Phrases with "instantly"

Benjamin Disraeli Lady Annabel had discovered the tête-à-tête, and resolved instantly to terminate it. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Another spear transfixed him; he fell, and the swords of the three other Dervishes instantly hacked him to death. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Dared she have done this if you had been by? I think she would; because your good sense and good taste would have been instantly her defenders. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Andrew Lang The two elder boys and their dogs pursued him, and soon the second son, who was also a good shot, killed him instantly with an arrow. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Maria Edgeworth With the promptitude of an actress, she could instantly appear upon the stage, and support a character totally foreign to her own. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Louisa May Alcott The lobster was instantly surrounded by a halo of pleasing reminiscences, and curiosity about ‘the charming young ladies’ diverted his mind from the comical mishap. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Henry James Strether took his coffee, by habit, in the public room; but on his descending for this purpose Chad instantly proposed an adjournment to what he called greater privacy. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Wilkie Collins A woman of finer sensibilities would have instantly left the room. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

H.P. Lovecraft Lieutenant Kienze hurried to the engine room, finding the fuel-tank and most of the mechanism shattered, and Engineers Raabe and Schneider instantly killed. The Temple by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

H. G. Wells But instantly she understood that in this particular war no man who was a man again, could possibly remain a neutral. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

George Meredith He came early in the morning, instantly after breakfast. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Not more than twice or thrice in my life have I met a fellow-creature at whose “Open Sesame” the treasures of my heart and brain stood instantly revealed. My Fascinating Friend by William Archer

Anthony Trollope Or rather I should have been happy if I had not found myself instantly disgraced by the importunities of my friends. North America by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis The solid-seeming huts were instantly changed into thin bamboo frameworks, thin lines of black slats, with the thatch falling in sparks. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Jack London The vessel seemed to go off at a tangent to its former course and leapt almost instantly from view into the fog. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Wilkie Collins Geoffrey instantly went down stairs. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

John Galsworthy In the interval which followed he manoeuvred himself out of his seat, and not waiting for his carriage, took a four-wheeled cab to his Club, where he lit a cigar and instantly fell asleep. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Leo Tolstoy The soldiers sang for some time, to the great delight of the villagers; and when Ivan commanded them to stop they instantly ceased. Ivan the Fool by Leo Tolstoy

Algernon Blackwood And instantly the sun rose over a far Khaketian valley; he was aware of joy, of peace, of deep contentment, London obliterated, the entire world elsewhere. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Wilkie Collins I instantly sat down again in my corner. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Theodore Dreiser She was in a night-robe and dressing-gown, with her hair very much tousled, but she looked so pretty and good-natured that Carrie instantly conceived a liking for her. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Ann Radcliffe Her recollection returning, she knew him to be La Motte, and it instantly recurring to her that the Marquis was at hand, she raised herself in bed, and implored pity and protection. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Walter Scott The father’s attention was instantly called to support his swooning child, while the unhappy husband strove with the guards to be permitted to go to the assistance of his wife. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Wilkie Collins He instantly turned round, and locked the door on that side of the room — then continued: “Speak! and speak honestly if you can. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

In a moment my throne was abdicated, the attic evacuated; an inverse repetition of the impetus which had brought me up into the attic, instantly took me down — down — down to the very kitchen. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Anthony Trollope Lady George’s enquiring mind instantly began to ask itself what the lady had done with her petticoats. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Robert Green Ingersoll Nobody ever suffered wrongfully without instantly having ideas of justice. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Rafael Sabatini Yet he had the presence of mind to give the double knock that was the agreed alarm signal, whereupon Balbi instantly desisted from his labours overhead. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

He instantly gave me these particulars in writing; he had foreseen and prepared all things. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

The one I saw flew instantly at my finger when I put it near its cage, but I was not sure whether it did so in anger or play. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Walter Scott Briefly, you have only to say to a man, “Remain at rest,” and you instantly inspire the love of labour. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Wilkie Collins The act of robbery which he found them coolly perpetrating in broad daylight, instantly set his irritable temper in a flame. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Jack London The open trap lay directly in his path, and his discovery of it would lead instantly to his discovery of me. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Wilkie Collins The farm-bailiff instantly recognized the man as the carpenter and builder mentioned above. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Andrew Lang I saw the blood issue from the place where the ball had struck him, his countenance instantly altered, and he fell to the ground. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins Amelius instantly gave her a shilling, and said, “I take it on the spot. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Willa Cather Her sharp eyes followed his, and she instantly divined his doubt. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Then she went on with vivacity:- Rosalie, I was coming to tell you to go instantly and close the windows of the salon; the wind is rising, and the muslin curtains will be covered with dust. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Arthur Conan Doyle I heard the creature hiss as I have no doubt that you did also, and I instantly lit the light and attacked it. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Arthur Conan Doyle Nigel was the first to lower himself down the hole; then Simon; then the priest, who was instantly seized by the other two. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle It instantly flashed across my mind that the box might have been meant for one of these. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Thomas Hardy He instantly made towards the latter object. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Henry James With the sense of it on the spot, she had felt, overwhelmingly, that she was significant, that so she must instantly strike him, and that this had a kind of violence beyond what she had intended. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

He pulled up instantly and the reverend gentleman walked quickly over to the car. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

William Makepeace Thackeray I instantly mounted the coach and flew to our village — to Mr. Crutty’s, of course. The Fatal Boots by William Makepeace Thackeray [1839]

Arnold Bennett Certainly he was not going to see Maggie. He had invented the visit to Maggie instantly in answer to George’s question, and he could not understand why he had invented it. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Anthony Trollope He was by nature impulsive, and had thus fallen instantly into the intimacy which had been permitted to him. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins I looked; and, instantly losing my head, started up with a cry that turned everybody’s eyes on me. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Maria Edgeworth It was possible that Ormond by setting out instantly might get to London time enough to save his property. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Wilkie Collins I put my finger in as instructed, and got instantly bitten by the ferocious baby. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Wilkie Collins Indignant and ashamed, I advanced to the breakfast-room, bent on instantly justifying him. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Wilkie Collins The captain looked up instantly at Magdalen’s window. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

George Borrow Antonio, however, was not so patient, for on being struck with a cudgel, he instantly returned the salute with his whip, scarifying the countenance of a carman. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

She felt for his hand for protection and then, realising what she had done, instantly snatched it away again. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Wilkie Collins Annie just asked, by way of changing the subject a little, how a plaster cast was taken from the mould; and Mr Wray instantly went off at a tangent, in the midst of a new quotation, to tell her. Mr Wray’s Cash Box by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Charles Kingsley Harry Owen must go down to Beddgelert instantly with the letter; and there was five shillings to pay for all. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

H. G. Wells Then instantly he was coming in huge bounds towards me. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Anthony Trollope But as soon as Mrs Roby was gone — and Mrs Roby went home, round the corner, somewhat earlier than usual — then Mr Wharton woke up instantly and made inquiry of his daughter. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

The Philosopher instantly sat down, and the boy handed him the parcel. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Watkin Tench The other, alarmed at the rattle of the dirk, and probably misconstruing the action, instantly fixed his lance in his throwing-stick*. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

He instantly dived into the wood. Four Days in Dixie by Ambrose Bierce [1888]

The horseman caught sight of him, and he too registered surprise, from which he instantly recovered. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Wilkie Collins The fall was followed by a groan which instantly brought me to my feet. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

He instantly recognized the fellow, and knew what his business must be. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Theodore Dreiser Carrie instantly brightened up, thinking he had meant it as a rebuke. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Henry James He had been standing before her, but at this he instantly sat down close, taking her passive hand. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Wilkie Collins Whatever little disagreements there had been between them were instantly forgotten. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Sir Walter Scott But he saw the necessity of an e’claircissement, and, rallying his spirits, instantly began to sound the mendicant on the occurrences of the day. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

D. H. Lawrence And instantly she felt the reality of his presence, she felt the unreality of her own German men friends. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins I instantly covered them from sight with two of my own precious publications. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

And Mr. Joe Jiffin, wiping his wet face as he gazed after her, instantly wished that he could be nailed up in one of his pickled pork barrels, and so be out of his misery. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Jack London But, it will be instantly admitted, Civilisation has increased man’s producing power. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Virginia Woolf That permission was instantly and heatedly refused. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Laurence Sterne A poor tatter’d soul, without a shirt on, instantly withdrew his claim, by retiring two steps out of the circle, and making a disqualifying bow on his part. A sentimental journey through France and Italy by Laurence Sterne

George Meredith She could not have abandoned her path instantly though Carlo had spoken his command to her in person. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Arthur Conan Doyle On the discovery of the tragedy an examination was instantly made of the tickets of all passengers, and the number of the passengers themselves was counted. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

George Borrow The curate, on observing me, detached himself instantly from the group, and followed. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

When, three hours later, the officer entered, having lighted his candle at the lamp, he instantly recoiled. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wilkie Collins Was Screw looking for me? I instantly closed the peephole and got behind the door. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

H. G. Wells In her presence, meeting her eyes, instantly my desire, no longer frantic but sane, was awake again. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

They fought with pistols, and, at the first discharge, the Duke de Nemours was shot through the body, and almost instantly expired. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

H. G. Wells His manoeuvre was, however, delayed by a boiler explosion on board the Susquehanna, and dawn found this ship in sight of and indeed so close to the Bremen and Weimar that they instantly engaged. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

He had not seen the bird at all, for it had alighted on the sand behind him, and, not knowing therefore what had disturbed the dog, he was seized instantly with alarm. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Benjamin Disraeli The clock of the belfry of Cherbury at this moment struck, and Venetia instantly sprang from her seat. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Walter Scott But the Lady Peveril instantly conjured him never to mention the name, especially in his father’s presence. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Reuben’s disjointed sentences were pregnant with some vital emotion, which became instantly communicated to his auditors. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

E. F. Benson In any case, it was her part to try to take his thoughts away from fever and neuralgia, and all the darker side of things, and she instantly began on her own poaching comedy by the river. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Mark Twain In the new Territories, when a man puts his hand on a weapon, he knows that he must use it; he must use it instantly or expect to be shot down where he stands. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Breakfast was now a matter of minor import; instantly we slung everything on to the horses, and by the time that was done we were again surrounded. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Karl Philipp Moritz I instantly stopped, full of astonishment, and eagerly asked my guide what this might mean? He answered, “Only have patience, and you shall soon see. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

Anna Katherine Green The door — the door — there was my way — the only way which would rid me instantly of any proximity to this hideous object. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

This corridor was guarded, not by a sentinel, but by a confidential servant, through whom, in case of urgency, Charles could communicate instantly with his faithful subject. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Walter Scott She instantly commenced an investigation into the cause of his distress, after the usual inquisitorial manner of matrons of her class. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

Edith Wharton Susy instantly resolved to risk speaking to him, if need be even betraying to him the secret of the letters. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

She began to talk to her aunt, and faltered out something about want of money for posting — the good lady’s purse was instantly in her hand. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope A softer feeling than usual came upon her, and she felt that he would be sufficiently punished if she could turn him instantly out of the room. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

That he had perished instantly was quite certain; so terrible were his injuries that he wouldn’t have had time to suffer any pain. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Ann Radcliffe It instantly occurred to him that they belonged to Julia and her companion. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

James Hogg He was taken with my address; for he instantly stood still and gazed intently at me, then at the place, and then at me again. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Thomas Hardy Every tongue was instantly silent at the sight of Manston’s pale and clear countenance, which contrasted strangely with the grimy and streaming faces of the toiling villagers. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Henry James In regard to those from whom one was separated by the long curves of the globe such a connexion could only be an improvement: it brought them instantly within reach. The Altar of the Dead by Henry James [1895]

John Galsworthy After three days at Robin Hill she carried her father back with her to Town. In those three days she had stumbled on the secret he had kept for two years, and had instantly decided to cure him. To Let by John Galsworthy

Venom of virulence to kill a bat almost instantly would be severe enough to a human being. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Henry James But the girl instantly carried out his thought and more than his thought. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Walter Scott In the night Lieutenant Lindsay, with a party of soldiers, called in a friendly manner at his door, and was instantly admitted. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Andrew Lang And he instantly ordered one of his attendants to conduct the boy at once to his apartments; and in a moment more the prince entered, holding his sister by the hand. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

F. Scott Fitzgerald Not yet! Now listen: ‘John Sumner has just been knocked over by an automobile and instantly killed!’” Gloria let her baby mouth drop slowly open. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Henry James But he instantly caught himself up, echoing her bad words. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

William Makepeace Thackeray Be this as it may, no sooner did the General (Major Gorgon he was then) cast an eye on her, than Scully’s five years’ fabric of love was instantly dashed to the ground. The Bedford-Row Conspiracy by William Makepeace Thackeray [1853]

George Borrow But the ice, when he’d got it, he instantly ate —    Merrily moves the dance along — Although his pool partner was all in a fret,    My Lord–Lieutenant so free and young. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Anna Katherine Green How is it that we did not get yours?” The tide of color which instantly flooded the young man’s countenance astonished Mr. Gryce both by its warmth and fullness. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Virginia Woolf Although you are alone, and have taken one boot off and are about to undo the other, you cannot go on with the process of undressing, but must instantly write at the bidding of the dance. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

He instantly comprehended his folly; and frightened by his own words, he stood stupefied with astonishment. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

This movement was instantly caught by Graham’s eye — ever-vigilant, even while laughing; he rose, took his courage in both hands, crossed the room, and made the advantage his own. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Will you be so obliging as to toss up a crown-piece, while I call?’ A coin was instantly chucked into the air. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wilkie Collins I instantly thought of Cristel. “If you bring me bad news,” I said, “don’t keep me waiting for it. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

George Borrow Amongst the tumult I thought I could distinguish the accents of some friends of my own who had accompanied me to the bank, and I instantly raised my own voice louder than all. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

William Makepeace Thackeray The romantic Princess instantly stooped and seized it. The Rose and the Ring by William Makepeace Thackeray [1855]

Wilkie Collins Lady Janet looked at the next two words, and started back with a loud cry of astonishment, which brought Horace instantly to his feet. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

George MacDonald She instantly stooped, lifted him from the roof — up — up into her bosom, and held him there, saying, as if to an inconsolable child — “Diamond, dear, this will never do. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Benjamin Disraeli The countenance of Lady Annabel instantly brightened; she embraced her child with extreme fondness, and breathed the softest and the sweetest expressions of gratitude and love. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Thomas Hardy She instantly recognised her interrogator as the King. ‘What, what, crying?’ his Majesty inquired kindly. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

E. F. Benson Daisy instantly got out her planchette, which sadly wanted dusting, and it began to move almost as soon as they laid their hands on it: Abfou was in a rather inartistic hurry. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Edith Wharton It had vanished instantly under the cool touch of Mrs. Sellars’s allusion to Judith. He had succeeded, it was true: there could be no doubt that he had succeeded. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

E. F. Benson But instantly Horton checked some half-finished sentence, and turned to her. And the Dead Spake by E. F. Benson

Wilkie Collins He instantly closed it again before Natalie could follow him. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

Charles Dickens Irreverent disposition to laugh, instantly checked by the tremendous gravity of the Face-Maker, who intimates in his bow that if we expect that sort of thing we are mistaken. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

M. P. Shiel And prepare me instantly a messenger for Ratisbon to call back the Count.’ The apartment, circular in shape, terminated a long series of darksome corridors from the central Ritter-saal. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

This proposal was received and instantly accepted by all the men of the tribe there present with the utmost enthusiasm. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

About Guy —’ The very brilliant pink which instantly overspread Amy’s face made her mother think her warning more expedient. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Benjamin Disraeli Lothair instantly recognized and cordially saluted him, and his greeting, though hurriedly, was not ungraciously returned; but the vehicle did not stop. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Anthony Trollope Crosbie instantly made an effort to bear the attack gallantly, but he felt that he could not quite command his colour, or prevent a sudden drop of perspiration from showing itself upon his brow. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Her quick temper instantly resented the discourtesy of which she had been made the object. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

John Morley The exultation of the philosophers at the coming fall of their old foes was instantly checked by the yet worse things which befell them and their principles at the hands of new enemies. Voltaire by John Morley

Arnold Bennett The whole mass of Fan upheaved and vanished from his view, and was instantly forgotten by him. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Henry James Against this qualification the child instantly protested. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Jules Verne They were getting on rapidly, when suddenly a cry was heard in the interior of the temple, followed almost instantly by other cries replying from the outside. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Walter Scott Go instantly and bring her hither. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

Now, you,” he turned to Bannister, “take us instantly to Mr Craw.” The butler was certainly recovering. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

The conflict round the flag culminated in the smashing of a pane of glass in the chemist’s window and instantly sank to peace. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Robert Louis Stevenson Alas! it was not the treasure; only some priestly robes, which, at the touch of the eating air, fell upon themselves and instantly wasted into dust. The Treasure of Franchard by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope She instantly resolved that it did not become her to wait. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett She was conscious of an expectation that punishment would instantly fall on this daring, impious child. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Wilkie Collins Sally, watching every change in his face, instantly drew her own conclusion. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Thomas Wolfe Even though one bad never seen him, one would have got instantly an accurate impression of his feverishly nervous vitality, wire-taut tension, and incessant activity. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Jane Austen Her awe of her uncle, and her dread of taking a liberty with him, made it instantly plain to her what she had to do. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Ann Radcliffe If you will acknowledge your error, instantly dismiss this new favourite. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Cynical people with no experience of handling men will say instantly that this would never ‘work’, but as a matter of fact it does ‘work’ in the long run. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

E. F. Benson Jack instantly got up, and I understood that I had to follow him. The Room in the Tower by E. F. Benson

E. Phillips Oppenheim Sir James was busy in his study with two secretaries, whom he instantly dismissed. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Andrew Lang But she soon found that she was very sleepy, and as she had nothing better to do she lay down and instantly fell asleep. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins The first thing to be done — and that instantly — was to inform Blanche that she was discovered, and to forbid her to stir in the matter. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Mystification reached its height when Raffles was informed that the other’s father was anxious to meet him, and he instantly consented to gratify that whim. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

In the throng on the course Rake instantly bonneted an audacious dealer who had ventured to consider that Forest King was “light and curby in the ‘ock. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Henry James The letter was not one it would take Mr. Westgate very long to read, but he came out to speak to them more instantly than they could have expected; he had evidently jumped up from work. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

John Morley The Commons instantly resolved on stern measures. Burke by John Morley [1879]

A man who instantly aroused his animosity was talking eagerly to her. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

On gaining the open air, his sensation of weight was instantly removed, but he continued panting and palpitating, like a man who has lifted a far too heavy load. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Edith Wharton Chelles had been instantly charmed, and Paul, in a shy confused way, was already responding to his advances. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Wilkie Collins I instantly stepped forward to protect her, careless whether I involved myself in a discreditable quarrel with a blackguard or not. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

I instantly lost all control, and, whipping out my piece of iron as he started to walk on, struck him twice over the head. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Maria Edgeworth It was poor Jacob. The beams of the morning sun dazzled him; but he recognized me immediately, as I saw by the look of joy which instantly spread over his countenance. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Walter Scott The hosts of Charles of Burgundy will be instantly in motion against you all, and if you wish assistance from France, you must conduct yourself in a different manner. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Algernon Blackwood But deliberate effort hid them instantly again; they retired instantly into the subconsciousness. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

E. F. Benson Then I blew out my candle and instantly fell asleep. The Room in the Tower by E. F. Benson

Charles Dickens Mr. Magg, instantly rising to retort, is received with loud cries of ‘Spoke!’ from the Wigsby interest, and with cheers from the Magg side of the house. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Laurence Sterne The man seemed to lament it much; and it instantly brought into my mind Sancho’s lamentation for his; but he did it with more true touches of nature. A sentimental journey through France and Italy by Laurence Sterne

Walter Scott Let his Majesty send her back to the continent, and the sword on which I now lay my hand shall instantly be unsheathed, and, I trust, many hundred others at the same moment. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Arthur Morrison And instantly Dorrington’s nostrils were filled with the smell of escaping gas. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Don’t you remember him?” Margaret, for of course it was she, turned in the direction he indicated and instantly uttered a little cry of pleasure. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

I need not speak; I have only to think before him, when he instantly understands and answers me. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Wilkie Collins He spied Mr. Goodworth’s cane standing in a corner; and, instantly getting astride of it, prepared to amuse himself with a little imaginary horse-exercise up and down the room. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Benjamin Disraeli Lady Annabel received him with a courtesy, that however was scarcely cordial, but the Countess instantly presented him to her husband with an unction which a little astonished her sister-in-law. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

When he got within twenty paces of us Spicer cried — “Bail up, matey — or, by jingo, I’ll put daylight into you!” Obedient to the order the figure instantly pulled up. The Phantom Stockman by Guy Boothby

Wilkie Collins The rise and fall of his low, regular breathing instantly caught her ear. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Wilkie Collins On opening the door she instantly stepped out to the threshold, and stood grinning at me in stolid silence. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Jane Austen His belief of her sister’s insensibility she instantly resolved to be false; and his account of the real, the worst objections to the match, made her too angry to have any wish of doing him justice. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

The girl made a convulsive clutch at Croupin’s hand, and then instantly they both bent their bodies down. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Walter Scott It seemed to the spectators as if some effervescence took place during the operation; but if so, it instantly subsided. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

Algernon Blackwood But he caught my thought and set it instantly at rest. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Anthony Trollope She instantly perceived that her father had been fighting her battles for her behind her back. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

But another home instantly offered. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Andrew Lang Again, ‘he cast down his multitudinous and close-toothed comb, and it instantly turned into bamboo sprouts. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Henry James There were several irrepressible effusions of applause, instantly self-checked, but Olive never looked up, at the loudest, and such a calmness as that could only be the result of passionate volition. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Charles Dickens He went out instantly to answer the knock; and returned, leading in a respectable-looking elderly man, dressed like Trottle, all in black, with a white cravat, but otherwise not at all resembling him. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

I instantly saw what had stopped him. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Almost instantly three men appeared on the road and the hum of a motor in the distance came up pleasantly to the inspector’s ears. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Leon Trotsky The dispute about the trades-unions instantly lost all significance. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Thomas Hardy Knight instantly felt somewhat cold. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Wilkie Collins In his presence, I instantly sealed it up. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Once the wheel-rope parted, which might have been fatal to us, had not the chief mate sprung instantly with a relieving tackle to windward, and kept the tiller up, till a new rope could be rove. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Wilkie Collins When I see the boat in comparison with a ship, and then look back at the boat, I instantly go to the other extreme, and fancy it smaller than it is. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Jane Austen I instantly followed, and asked her what was the matter. Lady Susan by Jane Austen [1794]

Arnold Bennett His indifference was so superb, so gorgeous, that Racksole instantly divined that it was assumed for the occasion. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Sir Richard had told Crozier, however, that a Mr. Levi, whom he described, was to call at a certain hour, on very particular business, and was to be instantly admitted. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Anthony Trollope As I have said, I found myself instantly involved in discussions on American politics and the bearing of England upon those politics. North America by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells And where it came upon water some chemical action occurred, and the surface would be instantly covered with a powdery scum that sank slowly and made way for more. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Robert Louis Stevenson And as they turned down from the knoll to rejoin their comrades, the sun dipped and disappeared, and the woods fell instantly into the gravity and greyness of the early night. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Morrison But who could the mischief-maker be? The little clock on the mantel-piece ticked away busily in the silence, and Dicky instantly thought of the hunchback. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

G. K. Chesterton At last he threw up his head again, flinging back his black, plume-like locks, and they all saw instantly that his pale face had a new expression. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]