Phrases with "legal"

Anthony Trollope It is very hard upon poor Lady Laura.” “That is the worst of it, Lord Cantrip.” “If I were her father I should bring her to England, and demand a separation in a regular and legal way. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Neither legal aid nor material assistance in the prosecution of the suit was ever wanting. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

Bronislaw Malinowski After a careful analysis of all particular relationships concerned; and further, of the economic unity of the family, division of labour within it, legal sanction, etc. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Anthony Trollope And then he and Mr. Prendergast went away and dined together, leaving Mr. Die to complete his legal work for the day. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

His legal adviser, Mr. Kearsley, a practical and prosperous man, came forward with an offer of help. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Wilkie Collins One among my answers to the many questions which my legal adviser put to me led him to a conclusion that made my heart ache. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

In tomorrow’s papers, please,” and went out wondering why the legal mind delighted in manufacturing trouble when there was so much ready-made in the world. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Sinclair Lewis I’d put off the Minneapolis trips till I simply had to go there on a lot of legal matters. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

As it was, the catastrophe was followed by no legal consequences. The Vision of Tom Chuff by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Sinclair Lewis And has that board got power! I don’t suppose it has any legal position at all, but every movie house and library board in the county listens to it. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

In theory a Jew suffered from no legal disabilities, but in effect he was debarred from certain professions. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope The legal friend had thought that a small sum of money would suffice. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang The Icelandic saga-men never weary, though modern readers do, of legal details. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

There would be legal formalities, of course, since the fact of his death eight years ago had been presumed; but they would be automatic. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

But there seem to be some queer features in the case, and the legal position is evidently getting complicated. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Sir Walter Scott But I shall want a legal adviser. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Edith Wharton They consisted mainly of an exchange of letters between Count Olenski’s solicitors and a French legal firm to whom the Countess had applied for the settlement of her financial situation. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Anthony Trollope But now there had come to him no comfort from his corner of legal knowledge. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

James Payn But if Arthur Haldane’s legal training had really enabled him to come to the right conclusion in the matter, it also judiciously restrained him from saying anything about it. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

And I knew well enough the pestiferous danger of such a character where there are no means of legal repression. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

The fortune can only be claimed by Char — Miss Halliday, and your brother has no legal authority to dispose of her money. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

G. K. Chesterton For that was the real mystery of Walter Windrush, which neither medical non legal experts were ever in the least likely to fathom. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

George Eliot From the first, after his interview with Jermyn, the recoil of Harold’s mind from the idea of strangling a legal right threw him on the alternative of attempting a compromise. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

H.P. Lovecraft The scholar’s connexion with the Red Hook horrors, indeed, was never emblazoned by legal proof; since his death forestalled the inquiry he would otherwise have faced. The Horror at Red Hook by H.P. Lovecraft [1925]

Washington Irving By recurring to legal redress we too often expose the weakness of the law, which only serves to increase our mortification by failing to relieve us. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Jeremy Bentham Loss of legal rank; including the legal disabilities, as well as the burthensome obligations, which the law is apt to annex, sometimes with injustice enough, to the lower stations. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Sinclair Lewis Resting his eyes every quarter of an hour he sat studying a legal claim, making notes. Moths in the Arc Light by Sinclair Lewis

G. K. Chesterton That it was due to votes or even little legal inequalities about marriage, I feel myself here too close to realities even to discuss. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

H. G. Wells Then she got me to compose an excessively polite letter to old Pettigrew, begging him as a favor to perform his legal obligations. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Answer: “First obtain a legal order for your discharge. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

H. G. Wells The Common-sense Party was in practical and legal control of Holland. The Common-sense Government had an overwhelming majority there. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Arthur Morrison The moral aspect of the affair began to trouble him a little, but the legal aspect troubled him more. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Ford Madox Ford I do not know much about English legal procedure — I cannot, I mean, give technical details of how they tied him up. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Robert Louis Stevenson Often, for hours together, these two will be alone in the Close, for it lies out of the way of all but legal traffic. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

