Phrases with "matter"

Ivan Turgenev I at once dressed, and was on the point of hastening to the Ozhogins’, but on thinking the matter over I considered it more seemly to wait till the next day. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Edgar Allan Poe Modern stanza is excessively loose, and where so, ineffective as a matter of course. The Rationale of Verse by Edgar Allan Poe [1848]

Miles Franklin Then it will not matter if we have a tiff. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

E. Phillips Oppenheim Inspector Penny from Scotland Yard has the matter in hand, and before we can get very far in our inquiries it is necessary to have the body identified. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Henry Handel Richardson To which the latter retorted that the first innings in a court of law would be his: he had already put the matter in the hands of his attorney. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Thomas Hardy She lay like a doll wi’ glass eyes; so it didn’t matter that you wasn’t here,” said he. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

I was only a little fellow at the time, years younger than they were, but I remember I liked Jack better than Herbert. As Tod did also for the matter of that. Aunt Dean by Ellen Wood [1872]

Anthony Trollope How they may feed themselves on flower-juice, or on insects small enough to be their prey, is matter of no moment to the general world. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser In a moment Carrie was alone again, and was saying, with animation: “I must return to the city, no matter what dangers may lurk here. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch As a matter of fact, disguise would do nothing, and worse than nothing, for a man who speaks Spanish with my Highland accent. The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

If one keeps a sense of proportion one must realize that the fault was not — could not be, in a matter of this kindentirely on one side. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Rudyard Kipling As a matter of form, you’d better identify them. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

E. F. Benson Yet his answer, though as a matter of fact it was slightly evasive in form, clearly bore the construction that he had been free from pain all day. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Ford Madox Ford I’ve always been too beastly shy to put the matter before a specialist, or even before mother . Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

These were frequent, deep, and prolonged; they bore upon a matter more important than five shillings. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Margaret Oliphant He had known it vaguely before, but only from his own side of the question, and had debated it as a matter of expediency to himself. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Edith Wharton And though a week had elapsed since the visit of that authorized official, nothing had been heard from the District Attorney’s office: Allonby had apparently dropped the matter again. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

D. H. Lawrence And as a matter of fact, I suppose your greatest thrill comes from being able to say a temporary farewell to all this. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope That Mr. Benjamin and Mr. Smiler would be prosecuted, the latter for the robbery and the former for conspiracy to rob, and for receiving stolen goods, was a matter of course. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am sending it on to you as a matter of form, for I think I can take care of myself. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Henry James It came over me that this might have been quite a matter discussed by her, discussed and settled, with her interlocutor on the sofa. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Bram Stoker As a matter of fact though he was married in 1533, nearly three years before his death, he never lived with his wife. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

If, then, God is not incorporeal and immaterial, he participates of matter as a principle. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Indeed, it was a matter of some difficulty to move without treading upon the eggs. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Besides, this is a matter of business. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Edgar Allan Poe Time, place, and circumstances rendered it a matter beyond question. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

This illustration of my argument is drawn from a matter of fact. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

How do you know that the name of this Feraud, whose life or death don’t matter to France, does not keep out some other name?” The voice out of the armchair stopped. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

As a matter of course he lost his Latin secretaryship. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

E. Phillips Oppenheim That is neither more nor less than a colossal blunder! As a matter of fact, they are natural enemies!” She sank into a chair, and looked at him blankly. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Virginia Woolf Questions that really matter to people’s lives, the White Slave Traffic, Women Suffrage, the Insurance Bill, and so on. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Henry Handel Richardson The matter of the Prufung, for instance, had still to be decided. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Mark Twain It is no matter about the bad boy’s act. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Walter Scott This, however, was not a matter speedily to be accomplished. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Anthony Trollope But from whom is any assistance to come in the august matter of a Cabinet assembly? There can be no such assistance. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy It was a phase of cheerfulness which was, as a matter of course, to be passed through every Christmas; and there was no more to be said. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins It’s a matter of opinion, of course. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Rudyard Kipling That is the crux of the whole matter so far as I understand it. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Wilkie Collins In the course of your personal interview with me, you audaciously referred to my late daughter’s parentage on the father’s side, as if that parentage was a matter of doubt. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Oh, no, it wasn’t a matter of principle. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Willa Cather No matter how much she loved him, or how sorry she felt for him, his mother could never bring herself to tell him he might smoke in the house. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Sinclair Lewis No matter what methods we use, if we can get people to have more fresh air and cleaner yards and less alcohol, we’re justified. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

George Meredith Well, no more of that, but consider if you kneel down, who will decline to put a foot on you? Princes have the habit, and they do it as a matter of course. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Jeremy Bentham Let this be taken for granted: and let it be allowed to be a matter of uncertainty, whether he had any real feeling for the sufferings of those whom he has relieved, or no. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

H. G. Wells The mentality of these men is still a matter for discussion. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

H. G. Wells As a matter of fact it is very obvious that at the present time a sort of collectivisation is being imposed very rapidly upon the world. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

D. H. Lawrence It would not matter if they did not come back. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassan Have you any trouble? Tell me! I’ll console you!” He went away with a tired air, murmuring: “But there is nothing the matter with me, I assure you. The Orphan by Guy de Maupassan

As a matter of fact — er —— er,” he hesitated and then blurted out with some defiance —“as a matter of fact, Mr. Larose, next year she’s going to become my wife. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

One is continually finding out that she is quite ignorant of some little matter which everybody else knows. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Anthony Trollope But he would have ignored that in regard to social life — so Mr. Bromley said when discussing the matter — if the pagan would have desisted from arguing the subject. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton To present a matter in a grotesque manner does certainly tend to touch the nerve of surprise and thus to draw attention to the intrinsically miraculous character of the object itself. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Sigmund Freud It is not a matter of much significance that one of the depreciators of dream-life, Spitta (p. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Benjamin Disraeli The fact is, gaming is a matter of business. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Behind this raw matter one of the reclaimed, the product of the new forces at work, strolled despondently, carrying a rifle by its middle. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

G. K. Chesterton As a matter of fact it did not imply this in Browning, but it may perfectly well have implied an agnosticism which admitted the reasonableness of such things. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Wilkie Collins The return of Mr. Bartram would, in all probability, produce a change in the life of the house; and from change of any kind, no matter how trifling, something might be hoped. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

H.P. Lovecraft As requested, I had told no one where I was going; for I could see that the matter demanded utmost privacy, even allowing for its most favourable turns. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

That is a matter of comparatively little interest. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

I got up and left town for the country by the six-thirty train, so I knew nothing about the matter until I came back to Melbourne tonight. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

George Meredith The poetry does much upon reflection, but it has to ripen within you—a matter of time. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Henry Handel Richardson Just look at the way he went on last night! Every one but you could see what was the matter with him. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Robert Louis Stevenson But I place the matter in the meanwhile under your consideration and beg to hear your views. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Philip Sidney Yet will some bring in an example of the Eunuch in Terence, that containeth matter of two days, yet far short of twenty years. A Defence of Poesie by Philip Sidney

Anthony Trollope After considering the matter for a quarter of an hour, Cousin George made up his mind that he would see the lawyer. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Henry Adams Many a young man complained to him in after life of the same experience, which became a matter of curious reflection as he grew old. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Elizabeth Gaskell The very journey itself seemed to her a matter of wonder. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Anthony Trollope Father Marty was to be with him at the inn by eight, and then the whole matter must be again discussed. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

G. K. Chesterton It’s a matter of fact,” cried the other in an agony of reasonableness. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

No matter if he exposed Reed as the deus ex machina of these lawless manifestations; no matter if in exposing him he discovered the reason of Reed’s grudge, if he had one. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

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]

Olaf Stapledon The ultimate units of matter are not atoms (or electrons, etc. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Henry James After a while she reduced the matter to a principle. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

Olaf Stapledon So much of the interior matter of the stars did they disintegrate, that their worlds were in danger of collapse. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

As to the existence in the universe of any spiritual substance which was not matter and was imperceptible to the senses, it could not be proved. The Diamond Sutra by translated from the Chinese with an introduction and notes by William Gemmell

The big house has never been part of the village in the last hundred years, anyhow, so it didn’t matter much who lived in it. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Benjamin Disraeli He put the matter in the most skilful form. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Jane Austen And here, instead of its being a matter of condolence, it turns out to be one of congratulation. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Anthony Trollope Though we do not all of us argue this matter out within our breasts, we do all feel it; and we know that the more a man earns the more useful he is to his fellow-men. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

He was about to enlarge further, but the two youngsters broke into a noisy fit of merriment; my giddy miss being delighted to discover that she might turn his strange talk to matter of amusement. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Nathaniel Hawthorne But Zenobia seemed unable to rest content with the matter in the posture which it had assumed. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

A. E. W. Mason He was more than willing to talk about Mather; he had a hope that in talking about Mather, Durrance might forget that other matter which caused him anxiety. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Arnold Bennett She regarded him as an unreasonable creature, something like a baby, to be humoured in the inessentials of a matter of which the essentials were now definitely in her favour. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

What matter for the scene, the scene once gone: It had not touched our lives. Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats

Elizabeth Gaskell What was the matter with Ruth? She was crying in her sleep as if her heart would break. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Russia absorbed reading matter like hot sand drinks water, insatiable. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Bram Stoker Let any obstructing cause, no matter what, be removed in any way, even by death, and we fly back to first principles of hope and enjoyment. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Henry James It was a society in which familiarity reigned and in which people were liable to meet three times a day, so that their ultimate essence really became a matter of importance. Pandora by Henry James [1884]

Sinclair Lewis In the cottage of her Utica father she had lived meagrely, with any new purchase, a new doormat, a fly net for the horse, a matter to be discussed by the family for days. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

Jeremy Bentham The quantity of matter that moves: 2. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Henry James In such a matter a shade of difference is enormous. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Wilkie Collins As a matter of necessity, the subject of Sir Patrick’s expedition was dropped while the servants were in the room — to be regularly taken up again by Arnold in the intervals between the courses. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

We hold the crafty man who has hitherto defeated all our plans, no matter how carefully arranged. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

George Elio Several of us had just assumed coat-tails, and the assumption of new responsibilities apparently following as a matter of course, we were among the candidates for confirmation. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Robert Louis Stevenson But this is matter only for conjecture, things having gone otherwise than he forecast. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

The matter is not as urgent, Catherine, as you thought. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Ford Madox Ford And, as a matter of fact, he did not remember exactly what Valentine Wannop looked like. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Anthony Trollope On such expeditions Sophies are always franked, as a matter of course. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Henry James It produced none the less something of the desired effect — to leave him simply wondering why, over the matter of their reunion, she didn’t yield to his arguments. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

Henry Handel Richardson But “mother” was not the person to take a hint, no matter how broad. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

I say, ‘It don’t matter what you’ve done; if you expect me to get you off, you’ve got to make a clean breast of it. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Anna Katherine Green I should choose some every-day object, some little matter —” She paused as if to think. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

All this was extremely amusing, for, as a matter of fact, the evidence as yet had not shown any reasonable ground for supposing foul play had taken place. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope Cæsar did force it on him, and then, as a matter of course, he fell. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Edith Wharton It was a matter of conscious pride to Mrs. Manford that, while recognizing these elements in the case, she had always contrived to make out of it something not only showy but even enviable. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

What did it matter that Edward Arundel repudiated and hated her? He had never loved her. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Charles Dickens This is a matter of business, with which sympathies and sentiments have nothing to do. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

It had not been a matter of reasoning. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

The matter is so very ordinary. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

We Liberals know as a matter of fact — nowadays every one knows — that the monster that brought us into power has, among other deficiencies, no head. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Gaston Leroux This matter of the keeper was another matter entirely. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

But the Major had seen the world and knew its ways and he did not take such small kindnesses as a matter of course. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

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]

F. Scott Fitzgerald We’re going to Como tomorrow for a week and then back to Zurich. That’s why I wanted you and sister to settle this, because it doesn’t matter to us how much I’m allowed. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I wouldn’t have thought it of Alfred, I wouldn’t indeed! No matter whom he wanted to marry, he ought at least to have written first, instead of being in such a violent hurry to bring her over. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Arthur Conan Doyle So now!” “Oh, it is a matter of no importance; but I don’t know why you should be so warm over such a trifle. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Anthony Trollope This was a matter to which Sophie found it worth her while to attend, and she soon learned from Archie all that Archie knew about Florence Burton. And this was all that could be known. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

But, as a matter of fact, if Teddy Garland hadn’t got his Blue at the eleventh hour I should be at Carlsbad still. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

The matter did not concern me, or indeed interest me in the smallest degree; and I left. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Rudyard Kipling As a matter of fact, Eddi and I were nearly drowned in the pools before we overtook him. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

The matter was, however, solved suddenly of its own accord, for the door clicked open and a man in over-alls entered clumsily. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Anthony Trollope In such a matter as this, believe me that a woman is best. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Mr. Treadman, who presided, had explained to the meeting, in words which burned, what a matter of capital importance it was which had brought them there. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Anthony Trollope She thought that in such a matter as that she could trust her maid, and was in truth afraid to travel alone. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Ford Madox Ford It was a matter of the simplest analogy. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Abraham Merri Eggs are eggs no matter how they’re cooked — and people are just people, fellow travellers, no matter what dish they are in,” he concluded. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

F. Scott Fitzgerald But I assure you that our affairs are a matter entirely between my husband and me. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

You admitted, on the last occasion that I discussed the matter with you, that Miss Decie might expect little or nothing from you at your death. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Indeed, the leisure class claims the distinction as a matter of pride, and no doubt with some grounds. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

The Professor was a man of most violent temper and it was all over in a matter of seconds before he, Joe, had had time to prevent it. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

George Gissing Miss Rodney put the matter aside for the moment. Miss Rodney's Leisure by George Gissing

Elizabeth Gaskell They all talked together lightly and merrily, as if his going or staying was almost a matter of indifference to himself and his cousins. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Henry Kingsley The Doctor would be up soon; not much matter if he were, though, only another life gone. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Wilkie Collins An old servant of the rector, who kept a lodging-house in the suburbs, received me kindly, and guided my choice in the serious matter of a dressmaker. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

I know a man — he’s at Scotland Yard, as a matter of fact, and he has to see all sorts of cranks and people who think other people are conspiring or fancy they’re on the track of dope-gangs . The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Thomas Hardy You are in some trouble? What’ll you drink?’ ‘Oh! it doesn’t matter what, so that it is alcohol in some shape or form. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Morgan Robertson It don’t matter about me; but you’re a Fifth Avenue baby — a little aristocrat. The Wreck of the Titan by Morgan Robertson

What his future life was to be he did not attempt to consider: he only knew that he would give all he ever had been worth to be able to live on, no matter how quietly, with his fellow-men around him. Getting Away by Ellen Wood [1871]

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

As a matter of fact, Ibsen was shy with women, and unless they took the initiative, he contented himself with watching them from a distance: and noting their ways in silence. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Such a society, no matter how long it persists, can never afford to become either tolerant or intellectually stable. Collected Essays by George Orwell

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]

George Gissing Meals were with him a matter of supreme importance; he ate his way stolidly and steadily through all courses, scorning the idleness of conversation. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Doesn’t matter how good it is. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

It was a matter of course that this list had been drawn out in strict accordance with the laws of etiquette. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Henry James An American as cultivated as Hawthorne, is now almost inevitably more cultivated, and, as a matter of course, more Europeanised in advance, more cosmopolitan. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Gertrude Stein Who was Rousseau. I did not know but that really did not matter since it was to be a banquet and everybody was to go, and we were invited. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

John Galsworthy Cost her a matter of six or seven thousand pounds. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Henry James To which Peter returned disingenuously that they might all do as they liked — it didn’t matter a button to him. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

H. Rider Haggard The fact that you are of the Protestant religion, and were united by the Catholic ritual, does not matter at all. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Theodore Dreiser One prisoner is as good as another to the average convict; as a matter of fact, it is their only consolation in their degradation that all who come here are no better than they. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

When they saw that I had recovered consciousness they seemed to consider it a matter for congratulation. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

I did not advocate Sinclair’s pressing the matter further that night. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

John Galsworthy If only he could discuss the whole thing with some one — but old Gradman would be out of his depth in a matter of this sort. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope Dear Clara, would I could see you more in earnest as to the only matter that is worth our earnestness. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Jean-Jacques Rousseau We thus see that if we looked closely into the matter we should find that very few nations have any laws. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

At any other time Barrett’s artistic sense would have revelled in it, but he was out of spirits, and only carried the matter through by a kind of doggedness. The Romance of His Life by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

You will not object, Finlay, to bring the matter before Him, here and now, in a few words of prayer? I should find it hard to let you go without them. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

As to the Malays, in their awe of that scowling man not one of the crew would dream of laying a hand on the thing, no matter where or what it swung from. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

It was not a matter that seemed relevant. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

The Squire fastened upon one of the old clerks, and went over the matter with him. Lost in the Post by Ellen Wood [1870]

Wilkie Collins She invariably contrives to have the last word, no matter in what circumstances the courteous contention which is the main characteristic of our daily intercourse, may take its rise. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

D. H. Lawrence One man or another — it does not matter very much. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Jacques Futrelle As a matter of fact, Monsieur Boisségur opposed our plans, even endangered them; and it was not advisable to have him recalled or even permit him to resign at the moment. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Frances Hodgson Burnett I should have taken the matter in hand and married the pair of them at once—quietly if they preferred it, but safely and sanely. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Gaston Leroux His death is a matter of hours for the poor dear man. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

George Gissing That Mrs. Rolfe had such complete liberty and leisure seemed to them no subject for remark; being without cares, she enjoyed life; a matter of course. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Arnold Bennett The matter concerned him alone, and he was an absolutely free agent. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Anthony Trollope I would not show myself here again till that matter was arranged. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

William Makepeace Thackeray Otherwise, when her son, Lord Bullingdon, on account of his differences with me, ran — but that matter shall be told in its proper time. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

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

George Gissing Hotel? Yes, yes, the hotel,—no matter which. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

He must have acted with great promptness; for, no matter where they went, he had been there before them. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

And as a matter of fact the rover was generally very much in evidence about the farm. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Mary Webb Somehow, Hazel made the sheltering of these poor creatures a matter of religion. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Wilkie Collins It didn’t matter when he locked his door again the last thing at night. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

H. G. Wells When he has got them thoroughly afraid of him, then I suppose he feels like God. In the end, it does not matter how they propitiate. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Anthony Trollope I may here mention that on one occasion, and one occasion only, a publisher got the better of me in a matter of volumes. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Wilkie Collins Though our letters were illegible, our purpose was suspected, as a matter of course; and a watch was kept on my husband night and day. A Fatal Fortune by Wilkie Collins [1874]

I mean — ” “Don’t matter a shake of a nannygoat’s tail to me where yeh git it or ‘ow yeh get it. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

What do you say?” There could not be any doubt about the matter in my opinion. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

R. D. Blackmore In the present matter I am wholly with you, so far as I understand what it is. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Abraham Merri In conjunction with its energizing power, the metal set up what is called a “field of force,” which linked it with every particle of its kind no matter how distant. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Virginia Woolf Nor does it matter to him what people say. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

H. G. Wells As a matter of fact, teaching absolutely spoils all that sort of thing. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

H. G. Wells What does it matter what flames in the heavens — when men are starving on earth?” “It’s — it’s science. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

D. H. Lawrence Only it happens that dull people invariably meet dull people, and odd individuals always come across odd individuals, no matter where they may be. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

F. Scott Fitzgerald I’m going to have a detective look into the matter tomorrow. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim In the meantime, I suggest that you allow me to take the Princess to her table and I will return to discuss the matter with you. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They were, as a matter of fact, exceedingly pretty girls. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

H.P. Lovecraft Before trying the record on the commercial machine which I borrowed from the college administration building I carefully went over all the explanatory matter in Akeley’s various letters. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

As a matter of fact the thing had been kept very quiet — so quiet that a good many people in Macassar were expecting Willems’ return there, supposing him to be absent on some confidential mission. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

As a matter of fact, most of the newspapers had dropped the ‘Rector’s Daughter’ mystery by this time, for it was more than a fortnight old and stale news. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Tod had not much, for the matter of that: and it never struck me to think he was losing wholesale. Seeing Life by Ellen Wood [1871]

Arnold Bennett He was wont to keep a careful eye on the organisation of railways, ships, posts, and other contrivances for the shifting of matter from one spot to another. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

This was so much a matter of course, in fact, that he said to himself over and over again that he was glad. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

The journey, though in point of space a mere trifle, was, in those slowcoach days, a matter of fully five hours’ duration; and before it was completed the sun had set, and darkness began to close. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Rudyard Kipling As a compensation, all men have a tendency to glorify and make much of their own special duty, no matter how humble they or the job may be. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Frances Hodgson Burnett It will not be held against him that I married his beautiful young mother and chose to keep the matter a secret. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]