Phrases with "even"

Maria Edgeworth On the contrary, I will only assure you, that I have penetration sufficient always to know your wishes, and activity enough to serve you effectually, even without being your confidante. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

Theodore Dreiser The old gentleman loved him even now — he could see it. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

George Gissing You will probably hear her make plans for drives, rides, even long walks about the country, and something more than mere good breeding must rule your features as you listen. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Sinclair Lewis Suppose a lot of your fellow soldiers, even the present commander of the regiment himself, were rotters — cowards. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope But even the writing of it was difficult and disagreeable. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

You must see a lot of tramps, even if you don’t give them lifts,” she persisted, to the driver. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Most people can get a job of sorts, even at the worst of times. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

But though he done that this morning—and some queer ones there was among the crowd, I tell you!—he wouldn’t pay attention to me, wouldn’t even listen. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

There was much in it that I did not understand, in some ways I did not even like it, but I recognized it immediately as a state of affairs worth fighting for. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

To her sharpened, suffering senses her house had become a citadel which must be defended; aye, even if the besiegers were a mighty horde with right on their side. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

I am even astonished that you should have made use of so indiscreet a remark. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

E. F. Benson But even omitting these, and putting quite a low figure on the possible rent of the house near Harrod’s, he was astounded at the capital which these annual outgoings appeared to represent. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

H. G. Wells The same inclusive system spread from small and incidental things great and essential matters, to housing and food and even clothing. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

John Locke When the understanding is once stored with these simple ideas, it has the power to repeat, compare, and unite them, even to an almost infinite variety, and so can make at pleasure new complex ideas. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

No mortal mind could conceive a desire which was not based on a natural and right desire; even the hunger for death was but a perversion of the death which precedes all holy birth. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

But the old woman was not facing them; she did not seem even to have noticed Henry’s movement. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

We may call up a picture of all that happened here, and whoever is hypnotised, may describe even the face of the murderer. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Katherine Mansfield Not even the white roses upon the feet of the Virgin could flourish in that atmosphere. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Charles Dickens Sunken eyes and hollow cheeks — wet, cold, and famine — and horrors before them all, that were even worse — we must forget such things if we would be tranquil here. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

But even this Mr. Abraham resisted; and eventually the owner of this priceless timepiece, realizing that “the deal was off”, sulkily put it in his pocket and slouched out without another word. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

William Hope Hodgson If it were not for Pepper, I should, even after the many extraordinary things that I have witnessed, be inclined to imagine that it was but a gigantic dream. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

E. T. A. Hoffmann I could not find any words which seemed fitted to reflect in even the feeblest degree the brightness of the colours of my mental vision. The Sand-Man by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Nathaniel Hawthorne Even if your heart were yet untouched, if no being more happily constituted than myself had made an impression there, even then, I trust, a selfish passion would not be stronger than my integrity. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

Throughout her illness, Aurora had never mentioned the name of Talbot Bulstrode. Not even when the fever was at its worst, and the brain most distraught, had that familiar name escaped her lips. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

I doubt if any one does — even he. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

He was absolutely imposing in his quiet presence, and Mr. Byrd could not but admire the power of the man even while recoiling from his supposed guilt. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Henry David Thoreau Or even in mid-channel, when the wind rises, I hear them blown with a rustling sound. Autumnal Tints by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

Guy de Maupassan When they came back a few minutes later the accused showed no fear and did not even seem to think. The Grave by Guy de Maupassan

He did not even smile in asking: “And what did you say?” “Well,” returned the manufacturer, with cosey enjoyment, “I asked him if the men would take the concern and run it themselves. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

At first sight there was apparently no cover for even a cat to hide. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Adam Lindsay Gordon Men call him pious — And I have prosper’d much since then, And gain’d for one lost acre ten; And even the ancient house and glen Rebought with purchase-money. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Gold is found in tolerable quantities, even by the Malay easy-going manner of searching for it, and diamonds and garnets are tolerably abundant. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

The occult makes its appearance to a considerable extent now in melodrama and even in comedy, though with no decrease in the frequency and effectiveness of its use in tragedy. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

He said it was because the Spanish apothecaries were so unlearned that they could not read even so little Latin as the shortest prescription contained. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

George Gissing It did not flatter her self-esteem to think of herself as excluded from the number of those who are capable of love; even in Helen Borisoff’s view, the elect, the fortunate. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

They seemed all, even those who climbed, grotesque obtrusions into that place of rock and ice and thin air and growing sun, a world different from theirs, hers and not hers. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

I was overwhelmed with horror at the merciless destruction of brave comrades, whose wounds, so gallantly received, should have been enough to inspire pity even in a heart of stone. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Edith Wharton She did not even look to see what was left for Ann Eliza. “I ain’t hungry,” she said at last as she laid down her fork. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton [1916]

Perhaps, in the universal fitness of things, even these fashionable evenings have a certain solemn purpose, deeply hidden under considerable surface-frivolity. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Anatole France I like him even more to-day, because he recalls to me, in his venerable and touching candor, the old cobbler to whom you were speaking so kindly this morning. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

M. P. Shiel I had the thought of moving out of my room, which I now shrank from entering even in the day-time, but did not care to show so openly that I was afraid. The Pale Ape by M. P. Shiel [1911]

G. K. Chesterton But, however it might be in other countries, the English law was no respecter of persons and was bound to follow crime even to its most respectable retreats. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Ivan Turgenev They were very affectionate, even tender. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

No men knew better how to patronise, or even seem to lead, what they had failed to quell. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Anthony Trollope If he must leave the place for a time let him put a caretaker on the farm, even though by doing so the loss might be great. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells The tyreless hind-wheel was jammed hopelessly, even as he feared. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

That’s where our poor friend would be still of use to the ship even if — if — he could no longer lift a foot, sir. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

In other kinds of composition, as in some ballads which he wrote, an unexpected touch of gentleness and even tenderness appears. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

D. H. Lawrence And she roused him profoundly, violently, even before he touched her. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Maria Edgeworth His generous and enthusiastic imagination supplied him with eloquent invectives against human nature, even while he ardently desired to serve his fellow-creatures. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

I am not an heiress, remember, even now. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Thomas Hardy But oh! do take him back again at once! Don’t keep him here! I fear she is even attracted by him already. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

But I did not even think of it. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

My visits soon taught me that it was unlikely even my occasional and voluntary society would long be indispensable to her. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Some brought carpenters’ adzes, even chisels from the marble works, and with these inadequate aids set to work upon the first graves they came to. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

D. H. Lawrence There was an under-space in her where she did not care for people and their idiosyncracies, even to destroy them. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

You have made even the Devil religious. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Rudyard Kipling The man jerked and mouthed, and at last mumbled something unintelligible even to his friend, but a small dark P.M. pushed forward importantly. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

But I pray that the time may come when I shall be able to be even with you. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Victor Hugo It sets itself to find its total; it adds up everything, even to the farthings. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

George Gissing On the other hand, to offer to make her his legal wife would be to do her a yet greater injustice, even had he been willing to so sacrifice himself. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Willa Cather But he could not help wondering why it was that life, even when it gave so much, after all gave so little. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Anthony Trollope He does not, by reason of his social or political radicalism, desire the ruin of thrones, the degradation of nobles, the spoliation of the rich, or even the downfall of the bench of bishops. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Events were hurrying on even quicker than she had dreaded. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

I’m sure you must be fond of orchids, even if you don’t appreciate Chopin.” Violet blushed. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

I even saw the bursting of Russian shells, evidently trying to reach the main road. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Anthony Trollope But Miss Mackenzie could not confess as much, even to herself,—could not let herself know that she thought as much; but yet she desired to be married, and dreaded delay. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

He followed Gilbert Monckton slowly and silently from the room, without having lingered to speak so much as a word to Laura, without having even made her happy by so much as a look. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

And even before that day arrives not all the works in a particular species of literature that may to a particular age have seemed destined to live, will have been preserved. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Lewis Carroll It’ll puzzle it to go through the ceiling, I expect!’ But even this plan failed: the ‘thing’ went through the ceiling as quietly as possible, as if it were quite used to it. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Anthony Trollope It was not that he ever had his heart in it, even when it was not near enough to alarm himself. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Not even the lawyer (though he tried hard) could pick holes in them. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

They will not harm me and may even do as I desire. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Henry James She seemed not even to follow our young companions as they got into their boat and pushed off. Louisa Pallant by Henry James [1888]

Ivan Turgenev I went to bed very early; but of course I did not sleep and did not even shut my eyes, but on the contrary opened them wide, though I did pull the quilt over my head. The Watch by Ivan Turgenev

Though a bachelor, he showed no disposition to marry, and until Miss Dare appeared on the scene was not known to be even attentive to one of her sex. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

You’ll have to give a reason for killing Sorrell before we’ll even begin to believe you. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Guy de Maupassant Paul saw all this as though in a dream, he thought of nothing, understood nothing, and all things, even his very existence, appeared vague, far-off, forgotten, done with. Paul’s Mistress (La Femme de Paul) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

I then went up to the other, who had not stirred even at the report of the gun, seeming quite terrified. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

King Philip’s preparations had been indeed inadequate; everything, as the Adelantado had said, was lackingeven elementary seamanship, even the desire to meet the foe. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

George Gissing His imagination had played with the idea that a man like himself might well be driven to this expedient, and might even use it with life-long result. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Olaf Stapledon And even now, when I don’t love you, I don’t say ‘Keep off, it’s not fair to make love to a girl if you know you may betray her. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

D. H. Lawrence Apparently even the honey of lavish charity had turned to gall in the Italian mouth: at least the official mouth. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

On one occasion, after repeated prayers for rain, it even overflowed the lower part of the vicar’s garden, and vindictively carried away his beehives. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

To-day all failed, and I could not even prevail upon him to taste a biscuit, rusk, or anything of that sort. The Last Days of Immanuel Kant by Thomas De Quincey [1827]

The beautiful black eyes so discreetly directed looked as often from mantillas as hats, even in Madrid, which is the capital, and much infested by French fashions. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

William Makepeace Thackeray On the last day of the year 1837, even THAT game was up. The Fatal Boots by William Makepeace Thackeray [1839]

Abraham Merri Or if there be those in the world from which you came that you would have slain, then you and I shall go forth with our companies and stamp them out — even as I did these. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Mons. de Franchi has not even seen them. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

Not even Scarlett at Balaclava had a more miraculous escape. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Elizabeth Gaskell The hot colour flushed up into Jemima’s sallow face as she became aware that, even while she acknowledged these excellences on Mrs Denbigh’s part, she hated her. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Anthony: Why, Gloria — Gloria: When we have to keep selling bonds to even pay our bills, it’s time to cut down on excess generosities. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

George Gissing Not only have I no interest in Mr. Mutimer, I even a little dislike him. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Tobias Smolle The laws of honour in our country do not oblige him either to slay the person from whom he received the injury, or even to fight to the last drop of his own blood. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Robert Louis Stevenson By writing a noveleven a bad one — I do not make myself a criminal for anybody to insult. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Not to make silver shrines for our old divinities, even though by this craft we should have our wealth, was this Society organized and carried on by the good men and true who went before us. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Elizabeth Gaskell I am not myself elated with it as far as it is gone, and authors, you need not be told, are always tenderly indulgent, even blindly partial to their own. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Arthur Morrison Air the room as one might, it was unpleasant; a sickly, even a cowed, feeling, invaded one through all the senses — or perhaps through none of them. The Thing in the Upper Room by Arthur Morrison

G. K. Chesterton It is a good instance of how right popular tradition is even when it is most wrong, that the English have perceived and preserved this essential trait of Ireland in a proverbial phrase. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Though showing no fear of human beings, even when the home cave is visited, swiftlets cannot be considered among the familiars of man. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

It is even at the present day proverbial to calculate the number of acres of roofing, the restoration of which would, in our age, be the ruin of fortunes cramped and narrowed as the epoch itself. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

G. K. Chesterton But even now I hate to think of the horrors I made up, even though they were horrors that never happened. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Rudyard Kipling He had been diligent, even as the Colonel advised. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Edgar Allan Poe It was something even more intense than despair that I then observed upon the countenance of the singular being whom I had watched so pertinaciously. The Man of the Crowd by Edgar Allan Poe [1840]

Anna Katherine Green But she soon came to rue this fact, for the driver wanted to talk and even made many abortive attempts that way. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

D. H. Lawrence I only ask of life to spare me from further effort of action of any sort — even love. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

Victor Hugo All the peers had departed, even his sponsors. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

H. G. Wells And even if it did matter it wouldn’t matter, because free speech is now suppressed. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

H. G. Wells He has not even the faith to disbelieve. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

But it is easy to prove that the prescriptions of even wise physicians are very commonly founded on something quite different from experience. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Tobias Smolle He affects misanthropy, in order to conceal the sensibility of a heart, which is tender, even to a degree of weakness. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

He took it, cocked it, and without even looking at it, went and took his position at the spot indicated by a handkerchief. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

F. Scott Fitzgerald All these emotions eluded him, he did not even feel the physical nervousness of that very morning — it was all one gigantic aftermath. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Edgar Wallace And it was not even an asteroid!” He chuckled and rubbed his long white hands together. Planetoid 127 by Edgar Wallace [1927]

Besides, was I sure that, even were I free again, I would not once more devote myself to the trial, be it what it might? You perceive I had more spirit than courage. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

She even missed the excitement of her little skirmishes, her passages-at-arms, with Urania Rylance, in which she had generally got the best of the argument. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

If that were so I should not have related it, even if it were true. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Edith Wharton She had once thought that Tarrant, even if he ceased to love her, would continue to need her. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Wilkie Collins When the ranks were drawn out, the English defence was even more ridiculous in point of numbers than the French attack. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

And even Mrs. Bunting echoed “Never!” incredulously. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

The man himself, even when he learned to speak intelligibly, could tell us very little. Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad [1901]

Abraham Merri Halfway he stopped short, understanding, even pity for the priest of Bel holding him back. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

John Galsworthy He shan’t do that, even in thought. To Let by John Galsworthy

Ford Madox Ford Heroines are all very well; admirable, they may even be saints; but if they let themselves get careworn in face and go shabby . Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

H. G. Wells But Rud’s private blasphemies did not stop at Saint Paul. He dared to think with the most atrocious boldness of matters that even infidels have hitherto treated with respect. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

H. G. Wells And even if there had been a possible word or so, I admit I do not see how you could have got it in. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

George Gissing They had talked, as always, of Thyrza. With Thyrza it was well, outwardly at all events; Lydia had just seen her, and could report that she seemed even happy. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Tobias Smolle The longer I live, I see more reason to believe that prejudices of education are never wholly eradicated, even when they are discovered to be erroneous and absurd. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

T. E. Lawrence Wilson never told even a half-truth. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Nikolai Gogol I confess that even his image had long faded from my memory. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

Henry James Some even thought her prettier, but decidedly Miss Alden wasn’t so smart. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

Dora seems to think she knows you even better. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle Sometimes they would even appear in cities of the size of Charleston, and walk the streets with their clattering sidearms—an open scandal to the whole law-abiding colony. The Dealings of Captain Sharkey by Arthur Conan Doyle [1925]

John Stuart Mill The real practical decision of affairs, to whichever may be given the legal authority, will greatly depend, as it even now does, upon comparative qualifications. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Willa Cather She would have dreaded the awakening, — she sometimes even doubts whether he could have borne at all that last, desolating disappointment. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

And don’t fail to push the man, who won’t even claim what is his right. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Wilkie Collins Not even a dog barked as I rang the great bell at the door. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

We had not yet lighted a candle, but all the apartment was visible, even to the portraits on the wall: the splendid head of Mrs. Linton, and the graceful one of her husband. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Wilkie Collins I felt no wish to see the “sweet little girl”; I was not even reminded of another example of long-deferred maternity, which had occurred within the limits of my own family circle. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Anne Bronte I have not upbraided him by word or look; I have not even asked him what he has been doing. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He may be unselfish, kind-hearted, even just in his own way, but his first job is to provide and to hold fast. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I will not live in Europe, even were I, in flying from it, compelled to beg my bread. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Edith Wharton Mrs. Van Orley has been waiting since last August, and she dells me you haven’t even answered her letter. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

She did not even glance at me as she passed. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Henry James He was aware that to taste it in perfection he ought to “turn in”; but he didn’t turn in, he didn’t even take off his hat. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

Edith Wharton He even cherished certain exceptions to his rules as the book-collector prizes a “defective” first edition. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Edgar Rice Burroughs The report of the weapon, the first that Tarzan had ever heard, filled him with wonderment, but even this unaccustomed sound could not startle his healthy nerves into even a semblance of panic. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Thomas Hardy We are together now, and it is unknown how long we shall be so; the unknown always fills my mind with terrible possibilities, even when I may reasonably expect it to be cheerful. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Elizabeth Gaskell It is very difficult, however, to obtain milk in the afternoons or evenings, even at the crêmeries, without ordering it beforehand. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

No one in his senses supposed that there was any hope of democracy, even as we understand it in England or France, in a country so divided and exhausted as Spain would be when the war was over. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Henry James There were more of us every day, and we thought highly even of our friend’s odd jobs and pot-boilers. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

H.P. Lovecraft A nameless expectancy was upon him, and he did not even notice the loss of his handkerchief as he fumbled in his blouse pocket to see if the queer silver key was safe. Through the Gates of the Silver Key by H.P. Lovecraft [1934]

Oscar Wilde Why, even Morris’s poorest workman could make you a more comfortable seat than the whole of Nature can. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

William Makepeace Thackeray What business have I to strut the deck, and clap my wings, and cry “Cock-a-doodle-doo” over it? Some compatriots are at that work even now. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

William Makepeace Thackeray If the shadow offend me, shall I put out my eyes and live in the dark? No! I am content with my fate, even such as it is. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Rousseau’s story, even as he himself tells it, does not carry conviction. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Elizabeth Gaskell She then took her supper, which was evidently apportioned out to her with a sparing hand, as, even if the idea had come into her head, she had not enough to offer us any. The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell [1861]

George Gissing Once more an attempt at sale must be made, in itself involving outlays which, however petty, could ill be borne; and to sell, even if it could be done, meant a serious loss of income. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Mary Webb Circumstance, Hazel, his mother, even God might shout the lie at him. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

E. F. Benson There was a time no doubt when even Beethoven’s greatest sonatas were thought to be modern and revolutionary. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

William Makepeace Thackeray Her accomplishments were announced to be even superior to her beauty; and governesses used to shame their idle pupils by telling them what Princess Angelica could do. The Rose and the Ring by William Makepeace Thackeray [1855]

Guy de Maupassan You persist; then I ask to share in this act of folly, and I even insist on it. A New Year’s Gift by Guy de Maupassan

Ford Madox Ford The country was, even then, going to the devil; his brother proposed to starve himself; Groby, by his brother’s wish, was to fall into the hands of that bitch. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Olaf Stapledon But now and then, here and there, even in this dark phase, he had recovered lucidity; and in the mind of some unheeded prophet or humble slave he had declared, though vainly, some facet of the truth. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

They moved on in silence side by side, the major being so abstracted that he even forgot to swear. Captain Burle by Émile Zola

D. H. Lawrence She wore no cap nor apron, but a well-looking sleeved overall such as even very ladies don. The Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

One of his principal duties seemed to be that of acting as counter-captain, or leader of the opposition, denouncing the first symptoms of tyranny, and protecting even the cabin-boy from oppression. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Anthony Trollope She had confessed nothing of this, even to herself, till he had spoken to her on the bridge; but then, in a moment, she had known that it was so, and had not coyed the truth with him by a single nay. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She was a complete, infinitely delicate, quite perfect thing of beauty, flowing in an even line from a complex coiffure to two small slim feet. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Wilkie Collins The farce (undoubtedly a most disgraceful performance, so far as Balzac was concerned) was not played out even yet. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Andrew Lang Five or six of them have become known even to writers in the newspapers, and we all copy them from each other. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

E. Phillips Oppenheim Lengton, indeed, even fancied that he sensed something almost like gratitude in Mrs. Dewar’s attitude towards him on those rare occasions when she either spoke or glanced in his direction. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

All his children were dancing; even Mary now had forgotten her superior airs and breeding and was smiling at young Curtis, son of a Newlands Statesman. The pedlar came across to Francis. ‘Good day. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

It had seemed impossible I could be found out and not even Hooker’s recognition the previous Saturday had flurried me over-much. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

George Gissing Though I have submitted to your judgment three conjectural emendations which, in my poor thinking, do not lack propriety, you fail even to acknowledge the receipt of them. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Henry James She had no suite dans les idees, but she had perceptions, had imagination and humour, and was capable of generosity, of enthusiasm and even of blind infatuation. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Guy de Maupassan By dint of living like a girl, and by even exaggerating the feminine walk and manners, he had totally lost all masculine looks and ways. Mademoiselle by Guy de Maupassan

G. K. Chesterton She is by far the most European of all the English poets of that age; all of them, even her own much greater husband, look local beside her. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Andrew Lang So even if the Count had really wished to marry Renelde, she would always have refused. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He had not even the energy to read. Burmese Days by George Orwell

George Gissing Not even Belisarius can undo the work of Alexandros and these devouring captains. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Florence Dixie Nowhere else is there such audacity, such fierceness even of outline, coupled with such multiform splendour of colour, such fairy-like delicacy of detail. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

G. K. Chesterton Man, he said, even at his miserable best, was always trying to excommunicate some one citizen of the cosmos, to forget some one creature that he should remember. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Edward Bellamy So extremely fanciful did this idea seem, even to me, that I did not risk the ridicule of my fellow physicians by mentioning it, but gave some other reason for postponing their experiments. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

William Hope Hodgson And I’ll eat my hat if you get a thing through the gates this time, even if we’ve missed finding it now. Captain Gault by William Hope Hodgson

Henry James I could feel how, even in a dull house, they could have been counted upon for cheerfulness. The Real Thing by Henry James [1892]

Thomas Hardy The news meant even more than it sounded. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Edith Wharton She found it more and more difficult to make up her mind even about trifles — more so about trifles than about the big decisive acts. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Edith Wharton Madame de Chantelle still remained invisible above stairs; but Darrow had the impression that even through her drawn curtains and bolted doors a stimulating whiff must have entered. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

And he does not even like it here; but I do. In the World by Maksim Gorky

And they will all roar with laughter and the bride will blush; I shall kiss her feelingly on the forehead, even give her my blessing . An Unpleasant Predicament by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1861]

He encouraged the humblest of his companions; he scolded his lieutenants, even those of the highest rank. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

It would put even a minister in a temper. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Elizabeth Gaskell He had been too long in command over men at sea to like to be directed by a woman in anything he undertook, even though that woman was my lady. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

A girl of that age prefers a bun lunch anyhow, even if she has money for a two-course meal. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Wilkie Collins It may not seem particularly useful or respectable; but it has been, in some respects, adventurous; and that may give it claims to be read, even in the most prejudiced circles. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

H.P. Lovecraft Whether all could have lived through it, even without the other thing, is gravely open to doubt. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Edith Wharton London was a desert; the rain fell without ceasing, and alone in the shabby family hotel which, even out of season, was the best she could afford, she sat at last face to face with herself. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

I had scarcely dared to say it before, even to myself. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

H. G. Wells He remarked that he never slept in the marsh even in the daytime. The Croquet Player by H. G. Wells [1936]