Phrases with "immediate"

It will be more convenient to disregard in our remarks the interval of five years which separated the publication of the first volume from its two immediate companions. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Edward Jenner As the subject of the smallpox is so interwoven with that which is the more immediate object of my present concern, it must plead my excuse for so often introducing it. On Vaccination Against Smallpox by Edward Jenner

Anthony Trollope If they should turn upon him?” Mr. Blake sat silent but made no immediate reply. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

H.P. Lovecraft It imparts an impression of terrible antiquity, as though it were the remotest rather than the immediate ancestor of Greek art. The Temple by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

Algernon Blackwood My own feelings, meanwhile, seemed tossed together in too great and violent confusion for immediate disentanglement. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Anthony Trollope But he was ready with an immediate answer to this question. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Algernon Blackwood Dr. Cathcart made no immediate reply, although the look had interested him enough at the time for him to make a mental note of it. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

Rudyard Kipling This is that Lavalle whom the world, immersed in speculations of immediate gain, did not know nor suspect — the Lavalle whom they adjudged to the last a pedant and a theorist. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

She desired above all things immediate safety-in some place and with someone she knew. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

H. G. Wells Nor has anyone else yet except our immediate circle of friends and a few dealers who are no doubt industriously increasing the present scanty supply. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Perhaps their refusal took the heart out of his plan to Found a Family — he went into an immediate decline. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Edith Wharton Dinner over, they drifted out onto the balcony in the old way, and he lit his cigar, and yielded to the sense of immediate wellbeing. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

H. G. Wells Now there are two ways at least in which the author may be and should be protected from the pressure of immediate necessities. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Arthur Morrison Ever since they had taken him he had been oppressed by this plague of galloping thought, with few intervals of rest, when he could consider immediate concerns. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Olaf Stapledon Whatever his ulterior motives, the scientist's immediate aim is to describe how things happen in his particular field of enquiry. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Arthur Conan Doyle He could see that it was one of those narrow khors which led to the river, and he waited, glass in hand, for their immediate reappearance. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Anthony Trollope But he gave no sign of requiring the immediate slaughter of a fatted calf. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

I had fixed the river as my immediate goal and the future must take care of itself. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Anthony Trollope Charity may be given with the left hand so privily that the right hand does not know it, and yet the left hand may regret to feel that it has no immediate reward. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Actuated by these correct calculations, Mr. Neverbend was rather fussy to begin an immediate descent when he found himself on the spot. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson She would go in there presently, but her immediate duty, bitter but necessary, was to greet her hostess. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Anthony Trollope Though he was than hardly yet recovered from the effects of his last attack, he indulged in another violent drinking bout; and, strange to say, did so without any immediate visible bad effects. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

M. R. James To-day he had come down for the first time to visit Wilsthorpe and confer with Mr Cooper, the bailiff, as to the matters which needed immediate attention. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Anthony Trollope He could take no immediate step in regard to them, and therefore, for the moment, drove that trouble from his mind. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope He had not been making any definite scheme, to be carried into immediate execution against any individual. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

John Hill Burton It denied to the creditor, what it might so easily have given him — facilities for immediate access to the funds of the dishonest or obstinate debtor. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

Arthur Conan Doyle It looked as if the pair might take an immediate departure, and so necessitate very prompt and energetic measures on my part. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Olaf Stapledon In this view, as we have seen, reality consists wholly of the stream of immediate experience. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Ford Madox Ford Her immediate reaction was to resent the implication that she was not as good a man as Christopher. He seemed to have been boasting that he had physically corrected her. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Francis Bacon For these two senses give information at large and concerning objects in general, whereas the other three give hardly any information but what is immediate and relates to their proper objects. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Edgar Allan Poe Although both the immediate and the predisposing causes, and even the actual diagnosis, of this disease are still mysterious, its obvious and apparent character is sufficiently well understood. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

H. G. Wells Enough.” He made a gesture of masterful dismissal for which Rud had no immediate repartee. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

George Gissing When an article or two had earned enough money for immediate necessities he went off to the British Museum, and then the difficulty was to recall him to profitable exertions. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Jules Verne There was no immediate danger to be dreaded, and a catastrophe might even yet be avoided. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Edith Wharton The immediate result of his first weeks of wretchedness was the resolve to go to town for the winter. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Henry Handel Richardson There was no immediate answering sound; the silence persisted, and having waited for some time, he rang again. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

While the absence of his rival Almagro relieved Pizarro from all immediate disquietude from that quarter, his authority was menaced in another, where he had least expected it. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

One rumour alone, asserted with the utmost confidence, had an immediate effect upon the stock. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

George Eliot But they brought other things which touched her closely, and bridged the phantom-crowded space of anxiety with active sympathy in immediate trial. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

George Eliot Her feeling under his words was complicated by the allusion to the last scene between her father and Wakem; and at length that painful, solemn memory surmounted the immediate grievance. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

He made no immediate move until he touched with his fingers the place where the epiphany of the Tetragrammaton had appeared. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Tobias Smolle The nomination of course falls to him, and the doctor being called, declares the necessity of immediate venesection, which is accordingly performed by a surgeon of the association. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

Anthony Trollope He had abandoned his property for ever, and was to be put into immediate possession of a large sum of money,—of a sum so large that it would seem at once to make him a rich man. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

His immediate feeling was of coolness and width and spaciousness, in contrast with the hot grinding hostility that had bored so closely in on him for the last hour. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

He was one of the men—there are many of them—who are unable to release their imagination from the impression of present and immediate power, face to face with themselves. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

He will declare himself the victim of a misunderstanding, and insist upon an immediate interview with the investigating magistrate. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

H. G. Wells He ordered a prompt removal to a hospital for an immediate operation. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Theodore Dreiser She wrote Bass that his father was not well, and had a letter from him saying that he was very busy and couldn’t come on unless the danger was an immediate one. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

The sketch was evidently an immediate reminiscence, and must have been made when the subject was a vivid image in the artist’s mind. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

His position was precarious, his projects visionary, and his immediate desire was to settle on a lonely farm, where he could devote himself to study, if she would do the household drudgery. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

As Grant came to the edge of the moor and looked down at the river’s immediate hollow, he saw below him in the mid-distance a small group of three persons, idle and relaxed on the bank. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Do not trust the promises of the Bolsheviki! The promise of immediate peace-is a lie! The promise of bread — a hoax! The promise of land — a fairy tale! . Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Andrew Lang He made an immediate search for the papers and recovered them, so that Mr. Rutherford carried to Edinburgh the documents necessary to gain the cause which he was on the verge of losing. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Oscar Wilde It takes a thoroughly grasping age, such as that in which we live, to set above the fine intellectual virtues, those shallow and emotional virtues that are an immediate practical benefit to itself. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Anthony Trollope The immediate result of this was that Lady Tringle herself did drive across to Kingsbury Crescent accompanied by Gertrude and Lucy, and did make her request in form. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Seymour Austin might have reason for seeking to emancipate them, she thought, and blushed in thought that she could never be learning anything but from her own immediate sensations. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Anthony Trollope I happen to have taken a share in a loan a little beyond my immediate means, and therefore want a few hundreds. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Henry James The Baroness had an immediate conviction that Robert Acton would put his hand into his pocket every day in the week if that rattle-pated little sister of his should bid him. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Ford Madox Ford His knowledge seemed to be bounded by the contents of his newspaper for the immediate day; at any rate, his conversation never went any farther. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

The Gentle Shepherd, by far his best known and most meritorious work, appeared in 1725, and had an immediate popularity which, to a certain extent, it retains. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

There was no immediate danger to be apprehended. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

As before, I expected to see some immediate result, but my curiosity was not gratified. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

George Gissing The demeanour which Alma had studiously prepared underwent an immediate change; she stepped forward with an air of frank kindliness, of cordial hospitality. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Henry James When one morning within the week he perceived the whole thing to be really at last upon him Strether’s immediate feeling was all relief. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Kant’s monistic successors have in general found the data of immediate experience even more self-contradictory, when intellectually treated, than Kant did. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Anthony Trollope But not by such a marriage as this! When that accidental calling of the name was first heard and the following avowal made, the Marchioness declared her immediate feelings by a look. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Henry James Charlotte was sure she should find Maggie there on getting home — a remark in which Mrs. Verver’s immediate response to her friend’s inquiry had culminated. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Mallinson ate and drank with incurious relish; but Conway, relieved of immediate worries and reluctant to cherish distant ones, was wondering how mangoes could be cultivated at such an altitude. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Bronislaw Malinowski At this time they are removed from their parents’ immediate presence and control. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Edgar Allan Poe Victims had been in immediate demand. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

H. G. Wells In some way they must have put the more immediate objects of desire into a secondary place, and that means renunciation. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Maria Edgeworth This manoeuvring lady represented this report as being universally known and believed, in hopes of frightening her niece into an immediate match with the baronet. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

He gave her forty-five seconds and then said: ‘Well?’ And as there was no immediate answer he said again: ‘Well?’ ‘Funny,’ she said. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

James Joyce In other words, the synthesis of immediate perception is followed by the analysis of apprehension. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Henry James Bernard rapidly extemporized this rough explanation of the surprise his friend had offered him, and he found it all-sufficient for his immediate needs. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Isabella Bird Apostasy would be immediate emancipation from terror and ruin, but it is nearly unknown. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Malherbe’s immediate influence, however, was very limited. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Anthony Trollope Some immediate answer was necessary. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

David Hume But this is sufficient for our present purpose, that it does affect taste and sentiment, and bestowing an immediate enjoyment, is a sure source of approbation and affection. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

Marjorie Bowen As she reached the more frequented streets she broke into a run, she had only one thought, one desire — immediate extinction. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Anthony Trollope And for this he was not to receive a penny, or gain any advantage, immediate or ulterior. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Margaret Oliphant When he was addressed, however, the postman responded with immediate directness. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Cortes had no expectation of producing any immediate result by this appeal. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Anthony Trollope In the meantime he thought that immediate enquiry would be a little precipitate. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Edith Wharton The immediate effect of the feeling had been to send her forth in quest of her step-son. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

It is from the Bishop, and calls for an immediate reply. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

Benjamin Disraeli There were some rude steps cut in the rock which led from the immediate shore to the terrace. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Isabella Bird Dense forests, impassable morasses, and sedgy streams always bounded the immediate prospect, and the clearings were few and far between. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

H. G. Wells The more I stand off from the immediate thing and regard my behaviour as a whole the more it holds together. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope A parent is often bound to disregard the immediate comfort of a child. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

What was the immediate cause of your breaking faith with me? I loved you, you know how well. The Box with the Iron Clamps by Florence Marrya

George Gissing The truth was, Bevis found himself in an extremely awkward position, with issues he had not contemplated, and all he cared for was to avert the immediate peril of public discovery. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Olaf Stapledon Often when the explorer is resident in a particular individual he encounters through that individual’s perception another individual, who, he thinks, would repay immediate study. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

The very next day, however, he was forced to an immediate decision, for another alarming situation arose. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

H. G. Wells The best part is the criticism and the rejection of selective breeding as giving any immediate hope of human improvement. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

George Eliot She must resign herself to depend entirely on his recollection of anything beyond his own immediate trial. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Faced with an exciting problem which exacted immediate solution, we drew the waterproof cover over the boat and up to the knees of the steersman, who had to handle the tiller and keep the pump going. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

This state criminal has invited the proletariat and the Petrograd garrison to repeat the experience of the 16th-18th of July, and insists upon the immediate necessity for an armed rising. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

It became Dickson’s immediate object to get the innkeeper to reveal himself by rousing his temper. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Sir Walter Scott You bear the name of a near relation of mine, whom none of my present people ever saw, except Spontoon, so there will be no immediate danger. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

The return of the mourners after the final parting and their immediate outbursts of pent-up grief. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

The immediate cause of discord here is water, that precious element of all life in the desert. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

As was his wont, he stored up these impressions, making no immediate use of them. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

H. G. Wells I didn’t see any advantage in an immediate discussion in that place. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Anthony Trollope He was raised to a level now with Mr. Bingham. And then his immediate position was very much better than Bingham’s. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

If any epistemologist could dispense with a conditioning environment, it would seem to be the antipragmatist, with his immediate saltatory trueness, independent of work done. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Washington Irving Canonchet saw there was no choice but immediate flight. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Her immediate flood of apologies placated Adrian, however, and he left the train stranded some miles outside Brighton in order to assist her in preparing the food for dinner. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

George Meredith My immediate anxiety concerns you; for what will our Carlo ask of me? Lose not one moment. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

I wonder I did not go straight out of the house and rush headlong into any danger that promised an immediate extinction of my life. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope His real object had been to convince her that their joint circumstances did not admit of an immediate marriage; and as to that she completely understood him. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser There were no immediate political troubles bothering him just now. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope Your uncle of course feels that as he is ready to pay the money at once he is entitled to an immediate answer. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Through this unlooked-for event, Horatio became the immediate heir of his father’s title. Lodore by Mary Shelley

George Gissing It will help you out of immediate embarrassments, and leave you at peace for a little while. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Jane Austen Mr. Rushworth had set off early with the great news for Sotherton; and she had fondly hoped for such an immediate eclaircissement as might save him the trouble of ever coming back again. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Wilkie Collins An immediate return to London was the first and wisest measure of security which suggested itself. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She contemplated the immediate present with dismay. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

George Meredith But the bearer of the missive had been provided with a lead pencil to obtain the immediate reply. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Edith Wharton The discovery gave her an immediate illusion of activity: it was exhilarating to think that she had actually a reason for hurrying home. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

George Gissing On the way home from Queen’s Road, Alice and Virginia pressed for immediate decision; they were unable to comprehend how Monica could hesitate for another moment. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

George Gissing It would have paid him to start an employment agency; as it was, instead of receiving fees, he very often supplied his friends’ immediate necessities out of his own pocket. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Walter Scott Still farther, I must acknowledge that the postponement of these nuptials will be more agreeable to me than their immediate accomplishment. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman The immediate result was, of course, a great decrease in marriage; but the increase in population was scarce checked at all because of the lowered death rate among children. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Rudyard Kipling Men tell us that what we want nowadays is a modern and scientific education — something that will be of immediate use to a man in “the battle of life”. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

In the council, held at eleven o’clock in the evening in Jim’s dining-room, she backed up Waris’s advice for immediate and vigorous action. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Anthony Trollope But Lord Rufford did not seem disposed to give any immediate answer. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens He, however, urged to immediate battle by some other officers, and particularly by CRESSINGHAM, King Edward’s treasurer, and a rash man, gave the word of command to advance. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Anthony Trollope The doctor had declared him to be out of immediate danger, and had set the broken bones. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells I stumble and flounder, but I know that over all these merry immediate things, there are other things that are great and serene, very high, beautiful things — the reality. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

H. G. Wells But this Utopia began upon a philosophy of fragmentation, and ends, confusedly, amidst a gross tumult of immediate realities, in dust and doubt, with, at the best, one individual’s aspiration. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

This sight was a very welcome one, as it gave us hopes of immediate departure, but my courage failed, when I heard that one or two steam-boats, weary of waiting, meant to start on the morrow. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

D. H. Lawrence Social passion — what social passion has she? — show it me! — where is it? She wants petty, immediate POWER, she wants the illusion that she is a great woman, that is all. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing It was a very soft and balmy autumn day; the sky was cloudy, but not with presage of immediate rain, and the distance was wonderfully clear, the rolling downs pencilled on sky of bluish gray. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Anthony Trollope It is quite on the cards that worse things may come even than Sexty Parker.’ To this she made no immediate answer, but walked on, increasing her pace, not only unhappy, but also very angry. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Willa Cather Her voice was primarily defective, and her immediate vocal method was bad. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Rudyard Kipling He was, and he was not; and Learoyd suggested the immediate smashment of Dearsley as a sacrifice to his ghost. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Algernon Blackwood The chalet, with our immediate surroundings, faded; I was aware of ourselves only, chiefly, however, of her. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Jules Verne In the present state of the weather, immediate flight was, we knew, impossible. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Bram Stoker When he saw my face, he seemed to realise danger — immediate danger — and slunk out of the room as noiselessly as if he had been blown out. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Anthony Trollope And yet he had decided upon doing it, because the duty to be done was great enough to be clearly marked,—demanding an immediate resolve, and capable of no postponement. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Edgar Allan Poe The beast, whatever it was, retained his position without attempting any immediate violence, while I lay in an utterly helpless, and, I fancied, a dying condition beneath him. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

This deliberate and lonely emotion was fitter to inspire grave poetry than a pamphlet appealing to an immediate crisis. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

Led away by the fascinating prospect of large interest, they forgot future safety in the dazzling but delusive light of immediate good. Getting Away by Ellen Wood [1871]

Anthony Trollope Lord George asked some questions, but received no immediate answers. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Anthony Trollope But Susan had at once resolved to take him at his word when he suggested that an immediate reply was not necessary. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Diplomacy supplemented justice and the immediate history of Guido became that of a fox hunted from covert to covert with all the familiar earths stopped against him. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Either view of the matter will serve one in immediate need of an hypothesis. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

William Makepeace Thackeray It would have been pleasant, otherwise, to see the Chief Cadi in his hall of justice; and painful, though instructive, to behold the immediate application of the bastinado. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

Jane Austen There was no immediate appearance. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Washington Irving It therefore might well form an immediate entrance and exit to the palace; while the grand Gate of Justice served as the entrance of state to the fortress. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Augustine Birrell Our sanguine king expected an immediate cessation of hostilities, and that his unpreparedness would thus be huddled up. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Walter Scott To this strange and very particular confession we shall have occasion to recur when witchcraft is the more immediate subject. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Anthony Trollope But we know from the evidence of the day, and from the character which remained of him through after Roman ages, how great was the immediate effect of his oratory. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

He then explained to him the immediate cause, in the negligence of the treasurer. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

The sight brought back to him his immediate past, and the recollection of the stifling room in the ill-omened house effectively dispelled his drowsiness. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Virginia Woolf Another inch of the pattern, she thought, still using her half- formulated idea to stamp the immediate scene. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

George Meredith Cecil’s immediate reflection was that the unfortunate smoker had left a rich widow. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Evidently the beast must be thinking he had made an immediate conquest of me! I smiled as if in amusement and now let my foot remain where it was. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

John Lewis Burckhard After the departure of the fleet, when there is no immediate demand for dollars, the price falls; in January, 1815, it was at nine piastres. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

H. G. Wells The immediate dangers and stresses of his position he saw with a sort of static clearness. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Wisely he made no immediate attempt to force himself back into her good graces. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

Not unreasonably, perhaps, a casual spectator might have suspected these two of a mild but immediate flirtation. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Elizabeth Gaskell He filled her purse, that she might have wherewithal to alleviate the immediate wants of her brother’s family. The Crooked Branch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Jane Austen She repeated it to Edward. “THAT was exactly like Robert,”— was his immediate observation. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

The police confer with the man’s pursuers and learn from them where he has gone, and take all the immediate measures possible to them to apprehend him. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Then, “There is no immediate answer,” he said, and as the maid went out he went back to the other two. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Fortunately for him, Shrike was not in the city room and his humility was spared an immediate trial. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

Edith Wharton Mrs. Leveret felt like a passenger on an ocean steamer who is told that there is no immediate danger, but that she had better put on her life-belt. Xingu by Edith Wharton [1916]

Was it the weapon or the strength of the poison that brought on immediate dissolution in this case? Of course the weapon. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

John Morley The political historian seeks the superficial and immediate causes of great transactions, and he serves us by mixed penetration and soundness of judgment. Voltaire by John Morley

Edith Wharton She made no immediate motion to do so, however, but dropping into a chair looked wearily about her. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

David Hume It argues surely more power in the Deity to delegate a certain degree of power to inferior creatures than to produce every thing by his own immediate volition. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

Guy de Maupassant In the afternoon, he disposed his men about the town as though they were in immediate danger of an ambush. An Affair of State (Un coup d'état) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Lady Morgan I wish you could see this creature, when anything is said or read that comes home to her heart, or strikes in immediate unison with the exquisite tone of her feelings. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

David Hume Propositions in geometry may be proved, systems in physics may be controverted; but the harmony of verse, the tenderness of passion, the brilliancy of wit, must give immediate pleasure. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

For a man who has to make a living the enemy is immediate necessity; for people like ourselves it’s — it’s the constant small opportunity of agreeable things. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Anthony Trollope He had had three different letters that day from Lord Kilcullen’s creditors, all threatening immediate arrest unless he would make himself responsible for his son’s debts. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

In contact with German social conditions, this French literature lost all its immediate practical significance, and assumed a purely literary aspect. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Arthur Morrison For the second half he made no immediate hurry. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

In this recovered quiet of mind he was able to deal with immediate practical questions; he was even able to confront Joanna with his old jealousy and hatred. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Edgar Allan Poe These orders were sufficient, I well knew, to insure their immediate disappearance, one and all, as soon as my back was turned. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

Arthur Conan Doyle Under the hanging branch of the great oak-tree on the farther side (that Quercus Tilfordiensis ordiensis is still shown as the bound of the Abby’s immediate precincts) the great horse passed. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Olaf Stapledon My knowing-feeling-striving is matter of immediate acquaintance, for me, but not for others. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Henry Adams He cared little to know its immediate use, but he could afford to throw nothing away which he could conceive to have possible value in this or any other existence. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

As it called for immediate attention, he deferred unpacking his books, or indeed taking them from the farm house, until his return. Three Hundred Years Hence by Mary Griffith

Olaf Stapledon No doubt the robin’s song begins as sheer sexiness or sheer defiance to his neighbours; but the immediate end is soon overlaid with pure artistry, and worship. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Elizabeth Gaskell Hepburn felt insecure, as in a nightmare dream, so long as the boat did not reach her immediate destination. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Elizabeth Gaskell Her tutor was surprised at the bounds by which she surmounted obstacles, the quick perception and ready adaptation of truths and first principles, and her immediate sense of the fitness of things. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Wilkie Collins Good Mr. Wagner had been ailing for many months; but the doctors had no immediate fear of his death. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Anthony Trollope But as he could find no immediate excuse for introducing himself, he only winked at her. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

These were followed in 1751 by his Enquiry into the Principles of Morals, which he considered his best work; and in 1752 by his Political Discourses, which alone of his works had an immediate success. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Helen Zimmern Seeing Patronage through the press, and writing the continuations of Frank, Rosamond, and Harry and Lucy, were Miss Edgeworth’s immediate occupations on her return. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

The P.O.U.M. was for immediate revolution, the Communists not. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

John Galsworthy He therefore applied his means to the more immediate ends of existence — College fees, ‘wines,’ whist, riding, and so forth — and left his debts to grow. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Sinclair Lewis All thinking about matters less immediate than food, sex, business, and the security of one’s children is a disease, and Sam was catching it. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Daniel Defoe Those who act by immediate direction of the Devil, and in confederacy with him. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

H. G. Wells And so, reluctantly rejecting one cloudy excuse after another, he clearly focussed the antagonism between his relations to Ethel and his immediate ambitions. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Jules Verne In the middle of the questions and answers which crossed each other, Nicholl put one question which did not find an immediate solution. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Sigmund Freud But in this case there came an immediate confirmation of it. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]