Phrases with "matter"

He keeps on looking my way and, for that matter so do the hunter man and the Honourable James.” He glanced down the table. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

George Gissing I have come on a matter of business—strictly business. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Anthony Trollope She had told herself that it was out of the question, and had declared to herself that she was too thankful for her visit to allow any regret on such a matter to cross her mind. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell In the town of —— (no matter where) there circulated two local newspapers (no matter when). Christmas Storms and Sunshine by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Robert Louis Stevenson This he sees to be a matter of much hazard; he is not “altogether so brutish and insensible, but that he has laid his account what the finishing of the work may cost. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing Far be it from me to discourage you, if your line is to be solid literary criticism; I will only mention, as a matter of fact, that such work is indifferently paid and in very small demand. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

F. Scott Fitzgerald You’re too sensitive —” “As a matter of fact,” said Anthony, “you know nothing at all about it. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Henry James She is really very much in earnest: I don’t mean about wishing to see you – that goes without saying – but about the whole matter that you and I care for. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Arthur Conan Doyle But when spoken by an Englishman of ripe experience it becomes a matter of instructive criticism, which should profit rather than annoy. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

No matter what side I turn, I find him on the defensive. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Trollope It was hardly in that way that the matter in these moments presented itself to her. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Theodore Dreiser I’ve been lookin’ into the matter on me own account, and as far as I can make out this man Stener isn’t as much to blame as I thought. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope This matter must of course be settled by the lawyers now, and I shall not again come on to these premises unless I acquire a legal right to do so as the owner of them. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassant My mind had been perfectly lucid and had acted regularly and logically, so there was nothing the matter with the brain. He? (Lui?) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Sigmund Freud The matter has, however, a different aspect if we employ the word sexual in the sense of Eros, as the word is understood by psycho — analysts. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

H. G. Wells Nobody knows where we are — because, as a matter of fact we aren’t anywhere. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Sinclair Lewis I don’t know the philosophy of it; perhaps it means that we retain a decent simplicity, no matter how much we are tied to Things, to houses and motors and expensive wives. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Theodore Dreiser As a matter of fact, words are, as a rule, the shallowest portion of all the argument. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

E. Phillips Oppenheim He tried to face the matter calmly. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

In that case it seems that we have come to a deadlock, and the only way out of it is for us to start afresh, to discuss the matter thoroughly, and so arrive at an understanding. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Olaf Stapledon As a matter 'of fact he knows almost nothing about himself, and what he does know is found not by being himself but by making himself an object of a knowing act in the ordinary way. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

F. Scott Fitzgerald In any case, it was not nearly time, and, in the company of several highballs, he considered the matter for an hour. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Anthony Trollope She discussed the matter with him at great length. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Thomas Wolfe And, now that the issue was decided, he sometimes trembled when he thought that it would be only a matter of months before the whole world knew what he had written. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Anthony Trollope It had been matter of great doubt with Mr. Prendergast, when he first heard young Mollett’s name mentioned, whether or no he would allow him to make his attempt. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Opening the first box, he drew from it the frame of a pair of spectacles, put them on his nose, and, looking at me sternly, said: “It does not matter about there not being any glasses. In the World by Maksim Gorky

So it became a matter of some importance to know where Feodora kept her banking account. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

I little thought you had any such matter to speak — and you spoke so sudden like, I could not help it. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The young lady was very much surprised and disappointed at hearing her cousin’s determination, and for that very reason pretended to take the matter with supreme indifference. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Thomas Hardy I shall be with you in little more than a fortnight, when we will talk over the matter seriously, if you don’t object. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Arthur Morrison I tried playing it over once or twice, as a matter of curiosity, but I couldn’t make anything of it, and so I handed it to him. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

H. G. Wells Well, as a matter of fact, I did give her a sort of salutation. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Tobias Smolle Captain Crowe did not examine the matter so philosophically. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

It was no longer the magistrate who spoke; it was a father, who, no matter what happens, always keeps in the recesses of his heart, the greatest indulgence for his child. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

D. H. Lawrence You and I are married, no matter what happens to us. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle There seemed to be no choice, however, as old Solomon was in dead earnest, but to lay the matter aside for the moment and see the upshot of this adventure. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

F. Scott Fitzgerald As a matter of fact, Isabelle’s closer acquaintance with the universities was just commencing. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

James Payn The matter is in your hands, I know; come, let us part friends. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

It is idle for an individual writer to carry so great a matter further in a pamphlet. The Revolutionist’s Handbook and Pocket Companion by George Bernard Shaw

R. D. Blackmore But however that matter may be, there are officers on the spot to deal with it. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Thomas Hardy Promise it, Margery — promise it; that, no matter what stands in the way, you will come to me if I require you. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

As a matter of fact, some were subsequently exploited by people who listened to them, or heard of them. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Guy de Maupassan Where did he get it? “‘I thought the matter over for about a week, and I noticed that he used to go out; he would leave the house just as I was coming home to go to bed — yes, monsieur. The Gamekeeper by Guy de Maupassan

Wilkie Collins I accepted his proposal as a matter of course. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Anthony Hope Had it been a matter of my life only, I would have swum to meet him. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Jack London It was an even toss whether the shark or we would get him, and it was a matter of moments. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

H. G. Wells But my defence is that that did not matter, or at least that for the purposes of the book it did not matter very much. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch I strove to point out that my “tomfoolery” in Sabugal had as a matter of fact put a stop to the very scheme of General Trant’s which he condemned. The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Wilkie Collins The sense of having forgotten Regina — no matter how naturally and excusably — oppressed him with a feeling of self-reproach. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

George Gissing There is a prejudice against me in such a matter for your good. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Victor Hugo To injure at any price, no matter when, no matter whom, no matter where, was a matter of duty. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

As a matter of fact, he was just entering upon a new inheritance. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

It does not matter whether the war is actually happening, and, since no decisive victory is possible, it does not matter whether the war is going well or badly. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

It doesn’t matter whether they’ve got a cold in the head, indigestion, rheumatism, lumbago, or any damned thing. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

D. H. Lawrence This was a great stand-back for Ursula, who suffered agonies when she thought a person disliked her, no matter how much she despised that other person. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Edgar Allan Poe These gradations of matter increase in rarity or fineness until we arrive at a matter unparticled — without particles — indivisible-one, and here the law of impulsion and permeation is modified. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

Andrew Lang The matter of the Nibelungenlied is of heathen origin. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Bram Stoker For a good while we sat and smoked, discussing the matter in its various lights and bearings. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Anthony Trollope And Sophie would travel with all imaginable luxury — a matter to which Sophie was by no means indifferent, though her own private life was conducted with an economy that was not luxurious. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Sir Walter Scott Nay, ‘snails! I think his horse will take the matter in his own hand, for he has the bridle betwixt his teeth. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

To put the matter beyond question, our eyes met, and she, seeing herself remembered and recalling the trim in which I had last beheld her, looked swiftly on the ground with just a shadow of confusion. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Marie Corelli By society in general, she was voted “thoroughly heartless,”— when as a matter of fact she had too much heart, and gave her “largesse” of sympathy somewhat too indiscriminately. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

It might have been the man Vandergrave, or anyone else, as far as I was able to judge, but the landlord was so certain that he was correct in his assertion, that I did not argue the matter with him. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle That is a matter of great practical interest to the scientific detectiveespecially in cases of unclaimed bodies, or in discovering the antecedents of criminals. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Charles Dickens Nothing.” We exchanged a cordial good-night, and I went home, with new matter for my thoughts, though with no relief from the old. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

The matter of the name was such an absorbing and exciting one that presently she forgot her self-consciousness, so that by the time they reached the house she was chattering unreservedly. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Isabella Bird No matter how poor the people are, their rooms stand back from the street, and open on yards more or less mean. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

William Makepeace Thackeray I sent my faithful Gus off once more to break the matter gently to my wife, fearing lest Mrs. Hoggarty should speak of it abruptly to her; as I knew in her anger she would do. The History of Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond by William Makepeace Thackeray

Thomas Hardy Be you valiant? — I know, of course, the words being a matter of form — be you valiant, I ask? Yes, of course. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

As I was endeavouring to turn the matter over in my mind someone touched me on my right arm. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

George Gissing Whether with lies or not doesn’t matter much. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Henry Fielding It is, as you say, a matter of a tender nature. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Edith Wharton As a matter of fact, he and I are luckily agreed on that point too — and I’m afraid all the good advice in the world won’t persuade us to change our opinion!” Justine held her ground. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Anthony Trollope In a matter so important, one woman would of course expect no false sentiment from another. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Or personal and one — it doesn’t matter which you say. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Walter Scott Come; let us bring the matter to a compromise. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Poor Barbara was waking up to life again, ready to take pleasure in the slightest matter which touched her sense of humour. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Anthony Trollope Perhaps as a young lady I ought not to have alluded to it, but I did so in order to set the matter at rest altogether. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

He offered her something, no matter what; it would be a change. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Walter Scott Jeanie groaned in spirit, but dared not interfere in a matter so delicate. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Somehow over in the States we expect more caution from the English.’ ‘It isn’t a matter of caution with the English; it’s a matter of domestic calculation. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Edgar Allan Poe I will have none of their rabbit au-chat — and, for the matter of that, none of their cat-au-rabbit either. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

Henry Handel Richardson But they had little to do with the matter in hand, and were incomprehensible to her. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Walter Scott But their tenor gave great scandal and offence to her father, who was not aware that they are put to every witness as a matter of form. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Robert Louis Stevenson Let him not regret if this shortens his book; it will be better so; for to add irrelevant matter is not to lengthen but to bury. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

What did her proposed journey to Italy matter compared with her beloved Claire’s present peril? “Well, you must carry out your plan, my poor Madeleine. You must go away to-night. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Edward Jenner March 28, 1797, I inoculated this girl and carefully rubbed the variolous matter into two slight incisions made upon the left arm. On Vaccination Against Smallpox by Edward Jenner

Edward Jenner A case of the latter kind having been presented to me by Mr. Fewster, Surgeon, of Thornbury, I shall insert it: “Three children were inoculated with the vaccine matter you obligingly sent me. On Vaccination Against Smallpox by Edward Jenner

Ralph Waldo Emerson Here is very good matter to be handled, if we are skilful; an abundance of important practical questions which it behoves us to understand. Lecture On The Times by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Olaf Stapledon His generalisations would not hold good unless the individual deaths, though unpredictable, were as a matter of fact systematic. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Anthony Trollope But there was another visitor at the rectory whose feelings in this unfortunate matter must be somewhat strictly analysed. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton I hailed him as I had just been vainly hailing the ship, and he gave me brandy and shelter and the rest of it, as a matter of course. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Francis Bacon Thus let the nature in question be the expansion or coition of matter in bodies compared one with another, viz. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

The matter of Miss Bell’s breakfast generally left her uneasy in her mind. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

She refused to talk about it; there was nothing at all the matter with her, she said. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

John Galsworthy But permit me to remark on the general question that it CAN only be a matter of estimate. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope Had Will never made the mistake of wanting to marry her himself, she would have done so as a matter of course. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton What does it matter where one lives? I’m told this street is respectable. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Matthew Arnold The day will come when the laborer may be also an artist;—not in the sense of rendering nature’s beauty, a matter which will be then of much less importance, but in the sense of feeling it. George Sand by Matthew Arnold [1877]

Robert Green Ingersoll When we abandon the doctrine that some infinite being created matter and force, and enacted a code of laws for their government, the idea of interference will be lost. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Civilisation isn’t a matter of concrete groupings; it’s a matter of prevailing ideas. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Robert Green Ingersoll Whoever has quit growing, he is orthodox, whether in art, politics, religion, philosophy — no matter what. On Skulls by Robert Green Ingersoll

His proper vocation had always been the sword and he was delighted whenever he could draw it from the scabbard, no matter for whom or against whom. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

H. G. Wells It wouldn’t matter if you weren’t sleepwalking and wandering into dangerous places. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

For a few minutes I felt furious at my stupidity, but then, suddenly, and all in a matter of seconds, I came to realise I had done the right thing. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Then he went on — “If that transport ever left the shores of England we would go far, some of us, to meet it; but for all the purposes that matter most it sailed long ago. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Anthony Trollope Cousin Henry had turned the whole matter very much in his mind since he had become cognizant of his uncle’s character. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Mark Twain To the audience I seemed more interested in my fingernails than I was in my subject; one or two persons asked me afterward what was the matter with my hands. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

I cannot say there is no vanity in making this funeral oration of myself, but I hope it is not a misplaced one; and this is a matter of fact which is easily cleared and ascertained. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

Wilkie Collins The matter had now become public, and no one could prevent the unfortunate prisoner from claiming whatever rights the law still allowed her. The Poisoned Meal by Wilkie Collins [1858]

D. H. Lawrence When Rome, persisting in an old, defunct ideal, gradually made her subjects feel sold, they were revenged on her, no matter how. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells However it began, there is no doubt that it did begin, and presently became quite perceptible to a world accustomed to find in the proceedings of the Lady Mary Elkinghorn a matter of entertainment. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

George Gissing No matter for his little weaknesses—of which evil tongues, said Mrs. Turpin, of course made the most. Miss Rodney's Leisure by George Gissing

With no evidence before us, we should assume, as a matter of course, that he was a young man, for only young men, as a general rule, ride motor cycles. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

The Princess was never called by a voice that was loud and growling; never felt, as a matter of course, a hard rough cheek on her own soft one; never climbed a wall with a boy. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Arthur Machen So she had to give that up; and then she wondered if there were anything the matter with her, as she had read about people who heard noises when there was really nothing at all. A Fragment of Life by Arthur Machen

Henry Handel Richardson If once you’re married, it doesn’t matter what you do. Growing Pains by Henry Handel Richardson

But, as I have just observed, it is a matter that will require extreme delicacy and caution in the handling. Mrs. Todhetley’s Earrings by Ellen Wood [1873]

George Gissing He strode on in what seemed the probable direction, taking, as a matter of fact, the wrong path; it brought him into the park, but at a point whence he looked in vain for the girl’s figure. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Guy de Maupassant It would cost a lot certainly; but never mind, it did not matter just for once in a way. The Accursed Bread (Le Pain Maudit) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Jack London In fact, in a big prison astringent medicines are served out regularly by the warders as a matter of course. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

E. F. Benson Then there was the greater matter of the Elizabethan fête to be held in August next, when Riseholme would be swarming with tourists. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

D. H. Lawrence And if I’m going to marry again it may as well be soon as late — what does it matter to anybody?” The woman did not reply, but turned and went into the house. The Odour of Chrysanthemums by D. H. Lawrence

Watkin Tench It may be presumed, that these birds are not very scarce, as several have been seen, some of them immensely large, but they are so wild, as to make shooting them a matter of great difficulty. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

What he could not understand was why it should have been delivered, and what connection it could have with such a matter as the alterations to be carried out in the cabin. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Olaf Stapledon Many very young systems, in which nebular matter still predominated over stars, contained as yet no planets. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Arthur Morrison As a matter of fact, I had a notion that Laker wasn’t alone in it. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Arthur Conan Doyle We only clear ourselves of matter by suffering. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

George Eliot To put the matter in a nutshell, I am not inclined — a — gratuitously — to do you any harm, and I may be able to do you a considerable service. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

This matter of temporary absence from the Lion, however, seemed to present an insuperable difficulty. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

As a matter of fact, if the man had journeyed to Southampton, as I had every reason to suppose he had done, he must have disappeared into thin air when he got there. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I must ask you these questions as a matter of form. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

