Phrases with "incident"

Thomas Hardy The morning after the above-mentioned incident Lady Constantine, after meditating a while, arose with a strange personal conviction that bore curiously on the aforesaid hallucination. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Jules Verne An hour after, four out of the five miles had been cleared, without any incident having occurred. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Thomas Hardy They went on listening, as if they did not know of the singular incident which had happened to their faces, and the pressure of each to each rather increased than lessened with the lapse of time. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Jules Verne Mais il ne se doutait guère qu’un incident allait lui venir en aide et changer en une oeuvre d’humanité ce qui n’était qu’un caprice, discutable après tout. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

Jules Verne Militaires et civils de Papeeté affluent donc, parcourant la campagne, le parc, les avenues, et jamais aucun incident ne viendra, sans doute, altérer ces excellentes relations. L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

Francis Bacon The third is incident to the other two; and that is the decay of customs of kings or states, which ebb or flow, with merchandizing. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Sir Walter Scott The incident greatly deepened her melancholy, and injured her health, already shaken by previous circumstances. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Jack London While on the question of vagaries, I shall tell what befell Thomas Mugridge in the cabin, and at the same time complete an incident upon which I have already touched once or twice. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

This incident had occupied ten minutes more — ten centuries — and the last trace of order had disappeared. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

William Hazlitt The speakers are like persons who have both leisure and inclination to make riddles on their own situation, and to twist and turn every object or incident into acrostics and anagrams. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Again and again I went over the events of the previous day, recalling every incident with photographic distinctness; but always returning to the same point. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Jules Verne This night also passed away without any incident to modify the situation. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Robert Louis Stevenson The incident just noticed did not create more surprise in the mind of the writer than the sublime appearance of the waves as they rolled majestically over the rock. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope An incident had happened early in the year which had served greatly to strengthen it. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Ford Madox Ford We know the incident occurred in the small hours. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Wilkie Collins And this is taking our pleasure! This is an incident of travel in Austrian Italy! Faithful Black Mirror, accept my thanks. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

It supplied all the accommodation for lodging a numerous body of troops, and all the facilities for subsistence, incident to a large and populous town. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Andrew Lang No incident is more frequently celebrated in poetry and art, to which it lends such gracious opportunities. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

In November 1854 there occurred an incident hitherto unrecorded in any biography. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

M. R. James But for this incident it is not very likely that he would have made any overtures to his fellow-travellers. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

H. G. Wells He still remembered that disagreeable incident with a nightmare vividness. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Jules Verne No incident disturbed this peaceful night, and the next day, the 29th of March, fresh and active they awoke, ready to undertake the excursion which must determine their fate. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Tobias Smolle Mrs Bramble, however, found new matter of offence; which, indeed, she has a particular genius for extracting at will from almost every incident in life. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Samuel Johnson After he has, by the stratagem of the play, convicted the King, he makes no attempt to punish him, and his death is at last effected by an incident which Hamlet has no part in producing. Preface to Shakespeare by Samuel Johnson [1765]

But this touching incident of the pin was too ancient a tradition to fit Mr. Smithson, still under forty. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle An incident occurred between the acts that night which would have pleased the old merchant had he witnessed it. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Arthur Conan Doyle To you, Inspector, the whole incident may appeal as a remarkable professional study. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Robert Louis Stevenson This incident is noticed, more particularly, to show the effects of such a happy turn of mind, even under the most distressing and ill-fated circumstances. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jules Verne Le lendemain, au lever du jour, les vigies ont perdu de vue les dernières épaves de Standard–Island. Aucun incident à relater pendant les 4, 5, 6, 7 et 8 avril. L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

We’ve been close neighbours for four days, and I must tell you that to me, at all events, your little excursion here has been quite an incident in an otherwise monotonous life. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Olaf Stapledon Once she dared to allude to some amatory incident dear to the awakened Victor. But the Dolt at once “went into his shell. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Mais, comme il remontait, un incident l’arrêta. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

G. K. Chesterton It was on one of these visits that the incident occurred, which led me to take the liberty of putting him, or rather part of him, into a string of sensational stories. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Simpson incident had shown me that a dog was kept in the stables, and yet, though someone had been in and had fetched out a horse, he had not barked enough to arouse the two lads in the loft. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Florence Dixie Each bush I passed recalled some trivial incident of our stay, and came in for a share of the good-bye I inwardly vouchsafed to all my late surroundings. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Wilkie Collins Before the end of the week, I heard from her, and was disagreeably reminded of an incident which we had both forgotten, absorbed as we were in other and greater interests, at the time. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Arthur Machen He told his simple story once more, mentioning the incident of his lying to his neighbours to avoid unpleasant gossip, and added several details to Miss Aspinall’s picture of his wife. The Islington Mystery by Arthur Machen

Jules Verne It is true that it would have been superfluous, for no incident occurred to put the colonists to any painful trial. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

George Elio There was another person, too, who had noticed this incident with strong interest, and who was moreover aware that Miss Assher not only saw, but keenly observed what was passing. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

Arthur Conan Doyle What made the incident more perplexing was that both the middle-aged lady and the page laughed very heartily as they rattled away to the village. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Henry Handel Richardson He mentioned the incident to Madeleine that evening. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Benjamin Disraeli Nigel had not renounced the early view of Endymion taking orders, and spoke of his London life as an incident which, with his youth, he might in time only look upon as an episode in his existence. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

What could be more beautiful than the incident in They? “I felt my relaxed hand taken and turned softly between the soft hands of a child. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

The incident had certainly seemed strange to him, but in the course of a few days he had quite forgotten it. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

George Meredith She returned to her sisters in the conservatory, and meeting Mr. Barren at the door, made the incident a topic. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Arthur Conan Doyle He was at the house of Admiral Sinclair at Barclay Square during the whole of the evening when this incident occurred. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Sigmund Freud Not infrequently the dream-speech serves merely as an allusion to an incident in connection with which the remembered speech was made. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Wilkie Collins That very night, after we had left her, an incident occurred which suggested that she had some motive for ingratiating herself with one of the servants in Mr. Keller’s house. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

This incident had consequences no one then present foresaw. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Tobias Smolle Probably, this is the first incident of their second excursion; for the distance between this here house and Sir Launcelot’s estate does not exceed fourscore or ninety miles. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Anthony Trollope Another incident in Isabel’s life must be told to the reader. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

A strange little incident it was: I liked it. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Edith Wharton The next outstanding incident of her life had happened two years later, when she was seventeen. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Henry James This was an oddity — the whole incident was — of which, in the corner of his compartment, as he proceeded, he had time to take the size. Flickerbridge by Henry James [1902]

Thomas Hardy With this the incident ended, and the house was silent again. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

H.P. Lovecraft For another thing, I dislike to recount an incident in which my own fantastic imagination must have played so great a part. Imprisoned with the Pharaohs by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

Theodore Dreiser In so far as she was concerned it was plain that the Beales Chadsey incident was closed, but she did not accept his invitation. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Victor Hugo They grasp the incident and leap on it; there is no better Ars Poetica for this species of talent. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein had known Lipschitz very slightly at one time but this incident made them friends and soon he asked her to pose. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Arthur Conan Doyle The incident made it think, apparently, that the neighborhood was dangerous, for it slowly lurched off through the wood, followed by its mate and its three enormous infants. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Leslie Stephen The other pamphlet was an incident in a more painful contest. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

So speaks experience, sage and hoary; I see it plainly, know it well, Like one who, having read a story, Each incident therein can tell. Poems by Currer Bell by Charlotte Bronte [1846]

Robert Browning The incident related is said by Mrs. Orr to be a true one of the siege of Ratisbon by Napoleon in 1809 — except that the real hero was a man. Dramatic Romances by Robert Browning [1845]

The incident gave me a good deal of comfort. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Arthur Conan Doyle The incident struck me as so extraordinary that I sat for some time on the side of my bed turning it over in my befuddled mind, but without getting any nearer a conclusion. Our Midnight Visitor by Arthur Conan Doyle

But an incident followed that raised their spirits again. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Kenneth Grahame This I gracefully consented to do, and the incident ended. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

What was best of all, Astafy Ivanovitch would sometimes tell a story, describing some incident in his own life. An Honest Thief by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1848]

Jules Verne Thanks to his extreme prudence this part of the journey was signalized by no incident whatever. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Goldwin Smith The catastrophe was brought on by an incident with which religion had nothing to do. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

Rafael Sabatini Confidently he accounted the incident closed, which but shows that, despite his friendship for Kynaston, his knowledge of him did not go very deep. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Arthur Conan Doyle Let the whole incident be a sealed book, and do not allow it to affect your life. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

As an example, I must put on record an incident as strange as, at the time, it was disconcerting. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Before long, flogging grew to be so everyday an incident that the young men made a game of it, as a test of their endurance of pain. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

I had thus several opportunities of watching the other enemy under fire, and had almost convinced myself of the systematic harmlessness of his own shooting, when a more glaring incident occurred. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Thomas Hardy The incident had occupied but a few moments, but it was necessarily witnessed by the Royal Personage, who, however, with practised tact affected not to have noticed anything unusual. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

E. F. Benson I regretted the avowal the moment I had made it: I regret it bitterly now, for I find it is against every feeling and intention of Ellis Bell. This incident is significant. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Edith Wharton This feeling was intensified by an incident — in itself far from unwelcome — which had occurred about three months after Ralph’s death. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Their behavior expressed a famine of incident in Cordova which was pathetic. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Benjamin Disraeli You know, you know well, that no incident could occur to you at this moment more mortifying than the one I have communicated, which deranges your plans, and probably may destroy your views. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

A man stumbled heavily against the inspector who was thrown back upon the Chief Constable. The incident might have become a mélée if the Mayor had not intervened. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

T. H. Huxley There is a well-known incident in one of Moliere’s plays, where the author makes the hero express unbounded delight on being told that he had been talking prose during the whole of his life. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Edith Wharton The incident had brought back the smell of his neighbour’s cigarette; but the Professor sternly excluded that also, and the train moved on . Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

An incident occurred which brought him into notice, and established his fame as a prophet of the first calibre. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

H. G. Wells But you are wrong to say that we cannot move about in Time. For instance, if I am recalling an incident very vividly I go back to the instant of its occurrence: I become absent-minded, as you say. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Henry Kingsley After it was all over he remembers, he tells me, every trifling incident well. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Jules Verne Les divers aménagements du navire, l’installation du bord, prirent environ trois semaines, et l’on arriva au 10 octobre sans incident particulier. Les Aventures du Capitaine Hatteras by Jules Verne [1864]

Thomas Hardy The same concluding incident in Jude’s suit against Arabella had occurred about a month or two earlier. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Ann Radcliffe The incident of the preceding evening had not only renewed the agonies of remorse, but excited those of pride and apprehension. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Anthony Trollope We would think that such an incident would by no means redound to the credit of Mr Lopez. And he himself, probably, at cooler moments, would have seen the folly of such an idea. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

But then almost any unusual incident is supposed to foretell death by the savage-or let’s say the uncivilized-mind. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Charles Dickens But, to Thomas Idle, this contagion was so very unacceptable an incident of the situation, that he struck on the fourth day, and requested to be moved. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

Theodore Dreiser But more disturbing than the Redmond Purdy incident was the rivalry of a new Chicago street-railway company. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

E. Phillips Oppenheim By the bye, that reminds me! I told him of an incident which occurred at Deringham Hall last night, and he was certainly interested and curious. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Charles Kingsley It is seldom enough, in this dull every-day world, one stumbles on such an incident ready made to one’s hands, and needing only to be described as one sees it. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Margaret Oliphant And now I suppose the incident is over and we may return to our occupations. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Arthur Conan Doyle I endeavoured to explain that it was a mere accident that I had touched the box, but all the evening I was conscious that he looked at me harshly and that the incident was rankling in his mind. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Walter Scott An incident at length took place, which effectually broke off his interest in the business of the scene. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

Henry James This is the central incident of the tale, and, as Hawthorne relates it, it is an incident of the most impressive magnitude and most touching interest. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Jeremy Bentham See Dr. Lind’s Essay on the Diseases incident to hot climates. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Henry James In the summer of 1876, however, an incident befell him which changed the current not only of his thoughts, but of his customary sequences. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Robert Louis Stevenson Again, I shall not readily forget with what emotion he once told me an incident of their associated travels. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Maria Edgeworth Harry Ormond grew up with all the faults that were incident to his natural violence of passions, and that might necessarily be expected from his neglected and deficient education. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Arthur Conan Doyle Such an incident would not tend to preserve discipline, or to uphold the mate’s authority with the crew. A True Story of the Tragedy of “Flowery Land” by Arthur Conan Doyle

Thomas Hardy Farfrae tried to laugh; but he was too much in love to see the incident in any but a tragic light. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Jules Verne Il est vrai qu’elle eût été inutile, car nul incident ne se produisit qui put mettre les colons à quelque pénible épreuve. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

Mark Twain The deeds of Washington, the patriot, are the essential thing; the cherry-tree incident is of no consequence. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Wilkie Collins In that simple incident which I have just mentioned the new life of the two motherless sisters was all foreshadowed. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

He was not three years old, and his illness appeared only one of those attacks incident to infancy. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Henry James Nothing especially pertinent to our narrative had passed between the two young men since Mrs. Light’s ball, save a few words bearing on an incident of that entertainment. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Arthur Morrison He told me about the incident of the bread with rather more detail than I had had from the inspector. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

That incident changed my whole life for me. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Mrs Bowtell fainted, the performance was suspended, and, in the commotion which this incident caused in the house, many of the audience rose, and Stanton among them. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Arthur Conan Doyle The murder of Stangerson was an incident which was entirely unexpected, but which could hardly in any case have been prevented. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Henry Kingsley Even in a story, consisting so entirely of incident as thi. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Benjamin Disraeli For the rest of the day he was hydrostatically mad; nor could the commonest incident connected with the action or conveyance of water take place without his speculating on its cause and consequence. The Voyage of Captain Popanilla by Benjamin Disraeli [1828]

Marcel Prous Ce même incident amena au contraire quelqu’un d’autre à me faire une confidence; ce fut Aimé. Sodome et Gomorrhe by Marcel Prous

Margaret Oliphant Then he walked to the window and looked out so long and silently that the anxious watcher began to think the incident over. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Robert Browning Though there is no exact historical incident upon which this poem is founded, it has a historical background. Dramatic Romances by Robert Browning [1845]

Jules Verne Mais, alors, un incident très inattendu se produisit. Les Indes Noires by Jules Verne [1877]

Arthur Conan Doyle Ezra narrated the incident of the recognition in the stalls to his father on his return, and the old gentleman rubbed his hands over it. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Goldwin Smith The incident in this case is one which also forms the subject of the little poem called The Colubriad. To THE REV. WILLIAM UNWIN. “Aug. 3rd, 1782. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

Ivan Turgenev So this was the supernatural incident that happened to me. The Dog by Ivan Turgenev

Walter Scott An incident of this sort happened to a gentleman of birth and distinction, who is well known in the political world, and was detected by the precision of his observation. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Having regained my own room, I set myself to turn over in my mind the incident of the evening. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The camp itself was a dreary muddle, cold, wind-swept, and filthy, with the accumulated dirt incident to the passage through of many divisions. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

John Galsworthy He related the incident to Soames however with some malice, for this quiet man was capable of human feeling, ending with his own opinion that the point was ‘a very nice one. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

William Henry Bragg In the case of the figures in the second column, the primary rays were incident normally as along P1A, and the secondary measured were those which proceeded along FIG. 34 AS1 (Fig. 34). Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Alas! there are no unimportant events in this world and we shall see that this apparently slight incident came near endangering the monarchy. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

At the date of a fortnight after the little incident noted above, I find it recorded in my diary that a hiatus occurred in Mdlle. Henri’s usually regular attendance in class. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

G. K. Chesterton The other three men seemed buried under incident piled on incident — a wild world where one thing began before another thing left off. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Jules Verne Il cherchait à relier entre eux les faits observés jusqu’alors, quand un incident nouveau le rappela brusquement à la réalité. Autour de la Lune by Jules Verne [1870]

Jules Verne Les choses en étaient là, quand survint un incident qui centupla l’intérêt attaché à cette grande entreprise. Autour de la Lune by Jules Verne [1870]

Here an incident occurred which most powerfully illustrates the original and constitutional determination to satire of this irritable poet. Pope by Thomas De Quincey

It was her first conscious recollection of an incident in her past — that act of pure courtesy, though she did not then recognize it either as recollection or as a courtesy. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

The separation of romance and novel—of the story of incident and the story of character and motive—is a mistake logically and psychologically. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Alfred Ainger The reader must be content to enjoy what is set before him, and not to grumble because any chance incident on the road tempts the writer away from the path on which he set out. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Henry Handel Richardson What affected him so disagreeably was not the incident of the man following her, but her light way of regarding it. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Olaf Stapledon I mention this incident because it gave me a little shock at the time, and because it fell in line with a number of other queer encounters between Victor and dumb animals. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Jules Verne Aucun incident ne troubla cette nuit paisible, et le lendemain, — 29 mars, — frais et dispos, ils se réveillaient, prêts à entreprendre cette excursion qui devait fixer leur sort. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

After a time it was obvious that the incident had added a new dignity and happiness to his life. The Romance of His Life by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Arthur Conan Doyle But what next, Mr. Holmes?” “Well, then came an incident which was rather unexpected to myself. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Arthur Conan Doyle And now a most surprising incident occurred, which was clearly as astonishing to these strange new companions of ours as to ourselves. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Never since the incident on the station platform at Redgate had he laid his hands on her in anger — though he was withheld often only by some instinct that itself made him tremble with rage. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu It is, at times, some little incident of by-play, or momentary hesitation of countenance, that gives its whole character and force to a situation. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

She did not to the public eye betray any embarrassment; but afterwards she told me that no incident could have been more distressing to her. The Orphan Heiress by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

The incident of the silver dish had lacked even the attraction of novelty; it had been one of a series, all bearing a strong connecting likeness. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

The incident illustrates another favourite theory — viz. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

The incident was thought fit for the purpose, and adopted accordingly. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

G. K. Chesterton Douglas Murrel seemed to take it all in with more composure than might have been expected; perhaps he remembered the incident in the library. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

In the year 1796, the main incident occurring of any importance for English literature was the publication by Southey of an epic poem. Charles Lamb by Thomas De Quincey

Matters were in this condition as regarded Mustapha, when an incident occurred during my second winter at Luxor that completely altered the tenor of Mustapha’s life. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

George Gissing He was then a boy, and who shall account for a boy’s momentary impulses? Constance was a practical sort of person, and in all likelihood thought no more of that foolish incident than he did. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Laurence Sterne I vow I never had my affections more tenderly awakened; nor do I remember an incident in my life, where the dissipated spirits, to which my reason had been a bubble, were so suddenly call’d home. A sentimental journey through France and Italy by Laurence Sterne

They had gone over every incident without result. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Robert Louis Stevenson The incident is at least curious in having happened to such a person — as the tale is being told of him. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then he remembered an incident of sophomore year, in which Burne had been suspected of the leading rôle. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Frances Hodgson Burnett An extraordinarily beautiful child swooning into death was not a mere pathological incident to him. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Edgar Allan Poe I firmly believed that no incident ever occurring in the course of human events is more adapted to inspire the supremeness of mental and bodily distress than a case like our own, of living inhumation. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

He endured without repining the bent back, the sightless eyes, and the creaking joints incident to over-maturity. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Theodore Dreiser It was only a little while after this disagreeable newspaper incident that Lester had word that his father was quite ill and failing; it might be necessary for him to go to Cincinnati at any moment. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Walter Scott He was lying in the Tagus, when he was put to great anxiety and alarm by the following incident and its consequences. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Gaston Leroux The theory I have formed from the incident is so absurd that I would rather matters remained as yet unexplained. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

He forgot that his heart was a bomb to remember an incident of his childhood. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He had grown so slight and frail that one day he was taken by some sophomores for a freshman, an incident which humiliated him terribly. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

If it were not for the odd characters and variety of incident in Dickens’s novels they would hardly be worth reading. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Gaston Leroux It was then that the incident of the “inexplicable gallery” occurred. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Bram Stoker It did not weigh with her that the rest of the family unanimously declared him to be an impostor, or that he failed to recognise them or to recall any incident in Roger’s life. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Arthur Conan Doyle There was nothing in her bearing to show that yesterday’s incident had made any impression upon her, and so I am inclined to hope that I overrated it. The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

What does this incident demonstrate? Nothing very much, because it is the kind of thing that happens all the time in all wars. Looking back on the Spanish war by George Orwell [1942]

Thomas Hardy Small as the police-court incident had been in itself, it formed the edge or turn in the incline of Henchard’s fortunes. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

G. K. Chesterton Each of them had passed through the one incident of existence. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Gaston Leroux And it was after that arrangement that the incident of the floor happened, that has puzzled so both Koupriane and me. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

A rather annoying incident occurred, of which I must make mention. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

G. K. Chesterton Then followed the incident he could never analyse, though he was an introspective person. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

O’Hara smiled grimly after his defeated interrogator, but the incident gave him food for thought. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Benjamin Disraeli Not an incident of her earliest childhood that was not as fresh in her memory as if it had occurred yesterday. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

One incident of the passage derives interest from its possible consequence. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Zona Gale The incident was trivial, but Olivia had never seemed so near. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Sinclair Lewis The blood-chilling incident of the father who found in the handbag of his sixteen-year-old daughter improper pictures. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Edith Wharton Then she told me the moving incident of Mr. Rose. Good fellow, Rose. And the old lady’s case was desperate. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

G. K. Chesterton He writes as follows:— “Dear Sir — The incident to which you refer is one which I regret, and which, moreover, I have never been able to explain. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Henry Handel Richardson The incident is closed—for the present, at least. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

H. G. Wells Retelling a story that has just been read and discussed, with a change of incident perhaps, would also not be a bad sort of exercise, writing passages in imitation of set passages and the like. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Jules Verne Their confidence was greater after than before “the incident of the algebra. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Nay, the very incident which, by my theory, must in some degree estrange me and him, changed, indeed, somewhat our relations; but not in the sense I painfully anticipated. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

George Gissing I imagined it was an incident buried away in my old, miserable life, and little dreamt it would ever be spoken of again. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Niccolo Machiavelli And, therefore, as soon as such an incident occurred, the ancient Captains either demonstrated the cause of it or reduced it to its natural causes, or interpreted it to (favor) their own purposes. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

This incident may serve to suggest some of the annoyances to which persons moving, like our poet, on the debatable land between two different ranks of society must ever be subjected. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Hence, in “disowning his obligations to Shelvocke,” he may not by any means have intended to suggest that the albatross incident was his own thought. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

Arthur Machen The incident seemed to him unimportant. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

The incident carries us back to those old days at Tours, when, as a boy, he often laid himself out to revive unfortunate birds and small beasts. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Jules Verne No incident took place during the night. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

The clay figures that Satan in Mark Twain’s novel models, endues with life, then destroys with the fine, casual carelessness of a god, remind one of an incident from mythology. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Henry James The incident of an autumn day had put the match to the train laid from of old by his misery. The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James [1903]

This incident established the fact that he was in the house after the doors had been locked and barred. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Edith Wharton Every incident of the day seemed to point a leering finger in the same direction, from Mrs. Nimick’s allusion to the imported damask curtains to Gregg’s confident appeal for rehabilitation. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Marcel Prous Cet incident consista en ceci. Albertine disparue by Marcel Prous

Jules Verne From a very early hour conversation was entirely occupied with the unexpected and scandalous incident of the night before. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

The incident is so faithful to the character of “that rare Egyptian” that all sober record shall not discount delight in its transcendent sumptuousness. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield