Phrases with "lest"

In fact, he hoped that the man would not come to his rooms — he had been there several times in quest of informationlest he should smell the Sumatra scent. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Thou knowest I am not one of your sour envious jacks, bear so poor a conceit o’ themselves they begrudge their wives should wed again lest the next husband should prove the better man. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Arnold Bennett Constance was afraid lest Cyril, despite the seriousness of the occasion, might exhibit his customary tardiness in coming. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

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]

Anthony Trollope The “optimates” were getting the best of it, when Cicero thought it as well to run off lest he should be hurt in the tumult. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

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]

Charles Kingsley So! Don’t tread on that pikeman’s stomach, lest he take thee for a marauding Don, and with sudden dagger slit Cohn’s pipe, and Colin’s weasand too. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Charles Dickens A spectacle of such deep degradation, of such abject hopelessness, of such a miserable downfall, that she put her hands before her face and turned away, lest he should see how much it moved her. The Chimes by Charles Dickens [1844]

He had a great terror of being led by some unhappy accident into the neighborhood of the “Reindeer,” lest he should be recognized by some hanger-on of that hotel. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Virginia Woolf I must push my foot stealthily lest I should fall off the edge of the world into nothingness. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Rudyard Kipling Also we must bury HIM, lest he run away and kill another six. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Andrew Lang In an instant his nose was as long as his chin, and in a deadly fear lest it should stretch further, he hastily swallowed a nut, and awaited the result with terror. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Robert Boyle But on the former (that of Reason strictly so taken) we declin’d insisting at the present, lest we should not have time enough before supper to go thorough the Reasons and Experiments too. The Sceptical Chymist by Robert Boyle

H. Rider Haggard Take care, Arthur, oh! take care, lest your fate should be that of the magician you spoke of the other day, who evoked the spirit, and then fell down before it in terror. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Anthony Trollope But she declared to herself unconsciously that she must put a guard upon herself, lest she should be betrayed into weakness by her own happiness. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang The Princess begged him very prettily to go lest the Troll should devour him; but Halvor said, ‘Let him come when he will. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Eliot My mother can’t go near her, lest she should remind her of you. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

T. H. Huxley Here, let me say at once, lest some of you misunderstand me, that I have extremely little to report. Essays by T. H. Huxley

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

He tried it again and again, more fearful than ever lest its failure, because of his own, should betray him back into a life which his frenzy felt as already ghostly. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Now wax’d she jealous lest his love abated, Fearing her own thoughts made her to be hated. Hero and Leander by Christopher Marlowe and George Chapman

Avaunt, miscreants! lest we chase ye with flying feet and do our little dance upon your unwholesome carcasses. ’On with the Dance!’ by Ambrose Bierce

Charles Dickens If he was footsore and couldn’t walk, I sent him, in the letter he got, the money to ride, lest he should have none of his own to spare. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

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]

Charles was certain that Mrs. Henley had laid a cockatrice egg, and Philip was hatching it; and Laura could not trust herself to defend Philip, lest she should do it too vehemently. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman She said that she was sorry, but was ill, and feared lest she might be worse, and she felt that she must return home at once. The Southwest Chamber by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Ralph Waldo Emerson Every pot made by any human potter or brazier had a hole in its cover, to let off the enemy, lest he should lift pot and roof, and carry the house away. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

George Elio As soon as the carriage reached the house, he went up to his study and walked about nervously, longing, but afraid, to go down and speak to Knott, lest his faint hope should be dissipated. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

H. G. Wells And their hunting was to be Ugh-lomi, lest instead he should come a-hunting them. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Thomas Hardy Swithin was about to say a word to them, till recollecting his disguise he deemed it advisable to hold his tongue, lest his attire should tell a too dangerous tale as to where he had come from. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

George Meredith An impulse to fall on Alvan’s breast and bless him for his chivalrousness had to be kept under lest she should wreck the thing she praised. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

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]

O ye who believe! raise not your voices above the voice of the prophet, and do not speak loud to him as ye speak loud to one another 1, lest your works become vain, while ye do not perceive. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Andrew Lang Telemachus is told to remove the warlike harness of Odysseus from the hall, lest the wooers use it in the coming fray. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Henry James Sherringham almost feared to dwell on this, lest it should beget in him a rage convertible mainly into caring for her more. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

T. E. Lawrence After our failure with the Howeitat, we had decided not to announce our plain object, lest its forlorn character dissuade our partisans. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

I was beginning to take alarm, lest she should have been stricken with the strange epidemic that they said had invaded the country about us. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Algernon Blackwood The words came from his inmost heart: “Well, anyhow,” he said beneath his breath lest he might be overheard, “I’ve found you, and we’ve found each other — at last. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Let there be a settled standard, that may inflict adequate punishments upon crimes, lest you should persecute any one with the horrible thong, who is only deserving of a slight whipping. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Julian Hawthorne Meanwhile he would not speak to her of the deeper love, lest she should be startled, and the frankness of their present intercourse be impaired. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

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]

George Meredith Nataly shunned his name, with a superstitious dread lest any mention of him should renew pretensions that she hoped, and now supposed, were quite withdrawn. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

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. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Edith Wharton But she sat silent, as if thinking over what he had said, and he grew frightened lest she should answer that she wondered too. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Maria Edgeworth But you will tell me, dear mother, that allusion is not argument — and I am almost afraid to proceed, lest you should think me an advocate for vice. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Anthony Hope Then speaking in a low voice, lest the queen should hear and be distressed, he went on: “You must prepare it, you know. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

And whil the organs made melodie, To God allone in herte thus sang she; “O Lord, my soule and eek my body be Unspotted, lest that I confounded be. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Robert Louis Stevenson A certain vogue must be given to the place, lest the painter, most gregarious of animals, should find himself alone. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

The distension of his eyes became painful; a mist seemed to gather before them; he could no longer see across the field, yet would not withdraw his gaze lest he see the dead man at his side. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Anthony Trollope Nay — she resolved instantly, almost instinctively, that Lord Brentford must know nothing of all this, lest the political prospects of the young member for Loughton should be injured. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell She held her head down, and scudded along dizzy with fear, lest some word should have told him what she had been, and what he was, before she could reach him. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Elizabeth Gaskell I did not understand her at once, and feared lest I had mistaken the whole case, and only annoyed her. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

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

James Joyce He kept away from concerts lest he should meet her. Dubliners by James Joyce

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

Sinclair Lewis He can never have any fun at all — never can laugh or talk easily or be flippant or go to a movie and dine with poor people, lest he be seen. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Jules Verne As to Glenarvan, his only fear was lest Ayrton should return alone. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

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]

Henry Kingsley I dared not ask him today, lest he should think I was going to see him. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Rudyard Kipling For think, lest any languish By cause of thy distress The arrows of our anguish Fly farther than we guess. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Arthur Conan Doyle Behind them streamed hundreds of archers and men-at-arms whose weapons had been wisely taken from them lest a general battle should ensue. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

William Hope Hodgson And this had I waded, and sounded my path with the staff of the Diskos; but I had kept mine armour upon me, lest there be things, even in water so shallow, that might bite and work harm upon me. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Arthur Conan Doyle Oh, lay me bleeding, but these are a filthy and most ungodly crew! Let the musqueteers stand close, sergeant, lest they fly at me. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Walter Scott But here is Lovel, with sharp eyes and a good voice; for Mr. Blattergowl, I know, never reads anything, lest he should be suspected of reading his sermons. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Arthur Machen I doubt whether Ruskin understood the motive of the monk who walked amidst the mountains with his eyes cast down lest he might see the depths and heights about him. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

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]

Lecoq was well acquainted with all these facts, and in preparing everything for May’s escape, his only fear was lest the murderer might decline to profit of the opportunity. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Nikolai Gogol In truth, he was ashamed, and wanted to impart a little more likeness to the original, lest any one should accuse him of actual barefaced flattery. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

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]

Tomorrow, we will see Robert, and be of good cheer; but I will say no more, lest I should begin to cry too, I seem hard towards you, but I am not so. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She was terrified lest he might pass on and forget her. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Was it this afternoon?” She kissed his forehead, and then drew back suddenly, lest the warm tear which was quivering on her eyelid should fall back upon his face. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Walter Besant So, Miss Dorothy, I would advise and counsel that nothing more be said or thought about this strange thing, especially to the girl, lest she be puffed up with conceit and vanity. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

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

The chief, too, said he would not sell us his donkeys, lest we should give them back to Mohinna, from whom they were taken during his fight here. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

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

I crossed the park wall therefore; but by the time I came near Barrack-street, I grew uneasy in my mind, lest Doctor Sturk should still have life in him, and perish for want of help. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Walter Scott So, methinks, a little kind warning as to consequences were not amiss, lest they come upon you unawares. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

They sat silent themselves, keeping a watchful eye on poor Stevie, lest he should break out into one of his fits of loquacity. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

She grew a little afraid of him, lest he should set her and all high rules of propriety at nought, and do it. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

William Hope Hodgson And truly you shall see that we went very desperate, and I to give word to the Maid that she look not downward, the which I was urgent upon, lest that she come giddy in the heart. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Sir Richard Burton And it came to pass as I went along one day with my ass loaded, I saw the people running away and one of them said to me, ‘Enter this alley, lest haply they slay thee. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

T. E. Lawrence Ali would not let me start till after sunset, lest any of his followers see me leave the camp. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

William Morris I pray thee humbly to suffer us lest we lose our friend. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

William Morris But you had better both come in with me at once and get something to eat, lest you should forget your dinner in your amusement. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

Desbourdes and Bridier, who were still waiting on the bank, were now more alarmed than before, lest he should recover and inform against them. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

John Galsworthy And lest she should begin to thank him he got out of his chair and went up to the piano-player — making that noise! It ran down, as he reached it, with a faint buzz. To Let by John Galsworthy

George Eliot When he had had enough bread, he should be able to think and act — to think first how he could hide himself, lest Tito should have him dragged away again. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Elizabeth Gaskell And yet it was sad to gaze upon him, poor, hunted creature! I would gaze no more, lest I grew weak and pitiful. The Heart of John Middleton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

Edith Wharton She had held the socially ambitious Shuntses through the boy’s letters; she had forced them to buy up her land at her own price through their dread lest the heir to their millions should marry her. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

William Hope Hodgson And I knew that she was gone a little way off, lest she weep; and I did be in trouble for her and for mine a-lackness; but truly I could do naught, only that I called very gentle unto her. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Louisa May Alcott Margaret, tell me the whole story,” commanded Mrs. March, sitting down by Meg, yet keeping hold of Jo, lest she should fly off. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Rudyard Kipling Thereupon, the Tribe seeing that the words were certainly alive, and fearing lest the man with the words would hand down untrue tales about them to their children, took and killed him. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Horace Walpole She wished to know the truth, lest she should wrong her friend by entertaining a passion for Isabella’s lover. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

Louisa May Alcott I was half afraid to put the idea into your head, lest you should write and congratulate them before the thing was settled. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Andrew Lang When all was quiet again the father said to his son: ‘Now that we own such a splendid troop of oxen you had better hasten and get yourself a wife, lest some illness should overtake them. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Sinclair Lewis He was like a fabulous painter, so contemptuous of popular taste that after a lifetime of creation he should destroy everything he has done, lest it be marred and mocked by the dull eyes of the crowd. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

This is premised, lest the reader should scarcely believe what follows; yet there are many scores now alive in New South Wales who can vouch for the truth of the leading features. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Sir Walter Scott Thus they remained while the marshals of the field surveyed their ranks with the utmost exactness, lest either party had more or fewer than the appointed number. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

There’s a tale behind it so wild I’d not tell it to even you, little sister, lest you think me a liar of outrageous imaginations. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

It was said he was worth 30,000 dollars, but that he was afraid to make too prompt a payment of the demand of the Emperor, lest he should be called upon for more. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu He looked to the neighbouring roofs, lest any eye should be upon him; but there was no one. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Walter Scott The paralytic wretch, almost exhausted by the journey, was left guard upon the corpse, lest witches or fiends might play their sport with it. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

George Gissing How do you do, Mr. Elgar? Tea, Cecily, lest I perish!” From the doorway her quick glance had scrutinized both the young people. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

William Morris Then lightly he got into the saddle and gathered the reins into his left hand, and sat peering up the trodden wood-glades, lest he should have to ride for his life suddenly. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Anthony Trollope She is afraid, lest her own position should be tarnished by an inferior marriage on your part. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

George Gissing I’m continually afraid lest she should find the house dull. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Edith Wharton But its magic had overflowed on us, and though we agreed to make the real trip another year, we never dared, lest it should turn out to be less perfect. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

William Morris Yet must I do somewhat to grieve thee, and moreover something must be slain and offered up here on this altar, lest all come to naught, both thou and I, and that which we have to do. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

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

They suspected that I had placed furniture against the door, and were afraid to force it, lest a crash, a scream, perhaps a long and shrilly struggle, might follow. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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]

Virginia Woolf His papers and his books rose in jagged mounds on table and floor, round which he skirted with nervous care lest his dressing-gown might disarrange them ever so slightly. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Anthony Trollope An honest man is not to be bandied by a policeman while on his daily work, lest by chance a stolen watch should be in his pocket. North America by Anthony Trollope

Monsieur Rambaud, enthusiastic over the success of his tinkering, still kept his hands stretched out for fear lest any accident should happen. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Henry Handel Richardson Henriette did not return: a wild fear gripped her lest they should have some power policeman-like to wrest Peterle from her. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

Edna St. Vincent Millay It’s little I care what path I take, And where it leads it’s little I care; But out of this house, lest my heart break, I must go, and off somewhere. The Harp-Weaver and Other Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Arthur Machen Ambrose said he hesitated to talk of that walk, lest he should be thought an aimless liar. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

James Hogg It is our duty, however, to shun the society of wicked men as much as possible, lest we partake of their sins, and become sharers with them in punishment. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

But I’m concerned for yoursel’, Mr. David, and fearfu’ lest ye have got a smittal o’ the pestilence. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

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]

H. Rider Haggard Oh! Arthur, I am so happy now — so happy that I scarcely dare to speak, for fear lest I should break the spell, and I feel so good — so much nearer heaven. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

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]

H. Rider Haggard She shook in jealous rage, then crept away, and hid herself where she could see no more, lest she should be smitten with madness. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

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

John Bunyan Nay then, thought I, if that you breed so fast, I’ll put you by yourselves, lest you at last Should prove an infinitum, and eat out The Book that I already am about. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

George Gissing In the same moment he had to clutch at his hat, lest it should be blown away. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

The wife likewise was equally anxious to keep the children in order, lest they should dirty or tear their clothes. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Be advised, lest my wrath forge thunderbolts against thee. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

H. G. Wells He was desirous of immediate action, he knew he must not think too much in detail of the huge complexity of the struggle about him lest he should be paralysed by the sense of its intricacy. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Francis Bacon Costly followers are not to be liked; lest while a man maketh his train longer, he make his wings shorter. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

I was afraid — lest she might shoot me, and jumped on one side. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

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

Francis Bacon Hence the notion that composition only is the work of man, and mixture of none but naturelest men should expect from art some power of generating or transforming natural bodies. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Olaf Stapledon Mothers clung to their babies, fiercely jealous lest death part them; and expectant mothers dreaded lest convulsive terror should drive the womb to vomit out too soon its unfinished treasure. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu And I do so lest Mr. Vandeleur’s assertion to the same effect should appear imperfect without mine. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Mrs. Edmonstone did not think he would; but it was better to say nothing about him, lest she should not speak prudently, and only keep up the subject in Amy’s mind. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Anthony Trollope She could not follow him lest he should accuse her to her face. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

The owners do not allow any intoxicant to be brought on board, lest it should be given to the captain and crew, and they should take too much and lose the vessel. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle But, by my hilt! you must render them back to me, camarade, lest you bring discredit upon my mission, and I will pay you for them at armorers’ prices. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

This strong woman wept, not daring to show her anxiety, and trembling lest Micheline should suspect her fears. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

We have money?” “A little,” said Mazarin, trembling, lest Anne should ask to draw upon his purse. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Anthony Trollope Perhaps you had better go now, lest you should meet my husband in his wrath, and he should spurn you. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens The breath so near her pillow, that she shrunk back into it, lest those wandering hands should light upon her face. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

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

Anthony Trollope He re-seated himself, but turned his back to the shelf, lest the aspect of his countenance should be watched through the window. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

My head grew so confused, that my dread, all the way, was that I should forget my Italian; I can just remember conning a phrase over and over again, lest I should lose it. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

D. H. Lawrence She was afraid lest the sound should be heard. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Bram Stoker We closed the door behind us, lest when we should have lit our lamps we should possibly attract attention from the road. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Bram Stoker For this he hurry at the last, lest we catch him before the sun go down. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

E. F. Benson I had to tell myself this: I wanted reassurance, lest the face of Fear should look whitely on me again. The House with the Brick-Kiln by E. F. Benson

She shut the door quickly lest her departure should be countermanded, and trotted away and downstairs, but not to the kitchen. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Nathaniel Hawthorne It may be unadvisable, however, to speak too loudly of the increased custom of the house, lest Mr. Waite should find it difficult to renew the lease on so favorable terms as heretofore. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Neglectful, as a private person, forbear to be too solicitous lest the community in any wise suffer, and joyfully seize the boons of the present hour, and quit serious affairs. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Ann Radcliffe For some minutes she lay in a trance of surprise, endeavouring to recollect her scattered ideas of the past, and almost fearing to move, lest the pleasing vision should vanish from her eyes. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Rudyard Kipling And lest Fulke should forget, he has written below, ‘To be Sacristan of Battle.’” ‘At this De Aquila whistled. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

She informed us that dinner was ready, and I was alarmed lest we might have delayed that important function. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Andrew Lang And he is now hiding under a bush, lest a passing stranger might see him. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

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

He had taught himself to dispense with the consolations of tobacco, lest he should at any time make himself obnoxious to her ladyship. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Four dogs guarded his bed at night, one at each corner, and a young pig named Pinkeye was given the task of tasting all his food before he ate it, lest it should be poisoned. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

Because the family as well as the young man himself had evinced some apprehension lest the deceased might prove to be his missing wife, and this seemed a likely way to settle the question. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Francis Bacon And, therefore, lest it should seem to any that it is not comprehensible by axiom, it is requisite, as we did in the former, that we set down some heads or passages of it. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

Rudyard Kipling Hold me fast, Sahib, lest I get away and return to those who would follow me. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

His chief concern at this time seems to have been lest Captain Jessamy learn of the casket’s existence and take it from him. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Charles Kingsley My great dread was, lest you should kill the poor wretches before their time, by adding to the fear of cholera the fear of hell. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Arthur Conan Doyle I smoothed her rich brown hair and whispered such consolations as I could think of in her ear, with one arm round her, it is true, but that was to hold her lest she should faint. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

George Gissing She said no more than a single good-bye, lest she should appear to favour some above the others, but the expression of her eyes indicated those with whom she had been especially pleased. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

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]

Julian Hawthorne We spoke constrainedly and coldly; nay, we even tried not to think of our love or of our misery, lest it might possess power to see our thoughts as well as hear our voices. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

William Morris Ralph nodded to her and hastened away, lest she should fall to talk with him; and he set himself now to go from chamber to chamber, that he might learn the castle, what it was. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

And certes once a yer atte lest way it is laweful to be shriven, for sothely once a yer alle thinges in the erthe renovelen. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

The tobacco which grows wild has been rooted up and destroyed lest the men should obtain a leaf of it. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

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]

Dreading lest Baptiste should perceive my absence, and suspect me to have overheard the message with which Claude was dispatched, I hastily relighted my candle and quitted the chamber. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Fearing lest he also should be turned out in this manner, he slipped in between the pavilions, on the side to which he had casually turned — the right. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

E. Phillips Oppenheim Up to the present his father’s attention had been wholly riveted upon the other end of the room; yet he was filled with a nervous dread lest at any moment that revolver might change its direction. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Anthony Trollope He was beginning to hate her, though he was anxious to repress his hatred, lest by indulging it he should injure his prospects. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Anthony Trollope His appreciation of the vice grew abnormally, so that at last he had a morbid horror of a snob — a morbid fear lest this or the other man should turn snob on his hands. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

T. E. Lawrence They had orders to keep out all natives lest they massacre the patients — a misapprehension of the Arab fashion of making war. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

The smell that rose from the saucepan was so powerful and exciting that they shut the window lest anybody outside should notice it and become inquisitive. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

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]

Willa Cather The sound of an approaching train awoke him, and he started to his feet, remembering only his resolution, and afraid lest he should be too late. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Rudyard Kipling Therefore, lest I should forget my dream, I have made shift to set it down here. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

W. H. Hudson Look well, friend, lest you think them black and leave her to perish. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

John Galsworthy And superstitious dread came to the unsuperstitious Soames; he turned his eyes away lest he should stare the little house into real unreality. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

O good Sir, said the young Stranger, do you inform this Gentlewoman of my unhappy Adventures; and do it in English, lest I sink with Confusion to hear my Follies related in a Language I understand. The Lining of the Patch-Work Screen by Jane Barker

Jules Verne Pencroft, lest they should lose themselves, resolved to follow the course of the stream, which would always lead them back to the point from which they started. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

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

Walter Scott He waited for some time impatiently, yet afraid to interfere, lest he should awaken this unwonted fit of ill-timed melancholy into anger and impatience. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

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]

Thomas Hardy I am frightened at every footstep, and dread lest anybody who knows me should accost me, and find out why I am here. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

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

Anthony Trollope She could not do it now,—or now,—or now, lest there should seem to be some peculiar motive on her own part. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

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]

But he would rob justice of a dozen criminals in the mere hope of injuring me, jealous as he is, and fearing lest I might obtain advancement. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Gaston Leroux As for me, my blood beat so fiercely that I had to take my heart in both hands, lest it should burst. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations by Gustave Doré

Arnold Bennett The shame necessary to his splendour must be concealed from him, lest he might be offended. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

She was afraid lest that treacherous wind should blow-to the door opening into the library, and thus betray her. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]