Phrases with "happen"

H. G. Wells But now, where were the Powers and what were the forces? In the face of such things as happen today this trained historian felt like a skilled carver who was asked to cut up soup. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

But much was to happen before seven o’clock, and it began happening. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Frances Hodgson Burnett He had known Count Zeppelin well and heard his interesting explanation of what would happen to a thickly populated city on to which bombs were dropped. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Rafael Sabatini I warned him of what must happen to the other did either of us fall, but he bade me not concern myself with the fear of any such consequences to himself. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

T. E. Lawrence As, in this unsuspecting district, we might well happen on a supply train, with civilians or only a small guard of reservists aboard, I agreed to risk it. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Henry James I happen, love, to appreciate my husband — I happen perfectly to understand that his acquaintance should be cultivated and his company enjoyed. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Edith Wharton This was precisely what would happen if she were compelled to leave Paris now. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

What if the like calamity should happen to St. Matthew’s! I was away most of the following day with Mr. Brandon, so was not in the thick of it, but the loss was made up for in the evening. The Curate of St. Matthew’s by Ellen Wood [1879]

I wish that sort of contretemps would happen to me when I’m bringing in a lot of fellows suddenly. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Those passengers who happen to be gentlemen are now hardly to be distinguished as such except by dress. The English Mail-coach by Thomas De Quincey [1849]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Can such things happen i’ these days?” “Kneel and try. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

I happen to remember it because the first time he came in he’d lost the order Professor Bannister had given him and we were a little bit doubtful about trusting him. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

But just notice the singularity of it, these things seem really only to happen to me! Instead of making indentations, they made bumps. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

John Galsworthy I always feel that if a thing one hates has to happen to a person one loves, one can only help by swallowing the idea of it whole. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

I am sure now that I expected something to happen at once. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

F. Scott Fitzgerald And I happen to know where he’s going to be to-night. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Arnold Bennett For years he had been sure that though the inevitable might happen to others it could not happen to him. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Rudyard Kipling This was seen to happen to a Hun destroyer in mid-attack. Destroyers at Jutland by Rudyard Kipling [1916]

Henry James As if it didn’t make me nervous to wander about all day without her! Ah, if anything were to happen to her!” cried M. Nioche, clenching his two fists and jerking back his head again, portentously. The American by Henry James [1877]

Anthony Trollope It did not happen that the party was made up of a number of exact fours. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Sinclair Lewis Captain Kingsblood asked in a high manner of Major Aldwick, “Did you see any colored troops in action? Didn’t happen to, myself. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Dr Miggle says that must never happen again. The Frying-Pan and the Fire by John Buchan

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch If they should happen on the copy of the Gazette — and the chances were hundred to one against it — the name of Nathaniel Varcoe among the killed or wounded would mean nothing to them. Three Men of Badajos by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

My only desire is to let you see plainly that you possess a friend in me, upon whom you can rely, happen what may. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Anthony Trollope We did not happen to meet last year, did we — Mr Finn?” “Do not call me Mr Finn, Mary.” “You are such a great man now!” “Not at all a great man. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Lucy Maud Montgomery Matthew, dressed up with a white collar and driving in a buggy, was something that didn’t happen often. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

John Galsworthy Dinny said, timidly: “If you don’t worry, nothing will happen again. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

G. K. Chesterton He was so troubled about it that he went back quite a large number of times on quiet evenings and stared at the railings, waiting for something to happen to his blood, but without success. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

After all, she told herself, the marriage was still not inevitable and, if it were put off as long as possible, lots of things might happen to prevent it. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Kenneth Grahame The Badger sat in the arm-chair, reading the paper, and not concerning himself in the slightest about what was going to happen that very evening. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

I didn’t insist but simply led the way back to the parlour, hoping that no wayfarer would happen along the lane for the next hour or so to disturb the dog’s composure. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Henry Kingsley If anything were to happen to William, I most certainly hope you may, and will give you every assistance. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

If anything should happen we are ruined, as I fear we deserve to be. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

A suspicion that events are about to happen which are contrary to established order shakes that tradition, with the immediate result that confusion threatens. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Henry Lawson Those old mates of our father’s are getting few and far between, and only happen along once in a way to keep the old man’s memory fresh, as it were. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Victor Hugo It is very disagreeable that such things should happen in one’s house. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

