Phrases with "immediate"

Gaston Leroux The immediate result of that could, however, have been no more than a mere friendly association with the Stangersons; certainly, not a love affair. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Jeremy Bentham The immediate principal end of punishment is to controul action. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

They came along, running, flashing the lanterns into the trench, and exploring all the immediate countryside. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Victor Hugo The immediate effect of the penal statute was to produce a crowd of children, found or rather lost. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Samuel Johnson The Laird having all his people under his immediate view, seems to be very attentive to their happiness. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

George Gissing It had contained all his immediate resources, with the exception of a few loose coppers. 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

The immediate thing to do was to get to the loneliest roads. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

E. F. Benson But she SHALL ring the bell and I WON’T be dictated to and I WON’T be called Lulu. However, there’s no immediate danger of that. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Thomas Hardy Awaken him herself she could not, and her immediate impulse was to go and pull the broad ribbon with a brass rosette which hung at one side of the fireplace. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

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]

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

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

E. F. Benson But the doctor had pulled him round out of immediate danger, and he had regained a little strength during the last twenty-four hours. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

This movement gave them no immediate uneasiness, — they thought it a friendly precaution. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

George Meredith The Minister’s definite and immediate instructions were exactly stated. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Henry James The most extraordinary thing that had happened to him — though he had given that name to other matters as welltook place, after his immediate vague stare, as a consequence of this impression. The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James [1903]

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

George Meredith They were both in their different stations young tyrants of the world, ready to fight the world and one another for not having their immediate view of it such as they wanted it. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

George Gissing The immediate vicinage offered nothing but monotone of grimy, lower middle-class dwellings, occasionally relieved by a public-house. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle Already there were responsible papers which declared that England was in an impossible position, and that an immediate peace was necessary to prevent one of the greatest tragedies in history. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

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

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]

Percy Bysshe Shelley But wherefore should a man be benevolent and just? The immediate emotions of his nature, especially in its most inartificial state, prompt him to inflict pain, and to arrogate dominion. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

Sir Walter Scott But these consisted of gentlemen, that is, relations of the chief, however distant, and who had an immediate title to his countenance and protection. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Anthony Trollope In the meantime John Eames had continued his career in London without much immediate satisfaction — to himself, or to the lady who boasted to be his heart’s chosen queen. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

George Eliot In the former case he was very timid about satisfying his immediate desires, but in the latter he would risk the result with much courage. Brother Jacob by George Eliot [1864]

Jane Austen The absolute necessity of seeming like herself produced then an immediate struggle; but after a while she could do no more. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Gaston Leroux The next day Monsieur Robert Darzac was released on bail, while Daddy Jacques received the immediate benefit of a “no cause for action. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

James Anthony Froude Conscience and Will be Will, borne down by shame for their sins, looked for nothing but immediate death. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

His thoughts are concentrated on things which affect the immediate moment. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Charles Dickens He saw that the spy was fearful of his drinking himself into a fit state for the immediate denunciation of him. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

All of the cases referred to occurred within this State, and two of the three series in Boston and its immediate vicinity. The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever by Oliver Wendell Holmes

D. H. Lawrence She knew Ursula as an immediate rival, and the knowledge strangely exhilarated her. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope And she knew this also, that, of all her immediate duties, no duty could be clearer than that of abstaining from all jealousy, petulance, and impatient expectation of little attentions. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

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]

Jules Verne By Christmas Day everything was in readiness for immediate departure. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Benjamin Disraeli The physician and his colleague declared that immediate danger was past, and they counselled Lady Annabel to take repose. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mr. Chadwick thought that with management it might be done, but proposed an immediate move. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Edgar Allan Poe These considerations determined me to make my way, at all hazards, to the trap, and obtain immediate relief, before I should be incapacitated from doing so altogether. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

The peril of immediate detection was so imminent that, beside it, all other fears were dwarfed into insignificance. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Her illness may, after all, be only an affair of the nerves; and there is certainly no cause for immediate fear. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Anthony Trollope Lord Ongar’s people would, he said, bribe her to submit to this by immediate acquiescence, as to her income. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

She was thoroughly frightened, and nothing I could say or do would convince her that I was not in immediate danger. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Wilkie Collins There was only one way of insuring the immediate transportation of the remains to England, and that was to hire a vessel. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch As it was, my immediate business lay in frightening him off before the bleeding slackened, and my heart gave a leap when he turned and ran out of the patio, buttoning his tunic as he went. The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Anthony Trollope She endeavoured to explain this when she waltzed with him, shortly before supper; but her explanation did not come easy, and she wanted all her attention for the immediate work she had in hand. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

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 immediate advantages of falsifying the past were obvious, but the ultimate motive was mysterious. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

George Meredith Breakfast, however, was my immediate thought. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Edith Wharton Oh, she was enough of an artist herself to know that there must be fallow periods — that the impact of new impressions seldom produced immediate results. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

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]

Walter Scott These need be the less insisted upon in this place, as the arch-fiend, and not the elves, had the immediate agency in the abominations which she narrates. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Wilkie Collins I have begged her to excuse my immediate compliance with her request, and to favor me with a call to-morrow morning, when I shall be prepared to meet her with a definite answer. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Anthony Trollope In fact Mr. Jones, in the middle of his troubles, was unable to promise an immediate union, and did not choose that his son should marry in order that he might be supported by a singing girl. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Arthur Morrison Their talk was rarely of politics, and never of “social problems”; present and immediate facts filled their whole field of contemplation. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

An immediate antagonism flashed out between the two men. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Theodore Dreiser Did they want to buy for immediate delivery (forty-eight hours being immediate) six hundred barrels of prime flour? He would offer it at nine dollars straight, in the barrel. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle His immediate principal, Barney, is a more astute person. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Among the letters of introduction with which Milton provided himself, one was from the aged Sir Henry Wotton, Provost of Eton, in Milton’s immediate neighbourhood. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Theodore Dreiser Where was I?” “On Washington Boulevard.” he answered, expecting her eye to light with immediate remembrance. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Elizabeth Gaskell She was looking at a letter just brought in and requiring an immediate answer. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

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]

Anthony Trollope Her immediate object was to persuade him that nothing had been done to give him further provocation. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

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

Algernon Blackwood Whatever the cause, the feeling of immediate horror seemed to have passed away as mysteriously as it had come, for nothing occurred to feed it. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

Jane Austen Her father’s business was to announce James’s being gone out to put the horses to, preparatory to their now daily drive to Randalls; and she had, therefore, an immediate excuse for disappearing. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

But he struggled on even to the end, and did not consent to try the experiment of a voyage and visit to Italy till his immediate work was done. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

For some reason he had always thought of wine as having an intensely sweet taste, like that of blackberry jam and an immediate intoxicating effect. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

E. T. A. Hoffmann This young man fell so deeply in love with Antonia that, as she returned his love, he earnestly besought her mother to consent to an immediate union, sanctified as it would further be by art. The Cremona Violin by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Richard Burton Al-Samanhudi,49 quoted by Burckhardt, declares that the curtain covers a square building of black stones, in the interior of which are the tombs of Mohammed and of his two immediate successors. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

H. G. Wells In these times of conflict and dispersal it is rather nice to think of a collector — and of a few minor things anyhow being put out of immediate danger of breakage. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Benjamin Disraeli Their success had been as sudden and immediate as it was complete and sustained. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

W. H. Hudson In Cordova hope had revived, my prayers had brought an immediate response, and the Author of salvation seemed to be near to me. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

His whole young life had become absorbed by this valley world and by the close history of his own immediate family. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

The rest of the money — a considerable sum for me, I decided to borrow from Anton Antonitch Syetotchkin, my immediate superior, an unassuming person, though grave and judicious. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The cause of his death was his having exposed himself rashly to the sun in a tiger-hunt, in August, 1846; he never recovered from the fever which was the immediate consequence. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Elizabeth Gaskell She was vexed at Bessy’s torpor, as she called it, in the whole affair; vexed as she now often was with Bessy’s sluggish interest in all things beyond her immediate ken. Crowley Castle by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Tobias Smolle I begged in the meantime to know the immediate cause of that fit from which she had just recovered, and said, I would endeavour by my skill to prevent any more such attacks. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Anthony Trollope But when her brother gave up the contest she felt that further immediate action was impossible. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

D. H. Lawrence Through it all she felt the great Separator who held life in His hands, gleaming, imminent, terrible, the Great Mystery, immediate beyond all telling. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

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]

His immediate business was with the Rackstraws, and an hour before tea he went down towards the cottage to find them. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

So far, his advice was taken; and it was noticed that the Queen, when applications were made to her, rarely gave an immediate answer. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

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

William Hope Hodgson Suddenly, from out of the surrounding darkness, there came a hail: “Schooner, ahoy!” The cry was so unexpected that I gave no immediate answer, because of my surprise. The Voice in the Night by William Hope Hodgson

Charlotte Perkins Gilman They found themselves in an immediate environment which was agreeable and interesting, and before them stretched the years of learning and discovery, the fascinating, endless process of education. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Niccolo Machiavelli And this ought to be noted, that these Deletti are made, either for immediate training and use, or for future employment. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

The mind’s sense of the prevalence of one set of influences over another set; an effect whose cause is the imminence, immediate or remote, of the performance of an involuntary act. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Henry James He was encamped under the trees, close to the stream, and, in the diffused green shade of the little wood, couldn’t have felt immediate need of his umbrella. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

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]

Rafael Sabatini The stairs were immediate and precipitous. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

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]

I saw only what was happening in my immediate neighbourhood, but I saw and heard quite enough to be able to contradict many of the lies that have been circulated. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Ford Madox Ford It therefore fell to Christopher, if he was to go into partnership with the now sanguine and charming Oriental, to supply an immediate sum of money. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

No man can abolish his immediate self and specialise in the depths; if he attempt that, he simply turns himself into something a little less than the common man. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

George Gissing May was driven forth from the house, and Lady Ogram, just as she was bidding me take steps for my immediate marriage, fell to the ground unconscious—dying. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Anthony Trollope It needs only to be explained that the subject of those letters was the immediate sale of that outlying portion of the Lufton property in Oxfordshire, as to which Mr Sowerby once spoke. Framley Parsonage 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]

Leon Trotsky As a rule, solutions had to be found on the spur of the moment, and mistakes were followed by immediate retribution. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Edgar Allan Poe Soon after this, the king and his seven friends having reeled about the hall in all directions, found themselves, at length, in its centre, and, of course, in immediate contact with the chain. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

Of this more later: for the immediate purpose is to survey and not to criticise. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

George Eliot I felt all the impatience of a convalescent who has nothing particular to do, and who has just taken a tonic in the prospect of immediate exercise that would carry off the stimulus. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

Kenneth Grahame The immediate point was, not that the world would continue to go round as of old, but that Leotard wouldn’t. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Henry Handel Richardson First then, you have been very ill, far worse than you know—the immediate danger is over now, so I can speak of it. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

George Gissing If you wish to know the immediate cause, it simply was that he threw a book at his governess’s head and hit her. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

She had just lived the even, happy and useful life of a young woman of means, who sees duties beyond those of her own household and immediate surroundings. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Thomas Hardy The fortunate fact that the rector’s letter did not require an immediate answer would give him time to consider. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Therefore I tugged his sleeve again and more peremptorily, and prepared to demand my immediate removal in a loud voice. Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1898]

Edith Wharton If Wheater was off on the “Fancy Girl” with a band of cronies, and his wife rushing to Paris to start divorce proceedings, there might indeed be no need for an immediate decision. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Jane Austen But every circumstance that could embitter such an evil seemed uniting to heighten the misery of Marianne in a final separation from Willoughby — in an immediate and irreconcilable rupture with him. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

George Meredith Subsequently she reflected that she was asking him to confine his great male appetite to the nibble of bread which nourished her immediate sense of life. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Bronislaw Malinowski As the problem is of no immediate importance, this discussion cannot be undertaken. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Elizabeth Gaskell As soon as they were out of immediate sight of the windows, she asked him to stop, forcing herself to speak to him. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

His immediate forebears seem to have been persons of marked individuality, and his pedigree was, for the New World, of quite respectable antiquity. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

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]

Gustave Flauber The war, then, was ended; at least he believed that it was; Matho would not resist; in his impatience the Suffet commanded an immediate departure. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Theodore Dreiser She ought to be made to feel that a definite change had taken place, though no immediate break might occur. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Jules Verne With no immediate demand upon our labour, we are thrown upon our own resources for passing our time. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Anthony Trollope She had told her mother that she was to be invited, and Mrs Ray had lacked the courage at the moment which would have been necessary for an absolute and immediate rejection of the proposition. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

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

The expression of her face underwent an immediate change. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

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

I hardly know why, but I have seldom seen anyone — any man, I mean — to whom I have taken such an immediate liking. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

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

As Locke long ago pointed out, these sciences have no immediate connection with fact. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Eet is more better than the ocean, no?” “Humph! Perhaps,” grunted Mr. Jones. He had taken an immediate dislike to the amiable captain. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

Walter Scott This error had a doubly bad effect, both as degrading the immediate department in which it occurred, and as affording a protection for falsehood in other branches of science. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

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]

These proved to be effectual, as regarded our immediate object of obtaining an interview of persuasion. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

This accident, too, was not without its immediate bearing on my subsequent adventures. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

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

Charlotte Perkins Gilman We talked gaily and excitedly on our way of immediate plans, rolling smoothly along broad, open streets. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

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

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]

Tobias Smolle Instead of immediate death, he found instant case, and continued mending every day, till his health was entirely re-established. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

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]

But one candle, held in the fingers of a scared and haggard-looking child, was burning in the room, and that so dim that all was twilight or darkness except within its immediate influence. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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]

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]

Arnold Bennett What she saw was an opportunity to evade the immediate meeting with Edwin — the meeting which, a few minutes earlier, she had desired beyond everything. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Sir Walter Scott If there should be any who read these tales for any further purpose than that of immediate amusement, they will find these remarks not unworthy of their recollection. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

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

The sultan insisted upon the immediate evacuation of Damietta, and that Louis himself should be delivered as hostage for the fulfilment of the condition. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

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

Olaf Stapledon I who was that boy was very ruthless, very blind; but I did, according to my dim light, see and serve mankind’s immediate need. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

John Galsworthy And, as Soames knew, immediate evils are those which one avoids. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Ford Madox Ford As presents for an immediate wedding! Monsieur my brother — in-law had come upon the four that were to make up the set at a sale two days before. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

H. G. Wells So his message came through to that greater outer world, the general public, and awakened an immediate response. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Anthony Trollope Husbands with every immediate comfort, and a prospect of almost unlimited wealth, are not to be found under every hedge. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Sir Walter Scott Arms were in every hand, and a deep gloom on every countenance, as if they had apprehended an immediate and violent assault from the opposite faction. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Anthony Trollope She would have resented the uplifting of that poker, and shown her resentment by an immediate withdrawal from the brewery. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Was there any immediate or even distant, effect on life caused by evil which was not instantly swung into equipoise by goodness? But these slender reflections troubled him only for a little time. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Arnold Bennett The immediate effect of his arrival on Constance was miraculous. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

F. Scott Fitzgerald His bag, packed for immediate departure, brought back the debacle of the night before, and as he lay staring at the ceiling, relaxed by sleep, giant tears welled up into his eyes. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

George Meredith The sight of a tobacconist’s shop charmed one of his more immediate difficulties to sleep. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Theodore Dreiser They called for no immediate decision, and could not be answered. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

D. H. Lawrence What did Anna Brangwen, in these years, care for God or Jesus or Angels? She was the immediate life of to-day. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells One immediate consequence of our full realisation of what this World Problem before us means is dismay. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Guy de Maupassant She could not marry again before the end of the year, and it was necessary at once to take care of pressing interests, immediate interests. Old Amable (Père Amable) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

It certainly SEEMS the truest for no rival belief is as voluminously satisfactory, and it is probably Dr. Schiller’s own belief; but he is not required, for his immediate purpose, to profess it. The Meaning of Truth by William James

H. G. Wells It was with me that day as though I had lifted my head suddenly out of dull and immediate things and looked at life altogether. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

George Gissing The talk began with Sidney’s immediate difficulties. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Wilkie Collins The nearest doctor was sent for, and was told that “Lady Glyde” required his immediate services. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Edgar Allan Poe Under the jib only, I now boomed along before the wind, shipping heavy seas occasionally over the counter, but relieved from the terror of immediate death. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

He was more a common man than ever before, and he forgot all but the immediate act. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

But all thought of immediate escape was prevented by the state of his body. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

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 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

The severe schooling I gave myself was not without its immediate use. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope Does it make you unhappy, George?” To this he made no immediate answer. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Mark Twain My immediate comrade and I talked in an undertone about quarantine laws and their penalties, but we found nothing cheering in the subject. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

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

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

George Gissing Half-a-dozen friends of the deceased came down from London, but the majority of the funeral guests belonged to Hollingford and the immediate neighbourhood. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Anthony Trollope But not on that account are we to imagine that, with his eyes open, he was to be supposed always ready to rush into immediate destruction. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Arthur Conan Doyle I am hopeful of getting more photographs, but the immediate difficulty is to arrange for the two girls to be together. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Henry James Tony’s immediate glance at her showed equally that he had instantly become aware of their so affecting her. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Theodore Dreiser Suffice it that the vagaries of temperament and conditions with which he came into immediate contact proved to him that there was great dissatisfaction with that idea. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

George Meredith The maid was for a quarter of an hour hovering between the order to get ice and the execution of immediate commands. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Nothing but a direct shock of destruction, so sudden and immediate that even he could have no time to check it, could kill him, and he did not believe that that was at all possible. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Caroline Lamb Lord Avondale wrote to Glenarvon, desiring an immediate interview: He followed him to England; and it was some months before he could find where he was. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [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

Elizabeth Von Arnim Here was her immediate future being fixed for her, just by some words she had used so as to get out of spending her birthday with relations. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

George Meredith On hearing the second, which directed his abandonment of his post of immediate watchfulness over her safety, the man flatly objected with a “Signorina, no. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Anthony Trollope Of course he soon had her jammed into a corner out of which there was no immediate mode of escape. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

H. G. Wells He did realize that a movement to reconstruct a society is unlikely to receive the immediate enthusiastic support of the majority of those who fit into and profit by its existing arrangements. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

My answer to the lie you have insinuated against me shall be my immediate marriage with my old friend’s orphan child. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

They had not the fierce character boding immediate hostile intention. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Benjamin Disraeli By the time this meal was despatched the purple light of morn had broken into the building, and the ladies proposed an immediate departure. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

H. G. Wells But he was lifted a little out of our normal harsh and grinding contact with the immediate realities of existence. The Queer Story of Brownlow’s Newspaper by H. G. Wells [1932]

George Meredith I did not imagine it to be a secret of immense, immediate importance. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Virginia Woolf At about that hour he reappeared, carrying his case, professing himself tired, bothered, hungry, thirsty, cold, and in immediate need of his tea. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

We must have immediate action! There is not a moment to lose!” Another followed him, a soldier with disordered beard and flaming eyes. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

The Haygarthian inheritance was but a remote contingency, a shadowy prize, which could scarcely have tempted the secret assassin; but the insurance had offered the prospect of immediate gain. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Anthony Trollope He made no immediate answer, and then she went on with her question. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson The first that I opened was naturally Alan’s; and what more natural than that I should comment on his design to visit me? but I observed James to sit up with an air of immediate attention. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

They now failed from their beatitude, and lived neither with intuitive angelic knowledge nor immediate angelic passage, but with the slower movement of the ancient, and now dissolving, earth. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]