1923 or thereabouts, was essentially, pre-war, and Yeats does not seem in either of his phases to belong to the twenties. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

H. G. Wells The alternative before man now is either magnificence of spirit and magnificence of achievement, or disaster. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Andrew Lang But inquirers who use this method do not in the least believe that either Greek or savage gods were, for the more part, originally real men. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

John Stuart Mill For, in the first place, there is always some sacrifice of personal interest required; either of social consequence, or of pecuniary means; perhaps the risk of even the means of subsistence. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Wilkie Collins He appears to walk principally on his toes, and seems always on the point of beginning to dance, or jump, or run whenever he moves about, either in or out of doors. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

In these early days, however, there was no necessity even to discuss the probable period either of the writer’s inspiration or of the reader’s appetite. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

Anthony Trollope But as for saying which is right or which is wrong — as to expressing special sympathy on either side in such a quarrel — it is out of the question. North America by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence I’m the wicked one, if either of us is wicked. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Gaskell He himself, it is but fair to say, does not remember this circumstance, nor does he speak of the fever itself as either alarming or dangerous. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Rafael Sabatini His huge dome-like head shone in the light of a pair of candles that stood in their massive silver sticks on either side of the papers spread out in front of him. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Joseph Furphy With the circumspection of a seasoned speculatist, I had bracketed two independent hypotheses, either of which would supply a satisfactory solution. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

John Morley There is another kind of opinion that is as little merciful in its own way as either of the two others, and this is the scientific or cultured opinion. Voltaire by John Morley

Ford Madox Ford They were both, in effect, suffering, for Mark could not see what was to become of either Christopher or the estate. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Jules Verne The two following days, there was certainly no one spying on me, either at my exits or entrances. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Henry James They could so much better at last, on either side, treat it as a wild extravagance of hazard, that the situation was made elastic by the amount of explanation called into play. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

A pair of maggiordomi, posted one on either side of the sedan-chair, asked His Highness from time to time whether he had any order to give them. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Rudyard Kipling Unfortunately, everybody must be either a man or a woman. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

It was, indeed, either too much, or not sufficient. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

William Hazlitt But if it fail, and fall out contrary, thyself alone deservedly shalt carry the shameful reproach and burthen of either party. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Nor will you ask me to do either when you’ve heard what I have to say. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

So he smilingly accepted, and greatly to his surprise again, she had some with him and they sat on either side of a small table in the big lounge. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau The dissolution of the State may come about in either of two ways. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

A word, either in his ear, or in the ear of the Chief Commissioner of the Police, would have been quite sufficient. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

There was constant, systematic thieving of apples; practically everyone in the camp either stole them or shared them. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Kenneth Grahame By rights he ought to be here now, either steering or attending to the horse, though luckily the horse has sense enough to attend to himself. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Charles Dickens There is a long table down the centre, and at either end a stove. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Thomas Hardy She turned in at the same place without having seen either Melbury or apparently Fitzpiers. Melbury was soon at the spot, despite his aches and his sixty years. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope But now Mrs Ray did not dare to be either tender with Rachel, or petulant. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens For which reason, one night at that period of little Sophy’s being so bad, either we must have come to a dead- lock for victuals and drink, or I must have pitched the cart as I did. Doctor Marigold by Charles Dickens [1865]

He must be either mad, or going mad, he thought. Mr. Justice Harbottle by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry Handel Richardson The reply was so favourable that, instead of either travelling to Glasgow or going back to Leicester, he set out by way of Bristol for the south. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Before the war you were either a gentleman or not a gentleman, and if you were a gentleman you struggled to behave as such, whatever your income might be. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

James Hogg I am unworthy of the sacrifices you have made for my sake; and, after all your efforts, I do not feel that you have rendered either more virtuous or more happy. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Two men were holding the Philosopher, one on either side; the other two walked one before and one behind him. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

John Lewis Burckhard Some was brought either from Mezdelife, or from the tank situated beyond Muna, on the road to Mekka, and the skin-full was sold for four piastres. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

He sulkily raised a hand as he passed me, either to rectify the position of his straw hat, or to offer a tardy apology. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Nathaniel Hawthorne But she kept near Miriam, and seemed, in her gentle and quiet way, to decline a separate alliance either with him or any other of her acquaintances. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Thomas Carlyle For it is not a small hope that will suffice, the ruin being clearly, either in action or in prospect, universal. Latter-Day Pamphlets by Thomas Carlyle

In the Aztec he beheld a being unlike either the rude republican Tlascalan, or the effeminate Cholulan; but combining the courage of the one with the cultivation of the other. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

D. H. Lawrence As we dropped down the shallow, winding road from Nuoro, quite quickly the moors seemed to spread on either side, treeless, bushy, rocky, desert. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

We are not speaking controversially, either as teachers of theology or of philosophy; and we are careless of the particular construction by which the reader interprets to himself this profound idea. The Theban Sphinx by Thomas De Quincey

Anthony Trollope Pompey no doubt felt the expediency of maintaining the old order of things, in the midst of which he had been born to high rank, and had achieved the topmost place either by fortune or by merit. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

We passed the last of the lights and came out into a broader stretch of water, when a light breeze was blowing and dark hills could be seen on either shore. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Elizabeth Gaskell For some reason which I forget, I broke through my usual custom, and went to the window of my room for some purpose, either to shut or to open it. The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell [1861]

G. K. Chesterton But now the fire was turned to left and right like a woman’s hair parted in the middle, and now the shafts of its light could shoot up into empty heavens and strike anything, either bird or cloud. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

H. G. Wells The river was a broad wrinkled glitter of black sea water, overarched by buildings, and vanishing either way into a blackness starred with receding lights. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Bram Stoker The valley is beautifully green, and it is so steep that when you are on the high land on either side you look right across it, unless you are near enough to see down. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

As soon as mental objects are mentally compared, they are perceived to be either like or unlike. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Thomas Hardy But the artistic eye was, either from nature or circumstance, very faint in Stephen now, and he only half attended to her description, as if he spared time from some other thought going on within him. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]