Phrases with "fact"

Willa Cather But the great fact was the land itself, which seemed to overwhelm the little beginnings of human society that struggled in its sombre wastes. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Anthony Trollope He had been ever assuring himself of that fact, which was now more of a fact than ever. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

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

Bram Stoker Straight in front of us and not far off, in fact so near that I wondered we had not noticed before, came a group of mounted men hurrying along. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Yes, I have established the plain fact that this Brotherson was near to, if not in the exact line of the scene of crime in each of these extraordinary and baffling cases. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

The Squire’s face was a picture when he went down: he began to realize the fact that he was once more left in the lurch. Over the Water by Ellen Wood [1871]

Edith Wharton It was a great concrete fact in her path that she had to walk around every time she moved in any direction. Autres Temps . . . by Edith Wharton [1916]

Bram Stoker In fact he was, in theatrical parlance, not only properly equipped but “letter-perfect” in his part. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Anthony Trollope For some time he sat with his hat off, forgetful of his privilege of wearing it, and then put it on hurriedly, as though the fact of his not wearing it must have been observed by everybody. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

I WAS not long in grasping the fact that there was one God for grandfather and another for grandmother. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Edith Wharton The letters in fact began again — more gradually and in smaller numbers. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Henry James She had in fact taken two or three plunges of her own and ought to allow for those of others. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

The whole business was a masterpiece of organisation, and profoundly impressed him with the fact that this was no flutter of youth, but a miraculous union of youth and experience. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Henry James But if I have described him as inclined to candour and to reason I can give no better proof of it than the fact of his being ready to face the truth by the end of half an hour. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

Anthony Trollope That Lizzie Eustace had stolen the diamonds, as a pickpocket steals a watch, was a fact as to which Mr. Camperdown had in his mind no shadow of a doubt. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

He was conscious of nothing but the one fact that he was in Marian’s society for perhaps the last time in his life. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

The fact remains that for him the rewards have been adequate, if not to content at any rate to keep him working. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Anthony Trollope That it was built for a tomb is, I suppose, not to be doubted; though for whose ashes it was in fact erected may perhaps be questioned. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Men do not grow up in ignorance of such a fact as a slur on their parentage. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

In fact they professedly sacrifice everything else to this object. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

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 He is bound to do so when he is convinced that a woman’s decision is final; and there can be no stronger proof of such finality than the fact that she has declared a preference for some other man. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Jack London It convinced me of a fact that I had before in a degree doubted, to wit: that these seas were sometimes visited by navigators. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Robert Louis Stevenson I read about a half of them myself; then handed over the task to one of stauncher resolution, with orders to communicate any fact that should be found to illuminate these pages. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

R. D. Blackmore I know for a fact that a copy was laid before the finest draftsman in London, by — by those who were displeased with it, and his words were: ‘Beautiful! beautiful! Every word of it holds water. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Another thing which added to his ill-humour was the fact that Bubbles, alone of the party, had not come down to breakfast. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Robert Louis Stevenson The fact of its great and special beauty further recommends this country to the artist. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing After all, were not man and woman, disguise the fact as one might, condemned by nature to mutual hostility? Useless to attempt rational methods with beings to whom reason was fundamentally repugnant. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Margaret Oliphant I am not so effeminate as to mind being tired; though as a matter of fact I am not tired,” he said. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

When he came to the widow’s written accusation against one by the name of Gouverneur Hildreth, he was impressed by a fact that had hitherto escaped his notice. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

E. Phillips Oppenheim The fact that no servant noticed me is remarkable, for there were several who must have observed my movements, had they been paying the slightest attention to what was going on. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Edith Wharton Susy was visibly glad to see Gillow; but she was glad of everything just then, and so glad to show her gladness! The fact disarmed her husband and made him ashamed of his uneasiness. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Leon Trotsky But for the millions, the significant thing was not our forecast, but the fact of the crushing of the Chinese prôletariat. My Life by Leon Trotsky

In the man’s favour — there he was again! — was the fact that the fingerprints on the revolver and those on the letter containing the money were the same. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

H. G. Wells As a matter of fact — ” He paused and smiled at me deeply, and tapped slowly on the edge of his desk with the green phial. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

George Gissing A terrible woman! She regards you as sealed for perdition by the mere fact of your birth. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Thomas Hardy Anny had burst out in hearty laughter at the mere fact of the chance encounter. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

George Gissing But the amazing fact is that such a man comes forward to perform such services. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

His few Latin letters to his foreign friends are remarkably barren either of fact or sentiment. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

She grasped the fact that her daughter was doomed; she lived plunged in a stupor, alive only to the terrible anguish that filled her heart. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

