Phrases with "matters"

Susan Page, who really loved him, and perhaps looked on with the keen eyes of jealousy, grew at last to see how matters were. The Mystery of Jessy Page by Ellen Wood [1871]

George Meredith It matters exceedingly little with whom, if a duel was fought, and you see we have quite established that. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Thomas Hardy So matters stood when, a year after the death of the child, Mrs. Palmley’s niece, who had been born and bred in the city of Exonbury, came to live with her. A Few Crusted Characters by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Ivan Turgenev What matters is that twice two make four and the rest is all rubbish. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Wilkie Collins Can you manage matters so as to see her to-day?” After staring hard at Arnold while he was speaking, Geoffrey burst out laughing when he had done. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

We will spend a week together, and talk matters over, and sit in the sun, and at the end of it we shall both laugh—how we shall laugh—when you remember this. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Anthony Trollope And if everything was not arranged by that time, matters might still go astray. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells It was his habit to keep them waiting and then appear with an air of having been working intensely on matters a little above and beyond them. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

Anthony Trollope He allowed other matters to interfere, and postponed his journey till Tuesday the 27th of the month. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

His mode of dealing with Church matters from this point onward is hardly ever unfair, and has given rise to few protestations. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman This has a necessary corollary of improvement in individuals; but the thing that matters most is growth in the social spirit—and body. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Wilkie Collins In books, women are generally represented as knowing their own minds in matters which relate to love and marriage. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

For those who perceive that the searching into such matters makes the heads of philosophers themselves giddy cannot but be the less inclined to regard what poets say concerning them. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

George Gissing Aspirates troubled him, so that for the most part he cast them away, and the syntax of his periods was often anacoluthic; but these matters were of no moment. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Anthony Trollope Serious matters were less serious. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Already I have made very noticeable progress in my German, and can now understand and make myself understood on every-day matters with very tolerable facility. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Washington Irving To me they have always been matters of riddle and admiration. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Anthony Trollope Whether they return to their homes, or again take up arms, matters little; they must all be destroyed, for blood alone can establish the Republic on a basis which can never be overturned. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

George Eliot I was thoughtless to tease you with these matters at the end of Sunday, when you have been preaching three sermons. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Walter Besant In the sequel, it may seem to some that I presume to treat of matters beyond a woman’s reach. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Jane Austen At the White House, matters must be better looked after. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

The sexton tolls his solemn bell For scoundrel dead and gone to-well,         It matters not, it can’t recall This convict from his final cell. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Anthony Trollope My uncle is generous to her as regards money; but in other things — in matters of feeling — I think he has been ungenerous. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Kate Chopin The lovers were profiting by the general conversation on Mexico to speak in whispers of matters which they rightly considered were interesting to no one but themselves. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

For at this time I had a wonderful, almost demoniacal sense of disposing of matters to suit my own selfish will. The Shell of Sense by Olivia Howard Dunbar

George Gissing It matters not how long I wander. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

G. K. Chesterton In matters of truth the fact that you don’t want to publish something is, nine times out of ten, a proof that you ought to publish it. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

George Gissing Jessica, who declared herself quite well and strong again, though her face did not bear out the assertion, was beginning to talk of matters examinational once more. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

The explanation was simple enough, and dawned upon me the moment I saw how matters stood. The Ocean Wave by Ambrose Bierce

Anthony Trollope But she always spoke of Dr Thorne among her friends as a man of wonderful erudition and judgement; and had once or twice asked and acted on his advice in matters of much moment. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But these were a part of the necessity of the situation, and therefore she wisely took them as matters to be passed over with indifference. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Virginia Woolf But whilst bearing the above matters in mind the law has rightly laid it down that the rule of prudence and proportion must be observed. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Anthony Trollope In all such matters the people of the nation has been strangely undemonstrative. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But in all other matters she chose to be paramount at the parsonage. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing With the members of his committee he talked in a large way whenever pecuniary matters came up. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

A man convinced against his will is in a different state of mind from mine in matters like these. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

She’ll tell thee! I’ the main season meddle not in matters that be too high for such as thou. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Elizabeth Gaskell So he turned to some of the dry matters of business that lay between Mr. Bell and him, as landlord and tenant. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

However, I shall see her this afternoon, and put matters right. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope It was, he said, necessary that he should look into some matters at Denbigh before he made his speech. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Sir Walter Scott Anthony Foster is a dangerous man, defended by strong court patronage, which hath borne him out in matters of very deep concernment. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Anthony Trollope She was quite contented that matters should remain as they now were. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

He had magnificent shoulders, which he bent a great deal over secluded sofas, and a very languid interest in matters over which ordinary men were enthusiastic. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Thomas Hardy Not that that matters a great deal. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Well; we will let all such matters pass for to-day, and stroll about this fine old city till noon. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Henry James However, it matters little who understands and who doesn’t, for there’s mighty little of it. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

George Meredith His remarks brought on him a shrewd cut from the Countess, which made matters worse; for a pun may also breed puns, as doth an anecdote. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

The mantle of Jeremiah—if he ever wore one—seems to have fallen on you, but without in the least impairing your good spirits excepting in regard to matters architectural. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Under the sham rule of miserable Shám (Syria), with its Turkish Wális, men like the late Ráshid Pasha, matters can only wax worse. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

When matters grew very desperate Eleanor was summoned as a forlorn hope, and did her best to reduce the chaos into something like order. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Henry James Yet if matters were none the less plainly at a crisis between them he could but wonder vainly what it was on her part that prevented some practical protest or some rupture. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

There were one or two small matters I had to arrange before I took my holiday, and I had finished them and was going home after luncheon. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Joseph Furphy An’ that kangaroo dog ain’t makin’ matters much better. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Virginia Woolf Margaret, Helen, Leonard Bast, are closely tethered and vigilantly overlooked lest they may take matters into their own hands and upset the theory. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Certain matters had not gone very smoothly for him at Oxford, and the smart remained. Our Visit by Ellen Wood

Arthur Conan Doyle But gather round the table, gentlemen, and we shall discuss matters in due form. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Julian Hawthorne There, you needn’t say anything; I’ve no doubt of your disinterestedness; but these matters would have to be mentioned, sooner or later, if the affair went on. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

Arthur Conan Doyle We rode slowly together through the silent streets, our horses’ hoofs ringing out sharp against the cobble stones, talking about such light matters as engage the mind of youth. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

William Hope Hodgson By this time the night was drawing on apace; yet it was not so dark but that one could perceive matters at a very reasonable distance. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

G. K. Chesterton This actual quality and character of the Browning family shows some tendency to be obscured by matters more remote. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Guy de Maupassant Madame Henriette had allowed her husband to return alone to their estate in Calvados, where some matters of business required his attention, and come to spend a few days in Paris with her sister. Moonlight (Clair de Lune) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

I am a Southerner in fact and in feeling, but it is my habit in matters of importance to act as I think, not as I feel. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Thomas Hardy I generally keep it a secret — not that it matters much. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Leon Trotsky In debates on matters of principle, my position was as much superior to that of Kühlmann as, in matters of military fact, General Hoffmann’s was superior to mine. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Biorn said, that oft had greater matters than these been atoned for. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

Isabella Bird This is an abominable village, and the thaw is revealing a state of matters which the snow would have concealed; but it has been a severe week’s journey, and I am glad of Sunday’s rest even here. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Women are so enigmatical — some in everything — all in matters of the heart. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Rudyard Kipling Still, the letter as touching on matters that he preferred not to think about stung him into a fit of frenzy that lasted for a day and night. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

George Meredith A man’s gifts are an exhibition of the royalty of his soul, and they are the last things which should be mentioned to him as matters to be blotted out when he is struggling against ruin. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

It was a breach of etiquette, of course, but oftentimes wage-earning girls waived formalities in matters of this kind. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

In matters like the present, however, I regret to say, her tongue runs riot with her, and for that reason alone I consider her little short of dangerous. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Tobias Smolle With regard to my health, I knew I could manage matters so as to enjoy all the benefits that could be expected from the united energy of a voyage by sea, a journey by land, and a change of climate. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Wilkie Collins No. This was one of those rare occasions on which Lady Claudia’s tact — infallible in matters of importance — proved to be at fault in a trifle. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Alice came in just as people were beginning to hope that some one would start the Doxology, and bring matters to a close. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Crooked Pakhomie, when he had been drinking, liked to boast of his wonderful memory with regard to matters of the faith. In the World by Maksim Gorky

G. K. Chesterton Unfortunately, however, they are the very people who cannot, as a general rule, see that a poet is also bound to be conventional in matters of conduct. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

James Anthony Froude Others who have thought very differently from Bunyan about such matters have felt the same as he felt. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Wilkie Collins In my time, the encouragers of modern painting were limited in number to a few noblemen and gentlemen of ancient lineage, who, in matters of taste, at least, never presumed to think for themselves. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Robert Louis Stevenson Farewell. You leave your case in good hands; I have the tact of these little matters by heart; it is not my first attempt. The Story of a Lie by Robert Louis Stevenson

Dr. Armstrong long ago pointed out some of them, and they have become matters of common notoriety. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