T. H. Huxley I select these, because they happen to have been observed and noted very carefully at the time. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Rudyard Kipling We rose to our feet, feeling that things were going to happen and ready to believe the worst. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Olaf Stapledon It is conceived that all events happen systematically and follow necessarily from the nature and mutual relations of the material units. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

And whether he iss believed or not depends entirely upon my standing with the Europeans. It iss so that things happen in India. If our prestige iss good, we rise; if bad, we fall. Burmese Days by George Orwell

H. G. Wells The French with their absurd logicality distinguish between the passade, a stroke of mutual attraction that may happen to any couple, and a real love affair. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

So far from endeavouring to influence the future, he simply lies down and lets things happen to him. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

Virginia Woolf For example, old Mrs. Brown’s character will strike you very differently according to the age and country in which you happen to be born. Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown by Virginia Woolf [1924]

Then Larose saw the three men returning along the marsh road and began wondering what would happen when they found Henrik in their shed. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Mark Twain Y.M. Then if he happen by the accidents of life to be evilly placed there is no help for him, according to your notions — he must train downward. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

On the contrary, it was certain some good luck must happen on that day. Mr. Justice Harbottle by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Theodore Dreiser She wanted to see what was going to happen to him. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Jane Austen He hoped they would all excuse the smallness of the party, and could assure them it should never happen so again. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

How often does it happen here in New England that we come away from a funeral with a feeling that the service has been insufficient. Memories and Studies by William James

On his asking what this meant, the sergeant replied, “I had the General’s orders, on setting out from town, not to leave you in the forest, happen what might. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Henry Handel Richardson Worse still were those nights when he had to lie and think about what was going to happen to them when all their money was done. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

The tranquillity of her expression was rarely broken by an emotion or a smile, but whenever this did happen it was like a mask lifting. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Henry James Nothing so perverse could have been expected to happen as that the heir to the loveliest thing in England should be inspired to hand it over to a girl so exceptionally tainted. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

In all his consideration of the circumstances relating to the Haygarthian estate, he had never thought of what might happen in the event of Charlotte’s decease. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

As to Karain, nothing could happen to him unless what happens to all — failure and death; but his quality was to appear clothed in the illusion of unavoidable success. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The drink made past happy things contemporary with the present, as if they were still going on, contemporary even with the future as if they were about to happen again. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Gertrude Stein If there is a shape a real shape prettily, if there is and there is no wonder does it happen all the time, if it does not is there a certainty that there is collusion. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Have you never eaten them, either preserved or candied — a — why I— a — I happen to have a receipt — a — and if you permit me, Sir — a capital receipt. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

And if it happen so, your Majesty may believe that you shall not have cause to mislike the fashion of my death, though the course of my life may not please you. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Elizabeth Gaskell He had not distinctly contemplated her marriage as an event likely to happen before his death. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Well, after dinner we had a chat, and he told me that he was anxious to learn who killed Moon, because he didn’t want any more murders of the kind to happen — as a police official, you understand. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Algernon Blackwood I dreaded, too, that he would begin about the gods, or the elemental forces, or something else disquieting, and I wanted to keep myself well in hand for what might happen later. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

Aileen wasn’t like to leave poor old mother as long as she wanted her, so it couldn’t come off for a year or two at earliest, and many things were sure to happen in the meanwhile. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

H. G. Wells We happen to be — as a matter of fact, there are no very trustworthy connections of ours. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Arnold Bennett Still, it did just happen that on this occasion his auntie’s expression was more convincing than usual. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

John Lewis Burckhard Many traders are well acquainted with the route, but if unaccompanied by an Ababde, they would be stripped by any Bedouin of the same tribe whom they might happen to meet on the road. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Rudyard Kipling You might be — immune, ain’t it? On the other hand, if this influenza — influence does happen to affect you, why, I think it will be an experience. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

My aunt seemed to have no ideas whatever about what was likely to happen to her children. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle We haven’t forgotten the Meadows’ affair, Mr. Bolsover.” “No, no, Mrs. Seldon. That won’t happen again. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

James Joyce The mimic warfare of the evening became at last as wearisome to me as the routine of school in the morning because I wanted real adventures to happen to myself. Dubliners by James Joyce

Anthony Trollope What will my feelings be, should anything happen to the Marquis, and should I be left to the tender mercies of his eldest son? I should have no claim upon Lord Hampstead for a shilling. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Leon Trotsky But we happen to know not only Kerensky’s book but his sources as well. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Henry Handel Richardson It shall not happen again, I promise you. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Sinclair Lewis Not many prairie chickens left now, but we might just happen to run onto a small covey. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

She would have changed her mind, she must have changed her mind! It was impossible that this affair should end successfully; such things did not happen in real life. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Theodore Dreiser I don’t like to do it under any circumstances, and I wouldn’t, only I happen to know both Mr. Cowperwood and Mr. Stener, and I like ’em both. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells Ahem. The fact is — Well — I happen to be in a slight difficulty, and you can help me out. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Then for a while the work was hot; but, as will always happen when column is boldly met by line, the French quickly had enough of our enveloping fire, and wavered. The Laird’s Luck by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1901]

I did not like things to happen in Old Munich. Nothing had ever happened there before. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Do you think that such things don’t happen amongst the gentry, and in merchants’ families’? You know what women are. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

H. Rider Haggard Lifting Juanna in his arms, Leonard hurried from the sleeping apartment to the throne-room, where he halted hesitating, for he did not know what was to happen next. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

George Gissing How could it happen that you were near Mallard’s studio just then? How could you stand about for hours, spying?” “Perhaps I dreamt it. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Life also resembles whist in this, that we are obliged to follow suit in a general way to those who happen to have the lead. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I happen to be mixing some drugs with my back turned to the street, and have seen her approach only through the mirror. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

William Hope Hodgson Besides all these, a heap of other things that might happen to any packet, and would not be comfortable to run into. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Quite a bargain, only I don’t happen to have the money. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

Wilkie Collins When I first stepped into the garden, and while I was securing the door again on the inner side, I own to having felt a certain guilty doubtfulness about what might happen next. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

E. F. Benson No evil or pain or disease can happen to anybody who has uprooted the false claim of mortal mind, and no drug can have any effect, either harmful or beneficial, on anyone who knows the truth. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

The three lives might all happen to be riding in the same express upon the occasion of a terrible collision; but the poor fellow’s gentle nature shrank appalled before the vision he had invoked. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

What has happened in it won’t happen again. The Mystery at Number Seven by Ellen Wood [1877]

For Mr. Powell had come now to entertain his captain’s wife with anecdotes from the not very distant past when he was a boy, on board various ships, — funny things do happen on board ship. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

But I was so scared of what would happen if I was caught that I legged it like a miler, and the blighters certainly didn’t gain on me. The Frying-Pan and the Fire by John Buchan

Such things, he saw, could not happen today. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins Had I happily blundered on some association which his mind was still able to pursue? “You happen to be wrong this time,” he said pleasantly. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Henry James He gave her a remedy for hysterics but said to the aunt privately: “Wait and see if something doesn’t happen at home. The Way it Came by Henry James [1896]

H. G. Wells The thing was bound to happen to one of us sooner or later. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Anthony Hope But my mind was preoccupied, and the whole thing seemed to happen in a minute. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Jean-Jacques Rousseau They cannot even happen twice to the same people, for it can make itself free as long as it remains barbarous, but not when the civic impulse has lost its vigour. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

E. Phillips Oppenheim Come and see me again, if you ever happen to stumble across any fresh information. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Thomas Hardy But, bad for idle schoolboys, it did so happen that they were passably good for him. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Sinclair Lewis It CAN happen here, meditated Doremus. It could happen to him. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Arnold Bennett His failing faculties were kept horribly alert by the fear of what was going to happen to him next. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

G. K. Chesterton The English are a modest people; that is why they are entirely ruled and run by the few of them that happen to be immodest. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

George Meredith And in the case of princesses of the Blood!—Why, look you, I happen to be suitable. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

There’ll be no difficulty at all there, as I happen to be holding certain moneys of his in trust. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

G. K. Chesterton Well, what would happen then, over the larger parts of the planet, parts inhabited by savages? Savages, of course, would hunt and fish. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

The captain would not at first hear of this, saying that he would not for the sake of twenty times as much goods wish that harm should happen to the man who had saved all their lives. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Willa Cather When did you happen in?” “Not any too soon, sir,” she said gravely, with a touch of reproof. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Don’t think I am reproaching you, O blind force! You are justified because you ARE. Whatever had to happen you would not even have heard of it. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

He did not want this to happen — it was the very thing that he least wanted. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

George Gissing And now Emma is that ill she can’t work; it’s come upon her all at once, and what’s going to happen God knows. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

No doubt she had got it from Dr Jagon, and he had qualms as to what might happen if the public-school code got mixed up with philosophy. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu You could make us laugh by telling all about it, by-and-by — that is, if we happen to see you again. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

H. G. Wells I happen to be a very objective-minded person, I forget my moods, and this was so much an affair of moods. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

I happen to know of one person who might have been there, and I don’t know of any other. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Sigmund Freud And what direction can that be? Think of the expressions you used: that an accident might happen in the night, and that it might be necessary to leave the room. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

G. K. Chesterton In such gray hours, when the sun is sunk and the skies are already sad, it will often happen that one reflection at some occasional angle will cause to linger the last of the light. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

He would have liked to slash it into Gilmour’s face, but a swift vision of what would happen if he did withheld his craving arm. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Rudyard Kipling What’s going to happen next?” “I’ve handed over to Verschoyle, who will amuse and edify the school children while I take you round our kindergarten. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Wilkie Collins And now, just as impartially, I dip into one journal after another, on the Correspondents’ page, exactly as the five happen to lie on my desk. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Thomas Paine But as it will always happen that the greater number of blind persons will be among those who are above the age of fifty years, they will be provided for in that class. Agrarian Justice by Thomas Paine

If the war didn’t happen to kill you it was bound to start you thinking. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

George Eliot What’s it sinnify about her bein’ a Methody! It ’ud happen wear out on her wi’ marryin’. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

But, Sir Giles, as we happen to have met so pleasantly, I have a confession — yes, a confession to make, and a question to ask. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

H. G. Wells Such things have to happen in wartime. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Jeremy Bentham The individuals whom they affect, in the first instance, are constantly unassignable; except in as far as by accident they happen to involve or terminate in such or such offences against individuals. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

If something doesn’t happen soon I shall either have to walk about or else go to sleep in my chair; and if it comes to that, I ’d better go to bed. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

G. K. Chesterton He thought he knew what would probably happen and he decided to wait for it. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Arnold Bennett If I didn’t happen to be the most foolish of parents — There! Good-night. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

M. R. James Grandmother: Now, my dears, you must be very good and quiet, or you’ll wake your father, and you know what’ll happen then. A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James

Charles Dickens Don’t let anything happen to the portable property. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

But take it that you happen to die, Miss, during your minority. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

They wot not the things as yet, which should happen to them through this warrior. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Arthur Conan Doyle If this should indeed come to pass, it may perhaps happen that these young Saxons or their children may have a hand in the building of it. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Sorry about your word, but if you did happen to get careless about it, where would I be? Rolly, I’ve got you covered. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

Wilkie Collins What may yet happen worthy of record, I know not: what sufferings I may yet undergo, which may unfit me for continuing the labour now terminated for a time, I cannot foresee. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

H. G. Wells Nothing began to happen with a quite positive emphasis. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

John Galsworthy During your call, did you by any chance happen to notice a Louis Quinze snuffbox on the table? It’s — er — disappeared, and we want to fix the time of its loss. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

I wondered who had inspired the paragraph in that peculiar form, and what would be my friend the gentleman’s sensations if, as I had done, he should chance to happen on it unexpectedly. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Thou knowest not whether haply God may cause something fresh to happen after that 2. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Jules Verne Already he began to worry about possible delays, and accidents which might happen on the way. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Theodore Dreiser I have never any care as to what may happen to me. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Bring a tyre-lever, a large screw driver, and a big pair of pincers, also any old keys that you happen to have. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Frederick Marryat Suppose anything was to happen to me. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

M. P. Shiel But something did happen to me: am as sure of it as of sitting here. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

G. K. Chesterton The majority of men are poets, only they happen to be bad poets. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

As I don’t happen to have seen our daughter-inlaw elect, I have still the hope — which you’re disposed to forbid me — that she may not be quite so unacceptable as the others. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Or — did Searle know that too? Perhaps the Crome confectioner didn’t happen to have dragées. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

His name is Señor José de Montezma. I happen to know that he is in want of an English corresponding clerk. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

What was likely to happen now? 4. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

I happen to have in my pockets about $800 or $900 in cash. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

It was a sort of threat wrapped up, I believe, in genuine anxiety as to what might happen to my youthful insignificance. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

That kind of thing doesn’t happen any longer, it’s just a dream, there’ll be no more fishing this side of the grave. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Steele Rudd He patted the floor with the flat of his foot and wondered what would happen next. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

But it is a difficult country to hide in in the towns and cities, and a more difficult country still to get out of and proceed to other countries if you should happen to be wanted by the authorities. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

In the quarters appropriated to the men, was a small apartment destined for the use of any clergy who might happen to take refuge three. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Arnold Bennett He had a queer idea that almost anything might happen in this seeming waste of waters at this weird hour of ten o’clock. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Guy de Maupassant Nothing; what will happen tomorrow?   August 11. Le Horla by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

He was quite convinced that nothing irretrievable would ever happen to him. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether nevertheless it was not found expedient to provide a chest of ready cash for answering all demands that should happen to be made on account of payments in detail? 32. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

I happen to see and hear things . I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

He knew that she would be the first to resent that, and yet he felt he must see her, happen what might. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Theodore Dreiser Chance might make me eligible if you should happen to care. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Elizabeth Von Arnim If they could happen to Mr. Wilkins, why not to Frederick? She got up quickly. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Benjamin Disraeli Can any thing happen to defeat us? It would seem not; yet, when so much is at stake, one is fearful. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

D. H. Lawrence I only said we’re not depraved, just because we happen to be superstitious about breaking mirrors. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

Jack London Yet here you are, spouting and fuming as wildly as any madman from the desert about what shall happen to you when you are dead. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

I happen to know that, if you waste it, others may cheat you of your prey. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Wilkie Collins Though he won’t admit it in plain words, I happen to know that Rosamond has persuaded him to make this his last cruise. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Henry Handel Richardson Did she break her prettiest doll, a still prettier was forthcoming; did anything happen to cross wish or scheme of hers, half a dozen brains were at work to think out a compensation. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Morrison Didn’t happen to notice that, did you?” “Yes, I did. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Rudyard Kipling You always make me feel as if pleasant things were going to happen to me. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Frances Hodgson Burnett And what would happen to the girls after its crossing, when it poured over London and the rest of England in the unbridled rage of drunken victory. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

H. G. Wells But usually it does not seem to happen at all. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

She’d seen it happen again and again. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Charles Dickens Very strange things do happen without ghosts. To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens [1852]

Anthony Trollope But all the same if anything was to happen to young Mr. Herbert, it would all go to him. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells I also forecast the repudiation of the Hohenzollerns by Germany and the establishment of a German republic, but I did not anticipate that this would happen as soon as it actually did. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

E. F. Benson It is hard to think that when you happen to have typhoid. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

John Locke In things that happen indifferently, as that a bird should fly this or that way; that it should thunder on a man’s right or left hand, &c. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

John Locke The floating of other men’s opinions in our brains, makes us not one jot the more knowing, though they happen to be true. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

The ignominy, the horror of what might be going to happen to him, overwhelmed him. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Just at first perhaps I don’t appreciate what is going to happen to me, because I find the bustle of the steamer annoying. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

What on earth would happen to poor old Peter? I could do nothing even if I wanted, and, besides, my first duty was to my mission. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Walter Scott I should think something will happen — Sir Bingo is a sure shot at a moorcock. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

Of course a marriage with you, looked at from a common-sense point of view, would be about the worst thing that could happen to my wife’s daughter. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Wherever they met, it didn’t noticeably often happen in the slice of a house. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

It seemed to me that I could see the whole of England, and all the people in it, and all the things that’ll happen to all of them. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

I happen to live in a part of one of these Victorian homes, and have found that it has its qualities. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Jacques Futrelle He was wondering what would happen to him when the cyclone struck. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

Guy de Maupassant He had remained with Michael Canol, who was too old now to stand it; for an accident might happen during that long solitude. The Inn (L'Auberge) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

H. G. Wells He did not know where he might be drifting, or what might happen next. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

So no one of our nationality must be known to have had a hand”— he smiled —“in any misfortune which should happen to these gentlemen. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Edith Wharton Once or twice, in the first days of his marriage, he had asked himself with a slight shiver what would happen if Susy should begin to bore him. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

D. H. Lawrence The world seemed a dreary place, where nothing else would happen for her — at least until William grew up. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins Ask her to accompany you through a field in which some harmless cattle happen to be grazing, and it is doubtful, in nine cases out of ten, if she will do it. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

You don’t happen to have an old black ulster with all the buttons off, and a bit of mangy fur dropping off the neck? That’s more my style. The Lowest Rung by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

H. G. Wells Afraid! I knew it had to happen to you. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Wilkie Collins The best thing that can happen for your advantage, Rosanna, will be for Mr. Franklin’s visit here to come to an end. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

H. Rider Haggard Did you ever happen to hear of a Mr. Heigham?” “Mr. Heigham? Indeed, yes; I know him well. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard