Phrases with "instead"

The shock, instead of prostrating the old soldier, seemed to nerve him afresh and put new vigor into his limbs. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Jules Verne The tribe having been dispersed and he left for dead, in one of those combats which are so frequent between the tribes, instead of retracing his steps, he persisted in his evangelical mission. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

George Meredith It is best to flutter a handkerchief, instead of nailing up a curtain. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

It was Hall who ought to have been turned away instead of me. The Mystery at Number Seven by Ellen Wood [1877]

Henry David Thoreau His pipe lay broken on the hearth, instead of a bowl broken at the fountain. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Edith Wharton On other days he went by himself; and before long the keys were in his pocket instead of being under Mrs. Tracy’s pincushion . Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Walter Crane The instinct for harmony of line and form becomes weakened, and can only be slowly revived by long and careful study in art, instead of finding its constant and most vital stimulus in every street. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

I got outside London. It became tangible instead of being a frame almost as universal as sea and sky. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

He came, and after his first greeting of peace, Mrs. Edmonstone signed to him to read at once, instead of speaking to her. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Sinclair Lewis How proud he had been that — to Caprice’s rage — on many evenings, instead of highball parties, he had gone to bed at nine-thirty and “got ten good hours of sleep. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins You ought to thank the law, instead of abusing it. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It would be perfectly easy to add fifty more tables downstairs, instead of which they keep it empty. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

H. Rider Haggard She has got the most wonderful collection of Egyptian curiosities up at the house there, too, though why she keeps them here instead of in England, I am sure I don’t know. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

The hills, instead of being, as on the great plateau we had recently left, outcrops of granite, were composed of argillaceous sandstone. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

So, instead of replying to Todhunter’s question about the French trip, he asked, “Do you do much work for Mason?” Todhunter nodded. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Edith Wharton And did she not perhaps secretly expect it of him? After all, if she had been very anxious to join her friends she would have telegraphed them on reaching Paris, instead of writing. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Edmund Burke But instead of viewing a rank of uniform pillars, let us suppose that they succeed each other, a round and a square one alternately. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

That other, advancing with fixed eyes and a drooping lip, instead of being able expeditiously and satisfactorily to direct another in his way, scarcely seemed to know his own. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

And that is why, instead of gaining the sea at once, which would proclaim my fear and guilt, that is why I remain upon French ground. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Anthony Trollope The next time you meet Mr Kennedy, ask him his opinion instead of telling him your own. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Radclyffe Hall Had Anna held out her arms at that moment, she might soon have learnt about Angela Crossby. But instead she yawned: ‘It’s this air, it’s too woolly. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

A great many Boston doctors send their patients to us now, instead of Colorado or the Adirondacks. In fact, that’s what brought us to Hatboro’. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Washington Irving There was a busy, bustling, disputatious tone about it, instead of the accustomed phlegm and drowsy tranquillity. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Many of the men we met wore long swords instead of the usual machetes. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Sir Walter Scott This wood, found in the morasses, is so full of turpentine, that, when split and dried, it is frequently used in the Highlands instead of candles. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

Elizabeth Gaskell He was as dizzy as if Margaret, instead of looking, and speaking, and moving like a tender graceful woman, had been a sturdy fish-wife, and given him a sound blow with her fists. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Elizabeth Gaskell A stranger might have imagined her to be his daughter instead of Mr. Gibson’s. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Also they often hang their female malefactors, instead of drowning them decently, as other nations use. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

H. G. Wells We have discovered ourselves suddenly in your world instead of our own. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Sinclair Lewis Silver gray everywhere, instead of London’s golden brown. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

John Morley It is this, which alone, if we consider the passing shortness of our days, makes life a whole, instead of a parcel of thrums bound together by an accident. Voltaire by John Morley

G. K. Chesterton Perhaps that is why Wordsworth is called a Lake Poet instead of a mountain poet. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Maria Edgeworth Upon this occasion, her wit had not its usual effect upon Miss Portman; instead of entertaining, it disgusted her. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

My dear madam, the mistake here has been in depressing nature instead of strengthening; in narcotics instead of stimulants. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Besides, it is hardly possible he would have filled up his suit-case at the beginning of his journey, instead of nearing the end of it. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Maria Edgeworth At the end of the day, when the sum of the produce of their labours was added together, they were surprised to find, that, instead of one, they could purchase two furnaces. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

D. H. Lawrence Unless we say Lady Jane and John Thomas. But his name is Oliver Mellors.’ ‘And how would you like to be Mrs Oliver Mellors, instead of Lady Chatterley?’ ‘I’d love it. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hobbes The sixth, to the use of metaphors, tropes, and other rhetorical figures, instead of words proper. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Anthony Trollope It isn’t above a quarter of a mile’s difference to me going by Pooley Bridge instead of Dallmaine.” “Pray don’t do anything of the kind; I can find the road. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

George Meredith He had the look of the prodigal, returned with impudence for his portion instead of repentance. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

George Gissing A strange feeling she had as, instead of going to the work-room, she set off through the sunshine to the railway station; a holiday feeling, had she known what holiday meant. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

George Gissing She had rescued him from his shame, had put an end to all awkwardness, and, instead of merely permitting, had invited his company. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

George Gissing Now, if, instead of a mill, you had built a training institution for domestic service—” “Bah!” broke in the hostess. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Henry Fielding The player, instead of retorting the jest on the poet, began to display his talents on the same subject. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

In The Albigenses the winds are diabolically possessed and laugh fiendishly instead of moaning as they do as seneschals in most romances of terror. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Andrew Lang The dragon on the bridge was yet more dreadful than the one Florea and Costan had seen, for this one had seven heads instead of only three. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Sinclair Lewis Staubmeyer seemed satisfied when, instead of the “apology” demanded by Swan, Doremus stated that “Henceforth this paper will cease all criticisms of the present government. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

The completer, indeed, our definitions of ether-waves, atoms, Gods, or souls become, the less instead of the more intelligible do they appear to us. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

But in the hall, instead of Walter Herries, she found Mr. Winch. ‘May I speak to you a moment, madam?’ he said. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Elizabeth Gaskell Poor, poor Osborne! I did wish he had been coming straight home, instead of going to these friends of his; I thought I could have comforted him. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

He put me alongside the ship, but did not give me his confidential “Good-evening, sah,” and, instead of shoving off at once, remained holding by the ladder. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

H. Rider Haggard When attacked by the hawk this bird appears to lose its head, and, instead of seeking cover, flies high into the sky, thus offering wonderful sport. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

E. Phillips Oppenheim Trusting instead to his hearing, which was remarkably acute, more than once it struck him that he heard a faint, stealthy movement as of some one dragging himself along the floor. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

George Eliot But instead of saying anything more to him, his father continued to look with a growing distinctness of suspicion at Mr. Glegg and the deeds. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Charles Kingsley England was the destined victim; so, instead of negotiating, in order to avoid fighting, they fought in order to produce negotiation. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Rudyard Kipling What he desired was the visible effect of action; so, instead of slinking away, he lay close in the grass and wormed nearer to the house. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

R. D. Blackmore Yet first love, however it may soften and enlarge a petulant and wayward nature, instead of increasing, cuts short and crisp the patience of the patient. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

And the prism has no easy inland slopes, as a first glance suggests; instead of being the sea-wall of a great plateau, it falls abruptly to the east as well as to the west. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

But instead of cuffing me into next week, he just sent his eyes straight out to mine. The Game Finished by Ellen Wood [1869]

The baseless fabric of a vision, then, shall furnish my theme—chosen with apologies and regrets instead of the more limited field of pretty Polly’s small talk. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

John Stuart Mill But instead of seeking contrivances for this purpose, they have lost those they formerly had. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Jack London Also, in the Cho–Sen game, there are twenty pieces and pawns against our sixteen, and they are arrayed in three rows instead of two. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Andrew Lang There was no night in that country, so, instead of going to bed very early, as he would have done in his own hut, the young man took another walk. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Virginia Woolf He begged her instead not to hurt him, not to shame him in this matter of her marriage. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Richard Burton They despise distance like the Chinese, — pictorially audacious; the Harrah, or ridge in the foreground appears to be 200 yards, instead of three or four miles, distant from the town. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

And instead of girlish weakness, she found a woman prepared to do battle for her love. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Benjamin Disraeli At this time London was a very dull city, instead of being, as it is now, a very amusing one. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

George Gissing Surely he was to blame for it that, at such a pass, she had fled away from him instead of hastening to his side. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

The queen, you must know, instead of being delivered of a son, was delivered of twins. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

The mistake our advanced Liberals make is that of flinging much too large pieces of bread at a time, and flinging them at their hen, instead of a little way off her. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Andrew Lang But, instead of sinking to the bottom, he paused a second to steady himself, then gave a second spring which landed him on the further shore. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Robert Louis Stevenson I had made provision for doubling it, putting on two belts instead of one. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

If desired, this chowder can be made with fish broth instead of the stock, and with the addition of shrimps which have been taken from their shells. Simple Italian Cookery by Antonia Isola

Robert Green Ingersoll When the farmers of the west ship beef and pork instead of grain — when we manufacture here — when we cease paying tribute to others, ours will be the most prosperous country in the world. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Arnold Benne Of course if, instead of attending to an elementary and profoundly important duty, you prefer to read the paper (which you might just as well read while waiting for your dinner) I have nothing to say. How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day by Arnold Benne

Arthur Conan Doyle Four troops of horse led the way, badly equipped and mounted, with ropes instead of bridles, and in some cases squares of sacking in place of saddles. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

But, then, instead of being charmed by everything as the lover is, everything jarred upon him. Irremediable by Ella D'Arcy [1894]

So instead of going directly to her own room the queen mother proceeded to that of her lady in waiting. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Jules Verne However, instead of mounting into the sky the “Albatross” stopped six feet from the ground. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Anthony Trollope But instead of doing so he consummated secession. North America by Anthony Trollope

Karl Philipp Moritz In Grosvenor Square, instead of this green plot or area, there is a little circular wood, intended, no doubt, to give one the idea of rus in urbe. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

Tobias Smolle There the stranger gave a loose to jollity; though at first he d —-ed the burgundy as a poor thin liquor, that ran through him in a twinkling, and, instead of warming, cooled his heart and bowels. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

So, instead of going out after tea, I sat on in the coffee tavern and studied a sporting paper. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Evelyn answered, as she had been told: “Lester, what have you been doing?” But these words, instead of gaining significance, had lost it; they emerged almost imbecilely. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Now, however, the coat and hat, instead of speaking for my prosperity, as at one time they might have done, bore unmistakable evidence of the disastrous change which had taken place in my fortunes. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Henry Handel Richardson Peggy’s hair was so thick that she had to wear it in two plaits instead of one; so long that when she sat down and let these fall over her shoulders, their ends curled up in her lap. Growing Pains by Henry Handel Richardson

George Gissing Her memory reproduced his talk with astonishing fidelity; it was as though she had learnt it by heart, instead of merely listening to it at the time. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

But instead I did all she asked and joined in her game . Greenmantle by John Buchan

Olaf Stapledon The repressed matter, instead of remaining as a submerged and distorting influence, may capture for a while the stronghold of consciousness. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

He should have gone for the Navy, as was originally intended, instead of this foolish notion that he should superintend his father’s estate. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Ann Radcliffe Her breath was now exhausted — she paused a moment to recover herself, and fearfully listened but instead of the voices of men, she heard faintly swelling in the breeze the notes of mournful music. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Rito had once before been in the neighbourhood, and thought he knew the way, so we submitted ourselves to his guidance; but, as it proved, he took a path which led us past, instead of to, the town. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Kate Chopin Years instead of months seemed to have passed over her since the night she bade farewell to her visions. Short stories by Kate Chopin

Arthur Morrison This much, though, he conceded: that the family should take a whole house of five rooms in the next street, instead of the two rooms and a cellule upstairs now rented. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Take care, that will change my tactics, and instead of the flat of my sword, I will use the point — instead of cutting the halberts, I will cut the wrists. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

D. H. Lawrence And just because, instead of la Germania I turn out to be l’Inghilterra. I might as well be a place on a map, or a piece of goods with a trade-mark. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Well, sire, if I had met with Monk on my way, instead of Monsieur de Beaufort, Monsieur de Retz, or Monsieur le Prince—well, we should have been ruined. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Anthony Trollope And then their unhappiness on this score was augmented by hearing that Harry had sent up a medical certificate, instead of returning to his duties when his prolonged leave of absence was expired. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

A mob of emus came to inspect us, and Mr. Tietkens shot one in a fleshy part of the neck, which rather helped it to run away at full speed instead of detaining, so that we might capture it. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Starlight said — ‘By Jove, boys, it’s a pity we didn’t belong to a troop of irregular horse instead of this rotten colonial Dick Turpin business, that one can’t help being ashamed of. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Robert Green Ingersoll He thus learned to regard them with admiration instead of fear. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Elizabeth Gaskell I cannot abide waste; and I’ll venture for it Sally’s letting the candle in the lantern run all to grease, instead of putting it out, as I’ve told her to do, if ever she’s got to wait for me. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Margaret Oliphant Somehow most people mind me now, because I am so big, I suppose; and Alice, instead of being foolish, is a little wise woman. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

What shall I do?’ He decided to mortify himself, to read St Thomas Aquinas, and to make his ‘night prayers forty instead of thirty minutes’. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Sigmund Freud It would of course, be incorrect to attempt to read these symbols in accordance with their values as pictures, instead of in accordance with their meaning as symbols. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

He might have to look after her, instead of her waiting hand and foot on him. The Romance of His Life by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Ford Madox Ford He had said to Levin: ‘Damn it all, the fellow ought to be in command of my Intelligence instead of you. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Walter Scott Only I wish we have not got King Stork, instead of King Log, like the fabliau 160 that the Clerk of Saint Lambert’s used to read us out of Meister Aesop’s book. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Thomas Hardy I may not be able to love you; but — will you go with me instead of her?” “You truly wish me to go?” “I do. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Sinclair Lewis Now you take you and me, we apply SCIENCE to a case, instead of taking a chance and just relying on experience and going off half-cocked. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

H. G. Wells Bert Smallways was only one of countless millions in Europe and America and Asia who, instead of being born rooted in the soil, were born struggling in a torrent they never clearly understood. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

The Bishop’s hospitality had been extended to her mind, instead of stopping short at the menu. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Anthony Trollope You might have had it all, instead of the fishmongers’ children, if you had chosen, Mr. George.” And we also will say good-bye to the two gentlemen, as we shall not see them again in these pages. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Thomas Hobbes But if instead of a rational appetite, we shall say an appetite resulting from a precedent deliberation, then the definition is the same that I have given here. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Arthur Conan Doyle Heavens! If it only is true, and if you had a thousand circles instead of one, what regeneration would result?” “That will come,” said Mailey in his patient, determined fashion. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

H. G. Wells Heat, and invisible, instead of visible, light. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

However, if I was to stay here all my life, instead of going tomorrow, I’d never lift hand to trouble you again, for you taking my part again yourself like that. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Margaret Oliphant But instead of this, Captain Underwood only looked at him again and laughed. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Anthony Trollope He is a painter; but, instead of being proud of his art, is half ashamed of it — because not being industrious he has not, while yet young, learned to excel. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

But on this morning they whose stations lay on the seaward side of the market-house, instead of spreading their merchandise formed themselves into a softly jabbering and gesticulating group. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

H. G. Wells Why not sit in that chair instead of leaning on the back? This is a home — domus — not a debating society — humble in spite of my manifest frauds. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Perhaps brandy did weaken other people’s arms, but he needed brandy in his veins, instead of blood. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

H. G. Wells Will B. and C., instead of bombinating in the void, tell us exactly where and why they differ from A.? And now we have got to the common truth of A., B., C., and D. Here is F. saying something. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

G. K. Chesterton He is an absolute follower of that early sage who wished only to make two blades of grass grow instead of one. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

The cockroaches, spiders, and other insects, instead of running right away, would ascend the fallen branches and remain there, whilst the host of ants were occupying all the ground below. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Robert Louis Stevenson To the proof: instead of attempting to cloak my inconsistency, I have, by way of preparing you, thrown it into strong relief. The Treasure of Franchard by Robert Louis Stevenson

What, if a man devote his daughter instead of a dumb lambkin, is he right of mind? Never say it. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Thomas Hardy The man at the table took up the hedge-carpenter’s remark, and added smartly, ‘True; but the oddity of my trade is that, instead of setting a mark upon me, it sets a mark upon my customers. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

G. K. Chesterton But where I was a priceless ass was when I looked at the suspect instead of looking at the detective. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Indeed, if it had not been for this ritual of the evening meal it was likely that she would still be dressing someone each evening in W.1 or W.C.2 instead of turning out spare bedrooms in S.W.1. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

There are, however, exceptional cases in which the males are the selectors, instead of having been the selected. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Leslie Stephen It is addressed to Frederick instead of Bolingbroke, and contains a warm eulogy of Pope’s philosophy. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

He had expected to condescend upon an elderly inept and give him sharp instructions; instead he found himself faced with a jovial, virile figure which certainly did not suggest incompetence. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Walter Scott However, I sall raise an adjudication, whilk Mr. Saddletree says comes instead of the auld apprisings, and will not lose weel-won gear with the like of him, if it may be helped. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

H. G. Wells He was all for cutting the Gordian Knot instead of fiddling about with it, and he saw nothing idiotic in the classical story of Columbus and the egg. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Startled, he dropped it on the table, or would have done, — but that, as he loosed it, instead of falling, it hung in the air, dilating and deepening. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

In this quarrel Fabrizio’s first movement was quite of the sixteenth century: instead of proposing a duel to the young Genevan, he drew his dagger and rushed upon him to stab him with it. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

That is to say, instead of being her guest on board the schooner, you are her prisoner. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

They speak with their lives instead of their tongues, concerning so many things that other people are wordy about. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Wilkie Collins Allow me to open the door for you — I beg your pardon, you are going into Mrs. Wragge’s work-room instead of going to your own. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

H. G. Wells But instead he exclaimed sharply and turned round to face two newcomers. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

The patron was short of money, and he had engaged the staff (there were four of us) in order to use us instead of workmen. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

John Galsworthy The thought flashed across him that but for a chance, he himself, and not Bosinney, might be lying dead, and she, instead of crouching there like a shot bird with those dying eyes. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Thomas Hardy Yet, instead of blaming herself for the issue she laid the fault upon the shoulders of some indistinct, colossal Prince of the World, who had framed her situation and ruled her lot. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

And instead of an ordinary waitress there was a young woman in a kind of print wrapper who met me with a sour expression. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

G. K. Chesterton Something in this limitation by a series of living walls made him feel as if he were really entering a shattered house instead of an open field. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Wilkie Collins Why are you visiting here, instead of looking after your house and lands? Oh! it’s only three-and-twenty miles from this; and you’re going to look after it to-day, by the next train? Quite right. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Elizabeth Gaskell One day she almost screamed, when, as she was going to the front door, she saw Dixon standing ready to draw her, instead of Fletcher the servant who usually went. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

William Makepeace Thackeray And now — oh that I had twenty pages, instead of this short chapter, to describe the wonders of the day! — Twenty-four knights came from Ashley’s at two guineas a head. Cox’s Diary by William Makepeace Thackeray [1855]

Margaret Oliphant And maybe if it had come to the worse, and ye had driven us out, instead of being sae generous——” “It would have been better for you,” said Walter, as his companion paused. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

There yet remains a work to do; he must be taught to mortify, instead of paint, his countenance, and induced to abandon the savage vice of stealing for the Christian virtue of cheating. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

E. T. A. Hoffmann I wanted to go forwards, he backwards, and all the advantage that my efforts gave me over him was that instead of taking to his heels for home, he continued to run round in circles. The Fermata by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Andrew Lang The prince followed and entered the mill, but stopped in terror by the door, for, instead of a hare, before him stood a dragon, breathing fire and flame. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Sinclair Lewis He called himself an “agnostic” instead of an “atheist” only because he detested the street-bawling, tract-peddling evangelicism of the professional atheists. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

He obeyed her, but to his surprise, instead of seating herself as well, she began walking up and down the length of the floor again. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Sir Walter Scott But the fellow no sooner heard his voice, and saw, or rather concluded, it was Brown who approached him, than, instead of advancing his light, he let it drop, as if accidentally, into the water. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Elizabeth Gaskell So, if I box your ears when I am vexed with you, will you promise to scold me when you are put out of the way, instead of whistling?” “Very well! that’s a bargain. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Arnold Bennett And she took pride, instead of shame, in her exaggerated earliness. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

We hear of them, and we see foreign labels on much luggage, but we find travellers instead of cosmopolites. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Benjamin Disraeli With such an understanding, treason is an expected affair; and the only point to consider is, who shall be so unfortunate as to be the deserted, instead of the deserter. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Sinclair Lewis Poor devils! No chance to ride on the subway! And only cafes to sit around in, instead of night clubs. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

And therein pilgrims cast gold and silver, pearls and precious stones without number, instead of offerings. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Had Sam been innocent, he would at least have come to the parlour and inquired whether the box was found, instead of sneaking off home to tea. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

Jules Verne Some day the coalrooms of steamers and the tenders of locomotives will, instead of coal, be stored with these two condensed gases, which will burn in the furnaces with enormous calorific power. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

D. H. Lawrence You were off with Miriam, instead of being in when my mother came. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Tobias Smolle The landlord, instead of giving the full change, deducted three livres a head for dinner, and sent in the rest of the money by my servant. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Rake had a Scotch hound that was the pride of his life; his beer-money often going instead to buy dainties for the dog, who became one of the channels through which Warne could annoy and thwart him. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Maria Edgeworth One cover after another she slowly took off; at length the last transparent cover was lifted up: the doctor peeped in; but lo! instead of sweetmeats there appeared nothing but paper. The Good Aunt by Maria Edgeworth

Charles Dickens My sister, Mrs. Joe, with black hair and eyes, had such a prevailing redness of skin that I sometimes used to wonder whether it was possible she washed herself with a nutmeg-grater instead of soap. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

I wouldn’t have thought it of Alfred, I wouldn’t indeed! No matter whom he wanted to marry, he ought at least to have written first, instead of being in such a violent hurry to bring her over. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Sinclair Lewis Cleo would be a fat old woman, he was afraid, instead of handsome. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

George Meredith If it is not life’s poetry, it is a credible prose; a land of low undulations instead of Alps; beyond the terrors and the deceptions. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Wilkie Collins My belief is that I surprised Philip instead of charming him. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Andrew Lang But instead of fastening his teeth in the neck of a beautiful maiden, Schippeitaro’s teeth were fastened in HIM, and the youth ran up and cut off his head with his sword. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Ethel learnt that she had seen better days, and that were justice done her, she ought to be riding in her coach, instead of letting lodgings. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Now, indeed, our capitano did yelp; now did the crew yelp, invoking all the saints of the Roman calendar, instead of attending to the ship. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Andrew Lang But of instead of wailing likewise, the rajah gave a sigh of relief, and answered: ‘Well, that settles the matter. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Then, there was Cookson hopping about the room in his socks, instead of, as we all supposed, sitting with us at the table. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

At all events He determined to proceed: He did so, but slowly, fearing lest instead of approaching, He should be retiring from the object of his search. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Wilkie Collins When a man pressed my hand, I felt it in my rings, instead of my heart. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Mary Webb And whoever it was that owned the life was playing with it, coming straight on in the teeth of the wind instead of doubling with it. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Kenneth Grahame And instead of having an uneasy conscience pricking him and whispering “whitewash!” he somehow could only feel how jolly it was to be the only idle dog among all these busy citizens. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

George Gissing It’ll mean the bad work of a monopoly, instead of the good to be had by free competition. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Victor Hugo Their ingenious and foolish ridicule shuns facts instead of studying them, and condemns questions instead of solving them. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Guy de Maupassan Man expedites the slow work of nature, instead of delaying it by the hideous coffin in which one decomposes for months. A Cremation by Guy de Maupassan

Thomas Hardy Nearing the corner where she was it slackened speed, and, instead of going by as usual, drew up within a few yards of her. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

H. G. Wells It did, Firmin, and if coal had been white instead of black I have no doubt the authorities would have blackened it. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Anthony Trollope Woe betide the six-foot hero who escorts Mrs. Proudie to her pew in red plush breeches if he slips away to the neighbouring beer-shop instead of falling into the back seat appropriated to his use. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Paine Most nations have let slip the opportunity, and by that means have been compelled to receive laws from their conquerors, instead of making laws for themselves. Common Sense by Thomas Paine [1776]

E. F. Benson But it was odd and distasteful to wait to be asked to dinner by anybody in Riseholme instead of everyone wanting to be asked by her. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

What a harsh thing to say — instead of finding something nice and appropriate. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

John Galsworthy Why couldn’t he have waited down there on the river, instead of rushing up into the crowd like one of these young clerks or shop fellows? He was glad nobody would know where he had been. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

On the floor, instead of tables, stood cases such as you see in a museum, filled with coins and queer stone implements. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

James Joyce His face got all grey instead of being red like it was and there was a fly walking over it up to his eye. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Rudyard Kipling The first deserters ought to ha’ run as units, d’ye see, instead o’ waitin’ to make up a boatload. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Remove the parsley stems, and put in instead one-half tablespoon of chopped-up parsley; add a good pinch of pepper, and some salt, if needed. Simple Italian Cookery by Antonia Isola

E. Phillips Oppenheim When I think of Bear-main’s, and the misery I endured there, I am almost tempted to ask you to experiment upon me again, only to let me remain as I have been seven years instead of seven months. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Why, ye look as frightened, ye pretty little fool, as if I was a-going to rob ye, instead of making ye lady o’ Wyvern, and giving ye every blessed thing I have on earth. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Julian Hawthorne So, instead of that, I told him, as we trudged homewards together, the history of the Feuerberg family, and how all tended to ratify my conviction that Agatha and I were cousins, though far removed. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

The red velvet in his study had cost him two francs fifty a yard; but then he would take it away to another house, instead of giving it to the landlord. Balzac by Frederick Lawton