And finally his lordship directed the jury that the fact that a man has been what is loosely called “driven mad” by love does not mean that he is not capable of keeping command over his faculties. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Abraham Merri I must assume also that they are familiar with the elementary fact of physics that the vibrations of light and sound are interchangeable. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Robert Green Ingersoll The fact that Christ could withstand the temptations of the devil was considered as conclusive evidence that he was assisted by some god, or at least by some being superior to man. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

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]

We know that they were not: and we know also the reason of their dissimilarity—the fact that Pamela and her brother and their groups ont passé par là. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Unaided, he could not do so, but with the assistance of his old schoolfellowfollowing his lead in fact — he might get at the truth. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

He knew it would have to come; in fact he had wished for nothing more than an opportunity for making all the amends that were possible under the circumstances. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

It fitted him so well that the wildest of us did not resent the fact when it was disclosed. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

It was the fact that a fragment of it, a balk of curved timber garnished with some massive bolts, lay on the table, and was evidently an object of earnest interest. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch The fact is, we had been forced to step aside to pass more than one body stretched at length or huddled in the roadway, and — well, I have told you about the dogs. The Poisoned Ice by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

I have not one single fact of which I can say that it admits only of a single interpretation. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Thuret has observed the same fact with certain sea-weeds or Fuci. Gartner, moreover, found that this difference of facility in making reciprocal crosses is extremely common in a lesser degree. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

You think I’m a painted butterfly; but in fact I’m the hardest worked man in this country. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Thomas Hardy A short time after the interview Darton was united to Helena at a simple matter-of fact wedding; and she and her little girl joined the boy who had already grown to look on Darton’s house as home. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

F. Scott Fitzgerald One fact worked consistently against the disclosure of his secret. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Kenneth Grahame But as a matter of fact I did none of it — only cleaned out the passages and chambers, as far as I had need of them. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

H. G. Wells No. The fact behind the sexes — is sex. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

He stooped over his plate and worked his jaw deliberately while his blue eyes rolled incessantly; but as a matter of fact he never looked openly at any one of us. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

William Makepeace Thackeray If he has a musical wife, depend on it he thinks her old songs of 1788 are better than any he has heard since: in fact he has heard NONE since. Mens Wives by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Jack London The fact is, a man gets tired after he’s been working for hours. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Edith Wharton The fact is, I’ve got to go to America. My wife left a little property, a few pennies, that I must go and see to — for the child. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

That was a fact about which there was no possibility of doubt. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Charles Dickens I’ll state the fact of it to you. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

H. G. Wells The fact of it was Bodisham was a rotten organiser — a lousy organiser. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Victor Hugo Even to examine the envelope of a fact may be to some purpose. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

John Galsworthy The fact remains that she received it. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

All true tea loversnot only like their tea strong, but like it a little stronger witheach year that passes — a fact which is recognized in the extra rationissued to old-age pensioners. Collected Essays by George Orwell

He overlooked the fact that he had never yet matched himself against the landlord of a London public-house. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

G. K. Chesterton Only figures of speech can faintly express the fact; but it was a fact and not a figure of speech. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

He went on impressively, “Now there is no denying the fact that when the police appeared Mr. Larose was under the gravest suspicion. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Nothing in him betrayed the momentous fact that within that jungle there was a girl, a performer in a ladies’ orchestra, whom he had carried straight off the concert platform into the wilderness. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

From every realized amount of fact some other fact is absent, as being uninvolved. Memories and Studies by William James

Anthony Trollope To him it was a fact that he had been cruelly used in having such a bit of paper thrust upon him instead of being paid by a check which on the morning would be honored. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Jules Verne The gold medal, my Lord, is promised to the traveler who will succeed in ascertaining a fact which is one of the greatest DESIDERATA to the geography of India.” Paganel was magnificent. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Frances Hodgson Burnett He had in fact lain awake thinking of plans of defence but had so far been able to decide on none. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

That fact is the most striking proof that we were not isolated. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

E. Phillips Oppenheim You are a servant of the Soviet, a fact which you cannot be allowed to forget. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

The fact that his only supporter was one looked askance at by strict professors confirmed his shrinking. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Sigmund Freud However, I shall not dispute the fact that even critical thought — activity, which does not simply repeat material from the dream-thoughts, plays a part in dream-formation. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Jules Verne The fact was that the canvas had been so long exposed to the action of the waves, that it had become thoroughly impregnated by salt, which of course was taken up again by the water that fell upon it. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

E. F. Benson Print also disclosed the further fact that Lucia must have settled everything at least before the morning post yesterday, or this paragraph could never have appeared to-day. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Olaf Stapledon In fact what I needed was to think things out with all possible concentration, and without distraction from current urgencies. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Sigmund Freud The fact that in the dream this wrinkle is replaced by a wound points to the second occasion for the dream. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

I am telling you of it because the fact had its influence on the developments you shall hear of presently. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

But against this has to be set the fact that Dali is a draughtsman of very exceptional gifts. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Olaf Stapledon We had also a queer sense that, though we were seemingly isolated in a vast desert of stars and nebulae, we were in fact in some kind of mental proximity with unseen intelligences. Star Maker 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]

You’ll be surprised that I mention them, but the fact is that my mind has been dwelling shamelessly on food and drink. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

But the pigs seemed comfortable enough, and in fact were putting on weight if anything. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

He then unhesitatingly asserted the fact that I was a kueidzu, or foreign devil, and dared the man who was taking my place to disprove it. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Henry James It’s in fact just why she mustn’t have, as she has now, a particular distress on at the very moment. The Beldonald Holbein by Henry James [1901]

Sinclair Lewis The fact that she had been left out of the campaign for the new schoolbuilding disconcerted Carol. She laid her dreams of perfection aside. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

H. Rider Haggard Anyhow, it is a well-established fact that there have been many separate emigrations of Persians from the Persian Gulf to the east coast of Africa up to as lately as seven hundred years ago. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

D. H. Lawrence As they pulled the turnips in November, the sharp clink-clink-clink-clink-clink of empty trucks shunting on the line, vibrated in their hearts with the fact of other activity going on beyond them. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

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]

Jane Austen They were in fact very fine ladies; not deficient in good humour when they were pleased, nor in the power of making themselves agreeable when they chose it, but proud and conceited. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Edmund Burke The fact itself must be determined by every man’s own experience and reflection. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

Arthur Morrison Might you happen to have it handy now?” “Well,” I said, “as a matter of fact a friend of mine has it now. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Arthur Morrison As a matter of fact it still exists; not quite the widespread and open thing it once was, of course, and much smaller; but pretty active in a quiet way, and pretty mischievous. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Oscar Wilde As a rule, the critics—I speak, of course, of the higher class, of those in fact who write for the sixpenny papers—are far more cultured than the people whose work they are called upon to review. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Jules Verne In fact he had seen that Joam Dacosta had said nothing about the document which formed the material proof of his innocence. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

In point of fact it was nipped in the bud by T. D. himself. Memories and Studies by William James

Edith Wharton The fact is I didn’t have to. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

One result of reading them was that I gained a firm conviction that I was not alone in the world, and the fact that I should not be lost took root in my soul. In the World by Maksim Gorky

H. G. Wells The fact of Signorina Clarges’ swift passage upstairs, originally a bare fact, became encrusted with interrogations; the brow of Bombaccio was troubled. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Anthony Trollope The fact that a lady of his household had received a letter from Mr. Slope had wounded his pride in the sorest place, and nothing could control him. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But our ministers do not in fact ever go out. North America by Anthony Trollope

Gertrude Stein A fact is that when the place was replaced all was left that was stored and all was retained that would not satisfy more than another. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

Rudyard Kipling The fact that he was in Government employ made Mrs. Vezzis lenient to the shortcomings of his ancestors. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Thomas Hardy The fact was that Yeobright’s fame had spread to an awkward extent before he left home. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

George Meredith The fact was known solely to Arabella and Mr. Pericles. It was the Surprise of the evening. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Virginia Woolf The fact is, certain questions have arisen, to which we must ask you to reply before we send you a subscription. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

The fact of the matter is, I have asked two ladies to dine with me tomorrow evening at Lallemand’s, and to go to the Opera afterwards. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

As to the identity, the probability seemed to be that the man was Moxdale; but I did not regard the fact as having been established conclusively. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

The fact is, that the medical profession composes the most generous and liberal body of men amongst us; taken generally, by much the most enlightened; but professionally, the most timid. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

George Gissing And the very fact that they are unconscious of their degradation afflicts one with all the keener pity. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Anthony Trollope The letter began “My dear sister-in-law,” and ended “Your affectionate brother-in-law, Mayfair,” and was in fact the first letter that the Duke had ever written to his brother’s wife. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon I observed, as in my own mind, the flashes of primeval genius that had gone to the making of that great medley of fact and fiction. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Arthur Morrison They take this office and cellar, as we have seen, because it is next door to a bank whose front entrance is being altered— a fact which Laker must know from his daily visits. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Leon Trotsky In this preparatory work, the leadership unquestionably belonged to Lenin, although the fact was not always obvious. My Life by Leon Trotsky

G. K. Chesterton The fact is, I have just found something. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

E. Phillips Oppenheim As a matter of fact I am nearly as much overdrawn myself, but I had no idea that the business wouldn’t stand it. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Sigmund Freud Finally, we should remember that the fact that most people take but little interest in their dreams is conducive to the forgetting of dreams. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Sigmund Freud The fact that dreams of a dead father were the first to furnish us with examples of absurdity in dreams is by no means accidental. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Joseph Furphy It’s a well-known fact that few carriers of Riverina cleared as much money as he did, and probably not one spent less. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

George Gissing Now, when I mentioned this fact to Lady Revill, she utterly denied that any friend of hers could have taken such a step. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

As for the fact that Joe had stolen the eight pounds, Mother and Father managed to keep it a secret till they died. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Robert Green Ingersoll An infidel is a gentleman who has discovered a fact and is not afraid to tell about it. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Anthony Trollope Linda did not know the strength of her own position, had not learned to recognise the fact of her own individuality. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Jacques Futrelle Now, isn’t it a fact that you did intend to elope with her on Thursday evening?” Dick strode feverishly across the room several times, then stopped in front of Hatch’s chair. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

Henry James The fact was (didn’t Nick know it?) the night had been suddenly and perversely fixed for Miriam’s première, and he was under a definite engagement with her not to stay away from it. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

William Hope Hodgson Having first reminded me of the fundamental fact that light is conveyed to the eye through the means of that indefinable medium, named the Æther. Eloi Eloi Lama Sabachthani by William Hope Hodgson

G. K. Chesterton In this way, being a full-blooded fellow, he rather repeats the genial sulkiness of Dickens. And if we take this fact about him first, we shall find it a key to the whole movement of this time. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Benjamin Disraeli The fact was, Mrs. Dallington Vere was a most successful woman, lucky in everything, lucky even in her husband; for he died. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

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]

As a matter of fact that search was a very interesting business, and I wish I had seen it, though perhaps it is as well that I did not, for I might not have kept my temper. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Henry James It was in fact impossible to escape them; it was in the good lady’s own phrase ridiculous to go on foot when you had a carriage prancing at the door. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

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

The fact did not seem in the least to surprise him, nor did he cast me a look beyond the ordinary glance of one stranger at another. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

Edith Wharton The fact is” — she paused a moment — “he was convinced that you were in love with Judith Wheater.” Instantly all the resentments and suspicions which Boyne had dismissed rushed back on him. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Benjamin Disraeli The fact is, as a friend of mine observed the other day, Herbert’s writings have turned his head. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Edith Wharton The fact is — ” “Dinner, first, my boy, if you don’t mind! A bottle of Burgundy will brush away the blue devils. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

Robert Green Ingersoll There is one trouble about him — he is growing; and this fact will no doubt give great trouble to many of his brethren. What shall we do to be Saved? by Robert Green Ingersoll

G. K. Chesterton The fact that he was a sick man immeasurably increases the credit to his manhood in preaching a sane levity and pugnacious optimism. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Edith Wharton It’s not so much the fact of Lorry’s being out all night; but your father thinks he’s sold the car. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

He was, villain or no villain, my husband, and nothing could ever undo that fact or make it true that I had never loved him. The Hermit of ——— Street by Anna Katharine Green

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]

George Gissing The fact is, I try not to think overmuch about my children. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Virginia Woolf The amazon Amalia rides in fact a magnificent dapple-grey horse, with glossy hair, which flatters like a parade horse . Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

The fact that the working class know how to combine and the middle class don’t is probably due to their different conceptions of family loyalty. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Henry James The fact is I require a hushed house. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

M. P. Shiel And the attempt would have succeeded, had it not been for the fact that the night was pitch-dark, and that another ship was trying that very venture with extinguished lights. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

George Meredith The fact is, he would not understand a word, and would require more—and that I don’t do. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

R. D. Blackmore The fact was, though he could not tell it, and would scorn to do so if he could, that he had not had one bit to eat for more hours than he could reckon. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Charles Kingsley Not only is respectability more easy, as is proved by the broad fact that it is the poor people who fill the gaols, and not the rich ones: but virtue, and religion — of the popular sort. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

D. H. Lawrence In fact he was one of those English snobs of the old order, living abroad. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith The fact is, that there are cousins who come to greatness and must be pacified, or they will prove annoying. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Walter Scott The fact is, that she defended the place long after her husband fell, and afterwards surrendered it by capitulation. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

H.P. Lovecraft This despite the fact that I was and still am ignorant of three of the languages involved. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

D. H. Lawrence The fact of their own consummate being made everything else so entirely subordinate that they were free. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope That Mr Finn had gone to the husband to interfere with him respecting his wife is an undoubted fact — a fact which, if necessary, we are in a position to prove. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Well, she returned alone — as in fact might have been expected. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

In fact I had her out of the house the same afternoon — and I didn’t give her any refs either, I can tell you!’ ‘You mean you expelled the girl who did it?’ said Dorothy, mystified. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

E. Phillips Oppenheim The fact is, that we know too much about one another. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

In ordinary cases the contrary is the case and the fact proves the idea. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

We all enjoy more consideration for the fact that he manifested himself here thus before us in his day. Memories and Studies by William James

Arthur Schopenhauer The fact is, that the power of expansion in freezing water is really an increase of repulsion amongst its molecules; and Schopenhauer is quite right in calling the whole argument a sophism. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

H. G. Wells No fact will bite you while you do that. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Andrew Lang One drop of natural feeling in poetry or the true statement of a single new fact is already felt to be of more value than all the critics put together. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mr. Howell has been very kind to me,—in fact I have had two raises this year. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Rafael Sabatini Lionel should have kept his bed that day, but dared not, lest the fact should arouse suspicion. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

I know for a fact he doesn’t have to. Unseen - Unfeared by Francis Stevens

However, it can be accounted for, I suppose, from the fact that things are so different on the Earth to what they are here. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

In any case, the fact that the schools are very expensive, and the fact that they are accessible only to a small portion of the population, seem to me to constitute a very serious objection to them. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Anthony Trollope In fact if you do not obey me I will throw you off altogether. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

M. P. Shiel And here again was that name of Rebekah, spelled now Ribkah. For the news of his fall—the fact that he was a Jew—had created a mighty stirring in Israel, of wonder, of the pride of race. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Henry James But in this case, why did he take an interest in the little bookbinder’s going to Paris? That was a thing he would not have cared for if he had held that in fact there was nothing to fear. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

And in the very fact that they do know, lies hid the motive of their ranging their forces on the other. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

But that this fact should make it impossible for truth to form itself authentically out of the life of opinion is what no critic has yet proved. The Meaning of Truth by William James

E. F. Benson The fact is that somehow or other, and I can’t think how, people are saying that the duel last week, which was so happily averted, had something to do with poor little me. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Henry Lawson The fact soon attracted attention. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Andrew Lang The conclusion will usually be that the fact which puzzles us by its presence in civilisation is a relic surviving from the time when the ancestors of a civilised race were in the state of savagery. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Sigmund Freud The fact which Robert was trying to explain simply does not exist; its assumption is based on a misunderstanding, on a failure to substitute the real meaning of the dream for its apparent meaning. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

H. G. Wells To attempt that is in fact trying to anticipate all that will happen generation after generation in millions of brains, each one of them not only better than my own but better equipped. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Anthony Trollope As a fact the letter from Sir Boreas had been altogether false. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

But she did recognize him; and this nerved me at once to set about the formidable task of fixing upon him a crime which was not even admitted as a fact by the authorities. A Difficult Problem by Anna Katharine Green

G. K. Chesterton It could not, however, blind her to the extraordinary fact that followed. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Frances Hodgson Burnett In fact it led her on further and, for a longer time than she was aware of. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

George Gissing He did in fact write half-a-dozen lines, but with the effort came back his former mood. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Edith Wharton Denver did not even know that he had been a failure! The fact hurt more than Ascham’s irony. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Edith Wharton She was taking her way churchward, but at no very quick pace; a fact not lost on one of her observers, who stood in the doorway looking after her with an air of puzzled amusement. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

More than ever we shall have to let styles and kinds “speak by their foremen”—in fact to some extent to let them speak for themselves with very little detailed notice even of these foremen. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It began to be understood that this retirement was a fact accomplished. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Henry James No hour of my stay in fact was so assailed with apprehensions as that of my coming down to learn that the carriage containing Mrs. Grose and my younger pupil had already rolled out of the gates. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

William Makepeace Thackeray He, therefore, instructed his agent to take possession of it, which he did, and the fact was not mentioned for several months afterwards. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Anthony Trollope My defence of myself merely goes to the manner in which this duel was fought, and the fact that I fought it with your son. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

I had come there secretly,” she proceeded, with a sudden feverish fluency that robbed Mr. Ferris of speech, and in fact held all her auditors spell-bound. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Francis Bacon But if someone were by that could answer our questions and tell us in each case what the fact in nature is, the discovery of all causes and sciences would be but the work of a few years. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Anthony Trollope It was a fact as to which there had never been a doubt since she was turned fifteen. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]