John Ruskin Where no moral or legal restraint is put upon the exercise of the will and intellect of the stronger, shrewder, or more covetous men, these differences become ultimately enormous. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

G. K. Chesterton In the same way the time from Richelieu to the Revolution was upon the whole a time of conservation, often of harsh and hideous conservation; it preserved tortures, legal quibbles, and despotism. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Andrew Lang Her husband then returned in perfect health, and pardoned the lady, as she had acted on what, to a Maori mind, seemed good legal evidence of his decease. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton Like most sceptics, like even the most genuine sceptics such as Bradlaugh, he was as legal as he was sceptical. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

But he wanted her — she suited him exactly, and all he needed to make his kingdom sure, when he had obtained her, was his legal rights. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wilkie Collins There is no legal evidence against Mrs. Beauly. There is nothing but moral certainty. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Nathaniel Hawthorne It could have betokened nothing short of the anticipated execution of some rioted culprit, on whom the sentence of a legal tribunal had but confirmed the verdict of public sentiment. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

H. G. Wells The rest of the population was landless and, except by working directly or indirectly for the Secure, had no legal right to exist. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Guy de Maupassan He came here continually, and as he had no legal heirs, he selected me. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

The few members who were present, had come more for the sake of terminating the business by securing a legal attendance, than under the idea of a debate. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Thomas Hardy Think of that, my friend Giles!” He related what he had learned of the new legal remedy. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Moreover, besides being legal and expedient, the arrest of Michaelis solved a little personal difficulty which worried Chief Inspector Heat somewhat. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

James Joyce Richie Goulding and the legal bag. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Bronislaw Malinowski In other words, there is a more or less defined code of sexual morality, which has also its legal aspect, as crimes against it are punished by society in a regulated manner. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

My invitations, I fear, were obtained, if not under false pretences, at least upon false estimates, and the laity rated my legal lore too highly. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope That had been the opinion of the Turtle Dove, and Mr. Camperdown had at once submitted to the law of his great legal mentor. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

John Stuart Mill The real practical decision of affairs, to whichever may be given the legal authority, will greatly depend, as it even now does, upon comparative qualifications. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Anthony Trollope When she protested against this, he endeavoured to explain to her that the cause would be an amicable cause, a simple reference, in short, to a legal tribunal. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Bronislaw Malinowski The fact that the engagement was made publicly, and so was known and acknowledged by all the members of the local group and perhaps even of the whole tribe, emphasized its legal aspect. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

If he had little eloquence, he had much power; and his legal knowledge, was sound and extensive. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

There are no legal technicalities by which trial can be delayed or the ends of justice frustrated. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Oscar Wilde As for their being heirlooms, nothing is an heirloom that is not so mentioned in a will or legal document, and the existence of these jewels has been quite unknown. The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde [1887]

Robert Louis Stevenson At last, to settle matters, I explained to him that I was a member of a Scottish legal body, and had stood the brunt of an examination in the very law in question. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Bram Stoker Last evening when the Count came from his room he began by asking me questions on legal matters and on the doing of certain kinds of business. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

D. H. Lawrence If he pledged himself with the man he would later be able to pledge himself with the woman: not merely in legal marriage, but in absolute, mystic marriage. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

I suppose William Selby thinks it would not be legal to pay it to Edwin.” The week went on. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Sinclair Lewis He wanted to get rid of her, and since he had no legal reasons, he set about creating them. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Rudyard Kipling It was a twenty-line question, studded with legal technicalities. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Jules Verne The district was quite deserted, and they had no reason to fear any legal penalty. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

It still preserved something of the solemnity of legal justice, which desires to be enlightened before it condemns. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Trollope But his love had had no such safety-valve, and was now, therefore, bubbling and boiling within his heart in a manner very subversive of legal accuracy and injurious to legal studies. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

His legal experiences had been of a wider range than those of the average provincial solicitor. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Andrew Lang This is all very well, but there is still, so far, no legal evidence, on my theory, that Jasper attempted to take Edwin’s life. The Puzzle of Dickens’s Last Plot by Andrew Lang

Sinclair Lewis I have no doubt it’s tough in the South, but here in the North there’s certainly no prejudice — oh, maybe some individuals, but no legal bars. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

John Stuart Mill Meanwhile the wife is the actual bond servant of her husband: no less so, as far as legal obligation goes, than slaves commonly so called. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

John Stuart Mill There remain no legal slaves, except the mistress of every house. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Thomas Hardy I am ashamed of it now, though I suppose I was only exercising a legal right. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Yesterday put me in legal possession of my cousin’s estate. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

He had not chosen to return to Conte Mosca the perfectly legal sentence passed on Fabrizio; it was inevitable therefore that either the Duchessa or he must vanish from the court. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Wilkie Collins He found it by no means so easy, however, to shake himself free of Mr. Tatt’s legal services. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Robert Louis Stevenson And in truth, four out of these ten commands, from the sixth to the ninth, are rather legal than ethical. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

William Morris Well, private property being abolished, all the laws and all the legal ‘crimes’ which it had manufactured of course came to an end. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

The Government can evacuate Petrograd, then a state of siege declared, and the military commander of the district can deal with these gentlemen without legal formalities. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

She spoke, too, of the ill-omened and secret wedding after the usual legal formalities, and of their hand-to-mouth existence, till the day an uncle on dying left them some ten thousand francs a year. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

E. Phillips Oppenheim That, in itself, constitutes a legal offence. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Arthur Morrison Even if he were, moving a will from one part of the house to another is scarcely a legal crime. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Bronislaw Malinowski And here it appears that nearly all sides of family life, far from being left to follow their own course, are more or less subject to definite norms of moral, customary or legal character. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

His fame now rests chiefly on his services to political and specially to legal reform, and to the diffusion of useful literature, which are his lasting monuments. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

I believe all about his legal dangers was strictly true. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Olaf Stapledon If in any respect its national legal system fell short of the common standard of mankind, changes, however drastic, had to be made. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

The legal profession, with its servitors and hangers-on of every degree, occupies the centre of the picture. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Charles Dickens Have I no legal rights?” “Assuredly, my poor boy,” returned the notary. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Anthony Trollope Principle had never stood much in his way, and he had completely taught himself to believe that what was legal was right; and he knew how to stretch legalities to the utmost. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Several of the gentlemen at table, in canvassing the subject, declared, that if the one were hanged and the other spared, this hanging would be a murder, and not a legal execution. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

My knowin’ better doesn’t make any difference with legal truth; it wasn’t my funeral and I wasn’t invited to deliver an oration. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Anthony Trollope In his ordinary moods, law with him was law, and a legal claim a legal claim. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Nathaniel Hawthorne Plunder, indeed, they are seizing everywhere, — by the strong hand at sea, as well as by legal forms oil shore. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

Samuel Johnson He grew more violent, and his mental powers declined, till (1741) it was found necessary that legal guardians should be appointed of his person and fortune. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Virginia Woolf In England, though she may have devoted her whole life to husband and children, her husband, no matter how wealthy, can leave her destitute at his death and she has no legal redress. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

He believed any reasonable settlement better for the sailor than a legal contest, though his own fees would be less. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Anthony Trollope And now the prisoner having pleaded, the indictments read, and the jury armed with pen, ink, and paper, Mr. Allewinde, full of legal dignity and intellectual warmth, rises to his subject. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

George Meredith Or would you maintain them a legal ceremony, and be bound by them, you descend, you go forth; you are no reigning sovereign, you are a private person. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Sir Walter Scott I can no longer submit to have my own rights and those of my fellow-subjects trampled upon, our freedom violated, our persons insulted, and our blood spilt, without just cause or legal trial. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

John Galsworthy No sign of human life, except the names of legal firms to right and left of each open doorway. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

My advice is to put the legal aspect aside, and to regard the common-sense one only. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

George Gissing It is plain that your defence must at once be put into legal hands. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

You are the lawyer of the family, and I want a legal opinion. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

George Gissing They set out together to the office of the solicitor who did Abraham’s legal business, and held with him a long colloquy. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

The legal profession is equally degraded; even a barrister or advocate holds a place in the public esteem little differing from that of an Old Bailey attorney of the worst class. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

Anthony Trollope He had asked a legal friend in London his opinion, and the legal friend had seemed to think that perhaps he was liable. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle On reaching Scotland Yard, however, it was more than an hour before we could get Inspector Gregson and comply with the legal formalities which would enable us to enter the house. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Theodore Dreiser No legal proof of this was obtainable, but Cowperwood was assumed to be a briber on a giant scale. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope All the tactics of the opposed armies, down to the minutest legal details, were eagerly and passionately canvassed in every circle. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope At last there was a lull in the purely legal discussion, caused by the doctor intimating that he supposed Frank would now soon return to Greshamsbury. ‘Yes; I shall go tomorrow morning. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Bram Stoker There were all sorts of legal cruxes to be thought out, not only regarding the taking of life, even of a monstrosity in human form, but also of property. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Robert Louis Stevenson A pair of swing doors gives admittance to a hall with a carved roof, hung with legal portraits, adorned with legal statuary, lighted by windows of painted glass, and warmed by three vast fires. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle The legal formalities would take them some little time. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Through a third party he arranged that the best legal aid in the city should be obtained, and finally it was, in consequence, Drivel Jones whom they picked upon to defend the prisoner. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

G. K. Chesterton But his face, amid all these quixotic relics, appeared curiously keen and modern — a powerful, legal face. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Bronislaw Malinowski It must also be borne in mind that legal norms presuppose the existence, in the society in which they are in force, of quite clear and definite ideas of the rights which they involve. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

George Gissing Swindling, of course, but perfectly legal swindling, nothing to be done about it. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Anthony Trollope We are content to accept the marriage of the widowed Countess as a marriage in every respect legal and binding. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing This capital sum, the widow and the sons would divide in legal proportion. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Anthony Trollope No legal steps had been taken to deprive him of the management either of himself or of his property — so that he was in truth his own master. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Fouquet could well afford to purchase trees to ornament his park, since he had bought up three villages and their appurtenances (to use a legal word) to increase its extent. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Jeremy Bentham We come now to consider the domestic or family relations, which are purely of legal institution. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

And then I added hastily: “I hope you don’t think me inquisitive, but, to my mind, he presents himself as a kind of mysterious abstraction; the unknown quantity of a legal problem. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Radclyffe Hall It contained no letter of any kind, only a legal document; the lease of the flat in Bloomsbury. She found Elizabeth in Ralph’s study, writing letters. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

I know what you have done, but —”— and he paused a moment —“I tell you with great regret that I have no legal proof that can take you into a court of law. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

I presume he was aware there were, or would be, weak joints in his armor, impenetrable as it seemed; and he preferred not risking the ordeal of legal battle if he could help it. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope You can make them pay, nevertheless, if you wish it; at least, you might do so, till some legal steps were taken. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

George Gissing The abuse of such confidence cannot be too severely condemned, all the more so, that there is absolutely no legal remedy against the adulteration of disinfectants. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

In these drawers were Judith’s papers and personal odds and ends—old letters, legal documents, programmes of dances and concerts, ribbons and faded flowers. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Anthony Trollope He had stated that, to the best of his belief, his brother’s first union had not been a legal marriage. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

William Hazlitt Shylock, who is his own counsel, defends himself well, and is triumphant on all the general topics that are urged against him, and only Tails through a legal flaw. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

H. Rider Haggard Now, forgive my impertinence, but I must ask you if I am to understand that you are my son’s legal wife?” She flushed a little as she answered: “Sir, I am. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Thomas Hardy They two were husband and wife in moral intent and antecedent belief, and the legal flaw which accident had so curiously uncovered could be mended in half-an-hour. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Believe [me], I am willing to do a lawyer’s utmost, and to do more would be as unsafe for the client as for the legal adviser. The Ancestral Footstep by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The presiding general went through the usual legal formalities that sometimes cause a case to hang on the calendar of a South American military court as long as ten minutes. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

My father at once urged Sir Arthur to proceed against the paper in an action of libel, but he would not hear of it, nor consent to my father’s taking any legal steps whatever in the matter. The Murdered Cousin by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Elio Slander may be defeated by equanimity; but courageous thoughts will not pay your baker’s hill, and fortitude is nowhere considered legal tender for beef. The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton by George Elio

Trespass, assault, robbery, nay, even murder, are often committed without the slightest attempt at legal interference. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

H. G. Wells At times I doubted whether I was not prying, whether I ought not to risk the loss of those necessary legal facts I sought, and burn these papers unread. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

George Gissing He’ll tell you he had a legal right. The Riding-whip by George Gissing

The propriety of legal means at once recurred to my distracted mind, however, and restrained me. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Victor Hugo The legal term “private” was applied to arrests of this description. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Theodore Dreiser She had believed it was all legal and binding enough. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Bram Stoker From that time down to the first quarter of the eighteenth century, when the law practically died out, witchcraft had its place in the category of legal offences. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

As Mr. Ranelagh’s legal adviser, I am very anxious to have that ring found. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Tobias Smolle Instead of transferring her to the arms of his friend, he resolved to detain her in his own power by a legal claim, which would invest him with the uncontrolled management of her affairs. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Anthony Trollope I do not wish to make any legal demand — at any rate, not as yet. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith That is, if his people fail to attach him in legal bonds to a damsel of a corresponding birth on the day when he is breeched. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

John Treverton told his legal adviser the gist of all he had heard from the priest. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Victor Hugo All preliminaries being complete, he had watched till all the necessary legal formalities had been accomplished. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

George Eliot Johnson’s legal imagination, being very differently furnished from Christian’s, was at no loss to conceive conditions under which there might arise a new claim on the Transome estates. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Jeremy Bentham These, however, are of such a nature as not only to exclude the application of legal punishment, but in general to leave little room for the influence of private ethics. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Wilkie Collins Her legal adviser had predicted this result; but the vindictive obstinacy of his client had set both experience and remonstrance at defiance. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Louis IX., by taking off all restriction, made them legal in civil cases. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

My dear Mr. Hawkehurst, this is a business which you must allow me to settle for you, as your wife’s legal adviser. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Wilkie Collins You mentioned just now the alternative of consulting Mr. Fairlie’s legal adviser to-morrow. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Sinclair Lewis If you refuse, he will take legal action, and I imagine that in the settlement, any costs that Mr. Eisenherz may be forced to undergo will be assessed against you. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Elizabeth Gaskell Nay, even dogs were accused of witchcraft, suffered the legal penalties, and are recorded among the subjects of capital punishment. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Rudyard Kipling He showed me a battered and mutilated Vulgate of 1485, patched up the back with bits of legal parchments, which he had bought for thirty-five shillings. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

George Meredith I knew she had a bet with the squire that she would be the first to hail me legal man, and was prepared for it. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

R. D. Blackmore Seisin is a legal word, which simply means possession, or rather the bodily holding of a thing, and is used especially of corporeal hereditaments. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Had he really understood that speech? He seemed to catch a phrase here and there, stamped with the true legal verbosity. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

John Stuart Mill This legal separation, until lately, the courts of justice would only give at an expense which made it inaccessible to anyone out of the higher ranks. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Anthony Trollope Serjeant Bluestone thought that the matter should be fought out, and Mr Goffe was not prepared to separate himself from his legal adviser. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He knew it well, and was cognizant with its every legal quiddity. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Walter Scott The legal sage before whom Julian was taken was a man very honest in his intentions, very bounded in his talents, and rather timid in his disposition. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Anthony Trollope He fully intended to be called to the bar in the following autumn, and did, to a certain extent, renew his legal studies. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Samuel Johnson And to these principles of original command was added, for many ages, an exclusive right of legal jurisdiction. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Thomas Hardy We are one for ever — legal blunders notwithstanding; for happily they are quickly reparable — and this question of a devise from my uncle Jocelyn only concerned me when I was a single man. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Arthur Morrison She resolutely declined to do anything of the sort, and promised her captors, whoever they were, a full and legal return for their behaviour. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

R. D. Blackmore But if that impression is upon your mind, it would be better for you to change your legal advisers at an early opportunity. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Wilkie Collins The carriage stopped on the way, and a gentleman joined them, who was introduced as Mr. Melton’s legal adviser. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

No; you’re not fit to be your own guardian, Isabella, now; and I, being your legal protector, must detain you in my custody, however distasteful the obligation may be. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Bronislaw Malinowski To make this definition plausible, we may remark that it makes the Australian legal institutions correspond to what we call law and legal in higher societies. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

A military commission would infallibly neglect all legal forms; and summarily condemn and punish the accused parties, as in time of war a spy is tried and punished. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Rudyard Kipling It then advised ‘Mr. W. Sargent’ to refer his solicitor to their solicitor, or whatever the legal phrase is. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

James Joyce His legal knowledge was great Our judges tell us. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

But, apart from that, it is clear that in your own interest Roger Gretorex’s legal adviser should have no more communication with you. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

George Meredith Let him be thwarted, his desperation would be unlikely to stop at legal barriers. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Anthony Trollope The third person could not be made to lose his legal right by any such arbitration, and his claim, if made, would still have to be tried. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Morrison All her friends’ entreaties, however, could not persuade Mrs. Sneathy to obtain a legal separation from her husband. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Bronislaw Malinowski The terms authority or potestas, therefore, cannot be used in their strict sense or indeed in any sense at all if we imply a legal meaning to them. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn The letter however makes it perfectly clear that he looked forward at this time to a post provided by Government: legal studies in the meantime having lapsed. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Arthur Machen It has almost a legal air, hasn’t it? Run your eye over it, Austin. It is an account of the entertainment Mrs. Beaumont provided for her choicer guests. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

It would be stupid not to take advantage of legal facilities, and the journalists who had written him up with emotional gush would be ready to write him down with emotional indignation. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

John Galsworthy If not, it would constitute legal desertion, and they should obtain evidence of misconduct and file their petition for divorce. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Wilkie Collins But you come to me for a legal opinion. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Wilkie Collins I have exhausted my small stock of legal words, and must go on in my own language instead of in the lawyer’s. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Henry James Very likely he had made legal arrangements in virtue of which his bounty would take effect in case of the right event and in that case alone. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Jeremy Bentham The distinction between mere physical possession and legal possession, where the latter is short-lived and defeasible, seems scarcely hitherto to have been attended to. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Anthony Trollope The legal world, with its entails, had endeavored to dispose of his property, but he had shown the legal world that it was not an easy task to dispose of anything in which he was concerned. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Meredith For thus we light the balance of legal injustice toward the sex: we conveniently wink, ma’am. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Anthony Trollope The attorney, in explaining all this, made an exceedingly good legal exposition, and then waited for the tailor’s assent. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence I’m not interested in legal marriage, one way or another. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells Our mood changes now from one in which off-hand legal solutions were acceptable, to an almost feverish abundance of mental activity. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

H. Rider Haggard Just think, this time tomorrow Angela will be my legal wife!” “Well, you appear to have given a good price for the privilege, if what Anne tells me is correct. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

John Galsworthy Three days later Soames received a legal letter. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Where a legal wrong has been committed by A. B. and C., and there is no remedy against A. or B., there must either be one against C., or none at all: but this Law abhors as Nature does a vacuum. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Cortes, in short, now that he was made Governor General of the country, had less real power than when he held no legal commission at all. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

In a word, if you and he consult his interests, he will accompany me unresistingly; otherwise I must summon legal force. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Anthony Trollope My dear Sir, I wish to consult you on legal business, which will bear no delay. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope The interests of his clients were his own interests, and the legal rights of the properties of which he had the legal charge were as dear to him as his own blood. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope