Phrases with "happened"

Niccolo Machiavelli Hence it happened that the Romans almost always sought open fields, and avoided the difficult ones. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

Andrew Lang After they had lived like this for a few years, it happened one day that a Prince was riding through the wood and passed by the tower. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton But I took him off to dine, and after dinner, while we smoked, I happened to mention casually that I had a pull over the man who had the Penicaud — and at that he broke down and confessed. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Wilkie Collins After what had happened between us, it was impossible for me to write to her directly, without first restoring myself to my former place in her estimation. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Andrew Lang And so it happened with a fox, a hare, a boar, and a bear, till each prince had quite a following of young beasts padding along behind him. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

And a recollection of what had happened three or four hours previous arose in his mind. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

By accident, I had an invitation of some standing to the same town, where I happened to have some female relatives of mature age, besides some youthful cousins. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

M. P. Shiel He smiled on me, and I on him, as if nothing had happened between us. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

Oh! what had happened to Di’s lovely eyes that used to be so grave and gay? He stammered something—said he was looking for some one—and passed on. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

James Joyce How did it happen at all?” “It happened that you were peloothered, Tom,” said Mr. Cunningham gravely. Dubliners by James Joyce

Sinclair Lewis You simply COULDN’T talk this way if something dreadful hadn’t happened to you. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

How it did this, why it did it, and so forth, one knows not much more than one knows why and how all the things happened in the novel itself. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

George Gissing I happened to be in the shop one day—it was when you were living idle at your father’s expense, young man—and I heard you speak to him in what I call a confoundedly impertinent way. The Riding-whip by George Gissing

Arnold Bennett At five minutes after the hour, restless, he got up and said: “I’d better be seeing what’s happened to that supper. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

George Eliot Why that should have happened to her which had not happened to other women remained an insoluble question by which she expressed her perpetual ruminating comparison of the past with the present. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Olaf Stapledon This change-over to a simpler life happened in several other worlds not by the intervention of a new species, but simply by the victory of the new mentality in its battle against the old. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing Listen then, O Basil, whilst I make known to you what happened before you came. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

D. H. Lawrence They lay on the dewy ground —” “Fancy,” said Lettie, “those boys are working for me!” We were all going to the party at Highclose. I happened to go into the kitchen about half-past seven. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins His new memory (if I may call it so) preserves the knowledge of what has happened since his illness. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Anthony Trollope It so happened that as she spoke her hand lay upon the table, and as Mr. Slope answered her he put his hand upon hers. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope I wish it hadn’t happened just at this time because all the gentlemen do think so much about it. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson Whatever happened on her absences from him, as soon as the four walls of the room shut them in again, she was his; and each time she returned, a burning gratitude for the reprieve filled him anew. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope This happened on a Saturday,—Saturday, the 20th of December, on which day Hampstead was to return to his own house. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

I happened to go into the room in the middle of it, but they had not leisure to look at me. Lost in the Post by Ellen Wood [1870]

Sinclair Lewis Hunziker did his summoning very well indeed (unless it happened to be merely a stenographer). Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Radclyffe Hall Then unfortunately he happened to notice the parlourmaid’s washing, just back from the laundry. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

H. Rider Haggard This happened towards nightfall, so they determined to camp upon the spot; but while they were engaged in skinning the bull an incident occurred that did not tend to raise their spirits. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

He must particularly have loved his Smoky. “What happened to Smoky?” “I sold him. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

H.P. Lovecraft What happened then is scarcely to be described in words. Through the Gates of the Silver Key by H.P. Lovecraft [1934]

E. Nesbi Whatever happened — and all sorts of nice, pleasant ordinary things happened — such as picnics, games, and buns for tea, Bobbie always had these thoughts at the back of her mind. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

H. G. Wells Then I just realised what had happened sufficiently to stay my fingers on the revolver. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Charles Kingsley To explain how it happened we must go back for a page or two, almost to the point from whence we started in the last chapter. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Anthony Trollope Then she said a demure word or two to the gentleman on the other side of her who happened to be a clergyman, and did not return to the hunting till Lord Rufford had eaten his cheese. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle As I left the dining-room I happened to meet Rachel Howells, the maid. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It’s just a story about a lot of things that happened to me. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Yes, he was practically dead and would feel and know nothing of what had happened to him now! He began to strip off his clothes. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Thomas Hardy Out of this it happened that the centrifugal tendency imparted by weariness of the world was counteracted by the centripetal influence of his love for his stepdaughter. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

E. T. A. Hoffmann Hence it happened that the very next day saw the arrival of Wolfgang, Freiherr von R— — eldest son of the deceased, and now lord of the entail. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

She only wanted to see Goujet and explain to him how Lantier happened to have pinned her against the wall. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Virginia Woolf Nobody knew exactly what had happened to her. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

M. P. Shiel At the extremity, near the statue, where the vihâra might be expected to end, I happened to find an open door. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Anthony Trollope At Travers and Treason there was not a clerk who did not know that “the governor” was an altered man since this misfortune had happened to the hope of the firm. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Ford Madox Ford You are to remember that all this happened a month before Leonora went into the girl’s room at night. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Larose walked on and on, but nothing happened and no building came into sight, just fog, impenetrable fog everywhere, and the ghostly silence of the lonely fen. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It happened to be rather in my line. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Wilkie Collins There’s no offense, I hope, in saying that much, or in asking (after what you yourself told Blyth) whether her death happened lately, or — ” “It happened afore ever you was born. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Henry James The sense of accident indeed had died within her that day when she happened to be struck with the manner in which the wonderful lady and her own husband sat together in private. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

H. G. Wells And then things happened very swiftly. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Monsieur Deberle happened to pass them. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Arthur Morrison I happened to be in — having lately returned from a latish lunch — when he arrived with this note:— “My dear B., — I meant to have lunched with you to-day, but have been kept. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Edith Wharton But, as had generally happened of old when Merrick was in sight, I found myself steering straight for him past all minor ports of call. The Long Run by Edith Wharton [1916]

Arnold Bennett That had happened to him which had never happened to him before. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

His cronies knew the fun was over when they heard what happened to the great punchbowl — she made it a swine-trough. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

H. G. Wells And in both cases this has happened because the rottenness and inefficiency of party politics stank to heaven in the face of danger. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

It happened that Morus’s conduct had been wanting in discretion, especially in his relations with women. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

T. E. Lawrence For with war a subtle change happened to the soldier. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Sir Richard Burton Accordingly, without stay or delay he repaired to the baths before she was expected and stood a-rear of the entrance, a place whereat none of the folk happened to be looking. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

H. G. Wells The fact that you were there and were caught into our universe, is the most unexpected thing that has happened in Utopia for a thousand years. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

It had once happened before than an intending visitor at Knowl had entered the place by that park-road, and lost several hours in a vain search for the house. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Rudyard Kipling An executioner who happened to be wandering about — perhaps in search of employmentoffered us a sword under guarantee that it had cut off many heads. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

At least, I thought I was ready for it, though I was a raw, green boy then — all this happened a matter of fifteen years ago, you must understand. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Marjorie Bowen That they should smile! “I had an intuition of what had happened when I entered the room,” said my lord. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Theodore Dreiser When Cowperwood reached the jail, Jaspers was there, glad to see him but principally relieved to feel that nothing had happened to mar his own reputation as a sheriff. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

I shall certainly acknowledge his politeness in return, even if it had not happened to be my usual custom. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Jane Austen And so, just as he was going away again, it came into my head, I am sure I do not know how I happened to think of it, but it came into my head to ask him if there was any news. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

William Makepeace Thackeray It was when Master was in the city; and so, having nothink earthly to do, I happened to be listening on the stairs. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

H. Rider Haggard By the time that I had finished my reflections both the Queens were on the thrones, for all this had happened in about six seconds. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Henry James The most unpleasant thing that had ever happened to him had reached its formal conclusion, as it were; he could close the book and put it away. The American by Henry James [1877]

Andrew Lang It happened that the stranger girl’s husband was the best marksman in all the village, and he hid himself behind the trunk of a tree and waited. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Whenever I have passed his cottage he has shut the door or the window in my face, if he happened to be standing at either. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Jacques Futrelle I happened to notice then that the pointer on the dial had stopped precisely at number forty-five. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Mr. Marcus Allen, it turned out, was related in some way to the Allens of Aberystwith: he happened to go to the town soon after Jessy Page and her brother went there, and he stayed until they left it. The Mystery of Jessy Page by Ellen Wood [1871]

Wilkie Collins In this last summer I happened to be out of place (through no fault of my own), and I heard of a situation as plain cook, at Number Five, Forest Road, St. John’s Wood. I took the place on trial. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Andrew Lang Now it happened that there were three merry rascals hanging about the market-place, who much preferred living on other people’s goods to working for their own living. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

There was a boy as well, but it happened that he was away just now. Roger Monk by Ellen Wood [1868]

He was fearing the sharp-eyed Larose might by chance have happened to take note of how much whisky the bottle had contained. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Henry Fielding This good man, whilst in the country, happened to be in the neighbourhood of a nobleman of his acquaintance, and whom he knew to have very considerable interest with the ministers at that time. Amelia by Henry Fielding

M. R. James I have to tell you of a curious series of events which happened in such a house as I have tried to describe. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

H. G. Wells It is trying to say what happened in billions and billions of minds over tens of thousands of years. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

She had dreamt that every member of the household was clamoring at the door, eager to tell her of a dreadful fire that had happened in the night. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Louisa May Alcott Meg and John happened to be standing together in the middle of the grass plot, when Laurie was seized with an inspiration which put the finishing touch to this unfashionable wedding. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

G. K. Chesterton Now it happened that, years afterwards, a friend of mine enquired after the fortunes of this particular Ethical Society, and was informed that its congregation was somewhat diminished. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

I happened to overhear this morning that you want to get rid of it, and I think perhaps I know a purchaser. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

M. R. James But my father as it happened was away from home that night, otherwise they would have fetched him first. A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James

So when Guildford walked out of his office that morning and picked up a bus going West, it happened he was the only one to get in at the stop, and out of the tail of his eye he noticed that fact. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

W. H. Hudson MARTA WAS NOT DEAD; but what happened to her after her departure from Yala was this. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

That kind of thing always happened to her; nobody’s love for her was enduring enough. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Whatever happened to him, at any rate he was not going to be stifled in a drain. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Our readers will doubtlessly have been asking themselves how it happened that Athos, of whom not a word has been said for some time past, arrived so very opportunely at court. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Sinclair Lewis After every quarrel, when the emotion had burned itself out, he was as confused about what had happened as a man who has been in delirium. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

There came a cloud over his honest face as he thought of what had happened this very evening. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

By chance I happened to be near my mother’s boudoir when von Marquart acquainted her with the result of their deliberations. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

George Meredith The local newspaper spoke of my father as the great Lord Roy. So it happened that the margravine at Sarkeld heard of us. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Guy de Maupassant Something horrible has happened to me. The Signal (Le Signe) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

But it happened that the physician arrived at Fellside on one of Lord Maulevrier’s bad days, and the patient never emerged from the feeblest phase of imbecility. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Henry James More might come of what had happenedwhatever it was — than Maisie felt she could have expected. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Frederick Marryat The next morning Edward went to Jacob, who for the last ten days had altogether kept his bed, and gave him the detail of what had happened at the keeper’s lodge. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Baldwin Spencer When, as happened to all of them sooner or later, they died and went into the earth, that Churinga remained behind and along with it the spirit part. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Andrew Lang But, as time went on, he forgot the disagreeable things that had happened to him, and thought he would take another look at the upper world. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry James A perception of the propriety of formally thanking her, and of timing the act just as he happened to be doing — this, he made out as he went, was obviously all that had been the matter with him. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Jules Verne Well, it so happened that the Englishman got a seat that left him with his back turned toward the lake. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Edith Wharton But that had happened ten years ago; and Venn, poor fellow, was long since dead of his dragging ailment. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

It happened that she was called out a minute by Mrs. Gill. I passed into the moon-lit hall, with the design of getting a word as she returned; nor in this did I fail. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Edith Wharton Only forty minutes ago! And now he had his opportunity fast! And he never meant to let it go! It was incredible, what had happened in the interval. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Florence Dixie It happened that Mr. Catchem was en vacance, and Mr. Fleecem reigned alone with Co. at No. 6, Furnival Square. Mr. Fleecem was not an old man. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

George Gissing She did not attend the funeral, for baby happened to be ailing, but Mr. Rymer, of course, went. A Charming Family by George Gissing

Andrew Lang It happened one day that when they were all standing together by the tree that a young knight came riding along. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

F. Scott Fitzgerald What happened next I don’t remember exact. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

George Gissing I happened to be standing by you at the bookstall a moment ago. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Thomas Hardy But before the quarter-day had quite come something happened which made Tess think of far different matters. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Edith Wharton Kate had not miscalculated: things had happened as she had foreseen. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

George Gissing Of course it happened before your father’s death, and his awkward will obliged you to keep it dark?’ Again Nancy was smitten with fear. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

I’ve several times seen the lights up when I’ve happened to come by of a night. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Thus it happened that George had never heard the name of Meynell in connection with his friend Tom Halliday’s family, or had heard it so seldom as to have entirely forgotten it. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Wilkie Collins But no! Not the least little accident happened to spoil my enjoyment of the day. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

What happened to old Stillington? Judicial murder?’ ‘Apparently the old boy wouldn’t play. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

That happened in my youth, though. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

My diabolical gout happened to be a good deal worse than usual that night, and my friend’s wife assisted my servant to nurse me, with the patience of an angel, or a sister of charity. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

H. G. Wells He read and re-read the paper, fearing the worst had happened to me. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

John Galsworthy Can you?” “Only because it happened to Wilfrid.” Michael gripped her arm. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

George Gissing I’m glad it happened so — that I didn’t meet her. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

F. Scott Fitzgerald But before that mama had dragged me North again, much against my will, so I never did find out all that happened — though I saw Barley once in the Vanderbilt lobby. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

What happened afterward is like a dream to me. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Edith Wharton We did the run in an hour, and I was able to see the villa and gardens fairly well before we tore back to Rome, in time for a big dinner to which he and we happened to be going. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

George Gissing I can remember this as well as if it happened yesterday; I must have gone through it in memory many thousands of times. A Capitalist by George Gissing

Henry James There might have been of course, but as happened there wasn’t. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

I happened to look up for a minute, and saw one of the ladies looking steadily at us, and oh! what a pitying look there was in her face. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Edith Wharton Lady St Helier was perfectly aware of her own foible for hospitality on a large scale, and I remember her being amused and touched by an incident which happened just before one of my visits to her. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Virginia Woolf These things had happened some fifty years ago. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

George Gissing Since then a very unexpected thing has happened to me. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

I happened to be the last at the festive board. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Arnold Bennett If they had been asked what had happened during those seven years, they would have answered: “Oh, nothing particular!” But the world had been whizzing ceaselessly from one miracle into another. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

This fact leaked out through du Bruel. He happened to say that Tullia would inherit a fine fortune sooner or later. A Prince of Bohemia by Honoré de Balzac [1840]

M. R. James It happened in Suffolk, near the coast. Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James

H. G. Wells I have just happened upon a little book called Easingden by a man named Sinclair and it gives a flat, straightforward account of the life of a miner. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Charles Stur We encamped at eight miles from the junction, where there happened to be a little grass, but were obliged to keep the cattle in yoke and the horses tethered to prevent their wandering. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

George Gissing As happened sometimes, he had slept too soundly; his head was not quite clear, and his nerves felt rather unsteady. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

And God knows what order, too! That sort of thing has happened once before — and that’s once too often. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Jules Verne Certainly, Bob Harvey and his crew would not be able easily to give an account of what had happened during the night on board the brig. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Wilkie Collins What did We do (in the good old times, mind you) when we happened to see that ship in distress? Out with our boat; blow high or blow low, out with our boat. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

It appeared that what had happened last night had righted his troubles almost miraculously. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Gertrude Stein Suppose it happened when, when a little shadow was a tail and a can a can was gathering. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

George Meredith As it happened cruelly for Alvan, the woman who had become the radiant indistinct in his desiring mind was one whom he knew to be of a shivery stedfastness. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Theodore Dreiser One day I happened to see a photograph of you in her home, and before I could mention it she put it away. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Lucy Maud Montgomery I can’t see as you were to blame although I’m sorry it happened so. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

One quarter of its life in those days, I should imagine, happened underground. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Andrew Lang That evening the prince returned to the apple tree, and everything passed as before, and so it happened for several nights. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Not that any actual dread of such an occurrence as has since happened came to oppress my solitude during the long months which now intervened. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

D. H. Lawrence The only thing that had happened was that Mr Massy had had an operation. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

What happened afterwards you all know. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

It happened I had met him, personally, in connection with some poachers he was prosecuting then on behalf of the estate. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Wilkie Collins During the interval which thus elapsed, certain events happened which may be briefly mentioned here before I close my narrative. The Dead Alive by Wilkie Collins [1874]

It was only that one day I happened to be walking behind them, and the curious up-and-down motion of a load of wood drew my attention to the human being underneath it. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Algernon Blackwood But really what happened next is a bit beyond any experience that we I have yet come across. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Jacques de Wissant had a traditional distrust of the English, but at such moments all men are brothers, and just now the French and the English happened to be allies. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Always, afterwards, Robert was to wonder what would have happened if that telephone call had been one minute later. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Gertrude Stein We happened to be with the Braques a day or two before the public show of pictures for the sale and Marcelle Braque, Braque’s wife, told us that they had come to a decision. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

George MacDonald A whiff of the sea-air would do them both good, she said, and she thought besides she could best tell Diamond what had happened if she had him quite to herself. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

H. G. Wells Collapse, though it happened all about them, remained incredible. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

George Meredith It is a warning to us!’ ‘Mr. Redworth happened to hear of it at his Club, near which the accident occurred, and he called at the hospital. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

George Gissing It happened that to-night there was to be practising of a new song; Mrs. Mapper had chosen ‘Annie Laurie,’ and she began by playing over the air. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

A. E. W. Mason He told it in Arabic, and it happened that a Greek seated outside a café close at hand overheard something of what was said. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

William Godwin One of the most memorable acts of his life happened in this manner. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

John Galsworthy Whatever happened — and, after all, most likely nothing would happen — she would save face this time — strongest motive in the world, as Michael said. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

So it would not have been any wonder if he had completely collapsed right away and been unconscious for many minutes of all that happened next. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Precious unlucky that it should have happened so. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Virginia Woolf And suddenly it seemed to Eleanor that it had all happened before. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Edith Wharton The thing had happened to him with other women as to whom his first emotions had not differed in intensity from those she inspired. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

D. H. Lawrence It happened in the afternoon that Ursula sat in the Reunionsaal talking to Loerke. The latter had seemed unhappy lately. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

That brief journey from the house to the ‘Greyhound’ was the most exciting thing that had yet happened in her life. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Perhaps just because she had not broken down before, she felt the more now all that had happened in the way of the strange, the sinister, and the untoward during the last fortnight. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Arthur Machen I noticed that the farm man seemed a good deal put out when we told him what had happened and where we were going. Change by Arthur Machen

Ricardo, observing him from under lowered eyelids, went on: “It so happened that we were shipmates. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Andrew Lang Now it happened shortly after this that an old man passed by, and seeing the flower, he was delighted with its beauty. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Willa Cather Not much ever happened to him but weather. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

I mentioned I had seen a card up in number thirteen Trevor Road, and asked him if it happened he knew anything of the people there. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

However, it happened that upon the day itself he was by no means in a condition of mind or body to play the light-hearted part he had arranged for himself. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

George Gissing It happened most luckily, though greatly to Widdowson’s annoyance, that the sister-inlaw, Mrs. Luke Widdowson, arrived nearly half an hour later than the time she had appointed. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Wilkie Collins He knew too well, by that time, what his wife’s vile reason had been for marrying him, and he felt his misery and disgrace, especially after what had happened to him with Sir Percival, too keenly. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

To such an expression of mere gratuitous malignity, as it happened to be supported by no one argument, except a remark, apparently absurd, but certainly false, I did not condescend to answer. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

They spend their time in the particular world into which they happened to alight. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Wilkie Collins Something had apparently happened outside the sitting-room which had produced a strong impression on her. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Rudyard Kipling The row only happened last night, and we found him writing letters as hard as he could to his father — getting up his case for the War Office, you know. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Rudyard Kipling The next day happened to be what they called a Wild Afternoon. Father and Mother went out to pay calls; Miss Blake went for a ride on her bicycle, and they were left all alone till eight o’clock. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

And so that is how Henry Allegre saw her first? And what happened next?” “What happened next?” repeated Mr. Blunt, with an affected surprise in his tone. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Rudyard Kipling And such a shocking thing happened last summer! Poor crazy Cissie, my Nurse that I was telling you of, she took three solid silver tablespoons. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Ford Madox Ford I happened to be that one man: it was the will of God. But you were within your rights. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Rudyard Kipling It happened on earth to you! Quick, Mr. Conroy, she’s too heavy for me! I’ll get the flask. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

George Gissing The first incident of any importance in the new life was that which has already been related, yet something happened one day at the Academy of which it is worth while speaking. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Wilkie Collins When he had lit his candle, and had sat down to read again, he lost his place, and, not having patience to look for it carefully, went on at once with the first lines that happened to strike his eye. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

The poor bastards who’d happened to be born between 1890 and 1900 were left out in the cold. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Andrew Lang And she telled him a’ that had befa’en her, and he telled her a’ that had happened to him. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope They were particularly affectionate towards Ayala, who was kissed as though nothing had ever happened to interfere with the perfect love existing between the aunt and the niece. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Henry James Poor Briss had met my eyes just previous to my flight, and it was then I satisfied myself of what had happened to him at the house. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Henry James She had aspects, characters, days, nights — or had them at least, showed them by a mysterious law of her own, when in addition to everything she happened also to be a woman of genius. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

But I do not think I have heard worse cases of Moorish wreckers, than those which have happened not very many years ago on the French and English coasts. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

When Judith at last departed she wondered what had happened to her lately. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Robert Green Ingersoll You can see for yourself the justice of damning a man if his parents happened to baptize him in the wrong way — God cannot afford to break a rule or two to save all the men in the world. On Skulls by Robert Green Ingersoll

Arthur Machen Now I happened to have a slight acquaintance with the rector. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

H. G. Wells Many things have happened since then, but the last glance I had of Wimblehurst two years ago remarked no change whatever in its pleasant tranquillity. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]