William Morris Of course, those of us who knew him best — myself amongst othersadvised him to go away, as he was making matters worse and worse for himself every day. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

George Gissing When the afternoon passed without the usual visit, he grew uneasy; he was incapable of attending to matters of business, and walked up and down his office with impatient step. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Edgar Allan Poe I have given his ideas respecting these matters somewhat at length, that the reader may have an opportunity of seeing how far they were borne out by my own subsequent experience. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Wilkie Collins As matters stood, therefore, I was neither surprised nor disappointed at the result of the interview. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Henry Handel Richardson I think just as strictly in matters of this kind as you yourself. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

George Meredith But matters referring to her case were secondary with Diana beside the importance of her storing impressions. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Arnold Bennett These matters seemed to Samuel and Constance to be of tremendous import, seemed to threaten the very foundations of existence. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Thomas Love Peacock My father has done that of which the world disapproves, in matters of which I pretend not to judge. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

Your mamma is a talking person, you know, Charlotte; and as we don’t want every one in this part of Bayswater to know the precise amount of your fortune, we may as well let matters rest as they are. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Arnold Bennett She must at any cost be able to respect herself, and, as matters stood, she could not respect herself. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Wilkie Collins The letter in my hand reminded me that I had perhaps needlessly questioned him on matters which his master had confided to my own knowledge only. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Arthur Conan Doyle Every man was, in his opinion, equal in the eyes of the Almighty, and none had a right to claim any precedence over his neighbour in matters of religion. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Duke, reflecting upon all these matters with careful attention, happened, about a month after his niece’s death, to visit Brussels, and learnt that Mr. Creevey was staying in the town. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Elizabeth Gaskell Indeed, in her position, nothing less than entire constant absorption in petty money matters could have scraped together a provision. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Anthony Trollope But she had been thinking of him as we think of matters which need not put us to any immediate trouble. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Provoking, as well as perplexing, was this unique state of matterswholly without precedent. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

M. R. James Dr. Quinn, as I said, was a plain, honest creature, and a man to whom I would have gone — indeed I have before now gone to him for advice on matters of business. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

George Meredith Let matters go on as they are. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

H. G. Wells What matters now is that justly or unjustly we Americans have been favoured by fortune and granted unequalled privileges. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Arthur Conan Doyle The polite agent was afraid he could say no more, as the affairs of his clients were not matters which he could discuss. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Charles Dickens When all these matters were arranged, the King in his triumph became more fierce, and false, and insolent to all around him than he had ever been. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Andrew Lang Bonnetta was not at all pleased at the turn matters were taking, for she did not fancy being turned into a mermaid in her old age. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope Then it would heal matters in our family, for my father is as prejudiced in her favour as he is against me. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But such comforts will cease to be joys when they become matters of course. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy So matters stood till three nights ago; I was then walking home from the pottery, and came up to the railway. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Guy de Maupassant Would not the most elementary good-breeding have taught them to speak in a lower tone about such matters when we are near at hand. The Impolite Sex (Correspondance) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Theodore Dreiser He preferred, of course, that such comments should cease, but he also thought that if he made any effort to have them stopped he might make matters worse. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

He made use of me to acquire information, and conversed freely upon the business of his government, and upon matters connected with his mission. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Henry Handel Richardson Believing, as she truly did, that Richard’s moroseness sprang mainly from pique at having to take up work again, she was not going to risk making matters worse by talking about them. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

E. F. Benson As was inevitable, matters had come to a crisis between her and Rudolf Villars, and two days ago he had declared to her his steadfast and passionate devotion. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

The dream of life has long been over for me; it matters not how or where the last sands flow out. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Poor James did not know that games were matters of deadly importance, and that a rule was a sacred thing. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

In fact, I don’t know myself that I will; I have certain matters to attend to this very night. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Herman Melville Finding all right at the helm, the pilot went forward to the forecastle, to see how matters stood there. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

Bram Stoker The papacy was all powerful in matters of secret inquiry. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Anthony Trollope But on all these matters there had been no discussion now for a month, nor even an allusion to them. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing If one goes on the assumption that the ill word of the mob is equivalent to high praise, one will not, as a rule, be far wrong, in matters of literature. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Andrew Lang As matters stand, it seems to me probable that ancient China possessed a Supreme Personal Being, more remote and original than Heaven, just as the Zuñis do. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Bram Stoker From this time on, more is known of the personality of Elizabeth; in fact there is little unknown, that is, of matters of fact, and to this only we must devote ourselves. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

I fear we must let matters take the usual course, trusting to our later efforts to prevent the backsliding which may result. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

What he thought of it I don’t know, The matters we discussed were not of course of high policy, though from the point of view of the war in the south they were important enough. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Anthony Trollope Some years ago, it matters not how many, the old Earl of Scroope lived at Scroope Manor in Dorsetshire. The house was an Elizabethan structure of some pretensions, but of no fame. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Then, a certified genealogy of the family in New England, where such matters can be ascertained from town and church records, with at least as much certainty, it would appear, as in this country. The Ancestral Footstep by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Wilkie Collins But he was the master of the house; he was the principal man in the place — he had no other alternative, as matters now stood, than to take his hat and go. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

If it had been sent out, however, if it were already in the hands of some wrong person, matters looked more ominous. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Andrew Lang Among old illustrated books, the most famous, and one of the rarest, is the “Hypnerotomachia Poliphili,” “wherein all human matters are proved to be no more than a dream. The Library by Andrew Lang

Sampson sat meditating on the gullibility of man in matters medical. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Virginia Woolf Exalted notions of Church matters are contradictions in terms to the lowliness and humility of the gospel. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

John Galsworthy If they had, they couldn’t possibly have the feeling that it matters as much as they think it does. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Robert Louis Stevenson What matters it how bad we are, if others can still love us, and we can still love others?’ ‘Ay!’ replied the Doctor. ‘It is very well said. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins The opinion of a man like Mr. MacGlue, who looked at all mortal matters from the same immovably practical point of view, might really have its use, in my case, as a species of moral remedy. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

It must be remembered that these comparisons are not matters susceptible of dispute, being founded on simple arithmetical computations, level to the capacity of any intelligent schoolboy. Homeopathy and its Kindred Delusions by Oliver Wendell Holmes [1842]

Jules Verne And it matters little, after all. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

George Gissing In other moods, and these more frequent, Mr. Parish indulged in native optimism, tempered by anxiety in matters of “hyjene. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

If we are unjust, it matters little to our victim what makes us so, or whether we have prayed to see aright, if for long years we have closed our eyes to unpalatable truths. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

These matters fill up a large space of his notes. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

William Makepeace Thackeray Those who are anxious to know had better purchase the book wherein all these interesting matters are duly set down. George Cruikshank by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Anthony Trollope Such matters were her playthings, her billiard table, her hounds and hunters, her waltzes and polkas, her picnics and summer-day excursions. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He would boast, too, about other matters — much to his own disadvantage. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Mr. Bertram seemed to be content that matters should rest as they were then settled, and his nephew certainly had no intention of recurring to the subject on his own behalf. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Charles Dickens There seems reason to suppose that he expected a pardon even then, in return for this confession; but it matters little whether he did or not. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

He entrusted him with his secretest negotiations, and made use of his assistant pen in matters that nearly concerned the State and were fit to be made public. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

Ralph Waldo Emerson For the rest, the nobility have the lead in matters of state, and of expense; in questions of taste, in social usages, in convivial and domestic hospitalities. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

The talk flitted from topic to topic, mainly concerning itself with matters artistic, and never for one moment approaching the critical subject of John Bellingham’s will. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Anthony Trollope That answer refers chiefly to matters of military capacity or incapacity, as to which I have expressed no opinion. North America by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson These are dangerous matters to meddle with. The Confession of Charles Linkworth by E. F. Benson

He’s in his dotage!” “In every-day matters he’s in his dotage, perhaps,” laughed Larose, “but in matters of chess he’s still in the prime of life. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

D. H. Lawrence A friend means one who is at one with me in matters of life and death. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins But, as matters actually stand, my unfortunate wife’s imbecility may, in her present position, lead to consequences which we none of us foresee. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Perhaps the Vicar will call this afternoon and talk matters over with me. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Olaf Stapledon And, of course, there are plenty of rotters, people who think nothing matters so long as one spouts class war; people who are socialists in theory and individualists in action. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

W. H. Hudson He replied that for the very reason that I was acquainted with those matters I was the only fit person to go to Yala. Then in my agitation I unburdened my heart to him. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

A pupil or two, and a success with his work ‘On the Character and Inaccuracies of Eusebius,’ would make matters square in a little time. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Florence Dixie She dreaded that she had done wrong in telling him what she had, and that appearances against Lord Wrathness were too strong for the boy to be able to look at matters in the same light as she did. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Dost thou know why?” He answered, “No.” “The blessed Gods,” said she, speaking yet lower, “have shown me many hidden matters which the sons of men know not neither imagine. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

T. H. Huxley Certainly not in these physical matters — in these there is nothing of the kind — everything depends on previous conditions. Essays by T. H. Huxley

H. G. Wells If I have you nothing else matters . Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

George Gissing How do matters stand?’ ‘You know Mrs. Jacox?’ Thomas was obviously a man of discretion, but less intellectual than his brother; he spoke like one who is accustomed to the management of affairs. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

George Meredith But these were the very matters exciting his particular esteem. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Much better that she should look to her granddaughter’s husband for advice in all business matters than to a servant When did it happen?’ ‘Half an hour ago. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Anthony Trollope And on the outside of the building matters are not much better. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Whether Mr. Norman was aware of this and the like matters it would not be easy to say; in all probability not. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle Your recent services to one of the royal houses of Europe have shown that you are one who may safely be trusted with matters which are of an importance which can hardly be exaggerated. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Anthony Trollope The circumstances of the general election of 18 — will be well remembered by all those who take an interest in the political matters of the country. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Morrison So matters went for near a week. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

H. G. Wells A great number of people were now intensely interested in this experimental work upon the unexplored dimensions into which physical processes might he swung, but these matters terrified her. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Anthony Trollope Of course you understand that I am here as Sir Thomas’s friend, to set certain matters right for him if I can. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Julian and his party were the Ultramontanes of their day in matters of religion, and the Romantics in matters of literature. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Molly had already guessed that matters were about to slip into a new phase; the affair had reached maturity long ago, and a new phase must be in the nature of a wane. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

Olaf Stapledon What matters is rather that we know very little of the causes and direction of evolution; while good and bad are experienced every day in our own lives. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Thus matters stood when the Christians of the place came and sought to obtain my assistance. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Sir Reginald chose to talk over his money matters with me, and I think he expected me to do things which no stranger could be reasonably invited to do. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Theodore Dreiser Money will arrange matters in New York — that I know. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Andrew Lang The evidence of all this deals with matters often trivial, like the electric sparks rubbed from the deer’s hide, which yet are cognate with an illimitable, essential potency of the universe. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

He had important matters of his own to look after. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Anna Katherine Green Let matters remain as they are till after ——” He took a quick step toward her. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Ford Madox Ford I don’t know that analysis of my own psychology matters at all to this story. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Sidney Colvin In matters of poetic feeling and fancy Keats and Hunt had not a little in common. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I have other matters to speak of with you, but they can wait. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Anthony Trollope He was still of opinion that the two cousins might ultimately become man and wife if matters were left tranquil and the girl were taken abroad for a year or two. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He had to reflect in the first place whether he was quite sure that matters were arranged between Marie and Adrian Urmand. The story had been told to him as being certainly true by Peter the waiter. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

We spent a very pleasant evening, and I noticed that Gaudian led the talk to matters in which the boy could share, and made him speak of himself. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Margaret Oliphant Nothing matters so long as you have your senses. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

H. Rider Haggard On the southern and western aspects of the camp matters were different, for here the place was strongly fortified both by art and nature. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

G. K. Chesterton Of the other four, all interesting matters were, as far as we were concerned, swallowed up in one stupendous fact. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Though she used him “for matters of state and revenue,” she either did not like him, or did not see in him the servant she wanted to advance. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Guy de Maupassant The latter at once told her how matters stood. The Rondoli Sisters by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

John Galsworthy What do you think?” “I really don’t believe it matters what any of us think. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Henry James It was true and perhaps a little alarming that she had never heard of any such matters since then. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

I suspect that a certain muddling of matters hereabouts is what makes the general philosophic public so impervious to humanism’s claims. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Thomas Hardy It had been so convenient for discussing business matters to have Jim in the same house, that he did not wish any change to be made in consequence of a change in Jim’s domestic estate. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

Edgar Allan Poe P. Can you give me no more precise idea of what you term the unparticled matter? V. The matters of which man is cognizant escape the senses in gradation. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

Ralph Waldo Emerson And, in modern times, any slipperiness in the government in political faith, or any repudiation or crookedness in matters of finance, would bring the whole nation to a committee of inquiry and reform. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Robert Louis Stevenson Indeed, in his case, matters came nearly to a fight. Across the Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson

Such matters were to him of the most subordinate importance, which it was no small part of the novelist’s duty to keep very severely in their place. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Charles Kingsley It matters much what it meant to those who introduced it. Grots and Groves by Charles Kingsley

Thomas Paine It matters nothing to you who governs America, if your manufactures find a consumption there. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

D. H. Lawrence The more so, as she felt that in matters intellectual he was rather stupid. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Walter Scott Laying all these matters together, Alan thought, with no little anxiety on the celebrated lines of Shakespeare, — A drop, That in the ocean seeks another drop, &c. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

These, and other matters of as much interest, however, we pass over, for the purpose of describing a scene of even more importance. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]