Phrases with "lest"

H. P. Lovecraf And finally, the technical patois of “occultism” or pseudo-science ought carefully to be avoided; lest the charm of casual verisimilitude be smothered in unconvincing pedantry. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

Then Lady Dromard smiled at the coronet on her teaspoon, and said to it: “The fact is I was terrified lest he should go and marry one of you. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Thomas Hardy My belief is that he wakes up in the night, you know, with some rhyme in his head, and jots it down there on the wall lest he should forget it by the morning. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Edgar Allan Poe I felt nothing; yet dreaded to move a step, lest I should be impeded by the walls of a tomb. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations by Gustave Doré

Anthony Trollope Fancy marrying a man merely to be left a sorrowing widow! It is part of the horror of his business that he shouldn’t even venture to dance, lest some poor female should be captivated. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Bram Stoker Of old the Hospadars would not repair them, lest the Turk should think that they were preparing to bring in foreign troops, and so hasten the war which was always really at loading point. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

My daughter will observe the same secrecy, and I well know that you will, from time to time, remind her, lest she should thoughtlessly disclose it. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

III. The Critic Errant There are some emotions so intimate that the most intrepid writer hesitates to chronicle them lest it should be inferred that he himself is in the confessional. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Walter Scott Alexius saw the necessity of breaking the silence which ensued, lest it should, give the intercessors for the prisoner an opportunity of renewing their entreaties. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Sinclair Lewis Yet he was too proud to introduce her about, lest he seem to be begging his friends to dance with her. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

William Morris O Otter, this is an evil place of an evil deed! Let us go seek elsewhere; let us depart, lest a worse thing befall us. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Said Moses to them, ‘Woe to you! do not forge against God a lie; lest He destroy you by torment; for disappointed has ever been he who has forged. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

H. G. Wells No longer will it be that failures must suffer and perish lest their breed increase, but the breed of failure must not increase, lest they suffer and perish, and the race with them. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Therefore at the same time, by the help of these clothes, the cold is kept in, and the external air is shut out, lest it should thaw the concrete body of the snow. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Seldom discommend any thing though never so bad, or do it but moderately, lest you be unexpectedly forced to an unhandsome retraction. Life of Sir Isaac Newton by N. W. Chittenden [1846]

He was advised not to go to the theatres, lest he should be hissed; nor to Parliament, lest he should be insulted. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

George Gissing This very day you shall taste of our vintage, which I have hitherto withheld from you, lest it should overheat your languid blood. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Wilkie Collins A bandage is passed over the eyes, lest in the first tenderness of the recovered sense, it should be fatally affected by the sudden transition from darkness to light. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Rudyard Kipling I dared not hoist sail lest men should see me; but the Lord commanded the tide to bear me carefully, and I was far from land before the morning. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

George Meredith Violetta listened to it until her heart quickened with alarm lest she should be going to have a fever. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Rafael Sabatini Fearful of quitting his lodging for an hour, lest in that hour the owner of the hand might elect to give a fuller disclosure of herself, Casanova became a recluse, and, thus, an object of suspicion. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Rudyard Kipling I know the women of Kulu. Take heed, chela, lest he run away when he smells his Hills again . Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Arthur Machen He climbed the vallum, and looked out, crouching, lest anybody should see him. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Andrew Lang But he did not dare to bring back the baby, lest the trick should be found out. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Maria Edgeworth The moment I had given this promise, I was in haste to quit the room, lest Berenice should enter, before I had time to recover from the excessive agitation into which I had been thrown. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Rudyard Kipling I judge the Knight of the Gold Pieces muzzled his dogs with his cloak, lest they should give tongue and betray the merchants, for I heard their baying suddenly stop. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Anthony Trollope He puts his hands this way and that, settling even the sunbeams as they enter, lest a moat should disturb his intellect or dull the edge of his subtlety. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Sinclair Lewis He loitered down to the station; he studied the summer-resort posters, lest he have to speak to acquaintances and expose his uneasiness. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

John Galsworthy There was not one chair vacant in the whole of the little drawing-room, and anxiety was felt lest someone else should arrive. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Charles Dickens For some minutes after he had emerged into the outer presence of Saint Antoine, the husband and wife remained exactly as he had left them, lest he should come back. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

We must help them to stay in that beautiful world of their own, lest ours gets worse. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

She was puzzled and anxious, and longed for Fareham’s return, lest his giddy-pated wife should be guilty of some innocent indiscretion that might vex him. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Ann Radcliffe As she stood examining the place, vainly looking for Ferdinand, yet fearing to call, lest her voice should betray her, a hollow groan arose from apart of the church very near her. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

George Meredith For his wrath revenged him, and he feared the being stripped of it, lest a certain fund of his own softness, that he knew of; though few did, should pull him to the creature’s feet. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

F. Scott Fitzgerald His one care must be the protection of his secret, lest in the possible panic attendant on its discovery he should be reduced with all the property-holders in the world to utter poverty. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Charles Dickens I have no doubt that in the charming inconsistency of such excitement, she stopped her ears, lest she should hear ‘Him’ asking for her: but I did not see her do it. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

John Galsworthy It was not the look of a coquette, but — far worse to the watching girl — of a woman fearful lest that look should say too much. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

H. Rider Haggard Then a great fear took him lest Gudruda should be gone, or perhaps slain of Swanhild, Groa’s daughter, and he trembled at the thought. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Anthony Trollope And yet, even when the time came near, she did not dare to remain long in her bedroom lest her own maid should know the source of her anxiety. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Anthony Trollope He had partly expected that Marie would join them below, and was becoming fidgety lest she should break away from her engagement. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Bram Stoker There are others, too, which I shall tell you of, lest in our seeking we may need them. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

George Gissing From his son, also, he had concealed the serious state of his health, lest it should interfere with Arnold’s happy mood in prospect of marriage. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Bram Stoker The Professor carefully tried the lock, lest we might not be able to open it from within should we be in a hurry making our exit. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Arnold Bennett Amy was not allowed to go to bed, lest she might be needed. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Oscar Wilde He sets his helmet on the ground, lest their babe should be frightened. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Sir Richard Burton We feared to slay them or strike them or drive them away, because of their inconceivable multitude, lest if we hurt one, the rest fall on us and slay us, for numbers prevail over courage. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

George Gissing I need not affect to be ignorant of your position, and it is my great fear lest you should be unable to work for Socialism with your undivided energies. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

The one great anxiety was lest he should die of old age before the date appointed for the memsahib’s shoot. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

H. Rider Haggard And I, even I, will make humble supplication at the altar lest pestilence fall on the land by cause of the sacrilege. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Thomas Hardy The morning wore on; and in her doubt when to start, and how to travel, she lingered yet, keeping the door carefully bolted, lest an intruder should discover her. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Arnold Bennett The night also could be set down in words, but must not be, lest the setting-down should be disastrous . Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

D. H. Lawrence The inhabitants of Woodhouse were afraid lest James Houghton should impose his standards upon them. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

I lowered the window, lest the remaining fragments should also be driven from their places. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

T. E. Lawrence In practice we should not employ in the firing line the great numbers which a simple system put theoretically at our disposal, lest our attack (as contrasted with our threat) become too extended. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Alarmed lest already the change was written in her face, she paused in front of the mirror, fascinated as ever by what she found there. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Willa Cather He was horribly afraid of rats, so he did not try to sleep, but sat looking distrustfully at the dark, still terrified lest he might have awakened his father. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

William Morris Now it is no nay that thitherward he turned, and went wisely, lest the carle should make a backward cast, and see him, or lest any straggler of his own folk might happen upon him. The Wood Beyond the World by William Morris [1894]

Andrew Lang Him go I seeking, and have neither eaten nor drunken these three days, nor may I go to the town, lest they cast me into prison, seeing that I have not wherewithal to pay. Aucassin and Nicolete by Andrew Lang

George Eliot The same conflict had gone on within me as before — the longing for an assurance of love from Bertha’s lips, the dread lest a word of contempt and denial should fall upon me like a corrosive acid. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

A. E. W. Mason But she thrust the question back unanswered; she dared not look forward, lest even now her strength should fail her. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

As a boy he had never entered the wood so far; for he was under a prohibition, lest he should lose himself in its intricacies, and be benighted there. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

George Gissing In London he had only two or three acquaintances, and from them he held aloof, lest necessity or temptation should lead to his spending money which he could not spare. The House of Cobwebs by George Gissing

George Gissing He was anxious on your account, lest you should be friendly with a person who was not all he could desire from the moral point of view. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

George Gissing But it was time now to go on to Newport Street. In Paradise Street, just before the railway arch, he glanced at the Bowers’ shop, and dreaded lest Bower should meet him. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

He is impatient of his own glory, lest it should stand between you and your liberty. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

But pray for the future require no author for my story, lest I may appear ridiculous if amidst my cups I should forget the name. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Thomas Hardy Dreading lest what he had heard should lead him to say something regrettable to her he spoke little. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Reuben clasped him round his small naked body, holding him lest he should fall. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Till the last moment, Berwick had trembled lest his scheme should miscarry. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Many hundreds remained up till dawn of the next day, lest the deluge should come upon them like a thief in the night. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

I did not dare to touch the beer, lest it also should be doctored. A Night on the Borders of the Black Forest by Amelia B. Edwards

Leslie Stephen The sailor refused to take a part of it for his trouble, and Jonathan hastily crammed the money into his pocket, lest the man should repent of his generosity. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Arthur Conan Doyle But, holy Mother! I had forgot the pasty, and it will be as scorched as Judas Iscariot! Come, Nigel, lest the foul fiend get the better of me again. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

For which cause it is that the censors do not ballot at the urns; the signory also abstains, lest it should deform the house: wherefore the blanks in the side urns are by so many the fewer. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

Henry James We must let it choose its own pace, and hold our breath lest it should lose its balance. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

John Bunyan What! no Mount Sion? Did we not see from the Delectable Mountains the Gate of the City? Also, are we not now to walk by Faith. Let us go on, said Hopeful, lest the man with the Whip overtake us again. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

Algernon Blackwood The next minute, lamp in hand, I was in the room, slamming the door literally in her face lest she might follow and do some foolish thing. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

But now each seemed fearful lest the fatal moment should pass, while the choice was yet undecided. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

D. H. Lawrence Keep your guard over yourself, lest worse befall you. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Washington Irving In a word, I stood convicted of being an arrant poacher, and was glad to make a precipitate retreat, lest I should have a whole pack of authors let loose upon me. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Theodore Dreiser Fearing lest something more serious was impending, he decided to go out some day and see for himself. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

But he concealed it, lest his foes should suspect in his manner the apathy of discouragement or the numbness of a crushed spirit. Prince Roman by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Jules Verne The ship was evidently making her way in the direction of the raft, but every now and then she seemed to stop, and then our hearts would almost stand still with agony lest she was going to put about. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

She was afraid and ashamed lest some one come out on the street and see her half naked. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Charles Kingsley From any one else he would have shrunk, lest they should find him out: but a companion, who knew the worst, at least saved him suspicion and dread. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Andrew Lang The ballad gives the probable version; Satchells, when offering as a reason for leaving half the force, lest they should make “noise or din,” is maundering. Sir Walter Scott and the Border Minstrelsy by Andrew Lang [1910]

F. Scott Fitzgerald As they kissed coolly and he stepped into the electric, he felt a quick fear lest he had lost the requisite charm to measure up to her. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

And in the morning, lest this but make him curse the louder, we will crucify him. The Secret Rose by William Butler Yeats [1897]

Maria Edgeworth And the plainer the woman, the more sure she is to contemplate such things for herself, lest no one else should think of them for her. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Thomas Hardy He had left me in charge that evening; but he was in the habit of coming back suddenly, lest I should have fallen asleep. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

He did not dare to see Lillian, or to write to Lillian, lest the members of the Society should believe he was betraying them. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

H. Rider Haggard We have refused to tell the tale till it is written by you, for fear lest we shall not be believed. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Sir Walter Scott And here we must leave Kippletringan to look after our hero, lest our readers should fear they are to lose sight of him for another quarter of a century. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Charles Dickens Johnny was not forgotten, but received his rations on bread, lest he should, in a flush of gravy, trickle any on the baby. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain by Charles Dickens [1848]

Elizabeth Gaskell She did not like to go down for lights, lest the tacit restraint of her presence being withdrawn, he might give way to more violent emotion, without her being at hand to comfort him. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Henry Handel Richardson Having lost so much, the child lived in a constant fear lest her last and dearest should also be snatched away. The End of a Childhood by Henry Handel Richardson

He had moved several paces away, lest she should seize him. Burmese Days by George Orwell

When I went out, I took care not to pass his house, lest he should see me from the windows. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

George Eliot It is seasonable that you should give a nearer attention to these polemics, lest you be drawn aside by the fallacious association of a state church with elevated rank. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Olaf Stapledon Here I must check myself, lest I give a false impression. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

He pulled on a pair of breeches, thrust his feet into some slippers, and then softly, lest he should wake his son, stole out. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

D. H. Lawrence He was afraid lest he should fly at the groom in some horrible fashion. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hardy Neither would he walk down the street to meet the waggon, lest she should not be there. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

John Bunyan So they parted, and Christian went on his way, but still with his Sword drawn in his hand, for fear lest he should be assaulted. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

But thou must come alone, good master, lest the others frighten them and they get away. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

It had to be done in secrecy, lest offence should be taken at head-quarters. Breaking Down by Ellen Wood [1872]

Elizabeth Gaskell I’ll make my vow now, lest I lose mysel’ again. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Living thus a long time in great love and fondness for each other, they had but one inclination, lest both should be sufferers upon the least disagreement. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

The women and young girls are not allowed to be present, lest the Yabahou, or evil spirit, should do them harm. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Olaf Stapledon He said, “The rich contrive war, lest the people should rebel. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope And she was in much fear lest Mr Rubb should say something which might tend to divulge the secret. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Elizabeth Gaskell I once feared lest my husband should go to his bedroom before I had had that one chance, in which case he would most likely have perceived my absence. The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell [1861]

David had through the afternoon some apprehension lest the testy Squire, in search of good liquor, should turn and descend again, and he watched the Pass with some anxiety. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Isabella Bird It was necessary to get on, lest the city gates should be shut, and by lifting and spurring the jaded horses they were induced to trot and canter along that road of pitfalls. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Radclyffe Hall She drove to the telegraph office at Upton: ‘Come back, I must see you at once,’ she wired, taking great care to prepay the reply, lest Angela should find an excuse for not answering. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

After tea he said we should neither of us leave him that evening: he would not let us stray out of his sight, lest we should again get into mischief. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

John Galsworthy One magnolia flower was out, but she dared not stop and sniff, lest its lemon-honey scent should upset her again; and, coming to the French window, she looked in. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

A picture or two on the walls were torn off and flung down lest they concealed the fugitive; tables were tossed about; an umbrella-stand was kicked to the extreme end of the hall. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Anne Bronte Keep a guard over your eyes and ears as the inlets of your heart, and over your lips as the outlet, lest they betray you in a moment of unwariness. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Rudyard Kipling Who, lest all thought of Eden fade,  Bring’st Eden to the craftsman’s brain, Godlike to muse o’er his own trade  And Manlike stand with God again. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Charles Dickens But, as she had declined to see him before his execution, lest she should be overpowered and not make a good end, so, she even now showed a constancy and calmness that will never be forgotten. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

James Payn I tremble to look out of window, lest I should see him coming yonder over the Windmill Hill.” “Yes, fixed as fate, and furious with her who has deceived him. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Sir Walter Scott The same courtesy was offered to Ivanhoe, who pledged his father in silence, supplying the usual speech by an inclination of his head, lest his voice should have been recognised. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

D. H. Lawrence Every step creaked, and his back was creeping, lest the old woman’s door should open behind him up above. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hughes Tom could not speak, he was almost afraid to breathe, lest he should break the train of Arthur’s thoughts. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Rudyard Kipling I sent runners asking for Jan Chinn lest worse should come to us. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

The ladder frightened him, lest it should be too much boarded, or else, bone-white in the moon, should, while he climbed, expose his yet living body to those universals who would have him live. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

A. E. W. Mason Harry Feversham had to slink away at their approach, lest some old friend of his—Durrance, perhaps, or Willoughby, or Trench—should notice him and penetrate his disguise. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Anthony Trollope But it was fearful to think that his wife should have to sit there the whole day saying nothing, doing nothing, merely watching lest her daughter should attempt to escape through some window. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Maria Edgeworth I did not mean to use so strong an expression; but now it is written, I will not blot it out, lest you should fancy something worse than the reality. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Charles Dickens The other dog was now seen to look over the brink of the gulf, with his fore legs straightened out, lest he should fall into it, and to tremble in every limb. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Arnold Bennett She had buttoned her jacket and knotted her thick scarf, and now, with the letters pressed tightly under her arm lest they should fall, she was pulling on her gloves. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

William Morris And therewith he lighted down and stood by me a little, as to help me off my horse; but I said to him: Knight, I pray thee, even if ye be weary, to struggle forward a little, lest we be in peril here. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

I am now alarmed lest this cursed breaking of our machinery may detain us so long that the Morrow will get to New York before us, and the poor girl will not know where to go. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

From the hasty glance he had taken of it before burying it, it had seemed to him firmly locked — he was alarmed lest some one had been to the spot. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

George Meredith Algernon affected the nod of haste and acquiescence, and ran, lest they should hear him groan. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

She began to cry very softly, lest anyone should hear her. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Rafael Sabatini Three nights was all they could endure, and they were obliged to return to Paris lest the children’s minds should suffer from the terrors to which they were nightly submitted. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

I fought in every cause where the few contended against the many, and my hair grew white, and a terrible fear lest I had fallen under the displeasure of God came upon me. The Secret Rose by William Butler Yeats [1897]

Alarmed lest anything untoward might have befallen him, I was in the act of going in search of him when he reappeared creeping between the rocks upon his hands and knees. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

William Morris She said: It is well; I will take that, lest desire overmaster thee. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Victor Hugo Ursus kept what Master Nicless had said of intriguers and complaints in high places to himself, and did not tell Gwynplaine, lest it should trouble the ease of his acting by creating anxiety. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Marjorie Bowen The company we travelled with wen bound hither, but three days ago we missed them, and came on here alone, lest perhaps they had preceded us. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Jules Verne Fearful lest the faint glimmer should at any moment cease to be visible, Hector Servadac did not quit his post upon the deck; but the light continued unchanged. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

When the fight began again, Monsoreau commenced to draw away the bodies, lest Bussy should snatch a sword from one of them. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Strange! whene’er I fall in with men like fiends, then the next moment God still sendeth me some good man or woman, lest I should turn away from human kind. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Samuel Johnson This hole is not directly over the fire, lest the rain should extinguish it; and the smoke therefore naturally fills the place before it escapes. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Make not thy hand fettered to thy neck, nor yet spread it out quite open, lest thou shouldst have to sit down blamed and straitened in means. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

George Eliot Both Tom and Maggie were struck with fear lest the shock of joy might even be fatal. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

I hated mine; so that I had never, except in a stealthy visit every day to unmake it, lest Martha should discover the secret of my nightly absence, entered the ill-omened chamber. An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1851]

Naturally I have felt some doubts lest this unhappy victim should be she. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Alfred Tennyson Ask me no more: what answer should I give? I love not hollow cheek or faded eye: Yet, O my friend, I will not have thee die! Ask me no more, lest I should bid thee live; Ask me no more. The Princess by Alfred Tennyson [1847]

George Gissing Then he wished to go back and notice which house she entered, but would not do so lest she should observe him. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

D.H. Lawrence I wondered if she were bullied because of it, or only afraid lest visitors would dislike it. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

William Morris Come to thyself again and let us look at this matter square in the face, and speedily too, lest some unfriend or busybody come on us. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Tobias Smolle He knew not which way to turn, and was afraid of remaining on the spot, lest the robbers should come back and revenge themselves upon him for the disappointment they had undergone. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

M. P. Shiel Never mind—trot it out, Captain! and don’t cheat an innocent orphan, lest the ravens of the valley pick out the yellow galls of some o’ you”. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Isabella Bird Her father, Bagha Khan, asked me to give into his care the present for her, lest it should make the other wives jealous. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Maria Edgeworth But he would not open it, nor make any answer; the servants came, and the general ordered one to go round to the windows of the room lest the boy should escape that way. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Anthony Trollope Caroline had pressed it even when she felt that Adela’s presence could no longer be of comfort to her; and Adela would not now refuse, lest in doing so she might seem to condemn. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

D. H. Lawrence He passed on towards the road, lest they should wake. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing But Alma had not brought her violin; lest she should make herself cheap, she never played now at people’s houses. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Further, lest glory should entice you, I will bind each of you by an oath: whichever of you shall be an aedile or a praetor, let him be excommunicated and accursed. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Tellith youre greef, lest that he come adoun, And hasteth yow; and goth your way anoon. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

George Gissing He dreaded to leave his room and descend, lest he should meet one of the Bolt family; he felt the impossibility of behaving with decent courtesy. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Then he called his men about him, and quoth he, “These three villains shall be hanged straightway, but not here, lest they breed ill luck to this goodly inn. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

G. K. Chesterton They were the last descendants of Mrs. Gilpin, who told the chaise to stop a few doors from her house, lest the neighbours should think her proud. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Andrew Lang But the maiden went away weeping, lest the giant should have deceived her, and that after she had killed the lion she would find she had also slain the prince. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

F. Scott Fitzgerald He advanced toward her, scarcely moving as he drew near lest he should tread on her bare toes. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Henry Fielding But lest the reader should be as angry with the doctor as he had declared himself with Amelia, we think proper to explain the matter. Amelia by Henry Fielding

D. H. Lawrence And she fastened the door of the little parlour, lest the children should see what was lying there. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

George Eliot Besides, she MUST go on seeming to encourage Adam, lest her uncle and aunt should be angry and suspect her of having some secret lover. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Henry Handel Richardson For a sudden fear seized him lest it should have vanished overnight, have been pasted over or torn off. Succedaneum by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry Kingsley He seemed anxious lest you should think it was his fault. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

George Gissing How would Pelagius use the knowledge he had gained? Even when quite recovered from the fever, Marcian did not venture to go forth, lest an enemy should be waiting for him without. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Edith Wharton He moved with infinite caution lest he should disturb her, drawing on his clothes and socks, and picking up his shoes to put them on outside in the porch. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Anthony Trollope I was alarmed lest he should have fever, and proposed to send for the Jaffa doctor. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis House-shutters were closed, hot slatted patches in the sun; and the only traffic was an empty trolley-car with a frightened motorman who peered down at them and sped up lest they come aboard. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

George Gissing He would endeavour to keep his jealousy out of sight, lest the mysterious tendency of the female nature might prompt Monica to deliberate wrongdoing. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

H. G. Wells Its aim is to release science and creative activity and every stage in the struggle must be watched and criticized, lest there be any sacrifice of these ends to the exigencies of conflict. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Henry Kingsley In a very short time Densil gave up inquiring, and then he began dreading lest she should be taken from him, for he had got wonderfully fond of the quiet, pale, bright-eyed little creature. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Arthur Conan Doyle He had handed me the key, and with a happy thought I took it with me lest he should lock himself in. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

D. H. Lawrence I was afraid to move, lest all the sores of my back should be broken like thin ice. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton Tremors of rage were running through her, and she steadied herself against the edge of the desk lest he should see her weakness. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

George Eliot Arthur went in for the sake of patting Meg, declining as far as possible to see anything in the stables, lest he should lose his temper before breakfast. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

He had lived a double life, hiding his pleasures, lest his gains should be lessened by men’s knowledge of his lighter hours. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Andrew Lang The full moon lighted up the weird scene, and the young warrior gazed with astonishment, taking great care to keep still, lest he should be discovered. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope I have never pushed the question much, lest I should seem, as have done some presidents, over anxious to exhibit myself. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

H.P. Lovecraft Ask of the Lesser, lest the Greater shal not wish to Answer, and shal commande more than you. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

She clung to the banister, with convulsive grip, lest she should fall, and stared, without power to utter a sound, as she saw herself quietly mount, step by step, pass her, go beyond to her own room. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Amy, who had seen him look so much worse, had not thought of it, and it overcame Laura more than all her anxieties, lest his love should be forfeited. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Anthony Trollope He had feared lest a finger-mark, a blot, or a spark might betray his acquaintance with the deed. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

William Morris O wilt thou not tarry?” “Nay,” he said, “my heart will not suffer it; lest I deem myself a dastard. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

John Stuart Mill A mere thinker can wait, can take time to consider, can collect additional evidence; he is not obliged to complete his philosophy at once, lest the opportunity should go by. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Henry Handel Richardson She trembled, too, lest the Dumplings should learn to copy him in this, and cease to be the open-hearted, open-handed little mortals they were. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

And I have studied music as a sentiment rather than as a science, and drawing as an amusement rather than as an art, lest I should become a musical pedant, or a masculine artist. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

H. Rider Haggard Nor did Swanhild lift a hand to save his life, for she desired that Koll should die, lest he should bear witness against her. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Anthony Trollope Should I again have a seat in the House I shall be afraid to get up upon my legs, lest I should find myself talking of the time in which I stood before the judge with a halter round my neck. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang But when I begged her to marry me, she told me sadly that her mother would scorn a penniless wooer, and implored me to go away at once, lest trouble should fall upon her. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang