Phrases with "fact"

I will not say that I loved her; neither the fact that she was another man’s wife, nor the fact that she was soon to die, was ever absent from my mind when I thought of her. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Henry James The mystery at any rate remained; another shade of purple in fact was virtually added to it. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

She gave them what they needed, and what more could they want? The fact was she felt weak and troubled before children. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

By the mere fact of being in danger of imprisonment, they had been promoted from “these people” to “poor things. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

He obeyed, rather shamefacedly, for he realised that the proposed exchange was in fact more appropriate to his sex. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Anthony Trollope But perhaps the sting that went sharpest to her heart was that which came from the fact that Lord Hampstead was about to be married at all. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Alison must have given this fact away. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Edgar Allan Poe I would have won for the Arch-Enemy Mr. Dammit’s little head — for the fact is, my mamma was very well aware of my merely temporary absence from home. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

If you’ve a reason, give it me quick, now!” Drayton grasped the fact that it was not himself alone who was involved. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Victor Hugo The fact is, that Lucifer, having foreseen the death of Claudius Pulcher, took care to prevent the birds feeding. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

H. G. Wells They haven’t the feeling an Englishman has-if I may put it that way — that a fact may not be quite respectable. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

H. G. Wells The talk was in fact more for the benefit of the former. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

In fact I’ve been thinking that in many ways he and you might be blood-brothers now. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

E. Phillips Oppenheim His manner was so amazingly matter of fact that the more sinister possibilities of the situation seemed to belong, as he had suggested, to a different world. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Edith Wharton The fact of the young man’s taking their criticism without flinching (as he himself had been thankfully aware of doing) no doubt increased their liking, and thus let him farther into their intimacy. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

The tenure was uncertain to him as regarded its duration; to us it is equally uncertain, and in fact mysterious, as regards its origin. Goethe by Thomas De Quincey

Blaise Pascal For it will not follow from this that the thing that is naturally understood by the word time is in fact the movement of a created thing. Of the Geometrical Spirit by Blaise Pascal

H. G. Wells There was nothing out of the ordinary about that dinner party, unless it was the fact that it was an unusually good dinner party. The Queer Story of Brownlow’s Newspaper by H. G. Wells [1932]

Edith Wharton Such was the conflicting gossip of the hour; but it was in fact idle to forecast the fortunes of a state dependent on a valetudinary’s whims; and rumour was driven to feed upon her own conjectures. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Henry James She spoke of the journey to London~-which was in fact a matter of many hours — as an experiment fraught with lurking complications. Flickerbridge by Henry James [1902]

The fact is — and you know it — my son very nearly did marry someone out there. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

The outburst of republicanism had been in fact the last flicker of an expiring cause. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Arthur Conan Doyle The fact that nobody else in the village had seen them gave her no surprise. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Olaf Stapledon In fact he would use every means short of slamming the door in my face to make it clear that I was not wanted. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

She linked with that the fact that Bailey had a mind as orderly as a museum, and an invincible power over detail. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

The able bodied men jealously stand aloof from whatever is in their apprehension, menial drudgery; but their activity in fact contributes appreciably to the sustenance of the group. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

So I went out, having learned nothing, save the fact that mademoiselle had a lover, and that her lips could smile. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

They would have died of a fever, and their bodies would have been exposed to the public gaze as royal bodies habitually were, so that all men would know that they were in fact departed from this life. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

As a matter of fact he had written his name six hundred and seventy times on sheets of foolscap by way of steadying his nerves. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Edith Wharton The fact that she thought it odd suddenly showed her how closely their lives were interwoven. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

The fact was that ever since I struck Lower Binfield I’d been drinking almost continuously from every opening time to every closing time. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Elizabeth Gaskell It is true that the details of his prosperity were somewhat vague; but the fact was broadly and unmistakenly stated. The Crooked Branch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

George Gissing No wonder Mrs. Damerel could think of nothing but the great fact that Horace had secured a fortune. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

It would be idle to say that Browne will never forget his feelings, when the hail reached him from the deck, announcing the fact that a boat from the Russian man-o’-war was coming alongside. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

F. Scott Fitzgerald In fact — he concluded — it isn’t worth worrying over what’s evil and what isn’t. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Edith Wharton Ronald in fact constituted his father’s one escape from the impenetrable element of mediocrity which had always hemmed him in. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Now, Lucy Snowe —” “I assure you it is fact — and fact, also, that Dr. Bretton would not stay in the carriage: he broke from us, and would ride outside. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

George Meredith I state the fact to you—her sister. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

George Meredith But it was a fact also, that since the day of the fall (never, save in merest glimpses, before that day), he had taken to look behind him, as though an eye had been knocked in the back of his head. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Edith Wharton On one side is the private fact that my wife, without my knowledge, borrowed money from Fleetwood just before I appointed him to an important post; on the other side is his public record and mine. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Marie Corelli That passage in the Revelation of St. John, has been quoted scores of times as being applicable to Rome, though as a matter of fact it distinctly mentions Babylon.” Here he smiled suavely. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Oscar Wilde In fact the whole of Japan is a pure invention. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Olaf Stapledon In fact I suggest that economic determinism is thrusting us not toward the Marxian Utopia but toward Fascism; and that, if economic determinism cannot be restrained, we are doomed. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Baldwin Spencer The man must not go near his lubra, in fact he is kept out in the bush for two or three months. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

The fact is I was completely unnerved by a sheer blank fright, pure abstract terror, unconnected with any distinct shape of physical danger. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

H. G. Wells The fact that I was slovenly to look upon and with hollows under my collar-bones and with shoulder-blades that stuck out, could not alter these insistent demands of the life in me. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

She had been told the fact in too many ways — by praise sometimes, but much more often by envy — to remain unconscious of her charms. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Olaf Stapledon Except for the fact that he sometimes tugged at his collar and mopped the sweat from his face, he behaved with complete composure. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Arnold Bennett Mrs. Critchlow standing up to her husband! Another strange thing was that she thought the bills of several of the big Manchester firms were unpaid, when as a fact they had been paid. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Abraham Merri His face was red, and his eyes were shining drunkenly; he had in fact all the symptoms of a laughing drunk. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

E. F. Benson The thought of that, and the fact that Miss Greele’s lips were professionally sealed, made her able to take Diva’s arm as they strolled about the garden afterwards. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

H. G. Wells As a matter of fact I was worked out; the intense stress of nearly four years’ continuous work left me incapable of any strength of feeling. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

She had certainly been told by Lionel that Miss Brabazon and “poor Milly” had been intimate friends; that this fact was, indeed, the only link between Miss Brabazon and her host. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Henry James It had for my imagination a value, for my theory a price, and it in fact constituted an impression under the influence of which this theory, just impatiently shaken off, perched again on my shoulders. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Anthony Trollope The small amount of courtesy that is needed is more than atoned for by the grace of her presence, and in fact produces no more impediment in the hunting-field than in other scenes of life. Hunting Sketches by Anthony Trollope

Henry James He liked everything about them: he was, for instance, not at all above liking the fact that they had very slender feet and high insteps. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Henry James It was not an agreeable task; it was in fact a repulsive one. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Apart from the fact that there are those who are still in doubt as to which portion of the New Testament narrative is to be regarded as mythical——’ Mr. Treadman sprang to his feet. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Now we must be matter of fact folk once more. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle The fact is that he has a personal interest in a case which comes before us, and he thought he should not have a hand in judging it. The End of Devil Hawker by Arthur Conan Doyle

To these three Zanoni motioned; they advanced; he pointed towards the first mask, who was in fact the Prince di — and to his unspeakable astonishment the prince was suddenly seized from behind. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

She felt that, even now, she might be either, but in fact she was neither. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

To be in the Church was in fact simply to pursue one of those professions which Nature and Society had decided were proper to gentlemen and gentlemen alone. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

In fact in every way the utter mysery of his malady was increasing. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

The fact is stoutly denied by his son, the historian, who seems anxious to relieve his father from this honorable imputation, which threw a cloud over both their fortunes Ibid. Parte 2, lib. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

E. Phillips Oppenheim She recognised the fact more than once that she was in the preacher’s mind. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Margaret Oliphant He scarcely asked himself who was that beautiful vision? The fact of her existence was at the moment too overpowering for any secondary inquiries. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

The fact was, he had been so abused by the Squire for having put away the trace of the “stuff,” that it was a sore subject. Roger Monk by Ellen Wood [1868]

Theodore Dreiser The fact that there was also considerable complaint in the newspapers from time to time in regard to this same North Side service pleased him in a way. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Arthur Conan Doyle Of course the difficulty of drawing it out arose from the fact that I was clinging to it. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

H. G. Wells In fact Adolf Hitler is nothing more than one of my thirteen year old reveries come real. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope She took a great dislike to Lady Mountjoy, who endeavored to domineer; and who, by the assistance of the two others, was in fact tyrannical. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

That the motive was not robbery was also plain from the fact that not a drawer had been opened or a lock forced, while the money in his pocket was still intact. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

E. Phillips Oppenheim May I inquire if you are Mr. Sabin, sir?” Mr. Sabin admitted the fact with some surprise. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Arnold Bennett The fact was that the street was too much for her. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Olaf Stapledon The prophet in his own daily living had found that in fact men were inevitably members one of another, and that only in mutual insight and friendship could they fulfil themselves. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Rudyard Kipling It never disturbed the digestion of the White Hussars. They were in fact rather proud of it. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Anthony Trollope I think it is certainly the fact that a clergyman may hunt twice a week with less objection in regard to his time than any other man who has to earn his bread by his profession. Hunting Sketches by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling Michael kept his secret most loyally, but Helen, as usual, explained the fact to her friends; which when Michael heard, he raged. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

D. H. Lawrence Mrs Bodoin had always disliked the fact of Virginia’s doing a job. Mother and Daughter by D. H. Lawrence [1929]

Anthony Trollope It is not the fact that the parting is coming which makes these days and moments so wretched, but the feeling that something special is expected from them, which something they always fail to produce. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

In such cases of reversion there is a return to the unmediated relation of subservience, as the dominant fact of the devout attitude. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Anthony Trollope In point of fact I know it does not. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim To you three I see no harm in disclosing the fact that I have read the Government remonstrance addressed to a certain prominent person. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

F. Scott Fitzgerald As a matter of fact I think that if I hadn’t met you I would have done something. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

The fact that their curiosities were sometimes unsatisfied tended to obscure the really vast quantity of data which Chang was always willing to outpour. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Anthony Trollope The fact is this: Mr Cornbury says you are a Liberal, and that therefore he has not the face to ask you. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton The fact is, I’m not fit to be a nurse — I shall live and die a wretched sentimentalist!” she ended, with an angry dash at the tears on her veil. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The fact is, we are engaged to be married, and Miss Packe is going to stay with her aunt who lives in London and who will help her with the necessary preparations. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Anthony Trollope In fact Mr. Jones, in the middle of his troubles, was unable to promise an immediate union, and did not choose that his son should marry in order that he might be supported by a singing girl. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Virginia Woolf She dominates the lives of kings and conquerors in fiction; in fact she was the slave of any boy whose parents forced a ring upon her finger. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Its actual appearance was frightening, and not merely the fact that he knew it to be himself. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

It is a more surprising fact that certain rodents utter musical sounds. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Henry James The first emotion her presence excited was a quick sense of the strange fact that, after all these years of loneliness, such a magnificent person should be his wife. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

Olaf Stapledon This fact discredited the whole system of Liberal ideas, both the good and the bad. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Arthur Conan Doyle Our blessed Master can work by means of weak instruments, yet the fact remains that a man may be a chosen light in a pulpit, and yet be of little avail in an onslaught such as we have seen this day. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Edith Wharton In sheer lassitude her mind turned from these alternatives of horror, and sank back into the blank fact that he was gone. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Charles Stur The fact however was, that the under-drainage had not yet reached the lower part of the gully. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Anthony Trollope Under the constant teaching of his aunt he did recognize it as a fact that he owed a high duty to his family. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Gaston Leroux We established the fact that the murderer had introduced himself into the pavilion between five and six o’clock. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Virginia Woolf And this was the first fact that he investigated. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

George Gissing Supposing their plot revealed, would Nancy in fact be left without resources? Surely not,—with her brother, her aunt, her lifelong friends the Barmbys, to take thought for her. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Marie Corelli It was a Trappist monastery then? — and he was being taken charge of by the Trappist Order? This fact might possibly be turned to his account if he were careful. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

G. K. Chesterton But everyone does know that there is a division between the things that as a matter of fact do commonly happen and the things that don’t. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Henry Handel Richardson And you may despise rumour as you will, my experience is, a report never springs up that hasn’t some basis of fact to go on — however small. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Robert Louis Stevenson The fact is, if I do not ask you the name of the other party, it is because I know it already. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson [1886]

Arthur Machen As a matter of fact the men at the bar were talking about a recent and sensational cat burglar; but every such word was doom to this wretch. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

But there was no rudeness in its tone, nor was there any mistaking the fact that he was, both by nature and education, a gentleman. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

I don’t know whether everyone would admit this, and it is a fact that some people seem unaware of being influenced by their inner life, or even of having any inner. New Words by George Orwell

Rudyard Kipling But it is a fact that, under certain circumstances, Thomas in bulk can be worked up into ditthering, rippling hysteria. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Thomas Hardy Thus desultorily thinking he flung himself down upon the couch, which, as in many draughty old country houses, was constructed with a hood, being in fact a legitimate development from the settle. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

He muttered — and the fact that he spoke to me at all showed how great the strain of the weather must have been to wring any words out of him: “Bad — there’s a large Indiaman gone. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

The fact was, that Mr. Larkin had a little mistaken his man. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry James He observed as a not unimportant fact that one of the pretty women was beside him: a gentleman sat on his other hand. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

Anthony Trollope The fact on which Mrs. Burton wished to insist, if only she knew how, was this, that Florence had not sinned at all, and that Florence therefore ought not to bear any part of the punishment. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope They only proved the production of peas in Holstein — a fact as to which Phineas had no doubt. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope At the ball Edith did in fact dance with Captain Clayton quite as often as did Ada herself, but she danced with him, she said, as the darling sister of his supposed bride. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

H.P. Lovecraft What prevents me from believing the doctor is one simple fact — that the police never found the bodies of those servants whom they say Crawford Tillinghast murdered. From Beyond by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

Henry James It has agreed in fact to look straight the other way. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Baldwin Spencer This fact is one of very considerable importance. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Henry Handel Richardson Grandmother stayed at home from her job, without even troubling to send word of her intention, “a death in the family” being a fact of sufficient importance to allow a break with precedent. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Conan Doyle There is much curious evidence of varying value concerning these borderland forms, which come or go either in fact or imagination — the latter most frequently, no doubt. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

William Makepeace Thackeray The fact is, that this unlucky lady had the knack of writing a great deal more than she meant. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

It was the fact that they had managed to trace Haraldsen here in spite of all our care. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

After a moment she asked, “Have you seen Mrs. Wilmington yet?” “No, I haven’t,” cried Mrs. Munger. “The fact is, I wanted to talk it over with you and Mr. Gerrish first. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Notwithstanding this they were unwilling to let the matter rest, and the fact that justice was out of reach only added fury to their anger. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Edgar Rice Burroughs In fact my dinner was a hundred yards away and going like the proverbial bat when I dropped my six-shooter on it. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Lucy Maud Montgomery The fact is, Mrs. Spencer, there’s been a queer mistake somewhere, and I’ve come over to see where it is. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

I know nothing of yacht sailing, but I can appreciate the grand fact that in running before a wind the boom is removed from its usual sphere of devastation. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

D. H. Lawrence And yet, when he glanced in passing into the sweet-shop window, and saw it bare as a board, the very fact that he probably could not buy the things made him hesitate, and try. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

E. F. Benson In fact their mutual relations were among the most Beautiful Things of Riseholme, and hardly less beautiful was Peppino’s attitude towards it all. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

I know, of course, that he loved you first, and that he does n’t love me quite — in the same way, you know — perhaps, in fact — not as much. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Anthony Trollope In fact the Colonel was in love, and had now resolved that he would give way to his love in spite of his aunt, the Marchesa, and in spite of his own philosophy. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Gertrude Stein As a matter of fact I did come to knit very quickly and could even read and knit quickly at the same time. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

The fact is, Maud, your poor papa quite mistook me. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Sidney Colvin It seems in fact all but certain that he actually wrote it42. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

The fact was he felt a sense of relief at having unburdened his mind, and felt as though by writing out that confession he had laid the spectre which had haunted him for so long. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

G. K. Chesterton But when he saw her, he seemed to be simply stunned and stupefied by the mere fact of her presence. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

George Gissing It might only mean that the old man was anxious at not having seen her for five or six days, or that he was ill; but the fact of his living in the Bowers’ house suggested another explanation. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Anthony Trollope Was not the fact that the man had made such a will in itself sufficient proof of his madness? There were not a few who protested that no further proof could be necessary. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton It was a sort of mongrel bull-terrier, but with rather too much of the bull-dog; and this fact seemed to weaken its price as much as it strengthened its jaw. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

John Morley The appearance of the one as of the other is a fact which cannot be further resolved. Voltaire by John Morley

G. K. Chesterton But really there is no fact to show that ideal, emancipated woman was ever knocked silly; except the fact that she is silly. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

The fact has not appeared in court, but a witness we might name perceived you flying from your aunt’s door to the swamp as if your life depended upon the speed you made. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

It would buy an excellent in fact a sumptuous, house and garden at Hampstead, such as the better middle-class delight in. Garden Cities of To-morrow by Ebenezer Howard

E. Phillips Oppenheim The fact of it is, Slattery, that ridicule is a much more powerful factor in our daily lives than we are willing to acknowledge. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

When they had talked together for a while, the captain said — ‘The fact is, it is not quite on me you would have to attend; the situation, perhaps, is better. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope Even to Hermione she did not dare to tell the fact that such a letter had been received by her. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

I had been in London innumerable times, and yet till that day I had never noticed one of the worst things about London—the fact that it costs money even to sit down. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope The claim which had been put forward to Maule Abbey by his son had rested on the fact that when he should die the place must belong to his son — and the fact was unpleasant to him. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing The fact is, I am guilty of bad taste in seeming to treat it lightly; you have suffered very much, and won’t be yourself for some days. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Edith Wharton The fact is, the Museum has sold the Rembrandt.” I stared at him wildly. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Olaf Stapledon However this may be, it is a fact that a few rather highly developed worlds, even with communal mentality, were disastrously perverted in a strange manner, which I find very difficult to understand. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

G. K. Chesterton They go on talking of the death of Little Nell as if it were a mere example of maudlin description like the death of Little Paul. As a fact it is not described at all; so it cannot be objectionable. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

The fact is, that — that I am thinking of selling everything. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

I had a vision of the humane Patsy Lorry fanning the hare with his hat, but apparently nobody else found the fact unusual. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

William Morris The fact is, you must come along quick to my great-grandfather, who will understand you better than I do. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

Olaf Stapledon Or again, the desire may persuade him to imagine a cogency in arguments that are in fact irrelevant or worthless. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether pictures and statues are not in fact so much treasure? And whether Rome and Florence would not be poor towns without them? 78. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

G. K. Chesterton But MacIan was in a condition of criticism much less than the average masculine one, being in fact merely overturned by the rushing riddle of the events. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Ralph Waldo Emerson It extends its cold unalterable courtesy to political exiles of every opinion, and is a fact which might give additional light to that portion of the planet seen from the farthest star. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

The knocking, however, was a fact which no one could dispute, and several ineffectual attempts were made by the proprietor to discover the cause. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Sigmund Freud We must content ourselves with recording the fact that such a meaning fits in quite extraordinarily well with the situation as a whole and with the programme laid down by the unconscious. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

George Meredith That fact smote on his breast the moment he heard of her desire to go with her brother. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Not impossibly this fact might be one principal key to those dilapidations which the family estate had suffered. Shakspeare by Thomas De Quincey

Theodore Dreiser In fact he wanted to be rid of the turmoil he had been in, seeing it had proved so useless. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Arnold Bennett Auntie Hamps enquired fondly: “What does he mean —‘mother tired too’?” “Well,” said Clara, “the fact is some of ’em were so excited they stopped my afternoon sleep this afternoon. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

G. K. Chesterton So many people confuse the fact that it is brilliant with some notion of its being transparent. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Arnold Bennett Mrs. Lessways, as simple in forgiveness as in wrath, did not disguise her pleasure in the remarkable fact that it was Hilda who had made the overture. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

He communicated the fact to his officers; but he had already suffered so much from suspense, that his only desire now was, to bring his quarrel with Pizarro to the final arbitrament of arms. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

When I obtained that stick from Wetherell I took care that the fact should not be known outside the circle of a few men whom I felt perfectly certain I could trust. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

George Meredith From the vague sense of being an impostor, Evan awoke to the clear fact that he was likewise a fool. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Arthur Conan Doyle He pondered over the strange fact as he drove through the darkness, but the only conclusion to which his bucolic mind could come was that it was high time to raise the fare to that particular point. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

She could hardly appreciate that fact at its full value. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

It was the only supper-room that I have been in that was not over-crowded; in fact we were the only people there, everybody being so busy dancing. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Edith Wharton To the poet of revolt this sudden realisation of his doctrines seemed in fact a purely personal outrage. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Anthony Trollope He was better educated, better looking, in fact more fully a gentleman at all points than either Scarness or any of the others. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Virginia Woolf But it is a barrier; it is in fact rather a bore. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Henry Handel Richardson It had little or nothing to do with the fact that they had defied convention. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch The quarrel arose over the second deal, and as a matter of fact Urquhart had laid no money on the table, but made a pencil-note of a few shillings he lost by the first hand. The Laird’s Luck by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1901]

Olaf Stapledon Here and there our astronomical eyes could detect even those misty points which are in fact the remote universes. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Olaf Stapledon Then according to the theory under discussion, error consists in asserting that a certain system of universal characters belongs to a certain object when in fact it does not. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Sinclair Lewis I, uh — The fact is — I want you to be sure and not repeat this to anybody. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope It was evident to him that Mr Apjohn had come there under the guise of his advisor and friend, but was in fact leagued with all the others around him to drive him to his ruin. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Whether she had been frightened by the storm, I cannot say; but the fact remains that my horse had gone a-wandering despite her hobbles. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Wilkie Collins Secondly, Madame Duparc conceals the fact that she handed the flour to the servant to make the hasty-pudding. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

G. K. Chesterton The first is the mere fact that the reader rushes to read it. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Gaston Leroux The fact is highly important,” he added, “because there is no need of his being wounded in the hand for him to be the murderer. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

The tact which Sir Bernard and Isabel possessed in common soothed over the fact of Rosamond’s hysteria, and in effect combined in finding her a bed and putting her there. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Jack London Jackson’s arm was a fact of life. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

H. G. Wells That is not a doctrine, that is a factlong overlooked. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

George Meredith The fact is, I cannot kill the past, and I would not. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Julian Hawthorne Everyone, probably, has had some similar experience; and the fact that reason cannot account for the sensation does not lessen its impressiveness. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

Nothing is more obvious than the fact that both the objective and the past existence of the object may be the very things about it that most seem satisfactory, and that most invite us to believe them. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Theodore Dreiser They all claimed to be very poor, when as a matter of fact they were actually rolling in wealth. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope All the facts of the accusation were known to the man, and the fact also that his master’s present wife was entirely in accord with his master. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton His friends always hastened to announce the fact to strangers — adding after a pause of suspense that they “would see what they could do. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Margaret Oliphant What was there to say?—the fact which he had thus avowed was beyond explanation. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Abraham Merri And it is a fact that they weren’t. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Maria Edgeworth Mademoiselle, or Miss O’Faley, was in fact half French and half Irish — born in France, she was the daughter of an officer of the Irish brigade, and of a French lady of good family. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth