Phrases with "instantly"

A bulldog rushed at me from under the bed, the man sprang up instantly and covered me with a revolver, and I heard a motor coming up the road. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

He was therefore instantly recompensed, either for his address or for his sensibility, whichever it might be termed. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Elizabeth Gaskell Though no Latin scholar, Ellinor knew the book wellremembered its look from old times, and could instantly have laid her hand upon it. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

John Morley Nowhere else can the reformer count so surely on seeing the completion of his reform followed so instantly by the triumph of its adversaries. Voltaire by John Morley

Ann Radcliffe He instantly retreated; and making a desperate push at the door below, which obstructed their passage, it seemed to yield, and by another effort of Ferdinand, burst open. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Edith Wharton Shall we go together this afternoon?” His wife’s face brightened, but she instantly answered: “Oh, you’d much better go alone. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Robert Louis Stevenson We were too weary to seek far; on some dry sands, still warm with the day’s sun, and close under a wood of pines, we lay down and were instantly plunged in sleep. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

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]

Washington Irving A beautiful face peeped out from a little window above, but was instantly withdrawn. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Jack London The wind would instantly capsize the boat; the seas would swamp it the moment it fell into the trough; and, besides, the sail, lashed to the spare oars, dragged in the sea ahead of us. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

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]

Then, looking for a motive for the killing of the housekeeper, their thoughts would turn instantly to him. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Wilkie Collins It was opened instantly by the Major himself. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Elizabeth Gaskell It was but another drop to Mary’s cup; but she was nearly in that state which Crabbe describes — “For when so full the cup of sorrows flows,   Add but a drop it instantly o’erflows. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Andrew Lang Desire flung him the oat cake, which the great dog instantly snapped up, and the young Prince passed quietly on. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The air, purified by the rapid current, clothes them with a rosy veil, and the temperature is instantly softened, even in the heart of winter. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

George MacDonald A pile of small bodies instantly heaped itself at my back. Lilith by George MacDonald

Edith Wharton I had never known any one so instantly and unerringly moved by all that was finest in literature. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Edith Wharton It was so unlike any other avenue I have ever seen that I instantly knew it must be the avenue. Kerfol by Edith Wharton [1916]

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

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]

Thomas Paine Even calmness has the power of stunning, when it opens too instantly upon us. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

I instantly started demanding a ‘grown-up suit’, with a kind of coat that was fashionable at that time, a ‘cutaway’, I think it was called. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

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]

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

Wilkie Collins Major Fitz–David instantly threw himself prostrate on my mercy more innocently than ever. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Henry Handel Richardson Maurice, who understood instantly her pronunciation of the words, was not set any more at his ease by her explanation. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Robert Louis Stevenson Challoner, supposing he was to be instantly admitted, produced his letter, and, as well as he was able, prepared a smiling face. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. Rider Haggard Once or twice, indeed, he attempted some small advance, with the result that instantly she seemed to freeze — to become cold and hard as marble. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Presently he found that he could begin to think clearly again, and his thoughts became instantly most bitter ones. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Margaret Oliphant Fordham looked at him with a certain haughty offence: he had made the offer as though it were a very disagreeable expedient, but resented instantly the tacit neglect of it shown by his companion. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

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

Her he instantly pounces upon and bears off by force, maugre her struggles or the outcries of her companions. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Arthur Conan Doyle With a growl it instantly faced round to me and crouched for another spring. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Wilkie Collins He received it with an oath; upon which I instantly gave him a tract. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

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]

Ford Madox Ford I had no possible guide to the idea of suicide and the sight of the little flask of nitrate of amyl in Florence’s hand suggested instantly to my mind the idea of the failure of her heart. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Wilkie Collins He instantly returned, with the dignity which a Frenchman can always command in the serious emergencies of his life. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Lock the door after me, but with a turn of the key instantly unlock it again. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

George Borrow I instantly turned round to Francisco, and told him in Basque to return to the embassy and to relate there to the secretary what had just occurred. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

