Phrases with "ever"

Wouldn’t the night ever come? How long the time seems when the stomach is empty! Hers was waking up in its turn and beginning to torture her. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Gaston Leroux I do not think that Michael ever confided to Natacha that he was, from the very first, the instrument of the revolutionaries. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

She’s better than many of us ever will be. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Theodore Dreiser She said to herself, as they sat looking at the lanterns in the gardens, that if ever he were free, and would come to her, she would take him. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

A boy and a girl enjoy going for bicycle rides together — that is all it ever amounts to. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Isabella Bird The view from the hill above the town was the most glorious snow view I ever saw. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Edgar Allan Poe GILES FLETCHER. NO MORE remarkable man ever lived than my friend, the young Ellison. He was remarkable in the entire and continuous profusion of good gifts ever lavished upon him by fortune. Tales of Natural Beauty by Edgar Allan Poe

Arthur Conan Doyle I live in hopeever in hope. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Gertrude Stein I do however remember very well the first time I ever heard Janet Scudder’s voice. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

D. H. Lawrence They aren’t ever serious about anything, except showing off on motor-bikes and dancing at the Palais-de-danse in Sheffield. You can’t make them serious. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins I could resist it no longer — I was obliged to ask him if my husband had ever loved her. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

He felt that Katrine and he were in a sphere of their own, safe for ever from intrusion, a sphere independent of time and space, even of life and death. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Henry James I feel how, with you, they must all come up again for me: in fact you’re bringing them out already, just while I look at you, as fast as ever you can. Crapy Cornelia by Henry James [1909]

Edith Wharton Lorin Weston used to say that if there hadn’t been any other way for him to lose his money he’d have dug a hole in the ground and buried it — that is, if he’d ever had the guts to dig. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

It was never a real person; nor did he ever visualise his imaginary hearer in detail. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

As if I had not suffered enough already; as if I had not been haunted perpetually by that girl’s pale, reproachful face, ever since the fatal hour in which I abandoned her. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

She has it now as she has everything he ever had; and that Corsican palace is the portion that will stick the longest to Dona Rita, I imagine. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Oh no, don’t flatter yourself you were ever dangerous. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Elizabeth Gaskell Oh! have you been there? When were you there?’ ‘I wanted to see the place where Margaret grew to what she is, even at the worst time of all, when I had no hope of ever calling her mine. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Anthony Trollope Do you think I can hear you speak of her as though she were the only woman you had ever seen without feeling it? Did you ever swear that you loved anyone else?’ ‘Certainly, I have so sworn. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu And never trust my honour more if your name is ever breathed in connexion with any little service you may render me. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Anthony Trollope The Countess told him nothing of her plans; nor did he ever speak to her of his. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Mr. Clancy ‘ave the same fancy, though being a man as tidy as ever was. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Wilkie Collins No one would ever have guessed from the countenance of Father Paul what deadly perils he had confronted, but for the scar of a saber-wound, as yet hardly healed, which ran across his forehead. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

No one in the house ever touched these drinks, but they had to be provided in the way of business. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

But he believed that, if it ever came to the industrial revolution with us, the fight would be more uncompromising than any such fight that the world had ever seen. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Henry Lawson Presently Tommy asks: “Mother! Do you think they’ll ever extricate the (adjective) kangaroo?” “Lord! How am I to know, child? Go to sleep. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Anthony Trollope Angry with him! Could it be possible that she should ever be angry with him — that she ever had been so? “Yes,” she said. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Did you ever hear of that hermitage?’ Alma’s colour heightened ever so little, and she kept her eyes on the questioner with involuntary fixedness. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

And then you speak like a young lady, with such a clear, fine tone, and you sing better than any young lady I ever heard. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Arthur Morrison In moments of pride he declared himself the only member of his family who had ever learned a trade, and worked at it. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

William Hope Hodgson And ever I did go downward; and by this only did I have a guide to my way. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

It flew along, though, as no express-train ever travelled yet; for all that, I was able to keep it quite easily in view. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

She asked her how she ever came to take up the Social Union, and answered for her that of course it had the attraction of the theatricals, and went on to talk of her sister’s part in them. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope Why, he’s first cousin to your second cousin, Pat Carroll.” “‘Deed and he ain’t then;—not that I ever heard tell of. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Gissing If your face had shown ever so little compassion —’ ‘I felt no compassion. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Wilkie Collins You have had some secret trouble weighing on your mind ever since you have been in my service. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Riches and honours prevent a man from enlarging his understanding, and enervate all his powers by reversing the order of nature, which has ever made true pleasure the reward of labour. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Arnold Bennett Manna Höst was twenty-three, tall and athletically slim, and more blonde than any girl ever before seen in the Five Towns. She had golden hair and she wore white. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

