Phrases with "legal"

H. G. Wells There is an interval of two years and a half and the story resumes with a much maturer Mr. Lewisham, indeed no longer a youth, but a man, a legal man, at any rate, of one-and-twenty years. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

The processes of the law were slow and there appeared every prospect of the steps for the legal restoration of Sir Eric to his title dragging on for many weeks. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Andrew Lang He has a legal right to a separate “prize of honour” (geras) after each capture of spoil. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Whether this was legal or not may be doubted, since he owed his election to the terror with which he inspired those who gave him their votes. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

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

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

Thomas Hardy People sometimes wished on their death-beds, from motives of esteem, to form a legal tie which they had not cared to establish as a domestic one during their active life. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

Bronislaw Malinowski This was apparently always the case in marriages by elopement, which occurred in all tribes and was, under certain conditions, a legal and recognized form of contracting marriage. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

John Stuart Mill But let us not flatter ourselves that we are yet free from the stain even of legal persecution. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Leon Trotsky For a moment the news startled us; such is the power exercised over the mind by legal formality. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Ivan Turgenev His handwriting was “regular beadwork,” he knew the law thoroughly and had mastered all the intricacies of the jargon of petitions and legal documents. The Watch by Ivan Turgenev

It’s all down in black and white, in legal hands. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

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

George Gissing There’s talk of legal proceedings. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

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]

Rudyard Kipling Prisoner’s position is very delicate an’ doubtful, an’ he has no legal representative. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Anthony Trollope Whatever assistance Lady Ongar might have been willing to afford, she now feels that she is prohibited from giving any by the allusion which Madam Gordeloup has made to legal advice. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

H.P. Lovecraft They would not notify the Governor, because a more than legal course seemed necessary. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Anthony Trollope If he never made her his legal wife, his wife legal at all points, he would always treat her as wife. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

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]

But clients, as a rule, don’t like this kind of reception: they expect to find their legal advisers cool and ready on the spot. Chandler & Chandler by Ellen Wood [1875]

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]

Walter Scott He was afterwards permitted to perform it as a legal profession, and moved from one place to another, with an assistant named Sterne, and a female. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

The work could only be carried on during the legal vacations, and it proved a long business owing to the difficulties of the process and to the interruptions caused by the artist’s ill-health. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Tobias Smolle It seldom, if ever, happens that a man entirely innocent is confined in either; or, if he should, he lays his account with a legal trial before established judges. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Rudyard Kipling So, as Dad says — and he’s a magistrate-, it wasn’t a legal offence; it was only compounding a felony. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Anthony Trollope It may have been a legal marriage, although the parties chose to confirm it by a second ceremony. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

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]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Presently Sir Richard, his task completed, leaned back in his chair, and in his dull, legal voice read what he had written. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Thomas Paine Bred up without morals, and cast upon the world without a prospect, they are the exposed sacrifice of vice and legal barbarity. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Arthur Morrison Repudiate the debt if you like it’s a mere gaming transaction, and there is no legal claim or leave him in the street and tell him he’s been robbed. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Jeremy Bentham The distinction seems hardly hitherto to have been attended to: it turns, like another mentioned above, upon the distinction between legal possession and physical. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

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

Arthur Morrison But still I can see plainly enough that as yet there’s no legal evidence of it. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Andrew Lang The legal and medical lore is in no way beyond the ‘general information’ which genius inevitably amasses from reading, conversation, reflection, and experience. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

George Gissing There were on the shelves not more than four hundred volumes, and half of these were calf-bound legal literature and blue-books, representing periods of Mr. Clarendon’s career. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Walter Scott But, notwithstanding this legal authority, John could not find in his heart to dim the splendour of his late hospitality by picketing anything in the nature of a gratuity. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

It was perfectly legal to arrest that man on the barest suspicion. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Arthur Conan Doyle In his hand he held a long, legal document which he was reading in an indolent fashion, blowing rings of tobacco smoke from his lips as he did so. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

He waited years to find some sort of legal excuse that would camouflage a murder. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

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]

Wilkie Collins Does Miss Halcombe assert her supposed sister’s identity to the owner of the Asylum, and take legal means for rescuing her? No, she secretly bribes a nurse to let her escape. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Wilkie Collins He apprehended that the only legal obligation laid on him was to attend in that court to declare himself, and to enable competent witnesses to prove his identity. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Arnold Bennett It had positively not occurred to her to consider the legal aspect of George’s conduct. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

It is myself you have put into your book, and by no legal process can I get out of it. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

John Stuart Mill Mankind can hardly be too often reminded, that there was once a man named Socrates, between whom and the legal authorities and public opinion of his time, there took place a memorable collision. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Ivan Turgenev It was arranged that the legal formalities should take place as quickly as possible and that till then the matter should not be made public. The Inn by Ivan Turgenev

Arthur Conan Doyle You will hear in the course of a few days from my legal advisers. The Parish Magazine by Arthur Conan Doyle [1930]

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]

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

Wilkie Collins You have shown me that the legal remedy lies, in every sense of the word, beyond our means. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

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

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

Anthony Trollope Mr. Grey and Mr. Bullfist were to be named as trustees, with instructions to sell everything which it would be in the squire’s legal power to bequeath. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Meredith The estate naturally lapsed to Lady Jocelyn. No one in the house dreamed of a will, signed with Juliana’s name, attested, under due legal forms, being in existence. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Mark Twain One fails to see when there could be a break in the current of his life at this period of it, giving room or opportunity for legal or indeed any other employment. Is Shakespeare Dead? by Mark Twain

Her woman’s instinct was truer than her brother’s legal acumen, she told herself; and as for those Bodmin busybodies, she weighed their wisdom as lighter than thistledown. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

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]

He must have the best legal advice possible. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

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]

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

George Eliot Esther’s deed had its effect beyond the momentary one, but the effect was not visible in the rigid necessities of legal procedure. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Edith Wharton Walter Berry was requested by the Ambassador to accompany the mission to Dayton as legal adviser. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

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]

Bram Stoker Henry Duke of Richmond and Somerset had no legal issue. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

William Morris Of course that is all ended, since families are held together by no bond of coercion, legal or social, but by mutual liking and affection, and everybody is free to come or go as he or she pleases. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

George Gissing A conventional woman would of course see the completest evidence of his untrustworthiness in his dislike of legal marriage; but Rhoda knew the idleness of this argument. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

John Ruskin It is a documentary expression of legal claim. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

Jeremy Bentham That which constitutes the provocation is a wrong: this wrong may be of a legal or moral kind. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Thomas Hardy However, I think that we ought to make it legal now — as soon as you are able to go out. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

George Meredith The action resulted in an exhibition of a second bill, with a legal receipt attached to it, for three hundred pounds. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

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

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

Arnold Bennett He was jolly with them, and he did their legal business for them, but he was not of them. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Tobias Smolle Yet I own I would fain strengthen it by a legal claim. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

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]

Bronislaw Malinowski And by the word legal will be designated this side or aspect of a given social relation which is regulated by laws, as just defined. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Anthony Trollope It appeared to me that I had no legal claim for more than a few hundred pounds. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing If she chose to repudiate her marriage with him, it was her duty to afford him the chance of freeing himself from the legal bond. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope He put aside, as with a sweep of his hand, all the legal impediments to his holding the Consulship. Talk to him of age! He had already heard that word “boy” too often. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

H. Rider Haggard But I will not trouble you with these legal details. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Rudyard Kipling Indeed, his boots would have bewrayed him across half a county’s plough; but boots are not legal evidence. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

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]

Anthony Trollope Indeed, if you could bring yourself to face the publicity, you could, I imagine, obtain a legal separation which would give you again the control of your own fortune. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

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]

Walter Scott You cannot, as a man of sense and honour, pretend to say you regard this as a legal warrant. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Thomas Hardy We are one for everlegal 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]

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]

Bram Stoker His early script under the title De planetarum influoci is looked on as a legal reminiscence of judicial astronomy. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Samuel Johnson The right, however it began, was considered as established by legal prescription, and the old woman lives undisturbed. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

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

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

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]

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 Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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

H. G. Wells I called this lecture the Discovery of the Future and I drew a hard distinction between what I called the legal (past-regarding) and the creative (future regarding) minds. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

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]

George Meredith Twelve dozen of splendid Burgundy were the fruit of our tour, to be laid down at Dipwell farm for my arrival at my majority, when I should be a legal man, embarked in my own ship, as my father said. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

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

Edith Wharton She wrote, in her madness, to the child’s nurse, and got a reply from the same legal firm, requesting her to cease to annoy her husband’s family. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Let me point out to you that at this present moment it passes the wit of man, so far as I know, to give a legal definition of technical education. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

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]

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

Andrew Lang Though no longer his legal heir, the sister’s son was almost closer than any other kinsman. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope We have managed among us to obtain a legal warrant for preventing the publication of the letter, and I think I may say that it will not see the light. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

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]

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

He chose a legal career, and was called to the Scottish Bar in 1800, and to the English Bar in 1808. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

In short there was no quirk or quibble At which a legal Rat could nibble; The Culprit was as far beyond hope’s bounds. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

Oliver Goldsmith While my daughter lives, no other marriage of his shall ever be legal in my eye. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

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]

Wilkie Collins On that third day the legal paper that I was to sign arrived by post. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

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

Now she might have seen that in a thing like this she ought to exercise her own judgement and not be dominated by legal forms. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Jack London It dawned upon me that of course the company could afford finer legal talent than could a workingman like Jackson. But this was merely a minor detail. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Theodore Dreiser Procedure is procedure, and no writ of injunction was either issuable or returnable on a legal holiday, when no courts were sitting. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

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

G. K. Chesterton His motive was something far more simple and sincere; a sentiment forcibly described in legal phraseology as going in bodily fear. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Wilkie Collins I was sitting alone, after my legal adviser had taken his leave, looking absently at the newly-engrossed will, when I heard a sharp knock at the house-door which I thought I recognized. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

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]

R. D. Blackmore For the last thing to be done from a legal point of viewthough the first of all from a just one — was to apprise the rightful owner of his unexpected position. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Nothing is truer than that, in this world, the luckless have no right to their opportunities — as if misfortune were a legal disqualification. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

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

Leon Trotsky The Jewish farmers were on an equal footing with the other peasants not only as regards their legal rights (until 1881), but also as regards their property. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Bronislaw Malinowski Potestas (or any analogous legal factor) may be a constituent element of kinship in certain societies. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

He had fourpence halfpenny counting the Joey. After all, a Joey IS legal tender. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Bram Stoker Here came in, not only the witchfinder’s legal knowledge, but also his gift of invention — the latter being used in the formulation of so-called “tests” which were bound to be effective. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Virginia Woolf Indeed, Denham properly fell to his lot, owing to the fact that an article by Denham upon some legal matter, published by Mr. Hilbery in his Review, had brought them acquainted. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Thomas Hardy A thing can’t be legal when it’s against the wishes of the persons the laws are made to protect. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

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]

Indeed there had been remonstrance upon the part of one customer that Baxter was turning them out before the legal time. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Miss Halliday’s surroundings of the last few months were of a very painful nature; so painful, that the legal protection of marriage became the only means of saving her from imminent peril. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Edith Wharton The talk was assuming more and more the tone of a legal debate; conducted on such lines there seemed no reason for its ever ending. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

John Galsworthy At this moment he received his second visitor, the girl Millicent Pole, who, though acquitted, had lost her job at Petter and Poplin’s; notoriety not being dispelled by legal innocence. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

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

What do you mean?” “No legal proof,” corrected the detective. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

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]

Sinclair Lewis Oh, Cass, shall we really try New York?” “Yes, we’ll go see what legal openings there are. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

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

I do not know how the matter would have gone on legal grounds, though I was advised by my lawyers that the claim was a bad one. Prester John by John Buchan

Anthony Trollope Rowan would not even wait till the lawsuit should be decided by legal means. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Basil was instituted ‘heir’; that is to say, he became the legal representative of the dead man, and was charged with the distribution of those parts of the estate bequeathed to others. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Rudyard Kipling It’s worse than murder, because there’s no legal remedy. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

LL.D. Letters indicating the degree Legumptionorum Doctor, one learned in laws, gifted with legal gumption. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Elizabeth Gaskell A skilful, experienced, middle-aged clerk was recommended to him by one of the principal legal firms in London, and immediately engaged to come to Hamley at his own terms; which were pretty high. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Arthur Morrison In the first place, there was no legal evidence to warrant his arrest, and ordering him to keep aboard would have aroused his suspicions. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Nikolai Gogol His ancestral chest was opened, and from it were taken silver rubles, his grandfather’s old silver rubles! And these rubles passed into the ink-stained hands of legal advisers. How the Two Ivans Quarrelled by Nikolai Gogol

Henry James Poor legal adviser! — I forgive him with all my heart. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

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

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

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]

Was this indeed the beginning of legal proceedings? And if so how would the Prince come out of it? Madame Desvarennes listened to Marechal, without uttering a word. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

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

Arthur Conan Doyle It was to put themselves hopelessly wrong from a legal point of view. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Thomas Paine Wrongs cannot have a legal descent. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

He has the kind of intelligence that would make a legal genius of him, if he had turned his efforts in that direction. Serapion by Francis Stevens

George Meredith But she has the indubitable legal right to fly them—to proclaim it; for it means little else. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Wilkie Collins Beyond that it authorizes and even desires you to make any changes which you or your trusted legal adviser may think right. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Bronislaw Malinowski All these references bear indiscriminately on one or the other of the important features of government and of legal or other norms discussed in the text. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

George Meredith He expected that Mr. Romfrey would be subjected to legal proceedings. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

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]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The legal mind refusing to accept the obvious, he decided, as he turned away. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Olaf Stapledon But in many cases there was no democratic machinery, no legal channel for the expression of world-opinion. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

The clipped pieces were, after a certain day, only to be received in payment of taxes, or in loans to the Exchequer; after a further day, they were to cease to be legal tender altogether. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

H.P. Lovecraft In 1910 she obtained a legal divorce, nor would she ever consent to see me even after my return to normality in 1913. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

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

H. G. Wells Advocates of free love, in so far as they aim at the liberation of individual sexual conduct from social reproach and from legal controls and penalties, are, I believe, entirely in the right. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Wilkie Collins My mind had been rather absent during the latter part of the conversation with my legal friend. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Mark Twain He seems almost to have THOUGHT in legal phrases, the commonest of legal expressions were ever at the end of his pen in description or illustration. Is Shakespeare Dead? by Mark Twain

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 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]

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

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

Jack London But that has nothing to do with the legal aspects of the case. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

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]

Samuel Johnson Chancellor Hardwicke was to determine whether two annuities, granted by the Duke of Wharton to Young, were for legal considerations. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

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]

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]

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

If one were caught at it, there would be no possible hope of finding a legal loophole, and it would mean penal servitude every time. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Wilkie Collins Mr. Nawby was a remarkably lofty, solemn, and ceremonious gentleman, feeling as bitter a hatred and scorn for Mr. Tatt as it is well possible for one legal human being to entertain toward another. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Olaf Stapledon Vaguely he felt that to consummate their “spiritual marriage,” even without a legal union, would entangle her too deeply with him to allow her to free herself if the Dolt were to return. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Jack London Comrade after comrade, men and women, failed in their attempts, and were cruelly executed by the Oligarchy. It was the case of General Lampton that revived crucifixion as a legal method of execution. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

But meantime please remember that I was not married to Mrs. Fyne. That lady’s little finger was none of my legal property. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

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

Anthony Trollope On such a question as that there could arise no question as to legal right; but he understood that the legal claim of Miss Amedroz, under such circumstances, was as void as his own. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

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

He faithfully attended the law school courses and copied legal and notarial documents. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

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]

John Hill Burton It is true, that Bentham would not have been deterred by restrictions and limitations from devoting his time to the service of the public as a legal draftsman. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

Anthony Trollope This it was thought would pave the way for ulterior legal proceedings. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle But now, when a man of noble birth was to be tried, the whole legal and ecclesiastical ceremony was carried out with every detail, grotesque or impressive, which the full ritual prescribed. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Henry James Gravener made some reference to the legal aspect, but such an absurdly loose arrangement has NO legal aspect. The Coxon Fund by Henry James [1894]

Under French laws I don’t think the marriage was a legal one. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Anthony Trollope But, as Finnie says,’—Finnie was Sir Louis’s legal adviser —‘I have got a tremendously large interest at stake in this matter; eighty thousand pounds is no joke. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins My legal adviser insisted on having the men sent to him to explain themselves. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Were I Mr. de Crespigny’s legal adviser, I should have no right to say as much as this; but as I am not, I am free to discuss the business. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

John Galsworthy Isn’t there some legal dodge, Mr. Dornford; without publicity, I mean?” “If he would give cause, there need be very little of that. Over the River by John Galsworthy

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

D. H. Lawrence So the compensation was only three hundred pounds, and they made out as if it was more of a gift than legal compensation, because it was really the man’s own fault. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence