Phrases with "happened"

Sigmund Freud In 1907 I happened to go to Padua, which, to my regret, I had been unable to visit since 1895. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

D. H. Lawrence Then she sighed, and was about to recommence her song, when she happened to turn her head and to espy a telegraph-boy coming up the path. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Algernon Blackwood What happened must otherwise have been the tawdriest superstition, whereas actually there was solemnity in it, even grandeur. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Ann Radcliffe They ran out into the woods for safety, and found it too, for they happened to take a different road from the earthquake. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch He lay, indeed, at the point of death when Morales happened upon him. D’Arfet’s Vengeance by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

H.P. Lovecraft You see, I have really learned pretty much what happened to Carter after he left his car with the silver key at sunset on that seventh of October, four years ago. Through the Gates of the Silver Key by H.P. Lovecraft [1934]

Arnold Bennett He wondered what would have happened to the house of Orgreave in six months’ time. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Andrew Lang But it so happened that the King knew better, for he had the ring himself, and he said: ‘Oh I you are not telling me the truth, for I have your ring here in my purse. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Morrison We shall get a cab in the High Street, and you shall tell me what has happened to you. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

H. G. Wells That apparently is what has happened in Russia in its present phase. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Fletchings, all that happened there, was to be as if it had not been—as if the scene in the music gallery had been blotted out from their memories. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

You might as well rejoice in an evil deed because good happened to come of it. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

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

I happened to meet her as she came in. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

A lot had happened since then, and yet, in a way, a very little. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Then she remembered Miss Jameson’s little dog, Tou–Tou, who was almost human in his inquisitive interest in everything that happened to lie in his way. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Andrew Lang However, all this happened a long time after the story I am going to tell you. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

One night, shortly after his engagement with Miss Montague had commenced, he happened to remain unusually late, in company with her and Lady L——. The Familiar by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wilkie Collins Mahogany Dobbs and I happened to be below in the cabin, occupied —” Here Sir Joseph paused (with his amiable smile) to consult his memory. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

I could get very little out of Turpin about what happened next. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Andrew Lang When these things happened Saphir was about eighteen years old, and fifteen years had passed away since the death of his mother. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

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

Elizabeth Von Arnim She was sixty-five, and cared very little what sorts of women she happened to be with for a month, but if the women were to be mixed with men it was a different proposition altogether. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

George Gissing When the clock on his mantelpiece struck eleven, he happened to notice it, and was surprised to find how quickly time had passed. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

George Gissing One of the lodgers happened to come out from the house as he ascended the steps, so he was able to go down without announcing himself. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

George Elio Mrs. Pettifer went to open the door, and told Mr. Tryan, in as few words as possible, what had happened in the night. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Gaston Leroux It happened so quickly that the spectators hardly had time to utter a sound of stupefaction, for the gas at once lit up the stage again. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

I happened to stand near Fitzgerald, and I overheard the captain, with a chuckle, say something to him in which the word ‘cravat’ was repeated. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

H. G. Wells No lovelier thing had ever happened to me. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Charles Dickens He happened by great good luck to have roared and shouted himself into silence by this time. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Sinclair Lewis Nothing happened and nobody looked uneasy. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Certainly he was not a man who was likely to forget to look before he leaped, nor one who, if he happened to know that there was a mattress spread to receive him, would leap with less conviction. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

John Galsworthy It happened thus: The stables of her grandfather old Jolyon Forsyte’s house in Stanhope Gate where June and, incidentally, her mother resided with her grandparents, were round the corner. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Wilkie Collins To attract his attention by speaking was of course out of the question; I could only wait until he happened to look my way. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Algernon Blackwood It happened to my niece, didn’t it, John?” Stories and legendary accounts of strange things that the presence of these two brought poured out then. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Wilkie Collins My memory of all that happened may be trusted, even in trifles which relate only to myself — I was not unhappy. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Anthony Trollope Reginald Morton came to the house, and soon afterwards another little Reginald was born at Bragton Park. This happened as long ago as 1835, twenty years before the death of the old squire. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

I have always felt that very strongly; and what happened that evening in the case of Mr. Burnaby of course confirmed my feeling. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Arthur Conan Doyle It happened that he was acquainted with one of the partners of the firm of Fugger & Stoltz, who did the largest import trade in precious stones. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

What on earth had happened on the landing? Had he fainted? Surely not or the doctor would have noticed it — people generally did notice when other people fainted. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It happened that a few hours before my departure I was able to be of some service to him. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

I had steeled myself to expect the worst, and therefore, if anything but the worst happened was prepared to return thanks and be truly grateful. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

R. D. Blackmore Being called to Calcutta upon government business, he happened to see a pair of English sailors, lazily playing, in a shady place by the side of the road, at hole-penny. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Leon Trotsky It happened this way: My mother’s nephew, Moissey Filippovich Schpentzer, a man of about twenty-eight, spent a summer in our village. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Miss Layne and Arthur were at tea there, when I happened to go in with some medicine. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Anna Katherine Green And, mamma, are you sure that you are quite happy to-day? You look as if something had happened to trouble you — something more than usual, I mean. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

She had a long idle morning before her, a thing which happened rarely. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

I tried to get on his tracks, and, as luck would have it, I succeeded (or thought I had) at the very moment when I happened to have a few days to myself. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Now if Mr. Steffano Gairdi happened to have a cut or the mark of one upon the inside of his left hand, I felt that I should be within measurable distance of the end of the affair. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

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]

Andrew Lang He wept and wept — and then returned back again to Marya Morevna. Now Koshchei the Deathless happened not to be at home. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins He soon tired of reading, and fell into thinking of what had happened during the latter part of his walk. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Henry James The moment, in other words, if you understand, happened to be one of my moments; so that, by the same token, I simply wondered if it mightn’t likewise have happened to be one of yours. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Now and then it happened that one of the faded, yellow dancing girls would get sold to an amateur, as though she had been alive and young. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Daniel Defoe I accepted her offer, and was with her half a year, and should have been longer, but in that interval what she proposed to me happened to herself, and she married very much to her advantage. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

This was the kind of thing that happened every year in Barcelona, people were saying. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

And yet again it was turned against him; for a magistrate asked him how HE happened to know already that nothing had been touched. The Avenger by Thomas de Quincey

Henry James Whenever since I’ve happened to have a glimpse of them they were still blazing away — still missing it, I mean, deliciously. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

It so happened that Gervaise was filling a bucket at the top. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Charlotte Perkins Gilman I happened to speak of that river to our last guide, a rather superior fellow with quick, bright eyes. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Wilkie Collins I see no other conclusion possible, after what happened during your visit to him. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Henry Fielding O, madam! that evening that the fatal quarrel happened between us my dear captain took it so to heart that he sat up all night and drank a whole bottle of brandy. Amelia by Henry Fielding

M. P. Shiel After a time I distinctly heard him mutter: “I thought as much—so it happened once before. The Case of Euphemia Raphash by M. P. Shiel [1895]

But two things happened that seemed to the detective significant, and gave him considerable food for thought. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

And that was the worst that would’ve happened to him if — ” The Chief Inspector, his hand on the door handle, whispered into Mr Verloc’s face. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Frances Hodgson Burnett I could not help asking myself what would have happened to them before the German army crossed the Channel—if they were not able to prevent the crossing. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Wilkie Collins One, to go instantly with help to Browndown: the other, to keep the knowledge of what had happened from Lucilla until I could get back again, and prepare her for the discovery. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Arnold Bennett Nevertheless this night happened to be the night on which anxiety would be justified. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Rafael Sabatini Today he happened to ride in a furious temper, feeling that life had declared war upon him, and all but looking for an opportunity to deliver battle. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

We don’t know what can have happened to him. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

It was most awkward, for if he were carrying the body across the yard and the woman happened to look up, she would perceive instantly what he was doing. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

M. P. Shiel Something of this kind had, indeed, happened often before, but had never gone so far; and a Neapolitan does not go unavenged. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

Wilkie Collins Don’t waste time in asking questions; I’ll tell you what has happened as we go on. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Rudyard Kipling But in time there happened an aggravated murder — so bad, indeed, that by common consent the citizens decided, as a prelude to lynching, to give the real law a chance. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Anthony Trollope I had to give the poor beasty to somebody, and Mary Rivers happened to be there. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

So she, too, had danced naked into the wood, and all that had happened had been Joe Butterfield’s baby. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

They could not say with certainty what happened after the train left Brighton. A feature of the case was that the efforts of the police had failed in establishing the dead woman’s identity. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Something terrible has happened here. The Cafe of Terror by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1925]

But when the Sofala happened to close with the land after sunset she would find everything very still there under the mantle of the night. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Gaston Leroux As time passed and nothing happened she heaved a sigh. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

His shoulder was sloped back that much that he couldn’t fall, no matter what happened his fore legs. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Arthur Machen But what has happened is very odd. The Shining Pyramid by Arthur Machen

You will be surprised to hear of one thing that has happened to him. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Andrew Lang Thus it happened that one evening a stranger rode up to the castle and asked for hospitality, as he could not reach the nearest town that night. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

E. F. Benson It has all happened without my noticing it. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

William Godwin When the doctor happened to be at Frankfort, there came there four conjurors, who obtained vast applause by the trick of cutting off one another’s heads, and fastening them on again. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Arthur Morrison It seemed to me that you, with your clever head, might be able to form a better judgment than I as to what has happened and who is responsible for it. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Apparently he had quite forgotten the unpleasantness of the previous evening, and he listened with amusement to Edgehill’s recital of what had happened at Colchester that morning. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Jack London I prefer to skip the details of much that happened in the next eight days. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

George Gissing There as no need for you to keep silence about me when you see her; what has happened can’t be hidden. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Ford Madox Ford Perhaps he has gone back to the Square. He had presumably better see what has happened to his wife. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

It was just like Mr Warburton after getting her into serious trouble — for after all, he was principally to blame for what had happened — to be so flippant and unconcerned about it. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

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]

He’s lying on the floor all covered over in blood!” “And what did they say? What happened then?” went on Larose sharply. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Theodore Dreiser But it so happened that just at this time Aileen was being almost daily harassed by additional evidence and reminders of Cowperwood’s infidelity. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

William Morris As he came back, making a circuit toward the open meadows, he happened on a herd of deer in a lonely place, half wood half meadow, and there he slew a hart with one shaft, for he was a deft bowman. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

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]

Anatole France And what had happened only a moment ago seemed far distant now. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Something bad had happened to him: he was in a foreign land — which land he didn’t know: he was being ill-treated and kept prisoner; he must escape and get back to his old happy world. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

William Godwin It happened with Gerbert, as with St. Dunstan, that he united an aspiring mind and a boundless spirit of ambition, with the intellectual curiosity which has already been described. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Henry Fielding This fond couple never met till dinner the day after the masquerade, when they happened to be alone together in an antechamber before the arrival of the rest of the company. Amelia by Henry Fielding

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]

I happened to see her once or twice. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Now that never happened to us when we were four together. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

The Prince Ali was probably still anxious to recover the Stone, and if he happened to kill Chloe or Arglay in the process so much the better. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

They have no rice and no form of “daily bread:” I happened to take with me a few boxes of “twice-baked,” and this Mbolo was the object of every chiefs ambition. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Wilkie Collins I happened to be standing by the hearth, looking into the dying fire, while the nurse was speaking. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Andrew Lang There happened now to come a very bad year, and the famine was so great that these poor people resolved to rid themselves of their children. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins It is plainly needless to describe what happened when I got back to the house. The First Officer’s Confession by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Henry Fielding Paul then said” — But something now happened which put a stop to Dick’s reading, and of which we shall treat in the next chapter. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Fenton brought round the coffee and, her father and mother being served, the girl happened to look into the mirror, saw that the butler was stirring in her cup. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Thomas Hardy She was chatting to him concerning some other event, and remarked that it happened about the time when she was dusting some old clothes that had belonged to her poor husband. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

H. G. Wells But are you getting educated? And mother, how’s mother? What’s happened to Prue? And is Ernest as hot-tempered as ever?’ “I attemped to tell her. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

And all the world had happened since we had. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Tobias Smolle Prickle happened to be at variance with the innkeeper, and the curate durst not disoblige the vicar, who at that very time was suing the farmer for the small tithes. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

John Galsworthy The effect on them, in fact, was distinctly emotional, which to some extent explains what happened afterwards. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Arthur Machen Didn’t you say that you had been bothered by something — something which happened that night we dined together?’ ‘Yes, I have been worried, Dyson, worried a great deal. The Inmost Light by Arthur Machen

Then I happened to catch sight of a big heap of empty whisky bottles in the yard and an inspiration came to me. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Andrew Lang Thus it happened that when the sun rose not a single soldier was alive in the village. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

And this had happened quite largely because of the “managerial” (i. James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution by George Orwell [1946]

Charles Dickens All happened as had been arranged. A Holiday Romance by Charles Dickens [1868]

So it happened that, one evening, when he was quite sure that Lacheneur, his son, and Chanlouineau were absent, Martial saw a man leave the house and hasten across the fields. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

All that had happened in the dean remained in a misty confusion. The Strange Adventure of Mr. Andrew Hawthorn by John Buchan [1932]

Jack London He grubstaked Loftus into the Nippennuck Country. Now it happened that Victor Chauvet was a good Catholic, loving two things in this world, wine and woman. Lost Face by Jack London

Henry James I suppose it was the first time such a thing had happened — a young man trying to get a will made against him. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Arthur Machen He was not horrified, because he knew that it was all non-existent, some plastic fantasy that happened to be presented for the moment to his brain. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

T. E. Lawrence Our armoured cars happened on a Turkish sortie from Maan and smashed it in such style that the opportunity never recurred. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Maria Edgeworth But something had happened to all the chairs — there was a variety of fashionable kinds; he tried them by turns, but none of them this night would suit him. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

We decided to first try the offices of the various steamers plying across the Mediterranean to Port Said. Considerably to our amazement, however, we happened to be successful at the first cast. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

George Meredith I happened by the blessing of Providence to be by when he named her publicly jilt. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Anthony Trollope She is very clever; but it so happened that I saw little or nothing of her after you were gone. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

At such times the tears of the women spectators flowed freely, little children howled aloud in sympathy, and any man who happened to be near broke into extravagant praise of the departed. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Willa Cather I’ve always meant to go back, but I haven’t happened to be down that way since. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Edith Wharton All that had happened three months ago; and she was glad now that she had said what she had to Frenside, and also that he had guessed what she left unsaid. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

George Gissing The manager decided to make no public announcement of what had happened before the hour came for drawing up the curtain. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Kate Chopin If Mademoiselle happened to have received a letter from Robert during the interval of Edna’s visits, she would give her the letter unsolicited. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Willa Cather It happened about daybreak one morning, only thirty-two miles from home. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Virginia Woolf It must have happened then, thought Mrs. Ramsay; they are engaged. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Wilkie Collins When I think of what has happened since, it will drive me mad. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

H. G. Wells Each time that happened all the lizards scuttled in and hid for a space. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

We happened to be certain of that because Emma went to the pillar-box almost directly after he had left here and was just in time to see his car starting away from the place where he usually left it. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

He happened to be particularly interested in the doctor, for he had been a patient of his once. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Henry James Mr. Ruck happened to glance in, and he immediately recognised his wife and daughter. The Pension Beaurepas by Henry James [1879]

This happened about once a month, and was a popular spectacle. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

E. Phillips Oppenheim Why weep? Nothing terrible has happened to you. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

James Dice became suddenly of the opinion that his chauffeur was — Larose! It happened like this. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Rudyard Kipling There Mr. Prout happened to find him a few minutes later, guillotined and helpless, surrounded by a convulsed crowd who would not assist. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Walter Scott But for such evil bruits Mr. Touchwood cared not, even if he happened to hear of them, which was very doubtful. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

Alphonse Daudet It happened one evening at Costecalde the gunmaker’s, where Tartarin was engaged in showing several sportsmen the working of the needle-gun, then in its first novelty. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

E. T. A. Hoffmann All my thinking and all my inquiries are fruitless; I cannot fathom what this glorious thing is which formerly happened in my life. The Doge and Dogess by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Arthur Conan Doyle How lucky that I happened to be out at Norwood over another case! I was at the station when the message arrived. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Andrew Lang Now it happened that the prince of that country was hunting with his dogs in the forest. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

So it happened that just as the storm came up, Hartmann began to prepare the table. Monsieur Maurice by Amelia B. Edwards [1873]

Henry Fielding This happened in the depth of winter, when I was in my grand climacteric, and had just recovered of a dangerous disease. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

Ivan Turgenev One bright summer day I happened to go out of the playground after a noisy game of leap-frog, and walking into the garden I saw Pasinkov sitting on a bench under a high lilac-bush. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Katrine happened to look at her father, and was startled at the expression of his face—at the grasping, covetous, evil regard he had fixed upon the notes. Caramel Cottage by Ellen Wood [1885]

Never happened to me before or since. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

H. G. Wells By an effort he gained a clue in his mind, and all that had happened came back to him, at first with a quality of insincerity like a story heard, like something read out of a book. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

G. K. Chesterton He happened to be shooting a high and very headlong weir in a canoe, by way of proving to himself that he was alive; and he soon found himself involved in some doubt about the continuance of the fact. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

And every time he happened to look at Mr. Whitelaw during that evening, he found the watchful eyes turned towards him in the same unpleasant manner. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

On the first evening out of port, the conversation turned upon the value of diamonds, and one of the ladies on board produced some costly stones she happened to have in her possession. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

Edith Wharton It happened that, not long after the scene at Alstrop’s, I was offered a position in the house. The Spark by Edith Wharton

It was not until a couple of weeks later that I learnt all that had happened that eventful afternoon. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Rudyard Kipling Pambe was a good husband when he happened to remember the existence of a wife; but he was also a very good Malay; and it is not wise to offend a Malay, because he does not forget anything. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Olaf Stapledon But it happened that I chased a man with steel and he tripped. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Watkin Tench This happened in the evening, and the dogs probably had seen us approach and had run away. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Arthur Conan Doyle I examined it yesterday evening, so that it is certain that this has happened during the night. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman This happened very soon after you left. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

The thing sounded so preposterous that I thought at first Dobbs must have been drinking; and told him that I happened to know Clement–Pell was only off to a relative’s death-bed. Getting Away by Ellen Wood [1871]

It happened that the king rose very early,—proving thereby that he, too, on his side, had slept but indifferently. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Now it so happened that Mrs. Belverton had nothing to do just then, and stood in need of excitement. Misplaced Affections by Guy Boothby

That happened to me about once a year, when my mind was excited or angry, and I knew no way of dodging it. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Willa Cather Thea, when she boarded the train in Chicago, happened to stop and plant her heavy telescope on this seat. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Sinclair Lewis What happened to Nicky?” “He passed away. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Jack London How it happened was sufficient for him. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

In this way, it happened that I saw them myself but at uncertain intervals. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

While he was at Brow, his former friend, Mrs. Walter Riddel, to whom, after their estrangement, he had been reconciled, happened to be staying for the benefit of her health in the neighbourhood. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Thomas Hardy It happened in the wood the other side of Nellcombe Bottom, where ’tis said the ghosts of the brothers walk. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Andrew Lang Now, it happened that about this time the King’s son was making a tour through the entire country to look out for a bride. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Bram Stoker But, if you don’t mind, we might go first to Mercy. I am anxious about grandfather, and we might see that — as yet, at all events — nothing has happened there. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Rudyard Kipling I’m awfully glad I happened to drop in. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Edith Wharton At least what’s happened since has made it so. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

George Gissing It happened that Bessie was just now servantless. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Wilkie Collins My heart-sick anxiety to see Laura, my sense of my own helpless ignorance of what had happened at the boat-house, pressed on me with an intolerable weight. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Victor Hugo It happened in the twinkling of an eye. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Andrew Lang And so it happened to the other five, but when the youngest became king, and he also proclaimed a hunt in the mountain, a loud lament was raised in the city. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

What happened early this morning was the result of the unsuitable dinner he took last night, followed by his drinking a large quantity, I understand over a pint, of iced shandy-gaff. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

He wanted to put in their right perspective the events that had just happened in the billiard-room. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Jules Verne What happened when the pilot-boat came in sight of Shanghai will be easily guessed. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

She prayed urgently that she might stay upon the hearthrug, that whatever happened she might not go near the sofa. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

George Meredith Lady Edbury happened to cross the channel with us. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Daniel Defoe I wanted to be placed in a settle state of living, and had I happened to meet with a sober, good husband, I should have been as faithful and true a wife to him as virtue itself could have formed. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

His account was this: Passing the Willow Cottage on his way from North Crabb, he happened to look up at the end window, and saw David standing there all in white in the moonlight. David Garth’s Ghost by Ellen Wood [1871]

Henry James But what had happened to you?” “I only went with you for the walk,” I said. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

Olaf Stapledon The liability to this disease happened to be genetically linked in an indirect manner with the possibility of normal brain development in the fifth generation. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

All my world was tumbling about me and the worst I had so dreaded had happened at last. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Andrew Lang So it happened every time that the king and queen compelled any woman to be his bride. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The first shot would have brought him up on deck, and then he must have seen what happened in the end. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

She ran to him, and at once knew by the way that he held her that something terrible had happened to him. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Elizabeth Von Arnim This, though, had only happened in the last few months, and she was sure would soon, when she was quite strong again, pass. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]