H. Rider Haggard It was as though the Water Dweller had read his mind, and drew its foe towards itself to put the matter to the test. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

D. H. Lawrence No matter how little and futile his occupations were, he gave himself to them entirely, and felt normal and fulfilled. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope Nina Balatka never rose sufficiently high in reputation to make its detection a matter of any importance. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Wilkie Collins The matter did not seem to strike Sir Percival in that light. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

If he seems always to be feeling his way towards the work which he could do best, it is for the very good reason that this is what, from 1796 to 1800, he was continually doing as a matter of fact. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

William Dampier Upon the whole matter I cannot but adhere to the general sea-calculation, confirmed as to the main by daily experience, till some more certain estimate shall be made than those hitherto attempted. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Rudyard Kipling It’s no jestin’ matter to be a friend to me. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Maria Edgeworth When she had answered a difficult question, she could not doubt that she had succeeded; this was not a matter that admitted of the uncertainty which alarms timid tempers. The Good French Governess by Maria Edgeworth

G. K. Chesterton And this matter of the functions of the sexes is primarily a matter of the instincts; sex and breathing are about the only two things that generally work best when they are least worried about. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Bronislaw Malinowski As a matter of fact, in all theoretical passages of works devoted to the social organization of the Australian tribes, the individual family is passed over in absolute silence. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Edgar Allan Poe To the truth of this observation the burgomaster assented, and the matter was therefore at an end. The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

Theodore Dreiser I don’t want you to think I haven’t given this matter serious thought — I have. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Ford Madox Ford It was a matter which, naturally, at that moment very much occupied his thoughts. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Theodore Dreiser It was the part of wisdom to let the matter drop. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells There should be a public or private garden available where its perambulator could stand in fine weather; and its promenades should not be too much a matter of routine. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Guy de Maupassant In his astonishment his father said: “There must be something the matter with the child,” and mechanically he lifted up his little nightshirt. What Was Really the Matter with Andrew (Le Mal d'André) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

E. Phillips Oppenheim As though to put the matter beyond doubt, there was a steady knocking to be heard from the same direction. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Kate Chopin But you take it so easily; so as a matter of course. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Charles Dickens Any man having the power to refuse these things, no matter whether he were called a Pope or a Poulterer, would, of course, have the power of afflicting numbers of innocent people. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

G. K. Chesterton But, as a matter of fact, he had a narrow escape, in the case of Nolan, who lived just long enough to say, ‘Wilson’ and point. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

You can’t be expected to know what that is, Chaucer, but as a matter of fact it means lost and done for, like our noble selves. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

As a matter of fact, Browne’s reason for leaving his guests to pursue their walk alone was an eminently simple one. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

This is not a matter of importance; but it was the making of Bunn below stairs; so long as Mrs Alfred remained in the house, her maid’s popularity as a kitchen entertainer was assured. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

It would only be a matter of time. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

R. D. Blackmore He had proof that the matter was in very good hands, and long command had taught him the necessity of obedience. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Henry James What was wanted was a decent opening for Limbert, which it had occurred to her I might assist her to find, though indeed I had not yet found any such matter for myself. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It don’t matter how old you are or how young you are. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

In two days the sheet was filled with letters from various people, and the matter was much discussed. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Edgar Allan Poe A natural accident, such as will happen now and then!” I gave the matter no further consideration, and at my usual hour retired to bed. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

E. Phillips Oppenheim He did not even ask for my card, and giving me his was only a matter of form, for there was no address upon it. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

George Gissing Another would perchance have never given this matter a thought, but a feature of Kingcote’s character was concerned in it. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Colonel Tempest, just returned from foreign travel, heard the matter discussed at his club. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Madame Putois offered to retire because according to her it was not a matter to laugh about; besides she would not touch a thing, the food would do her no good. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Maria Edgeworth Lady Boucher, that most convenient dowager, who likes going about, no matter where, all the morning, will go with you to Mrs. Dumont’s academy in Sloane-street. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

As a matter of course, the Chevalier de Lorraine did not quit Monsieur, and did not fail to distil drops of gall into every wound the latter received. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Jules Verne Yet this premise was still unproven, no matter how confident we might feel of it. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

D. H. Lawrence As a matter of fact, not all the beauties and virtues of woman put together with all the gold in the Indies would have tempted him into the business of adoration any more. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Arnold Bennett The Palace Porcelain Company, who had believed in the efficacy of printed advertising matter and expensive catalogues, owed Edwin a hundred and eighty pounds. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Anthony Trollope She thought once of taking her aunt into her full confidence and balanced the matter much in her mind. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Perhaps the heaviest matter troubling it is that in which I was least wilfully guilty. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

A peculiar type of woman is attracted to the professions, whereas every man has to earn his living as a matter of course. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Henry James Mr. Lathrop writes for American readers, who in such a matter as this are very easy to please. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

To that feast you and I were not bidden, and pity it is that we were not; so, lest we should both feel the matter the more keenly, I will say no more about it. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

G. K. Chesterton But I have here introduced the War Memorial in connection with the other matter of the War. I have purposely approached the episode of the War from the wrong end. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Let us agree to leave the matter alone for a few days, Dericka, and then things may straighten themselves out. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope But now he began to see the matter in another light. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton Nothing, as a matter of fact, goes every night through more agonies of adventure, more hairbreadth escapes, desperate expedients, crucial councils, random compromises, or barely averted catastrophes. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

E. Phillips Oppenheim As a matter of fact, it is somewhat of a shock to me to hear that you have ventured to open an account with my bank under an assumed name. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

We had liked old Ferrar; he had done me and Tod many a good turn: and, for the matter of that, we liked Daniel. So I never said a word when morning came of the past night’s work. Reality or Delusion? by Ellen Wood [1868]

There was a divinity that shaped his ends extremely rough, no matter how he hewed them. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Edith Wharton Time was when Halo, as a matter of course, would have offered to interview the delinquent. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

H. G. Wells Now a miracle is nothing if not improbable, and as a matter of fact the reader was killed in a violent and unprecedented manner a year ago. The Man Who Could Work Miracles by H. G. Wells [1898]

It is a matter which might well attract the attention of scientific men in England. We should all be exceedingly obliged to them if they would kindly cause sheep to be as high as 15s. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

The matter would have to be settled some way or another when we reached our destination, and then, in all probability, Nikola would look after it for himself. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Karl Philipp Moritz But I pass this over as a matter that has already been so often described. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

Jules Verne This matter of fuelling steamers is a serious one at such distances from the coal-mines; it costs the Peninsular Company some eight hundred thousand pounds a year. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Trollope I smiled incredulously; and then to settle the matter he resolved that he would try them on. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He would be just as pleased to see Harry Annesley, for the matter of that, or Mr. Grey, or the inspector of police. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Theodore Dreiser But he is becoming very irritable over your unwillingness to give him a legal separation, and unless you do I am very much afraid that the whole matter will be thrown into the courts. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Theodore Dreiser This matter of his relationship to Jennie was in the air, anyhow. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

M. P. Shiel Its nature, its origin, remains, of course, nothing but matter of conjecture: for it leaves no living thing behind it: nor, God knows, is that of any moment now to us who remain. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

I will do all this, if, in return, but for one month you will give yourself up to my guidance in whatever experiments I ask, no matter how wild they may seem to you. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Henry James It was probably a matter of a few seconds, but to Bernard it seemed a little eternity. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

H. G. Wells Most of the additional matter is in front, so that he has to lean back from it to balance it. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

George Gissing You are a woman, and it’s quite impossible for a woman to see this matter as a man does. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Robert Louis Stevenson He had remembered or invented (God help him) matter which was lead in James Stewart’s shoes, and I saw was like to prove wings to his own. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope To her it was a matter of course that he should, sooner or later, take his wife back again. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

George Gissing As a matter of form, he supplied the police with information concerning the theft. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]