George Meredith He did fling her off, spat at us all, and showed the blackest hellish plot I ever in my life heard of. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Edith Wharton His deepest heart-searchings showed him as sincerely devoted as ever to the cause which had enlisted his youth. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Mark Twain It is a pity some great ruin does not fall in and flatten out some of these reptiles, and scare their kind out of ever giving their names to fame upon any walls or monuments again, forever. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Arthur Conan Doyle Beneath them lay the vast expanse of the rolling desert, and in the foreground such a scene as none of them are ever likely to forget. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Arthur Morrison It was the deep of the night, and as near quiet as the Highway ever knew; with no more than a cry here or there, a distant fiddle, and the faint hum of the wind in the rigging of ships. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

He was as straightforward a man as ever lived, of an intensely honest nature, and could no more have kept it in, now that he knew it, than he could have given up all righteous dealing together. Abel Crew by Ellen Wood [1874]

These are enchanted seas — “Where falls not rain, or hail, or any snow, Or ever wind blows loudly. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Willa Cather He was ez gentle ez a child and the kindest of ’em all — only we didn’t none of us ever onderstand him. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Just think! If she should get stuck there, she would completely block the passage, and how would they ever get out? They laughed so at the jokes about her belly that the column itself vibrated. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Edith Wharton He said to himself: “If I’d ever cared a straw for her I should know how to avoid hurting her now” — and his insensibility struck him as no better than a vulgar obtuseness. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

A certain late publication of Scots poems she has perused very devoutly, and all the ballads in the country, as she has the finest wood-note wild I ever heard. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Jane Austen But you, (turning to Mr. Knightley,) who know how very, very seldom I am ever two hours from Hartfield, why you should foresee such a series of dissipation for me, I cannot imagine. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

In an instant my mind was dominated by as strange a fancy as ever entered human consciousness. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Robert Louis Stevenson If ever any one person made a grimace at another, that donkey made a grimace at me. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James When he asked himself if none would then, in connexion with it, ever come at all, he might almost have passed as wondering how to provoke it. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Olaf Stapledon No individual was ever treated with respect even for such rudiments of personality as he might possess. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells Had he ever been there? Someone had been there, and it had seemed to be Gemini. Someone who was more Gemini than not was there. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

If ever you should be able to tell my mother of this day, say that my chief sorrow was not to see her. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They are seen together everywhere and yet no one has ever said a word against Grace. My mother adores her. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Thomas Hardy But I can’t bear the thought of dragging down to that old level as promising a piece of maidenhood as ever lived — fit to ornament a palace wi’— that I’ve taken so much trouble to lift up. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Bram Stoker He was for ever lurking around the turret-rooms on the chance of making some useful discovery. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Wilkie Collins We have as good living actors among us now as ever trod the stage. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

He may be careless and proud; but when was he ever mean or slavish? Day after day she shows him to me kneeling at her feet, pursuing her like her shadow. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Anthony Trollope I will not continue the stanza, because it contains the worst rhyme that Thackeray ever permitted himself to use. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Some one had taken the vial out before my hand had ever touched the box. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

Walter Besant Again, a woman must not for ever be thinking about her love affairs. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

George Gissing It was the first time that her aunt had ever addressed her in this serious way. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Jack London It was necessary that I should be completely lost if ever I was to see Ernest again, for by trailing me after he escaped, he would be caught once more. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

D. H. Lawrence And he, being hopeless, couldn’t ever quite love at all. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Mark Twain But what I want to say, is, don’t YOU ever get drunk — then you won’t ever get here. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Daniel Defoe No government could ever please them long, Could tie their hands, or rectify their tongue. The True-Born Englishman by Daniel Defoe [1701]

Walter Besant Sometimes I asked myself whether she ever repented of throwing down her fan on the day of the meeting. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

George Meredith Why had he ever quitted it? Already he looked back upon Dahlia from a prodigious distance. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

The old woman had a fanatic’s face, if ever he saw one; and Marion Sharpe herself looked as if the stake would be her natural prop if stakes were not out of fashion. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Sinclair Lewis She couldn’t ever conceal anything: a dislike or an unhappiness or a passionate liking. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Frances Hodgson Burnett It’s not like me and yet it’s the strongest feeling I ever had. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Willa Cather It’s the first one I’ve ever really had. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Virginia Woolf We are for ever mixing ourselves with unknown quantities. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Sinclair Lewis So, aloud, “Well, I guess Oxford’s sorry Walt ever come here, all right. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

I don’t think this play is ever coming off. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Anthony Trollope Fanny alone had ever given any life to the place, or made the house tolerable; and her secession to the ranks of the sombre crew was therefore the more remarked. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Bram Stoker She had been married for thirteen years and had borne two children, but so far as we know no impropriety was ever alleged against her. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Edgar Rice Burroughs As he came for me, like a great bear, I ducked again beneath his outstretched arm, and as I came up planted as clean a blow upon his jaw as ever you have seen. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Wilkie Collins If lying tongues ever provoke her as lying tongues provoked her mother, she will follow her mother’s example. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

He was a lonely ghost uttering a truth that nobody would ever hear. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

If California ever becomes a prosperous country, this bay will be the centre of its prosperity. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

No commander was ever more beloved by his soldiers. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Did I ever look so stupid, so ‘gaumless,’ as Joseph calls it?” “Worse,” I replied, “because more sullen with it. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Edgar Allan Poe The bust of the General was unquestionably the finest bust I ever saw. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Her painting will be an interest for her all her life, and if ever she should be badly off she can teach. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Wilkie Collins It was that quiet, negative, courteous, inbred pride, which only the closest observation could detect; which no ordinary observers ever detected at all. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Anthony Trollope Grateful, indeed! In public life when is there time for gratitude? Who ever thinks of other interest than his own? Such was Alaric’s theory of life. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins No official individual ever troubled his head whether my father was comfortable or not. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Charles Dickens He draws his arm through his Lordship’s, takes him aside, and says, “John, will you ever accept office under Palmerston?” His Lordship replies, “I will not. Contributions to All the Year Round by Charles Dickens [1859]

Sir Richard Burton Ah, how sore the balk! While Time in pride of strength doth ever stalk. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Willa Cather That’s the only time you ever get off on the wrong foot. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

So well had weened the wisest Scyldings that not ever at all might any man that bone-decked, brave house break asunder, crush by craft, — unless clasp of fire in smoke engulfed it. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

Julian Hawthorne Was it all true? would he ever finish it? and what would be its upshot? But now the pearl-shell necklace ruled my thoughts. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

D. H. Lawrence None the less the women had their complaints against Dr. Mitchell. If ever Alvina entered a clean house on a wet day, she was sure to hear the housewife chuntering. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hardy I don’t think she ever learnt playing when she was little. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

What with this vice and his ignorance of affairs, ever since he had improvidently bought that steamer he had been more or less short of money. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Wilkie Collins But the lessons went on; and the teacher and pupil were as inconsiderately happy as ever in each other’s society. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

It was for this very reason perhaps that he ever recommended mirth and hopefulness. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Henry James She couldn’t possibly have made it out; her friend was as much as ever “dreadfully plain” to her; she must have wondered to the last what on earth possessed us. The Beldonald Holbein by Henry James [1901]

We came home at half-past eleven — the most delightful, most romantic ride and walk I ever had. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Charles Dickens As you have ever been good and kind to me — keep it. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

It may be thought that I lay too great a stress on personal reserve; but it is ever the handmaid of modesty. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

John Donne And if I wash myself with snow water, mine own clothes shall make me abominable;187 and yet no man yet ever hated his own flesh. Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and severall steps in my Sicknes by John Donne

D. H. Lawrence She was so still, so remote, she felt that nothing, nothing could ever touch her. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope She is the queerest woman I ever met, but she seems resolved on beating the duke. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Oliver Goldsmith Now the great who were tyrants themselves before the election of one tyrant, are naturally averse to a power raised over them, and whose weight must ever lean heaviest on the subordinate orders. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Ralph Waldo Emerson But I find the gayest castles in the air that were ever piled, far better for comfort and for use, than the dungeons in the air that are daily dug and caverned out by grumbling, discontented people. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

No state is ever more in danger than when the talent that should be consecrated to peace has no occupation but political intrigue or personal advancement. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Thomas Wolfe They were for ever hearing voices and receiving premonitions. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Henry Handel Richardson It will do your practice ever so much good if he gets in — to be the brother-in-law of the member! We must help all we can, dear. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

At the window on which the man fixes an intensely expectant gaze nothing ever appears; the glass, in truth, has such a coating of dust that it has long ceased to be transparent. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

H. G. Wells Mr. Ramsy McDougal stood against the table, as ever a little apart from his colleagues, an image of unreadiness. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Bram Stoker I do not think I ever saw a girl who united in such perfection the qualities of strength of character and sweetness of disposition. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Alas, was there ever so fine, so generous a nature? My Tonia is one of the richest women in London, and with a name that may rank with the highest. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

There had never been such a day for the trout in his memory, so cool and breezy and soft, nor had he ever seen so glorious a water. Politics and the Mayfly by John Buchan

Monk’s has a false ring in it, if ever I heard one. Roger Monk by Ellen Wood [1868]

George Gissing If ever I meet Alexander——!” Piers was coldly amused. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

The sinks on the landings smelled more offensive than ever in the midst of the darkness and stillness. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Henry Lawson I asked him if he’d ever got stringy-bark palings or shingles out of mountain ash, and he smiled a smile that did my heart good to see, and said he had. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

E. F. Benson Well her claim to be a cook is the falsest I ever heard of. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

John Morley No young author ever solicited advice in vain, and he was never sparing either of trouble or praise. Voltaire by John Morley

Arthur Conan Doyle Let me remark in parenthesis that fowls were my special department in domestic economy, and that no step was ever taken in their management without my advice and assistance. Our Derby Sweepstakes by Arthur Conan Doyle

At all events, no difficulty that I ever heard of arose out of the use of this girl as a go-between. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Charles Dickens I love you dearly, with all my heart and soul; with as much truth and earnestness as ever man loved woman in this world, I do believe. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Rafael Sabatini She slept at La Blanchette one single night, and returned to Paris next morning, vowing that nothing would ever cause her to set foot again across that accursed threshold. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Henry Handel Richardson And this time the loss hit him harder than ever before. Succedaneum by Henry Handel Richardson

If such is the case, it appears extremely likely, if Madge ever is his wife, that, whether he will or won’t, Bruce Graham will have to have his share. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Francis Bacon But latae undique sunt sapientibus viae; to sapience (which was anciently defined to be rerum divinarum et humanarum scientia) there is ever a choice of means. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

Jonathan Swif Yesterday it was made of a noble hint I gave him long ago for his Tatlers, about an Indian supposed to write his Travels into England.23 I repent he ever had it. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

George Meredith She is my darling for ever and ever. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

She saw the stern dark picture as plainly as ever she did. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

She was only twenty then, with as sweet a face, the Squire says, as Worcester, renowned though it is for its pretty faces, ever saw. The Story of Dorothy Grape by Ellen Wood [1881]

Jonathan Swif The last thing I do up is to write something to our MD, and then get into bed, and put out my candle, and so go sleep as fast as ever I can. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

And then she did come much nearer to fainting than ever before in her life. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Maria Edgeworth I read what, as I hope for mercy, I had no recollection of ever having written —‘My dear, too dear Henry.’ ‘Colonel D’Aubigny?’ said the general. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Willa Cather She could do a great deal more with freedom than ever Vickie could. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

On those occasions, however, as he goes his rounds, he ever and anon whirls it round his head, and it bursts into a dismal flame. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry Handel Richardson No one had ever done a thing of the kind for her before; and she was callous to the fact of its being a stranger, who had his hands thus in her private life. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Watkin Tench The throes of hunger will ever prove too powerful for integrity to withstand. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Henry Handel Richardson But should I ever again know a moment’s peace, if I left him in that awful place? Richard? . Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

I went to Almayer; the biggest blind fool that you ever . An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle But through the cloud that rattle and whirr rose ever louder and louder, with a deep-mouthed shouting and the stamping of thousands of feet. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Henry James We found him in his library — which, by the way, is simply the most delightful apartment that I ever smoked a cigar in — a room arranged for a lifetime. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

He seemed fearful of being recognised, and no one had ever seen his face. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Willa Cather Did Tom ever say that he meant you to have a share in his profits, if there were any?” “No, not exactly. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Louisa May Alcott It was the most romantic thing I ever saw — the river, the bridge of boats, the great fortress opposite, moonlight everywhere, and music fit to melt a heart of stone. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

And the mirage as mad as ever it was in the desert. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Andrew Lang As to the elder son, he would never even hear his name mentioned, and died at last without ever seeing his face, leaving to the younger, as he had promised, all his lands, as well as his money. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Caroline Lamb My eye involuntarily fixed upon the great land-mark, the mountains which extend behind yon beautiful valley; but, starting at the thought of the crime I had committed, I turned for ever from them. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Then in another week Juventus butts in in all the majesty of its youth, ejects the dotard, and sets up Prince John, and everybody lives happy ever after. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

George Meredith I remember I was writing a story, named THE MAN OF TWO MINDS. I shall sign it, By the Woman of Two Natures. If ever it is finished. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

George Gissing We’ll start as soon as ever he likes! — well, in a month or two. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Whether they be faint or vivid, they are ever beyond the power of my will to alter in any way. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Anthony Trollope If it were so that you loved me, I think you would owe it me to say so, let me be ever so poor. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

They were as beautiful, as strong and piercing as ever they had been. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

The Fountain Abbey of which I speak is no such rich and proud place as the other, but a simple little cell; yet, withal, as cosy a spot as ever stout anchorite dwelled within. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Arnold Bennett Edwin in the night saw the new garden finished, mellow, blooming with such blossoms as were sold in Saint Luke’s Market; he had scarcely ever seen flowers growing in the mass. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Wilkie Collins It was the hardest thing I ever had to do in my life — but I did succeed in controlling myself. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

George Gissing He was the picture of health, though as far as ever from enduing the comfortable flesh which accompanies robustness in men of calmer temperament. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

She looked back and wondered whether she had really ever longed for a new dress, and been gladdened by the possession of a five-pound note. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

But not so the guests! who came down into the breakfast room as radiant as ever and in full possession of themselves. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Anthony Trollope What is this? How does he dare to send his ribald jokes to me in such a matter? No, I do not suppose I ever shall like Dr Proudie; I have never expected it. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne Hatteras was hardly ever seen. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

George Gissing It seemed out of the question that any trouble could ever again come between them. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

E. Phillips Oppenheim As I say, here I have the sweetest and happiest little wife who ever drifted from heaven into a man’s life. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Jack London There was no name to this country on which we drove, no record of it ever having been visited by navigators. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

I never meant to — I did mean you to sit out six — but you’re the most gallant little idiot I’ve ever struck. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

He went half out of his mind, they say, and they couldn’t get him away from the spot so they subscribed and bought him an old boat and he’s been there ever since. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Henry James That’s all I’ve ever claimed. The Pension Beaurepas by Henry James [1879]

But I was easy with this suffering woman, very easy, more easy than I ever supposed I could be with any one so intimately associated with crime. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

He was reserved only if allusion were ever ventured to his birth or history. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Anthony Trollope Let the marriage be ever so gorgeous, it would not cost the dowry which an Earl’s daughter might have expected. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Abraham Merri Torment and death for Sharane and for him — creeping, stealing, ever closer. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

It’s one of the most beautiful things I ever saw in all my life. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

You know what that is like—how damnable, that a man of refinement should ever be in such a condition. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Ostrich-feathers bedeck the frizzly polls of many men and women, but no one has ever heard of any having been killed or snared by huntsmen. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

I have had a feeling of sea-sickness ever since. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Tobias Smolle This singular piece of behaviour incensed Miss Ramper so much that she cried, “D— n your pitiful soul, you are as arrant a poltroon, as ever was drummed out of a regiment. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

D. H. Lawrence But I’m a stuggy fellow myself, maybe that’s how it is I can’t ever quite see him in the same light as the thin chaps do. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Theodore Dreiser Hardly any one ever comes here; and if they do, you needn’t see them. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Thomas Hardy He was surprised at her firmness, and it was only when he hinted at moral reasons for their union that she was ever shaken. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

John Morley We do not permit the smallest licence; we require an author to carry without a break all these chains, and yet that he should appear ever free. Voltaire by John Morley

D. H. Lawrence I do not know if you can ever forgive me. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

I’ve worked hard all my life; I never spared myself; every dollar I ever made, I’ve coined my brains for it. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

As soon as he saw me, he fixed his eyes on me, and scarcely ever removed them. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

This Adam ever described Eve as the initiator of his fall. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Both have been ever since the houses were built. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

H. Rider Haggard Poor Mildred! higher than ever above her head bloomed that “blue rose” she longed to pluck. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

George Meredith But should it ever be known she had sprung from this! Alas! she felt she never could pardon such a dire betrayal. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Wilkie Collins It is hard to make some women understand that a husband’s heart—let him be ever so devoted and affectionate—has vacant places in it which they can never hope to fill. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

A startled cock-pheasant is not the quietest of birds, but I don’t think I ever heard one make such a noise as that bird did then. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Frances Hodgson Burnett I do not want to tell her—even the belovedest woman that ever lived. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Oh! I’ll love you so much!” Bazouge, ever gallant, thought that he ought not to be hasty with a lady who appeared to have taken such a fancy to him. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Washington Irving He had been unusually silent this morning ever since the laugh raised at his expense, but now his countenance brightened, and he produced his alforjas with an air of triumph. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

It occurred to her suddenly that of all the follies of which she had been guilty, and they seemed to have been many and stupendous, none had ever been greater than that. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Leslie Stephen To correspond with a Paoli and with a Chatham is enough to keep a young man ever ardent in the pursuit of virtuous fame. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]