W. W. Jacobs The cook tripped on a stone, and only saved himself from falling by clutching at a perch which a dozen fowls instantly vacated with loud and frenzied appeals for assistance. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

Wilkie Collins Fanny was sitting there, doing some work for me, and he instantly ordered her out. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

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

Thomas Hardy He instantly left the bush and crept forward on his hands and knees. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

George Borrow Intelligence of his capture was instantly transmitted to the capital, and a vast mob of the nationals, some on foot, some on horseback, and others in cabriolets, instantly set out. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

William Makepeace Thackeray I instantly turned the guns of wall A on wall B, and peppered the latter so as to make, not a breach, but a scaling place; the men mounting in the holes made by the shot. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Arthur Morrison And instantly the faces of the group grew long. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

George Borrow I instantly accosted him, and had no reason to regret doing so; I found him affable and communicative. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Anthony Trollope Doodles instantly returned to his friend. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim His cheeks were unnaturally pale, and his large, deep-set eyes were instantly familiar. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Wilkie Collins The bare sight of me seemed to throw him instantly into a state of frenzy. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

But the moment Graham’s knock sounded of an evening, a change occurred; she was instantly at the head of the staircase. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

It pierced deep, and was instantly filled with blood; Yet Ambrosio felt no pain from the wound. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

One of the men instantly levelled his petronel at him. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Arthur Morrison Hewitt’s foot was instantly in the jamb, and he forced the door back and entered. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Charles Dickens At first, a misgiving crossed me that Wemmick would be instantly dismissed from his employment; but it melted as I saw Mr. Jaggers relax into something like a smile, and Wemmick become bolder. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Wilkie Collins A closer examination of the fringe satisfied me that it had been torn from a shawl of Laura’s, and I instantly followed the second path. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

George Meredith And she was instantly rewarded for surrendering; pain fled, to prove her reasoning good; the flames devoured her gently they cared not to torture so long as they had her to themselves. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Andrew Lang It instantly wrote the name of Prince Flame, his brother. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells Other war poisons followed upon this invention, still more deadly: merciful poisons that killed instantly and cruel and creeping poisons that implacably rotted the brain. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Laurence Sterne Mon seigneur! cried the master of the hotel; but recollecting himself as he made the exclamation, he instantly changed the tone of it. A sentimental journey through France and Italy by Laurence Sterne

Thomas Wolfe If one had it, his connoisseurship in the arts was definitely established and his eligibility for any society of the higher sensibilities was instantly confirmed. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Thomas Hardy Now instantly to repair this tremendous blunder that we have made — that’s the question. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

She gave up the part instantly when she heard that Miss Northwick wished to change her mind, but all the same I know —. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Richard Burton The Hamidah instantly shot the Hazimi, the tribes were called out, and they fought with asperity for some days. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Henry Kingsley When he and his party had first broken through the fern, he had caught sight of his quarry, and had instantly made towards him, as quick as the broken, scrub-tangled ground would allow. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

G. K. Chesterton The adventurers stopped also, out of curiosity, and were at first relieved to see the man almost instantly reappear, having transacted his business with a quickness that seemed incredible. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

But what is most unfortunate for the defence of Mogador, the water could be instantly cut off by destroying its aqueduct. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

As Robert had surmised, they recognised it instantly by the little brown-paper parcel on the carrier. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Anthony Trollope They instantly attacked him, first on one side and then on the other. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins I knew he was crying, because my cheeks were instantly wet with his tears; but it was too dark for me to see who he was, or even how he was dressed. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Henry James I instantly became sure she had just come out of the copse. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

Edith Wharton A few hours earlier, her request would have brought him instantly to his feet. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Not only is the range of vision a complete circle, but the crab seems able to concentrate its gaze upon any two given points instantly and automatically. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

T. E. Lawrence The younger ones instantly rushed forward at a gallop. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

That would have instantly brought him, Gauntry, into their orbit, and their suspicions once having been aroused — he shrugged his shouldersanything might have been found out. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

The door was instantly opened, for it was just that period of the evening when the half-boarders took their departure — consequently, Rosine was on the alert. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Algernon Blackwood And instantly Devonham was at his side, a firm hand upon his arm, his eyes taking in an unused bed, a window opened wide, a glow of light and heat the early sunshine could not possibly explain. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Sir Walter Scott Around this they now stood, and lowered into it something wrapped in a naval cloak, which Brown instantly concluded to be the dead body of the man he had seen expire. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

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]

Wilkie Collins Rosamond instantly drew back on the pillow, and her color altered a little. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

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]

Wilkie Collins I instantly set myself to impart relief. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

H. Rider Haggard I must have looked as if I meant what I said, for he instantly obeyed me, and continued his journey in silence. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Virginia Woolf It will come, it will come, when suddenly she added, We are in the hands of the Lord. But instantly she was annoyed with herself for saying that. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle When I draw your attention to the strong t’s of ‘at’ and ‘to,’ and ask you to compare them with the weak ones of ‘quarter’ and ‘twelve,’ you will instantly recognize the fact. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Benjamin Disraeli The King, only took one mouthful, and then, with a cry of rapture, instantly handed the delicacy to his favourite, who, to the great mortification of the Secretary of State, finished it. The Voyage of Captain Popanilla by Benjamin Disraeli [1828]

Wilkie Collins His attention was instantly diverted to the keys; he was astonished at having forgotten them. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Rafael Sabatini There was one course to take and he must take it instantly — as he had taken it once before in like case. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

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

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

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

That Trumpeter had made no mistake was instantly brought home to our noses by the reek of fox that met us at the door. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle The dapper young American pulled out his notebook and plunged instantly into his subject. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I approached and knocked at the door, which was instantly opened by a tall, gaunt woman with a harsh, forbidding face. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

E. F. Benson Something was moving on the grass outside, and soon a sound which I could not instantly identify came to my ears. The Room in the Tower by E. F. Benson

Against this mandate illness could not be pleaded: It gave her Brother the power of removing her instantly to the Palace de Medina, and He determined to use that power on the following day. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Leon Trotsky Prices instantly soared, and I saw thousands of women — mothers, in the wealthiest city of the world — come out into the streets, upset the stalls, and break into shops. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Maria Edgeworth He instantly made the promise required of him; and, as nothing less would satisfy the poor dying woman, confirmed it by a solemn oath. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

From that time it was no longer a question of valor — the army was delirious; two companies stole away to the advanced posts, which they instantly destroyed. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

M. P. Shiel But however soon I may have swooned after seeing it, it was not so instantly that I could have the slightest doubt as to the actualness of what my eyes saw. The Pale Ape by M. P. Shiel [1911]

Tobias Smolle Wilhelmina, lifting up her eyes, and seeing this sable apparition, which she mistook for Satan in propria persona, instantly screamed, and began to repeat her pater-noster with an audible voice. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

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]

Looking back in after days, I have often wondered why I so instantly determined to follow the man in the light suit. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

He helped her to remove Annette instantly to a private lodging kept by an old servant of his. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

The lower half instantly collapses; the upper, after hanging suspended for a moment, spreads and floats slowly, like a cloud. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Wilkie Collins Phoebe, it is needless to say, instantly fell into the trap. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Edith Wharton When he repeated Haskett’s request a flame of anger passed over her face; but she subdued it instantly and spoke with a slight quiver of outraged motherhood. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Thomas Hardy He saw the strokes plainly, instantly resolving to burn his ships and hazard all on an advance. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

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]

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

William Makepeace Thackeray Mrs. Walker was instructed instantly to have a severe sore throat. Mens Wives by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then comes the discovery of the garret, and he is instantly informed of it. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Here was an opportunity; but if his resolution was still there, presence of mind failed him, and forcing a smile, he instantly answered— “Nothing, darling—nothing whatever. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Thomas Hardy She instantly opened the other letter. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

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

He was bowing almost to the ground, and was, as I instantly detected, of German birth and education, a gentleman, and not the blackleg I had every reason to expect to see. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

Walter Scott He returned with an order that Mr. Stubbs and the young woman should be instantly ushered up to the library. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Jules Verne Then a torch was brought, and the wood, heavily soaked with oil, instantly took fire. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

H. G. Wells The air would instantly diffuse right out of them, Their own gravitation would flatten them out, crush them together, collapse them! At least they would have no time to suffer. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Watkin Tench This scheme, his Excellency was pleased instantly to adopt, adding, “if six cannot be taken, let this number be shot. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Henry James In gleams, in glances, the past did perhaps peep out of it; but such lights were faint and instantly merged. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Was it instantly after that profuse sweat you gave him the wine, I wonder?” “It was as speedily as I could procure it from the cellar below. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Andrew Lang He did so, and it instantly changed into a golden apple, which he put in his pocket. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells Then instantly the dream took an evil turn. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Arnold Bennett He did not instantly rush into the parlour and communicate with Constance. He had dropped into a way of conducting many operations by his own unaided brain. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Walter Scott This was all done quickly, the door so instantly closing, and the person who opened it so suddenly disappearing, that Jeanie could not even catch a glimpse of his exterior. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Anthony Trollope He again thinks of starting from Brundisium, and promises, when he has arrived there, instantly to begin a new work. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

H. Rider Haggard I could not help admiring the way in which old Umslopogaas flung himself upon the floor, and, unmindful of what was hanging over him, instantly sank into a deep sleep. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Mr. Winter had then been brought in for her to see him and she had said instantly she had never set eyes upon him in all her life before. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Wilkie Collins I instantly put it to the test. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Wilkie Collins This unworthy way of thinking was instantly checked by Mrs. Eyrecourt’s next words. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

D. H. Lawrence And instantly her manner towards him changed. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

Edith Wharton But it would be a different matter, he instantly felt, to let Mrs. Tracy associate Halo’s name with the frequent and clandestine visits of which she evidently suspected him. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

If what the man was saying could be corroborated, then everything was knocked instantly upon the head. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

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]

He was turned sideways to me, and I recognised him instantly as the man who had been driving. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Anthony Trollope Miss Thoroughbung opened out instantly about the ponies, and he at once resolved that he would be firm. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

The whole boat is instantly in an uproar. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Benjamin Disraeli His horse stole a few yards away, and though scarcely less injured than its rider, instantly commenced cropping the inviting pasture. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

D. H. Lawrence And instantly he took off the brakes again. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Andrew Lang Then you must instantly seize your bag, and scatter the bread-crumbs among them. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

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]

Swept down by the rush, the human combatants were instantly buried under a piled, writhing heap of animal ferocity. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Algernon Blackwood Yet this was the impression I instantly received. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

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 Madame Fontaine instantly stopped her. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

The Cid now looked up for a moment at the big negro, who decamped instantly and returned with a teapot and two cups. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

There was no light left either in the low rooms or in the corridors, only from time to time a livid glare illuminated the dark apartments with a vivid flash, which as instantly disappeared. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Robert Louis Stevenson Whoever these men were, it was fit my uncle should be instantly informed. The Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Washington Irving His wandering propensity and his desire to see the world were instantly in the ascendency. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Without stopping to dispute the cloak with his assailant, whom he mistook at first for an ordinary foot-pad, de Sigognac instantly drew his sword and attacked him. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Theodore Dreiser Hurstwood found, however, that handling a brake and regulating speed were not so instantly mastered as he had imagined. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Martin instantly showed that he was watching much harder than fishing. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Olaf Stapledon The moth’s papery tissues instantly became a whiff of disorganized molecules. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

The trouble which had fallen on Becuma did not leave her repentant, and the sweet lady began to do wrong as instantly and innocently as a flower begins to grow. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

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]

My generous friend reassured the suppliant, and on being informed of the name of her lover, instantly abandoned his pursuit. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Anthony Trollope No wonder that her face was wreathed with smiles as she received Mrs. Quiverful. She instantly spoke of the subject which was so near the heart of her visitor. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

He instantly tore the billet into small pieces, without reading it. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Wilkie Collins Magdalen instantly drew it back again. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Walter Scott The former seemed instantly to take upon himself the whole direction of the enterprise. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

It struck me instantly in what a good position he was to observe all that was going on at the window, and yet, not to appear too interested in the people filing up. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Anthony Trollope An idea came across his mind that they would hardly insist upon searching instantly if he refused. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Ann Radcliffe Despair instantly renewed his vigour; he started from the ground, and throwing round him a look of eager desperation, his eye caught the glimpse of a small door, upon which the moon-beam now fell. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Walter Scott He turned, saw a tall figure in white, with a sort of turban upon its head, and dropping the candle in the exertion, instantly grappled with it. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Leon Trotsky The genial mood I had carried away from the croquet court with its fringe of pear-trees, where I had routed my sisters with flying colors, instantly gave way to a feeling of intense despair. My Life by Leon Trotsky

If he did, instantly a roar of menaces recalled him to a sense even of personal danger. A Brief Appraisal of the Greek Literature in its Foremost Pretensions by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

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

Wilkie Collins The answer followed instantly in these startling words: “You will be on your way to your ruin and your death. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Leon Trotsky Markin instantly sensed the danger, and went to fight it. My Life by Leon Trotsky

I may tell you that I am myself an expert in submarine construction, and so shall know instantly if the plans are bona fide ones. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Wilkie Collins In other words, I instantly opened my bag, and took out the top publication. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Wilkie Collins Blanche instantly looked up into Anne’s face. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Wilkie Collins The coachman shall be instantly sent away, Mr. Noel. I will give him a note to the landlord of the hotel, and the carriage shall come back for us to-morrow morning, with another man to drive it. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Algernon Blackwood And, instantly you produce your microscope, as though I offered you the muscles of a tadpole to dissect. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Benjamin Disraeli His companion seemed instantly conscious of the seeming singularity of his expression. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Robert Louis Stevenson And now that my dynamite is proved effective —’ ‘Heavens, you remind me!’ ejaculated Somerset. ‘That brick in your bag must be instantly disposed of. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sir Walter Scott Allan, at parting, only recommended to the Marquis the care of Sir Duncan Campbell, whom Montrose instantly directed to be conveyed to a place of safety. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

Walter Scott The Duke went hastily to remove it as he spoke; but, attentive to all his motions, his visitor instantly darted through the half-open window. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Henry James He instantly perceived that she was still a chatterbox; it remained to be seen whether the quality of her discourse were finer. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Guy de Maupassan A crime had been committed in the asylum; the gendarmes were there and our host was with them, so we instantly joined them. Babette by Guy de Maupassan

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

Wilkie Collins He instantly shouted for help. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Lucy slid an eye round to Henrietta; and almost instantly switched it away again. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

I calmed down instantly and putting my rifle back in the summerhouse, walked as casually as I could back into the house. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

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

Lucy Maud Montgomery When she opened them again it was to behold Diana coming through the gate that led into the Barry field and looking so important that Anne instantly divined there was news to be told. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Here he walked for a few yards down the street, rang the bell at a handsome suite of apartments, and was instantly admitted. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

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]

Edith Wharton Her colour deepened, but she instantly rejoined: “Why, what happened? Why didn’t the nurse take him?” “You said you were coming to fetch him, so she waited. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

D. H. Lawrence I instantly hated him for the filthy appearance he made. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Henry James Rowland had murmured a rapturous blessing on Roderick’s head, as he perceived him instantly apprehend the situation. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

But the tall woman instantly grasped her nearer the shoulder, and scrambling on the bed on her knees she dragged her down upon it, and almost instantly struck at her throat with a knife. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Robert Louis Stevenson Thence there arose instantly a cloud of awakened sparrows, which as instantly dispersed and disappeared into the thicket. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sigmund Freud At last the reins are twitched, the horses start, and the sleigh bells, now violently shaken, strike up their familiar music with a force that instantly tears the gossamer of my dream. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Robert Louis Stevenson His vanity was alarmed; he turned and faced her; their eyes met; and he caught from hers a spark of such frank merriment as put him instantly at ease. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Wolfe Almost always he could respond instantly and briskly to a word of greeting. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]