Phrases with "might"

Jules Verne But this document might still be worth a fortune if, supposing I am acquitted or executed, it should ever escape him. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

A modest, cosy and rather picturesque dwelling, which if placed on a green knoll with a few trees about it might become a subject for a sketching class. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

George Gissing But it might be a little awkward for her. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

E. F. Benson Life under the new conditions was not easy, for a mere glance at the paper might send any true Riseholmite into a paroxysm of chattering rage or a deep disgusted melancholy. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

H. G. Wells Men might have been killed perhaps and everything would have been different. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

H. G. Wells And our analysis might penetrate further than separation into types of individuals. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

If only we could go on as we had begun, we might yet come successfully out of the affair. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

E. Phillips Oppenheim In that brief period of terrible doubt the peril of his position, the threatened loss of his name and liberty, seemed as nothing beside the chill fear that he might have lost her for ever . Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

My heart sank when I thought of what Moira might have to listen to in this abominable place. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

It was, of course, very unfair of me to press her, very ill-bred, but I really could not help it; and I might just as well have let it alone. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Meanwhile Mr Villiers, dreading lest his courage should give way, went to the nearest hotel and drank pretty freely so that he might bring himself into an abnormal condition of bravery. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

She might have been an insurance agent, or a school-teacher, visiting in a purely secular household, so little parade of cant was there about her. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Why not? He might have said I attacked him. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You are afraid I might have got that instead of the whisky. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Edgar Rice Burroughs In that instance it was just as well that I am not, for my very slowness of foot played into my hands; while had I been fleeter, I might have lost Dian that time forever. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

He might at least see what sort of crossing they were going to have to-night. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Andrew Lang Virgilius replied that if he had taken her away he had also brought her back, when he might have kept her, and that if they would set him free to return to his own land he would come hither no more. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Above all other things, selfish and cynical though he might appear at times, he was unfailingly courteous and considerate towards her. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

Washington Irving Benches were built along the sides for summer use; and a great spinning-wheel at one end, and a churn at the other, showed the various uses to which this important porch might be devoted. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

George Berkeley Qu. Whatever commodities Great Britain importeth which we might supply, whether it be not her real interest to import them from us rather than from any other people? 198. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

If I had bought some of the blind minstrel’s almanacs and jest-books I might indeed apologize, but ballads are another thing. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

H. Rider Haggard Now hearken, you company of Ospakar Blacktooth! If there be any two among you who will dare to match their might against my single sword in holmgang, here I, Eric Brighteyes, stand and wait them. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Anthony Trollope He might be useful; he might be successful; he might be admired. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton The presence of the foreign military leader might mean all sorts of things. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

John Galsworthy Jon ought to be told, so that either his feeling might be nipped in the bud, or, flowering in spite of the past, come to fruition. To Let by John Galsworthy

Henry James She did last things or pretended to do them; to be in the cage had suddenly become her safety, and she was literally afraid of the alternate self who might be waiting outside. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

As she was comfortable, why should she not remain? One might have a discharge of artillery; she did not care to budge once she had settled in a heap. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Yellow boulders crop out here and there above the mounded sand, which looks as if it might cover many a forgotten temple. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

H. G. Wells I did not realise at all what human things might be found behind those grey frontages, what weakness that whole forbidding facade might presently confess. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Wilkie Collins Knowing them both as I did, I thought it at least probable that a written controversy might be succeeded by a personal estrangement. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

James Clerk Maxwell We might even imagine a course of experimental study the arrangement of which should be founded on a classification of methods, and not on that of the objects of investigation. Five of Maxwell’s Papers by James Clerk Maxwell

Jules Verne That he had broken off all connections with the inhabitants of the land might be true, but with every point on the surface of the earth, certainly not. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

She might have found it when she came after the death to Rose Cottage, but in that case, had she nothing to conceal, she would have shown it to the police. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

E. Phillips Oppenheim Further, it might have affected the position which it is in the interests of my work that I should maintain here. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle If I might ask you to wait here for an instant, I have a question which I should like to put to the maid. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I might have helped his diagnosis. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Anna Katherine Green She had been the one to ultimately find and lead home the child, and, silent as she had been up to this time, it has been thought possible that she might swear to having heard these voices also. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

To scale that wall in the dead of night, to cross over the garden under the full moon, to tiptoe into McIver’s room, knowing that at any moment he might get a bullet for his pains. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Henry James To send the things back “for her” meant of course to send them back if there were even a dim chance that she might become mistress of them. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Gaston Leroux They saw Natacha, who was held up by Priemkof himself, reject the aid of the Nihilist, who did not wish to abandon her, in order that he might save himself. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Lewis Carroll The 16 give the distance correctly, but they have failed to grasp the fact that the top of the hill might have been reached at any moment between 6 o’clock and 7. A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll

H.P. Lovecraft But these were not the Great Old Ones. No man had ever seen the Old Ones. The carven idol was great Cthulhu, but none might say whether or not the others were precisely like him. The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

If you see him you might try and smooth him down. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

It took the power out of his joints, and if she was going to be much around, it looked as if Blenkiron might be counted out. Greenmantle by John Buchan

If he had found more support, inside the diocese, for his social and educational work, the breach might have been healed, or at any rate postponed, in the hope of his health mending. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

I thought that it would be pleasant to join with them here, and resolved to ask Almah to come with me, so that she might explain the meaning of the ceremonies. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Arthur Morrison If he might speak strictly confidentially he would suggest that observation be kept on Wickens, the carpenter. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Thomas Hardy Could he have seen how she made use of those silent hours he might have found reason to reserve his judgment on her quality. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Charles Stur The distance between my outer and inner points might have been a cable’s length. An account of the sea coast and interior of South Australia by Charles Stur

A bird whose thievish disposition suggested to someone that it might be taught to talk. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

You might think a little touched in the head, and there again it would not do to trust to that notion either. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

It seemed to her that the child might be a protection to her some day. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Kate Chopin You speak with about as little reflection as we might expect from one of those children down there playing in the sand. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Jules Verne He would have preferred traveling during the severe winter season, in order that he might perform the whole distance by sleighs. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

He besought me, therefore, to leave my solitary isle and to meet him at Perth, that we might proceed southwards together. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

I tried to conceal this as much as possible, that I might not debar him from the pleasures natural to one who was entering on a new scene of life, undisturbed by any care or bitter recollection. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

She might have learned German while sitting with Margaret, and Spanish instead of taking part in plays. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

H. G. Wells People might look over the fence if they chose. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Edith Wharton If certain signs meant what he thought they did, he might yet — at what cost he would not stop to think — make his past pay for his future. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Andrew Lang That Cecil had told him that the Queen was resolved not to marry Lord Robert, as he had learned from herself; it seemed that the Arch Duke might be proposed. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Algernon Blackwood It was really admirable how he emerged victor in the end; men of riper powers and experience might have come through the ordeal with less success. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

Bram Stoker Morano, as might have been expected, was not satisfied with the proceedings and vowed vengeance which he tried to effect later. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

In the same sense I might say that once before I had been at Oxford: but that was as a transient visitor with Lord W——, when we were both children. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

Rudyard Kipling And when they sat down to dinner in the tent he told his tale in few words, as it might have been an official report. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

F. Scott Fitzgerald That was a moment I might have said something, I suppose, but in spite of everything, I couldn’t light into her. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

The novella has in fact been carried so far in the short story that it might be asked whether it had not left the novel behind, as to perfection of form; though one might not like to affirm this. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

He played with a fear that they might all have vanished, and with an apprehension that the cabman might forget and whirl him rapidly by the place where he had left them. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

You might as well be honest about it. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Thus, believe me, I did not risk too much when I proposed to play for the first favor we might receive. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

George Meredith I might have done it in his place, if I found I couldn’t lick him. The House on the Beach by George Meredith [1877]

It might have seemed suspicious. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Rudyard Kipling He ties up his pigtail, being a Cantonese — and this is a disadvantage to sahibs who cannot speak Tamil, Malay, or Cantonese. Otherwise he might be steered like a camel. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

The sketching clubs up and down the country might form the nucleus of such a society, provided all professional men were rigorously excluded. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Olaf Stapledon There are many consistently kind-hearted people who might well be called saints in a loose sense, but in the sense in which the word is used in this book they are not really saints. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Ford Madox Ford You, might put it that at times she was exceedingly grotesque and at times extraordinarily beautiful. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Henry James As I paused beneath the high east window and listened to the sounds of worship, I was taken with an impulse that might master me, I felt, completely should I give it the least encouragement. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

D. H. Lawrence She thought someone might TELL her. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins Death — shameful death on the scaffoldmight be the terrible result of the consultation of the jury. The Dead Alive by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Andrew Lang In a few days the marriage took place; but however happy she was, and however busy she might be, never a month passed by without a visit from Abeille to her friends in the kingdom of the gnomes. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Charles Dickens I needn’t make it a pound, as previously insisted on; ten shillings might ease my mind. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

H. G. Wells Of course we might try the legitimate quantity for a few days. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

He realized exultingly that he had done better work than he thought — he might repent later, but for the moment he could feel nothing but that. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Rudyard Kipling It is a Sahibs’ war,” and Kurban Sahib put up his hand — thus; and then his eyes rolled on me, and I gave him water that he might pass the more quickly. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Arthur Conan Doyle It might or might not bite the occupant, perhaps she might escape every night for a week, but sooner or later she must fall a victim. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Colonel Burgoyne had forbidden mention of the Clay affair during dinner, but he might as well have bidden the tides cease. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Robert Green Ingersoll They might believe it who made the record. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

William Morris So I thought I might never see you again, and that seemed uncomfortable to me, and — and so I came after you. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

After all, if I was destined to be arrested, I might just as well be taken at Mr. Maybourne’s house as elsewhere--perhaps better. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Henry James It seemed easiest to go without seeing her, and yet if he might ask for a grain of “compensation” this would be five minutes face to face with her. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

There might have been no dog there. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

However she silently acquiesced; but that her friend might not feel the pain of believing herself neglected, she was obliged to tell her what had passed. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

Arthur Machen Why don’t you try to do something like that, Lucian? You might make something by it. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Outside, the servant whom he had hired that morning in New York was busy endeavouring to arrange for a conveyance of some sort in which they might complete their journey. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Perhaps even then I had no reason to complain, for my own conduct in that instance was unwise; and the allusion, though a personality, and so far ill-bred, might be meant in real kindness. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

Wilkie Collins How could I feel sure that you might not suspect me?” “Suspect you!” he exclaimed. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Miles Franklin On account of a little prejudice it would be a sin to rob Sybylla of the brilliant career she might have. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

It was exactly the kind of detail that might betray you. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

E. Phillips Oppenheim We might be able to get to know then who was framing this. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Hearn, honest and straightforward himself, did not altogether understand what evil might be in store for him, and grew seriously frightened. Wolfe Barrington’s Taming by Ellen Wood [1870]

Jeremy Bentham His intention was to shoot the king either in the leg or the hand, or in both, as it might happen. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

A voice suggested that the Inglez might have withdrawn himself into the depths. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The same measure will still serve: “I have never heard of any crime which I might not have committed. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Thus fortified I might take my rest in peace. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

E. F. Benson If Mr Pillson happens—it’s only a speculation—to want it, we might ask, say, six. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Charles Dickens Pestilence might have ravaged streets, squares, and market-places; and sack and siege have ruined the old houses, battered down their doors and windows, and made breaches in their roofs. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

Elizabeth Gaskell This man had not the sinecure you might imagine. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

H. G. Wells He wondered what ammunition they might have. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Indeed, Robert began to realise now that the real danger from his being connected with Fergus’s death lay only in the revelation it might bring of his theft of the necklace. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

G. K. Chesterton Cats are so beautiful that a creature from another star might fall in love with them, and so incalculable that he might kill them. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Elizabeth Von Arnim She might try it when Job began bothering. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Mark Twain A faint wind moaned through the trees, and Tom feared it might be the spirits of the dead, complaining at being disturbed. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

To be near Coralie seemed like a protection, though she might not go to her. Mrs. Cramp’s Tenant by Ellen Wood [1881]

George Gissing He was no coward, but a life hitherto untroubled by sickness had led him to hope that he might pass easily from the world, and a doom of extinction by torture perturbed his philosophy. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Now that was a thing I would not allow; so I said at once, “Richard (or James, as the case might be,) you misunderstand my character. Murder considered as one of the Fine Arts by Thomas de Quincey [1827]

Henry James She might have been a divorced duchess — she might have been an old maid who taught the harp. The Altar of the Dead by Henry James [1895]

Emma Ladbruk drifted out of its history as a bee that had wandered in at an open window might flit its way out again. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

At one of the windows stood, in her haughty beauty, Eliza Monk. Not, surely, of the lovely scene before her was she thinking, or her face might have worn a more pleasing expression. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Poor the brothers might be, but there was wealth somewhere. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

If this were Nikola he might have gone through the whole length and breadth of China without any fear of his identity being for one moment questioned. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

The long spears which the natives carried might possibly be used for catching these, or for fishing purposes. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Sinclair Lewis But I do believe the thing may make a lot of money, and so might these nuisances that Howard raves about: television and nasty airships with rockets in their tails. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

M. R. James Mr Crome himself went as quick as he might to the Hall, and was shown to the room where the dead man lay. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Arthur Machen My authority is the State Trials, and one might think, on the face of it, that no more solid foundation of fact could be desired. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

Sinclair Lewis He was more conscious of the wagon lit than he had ever been, for he was wondering if he might not spend much of his life, now, in those homes for people who flee from life. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

G. K. Chesterton In the dullest mediæval morality we might have a joke about a progressive gentleman who, having passed heaven and come to purgatory, decided to go further and fare worse. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

James Joyce He looked down into the street in order that his emotion might calm a little. Dubliners by James Joyce

Ford Madox Ford She said reflectively: ‘Yes, we might try quite a party . Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Henry Handel Richardson As it was, this clerk might have been cheating the clients right and left. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

My memory might leave me again, and then Miss Huckins might suffer. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Morrison Still, he might have made such a mistake, as Plummer suggested when he said that criminals usually make a mistake somewhere — as they do, in fact. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Andrew Lang There is no corpus delicti, no carcase of the missing Edwin Drood. For the reasons given, Datchery might be Helena in disguise. The Puzzle of Dickens’s Last Plot by Andrew Lang

Edmund Burke He might be embarrassed, if the case were really such as sophisters represent it in their paltry style of debating. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Having stood aside at the earlier date in favour of Victor Hugo, who was admitted in 1841, he thought he might count on a reciprocal service from the poet. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

D. H. Lawrence I thought we might put him up for the night, and save him a ten-mile walk. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Statues, inscriptions, memorial stones, the names of streets — anything that might throw light upon the past had been systematically altered. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

G. K. Chesterton Many old texts about the despised and persecuted came back to my mind, and I thought that the saints might well be hidden in the criminal class. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Henry Handel Richardson How he was beginning to rue the day when he had burdened himself with a house of this size, merely that he might continue to make a show among his fellow-men. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Thomas Hardy He might not be able to come so far as this for many days. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Henry Handel Richardson That might bring him to his senses. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Authorship is a mania to conquer which no reasons are sufficiently strong; and you might as easily persuade me not to love, as I persuade you not to write. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

I might stroll in the direction of the cemetery, taking care to avoid her, if she were anywhere about, and keeping well away from that part where I had last seen her. The Story of Salome by Amelia B. Edwards

Arthur Machen And I was enormously pleased to think it was all my secret, that nobody else knew anything about it, and that, whatever I might see, I would keep to myself. A Fragment of Life by Arthur Machen

Thomas Hardy Manston at bay, and reckless of results, might rush to his wife and harm her. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He held up his hand as he entered in a gesture which might have been intended for the Fascist salute or might have been an invocation to silence. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

H.G. Wells I suppose I might just as well go. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

They might take him and never bring him back; she would thank them heartily. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

H.P. Lovecraft The body, as might be expected, seemed to West a heaven-sent gift. Herbert West — Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

We might write off D’Ingraville now, for he was beyond hope. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

G. K. Chesterton We might almost say that there is every other virtue in Puritanism except purity; often including continence, which is quite a different thing from purity. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Guy de Maupassan Any violent emotion might have very serious results just now, for you are enceinte . Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Guy de Maupassan Maitre Chicot held them back: “You must take something, anyhow! We made some dumplings; might as well make use of ’em. The Moribund by Guy de Maupassan

Virginia Woolf The Scilly Isles might well be obliterated by a roller sweeping straight across. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

John Galsworthy He might live another five years. Indian Summer of a Forsyte by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope He said that the subject was so much too long for letters; that he hoped I would go and stay a week with him in the country — so that we might have it out. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

One little possibility that somehow or other he might one day be found out. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Daniel Defoe My friend whose boat we were in told me this was a surprise which he would have been very glad of if he could but have had a day or two’s warning, for he might have taken 200 tons of them. From London to Land’s End by Daniel Defoe

Olaf Stapledon Reputations might be lost, and new ones made. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Did you notice which end of the table he ignored when relating this dramatic episode?” “No.” “If you had we might be better able to judge where his thoughts were. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

Andrew Lang The parents of a young noble might well try to prevent him from marrying an unknown and penniless girl. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

This island was certainly very unlike Magones, yet I had no surety but that it might be equally destitute of food. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Henry James The fields and trees were of a cool metallic green; the grass looked as if it might stain his trousers and the foliage his hands. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Virginia Woolf He sat and looked at the island and he might be thinking, We perished, each alone, or he might be thinking, I have reached it. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Robert Louis Stevenson The two men exchanged a glance; it was tragic; not otherwise might two philosophers salute, as at the end of a laborious life each recognised that he was still a mystery to his disciples. Providence and the Guitar by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James As much as anything else, perhaps, it was the fear of what one of the men might say to me that made me for an hour or two, at this crisis, continuously shy. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

George Gissing The mood of their last night in Paris might perchance return, but only with like conditions. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

It struck me that I might be falling sick. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Henry James She lives in the Second Avenue.” “What does Mrs. Montgomery say about him?” “That he has talents by which he might distinguish himself. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Anna Katherine Green Then I said that some one wanted him pretty bad, for, early as it was, this stranger was up as soon as you, and had followed us into the mountains and might show up any time on the road. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle They might even look upon me as the assassin. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Thomas Hardy He might be bedding, or he might be sowing — all was forgot. A Few Crusted Characters by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Rudyard Kipling He just bad-worded ·007, and pulled yards of charred cotton-waste from about the axles, and hoped he might some day catch the idiot who had packed it. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

David Hume We might say, upon such a supposition, that one object or event has followed another; not that one was produced by the other. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

Anna Katherine Green As she did so, these words left her lips: “And she knew I might come at any minute!” Tottering from fatigue, she caught at the trunk of a great tree which held roof and wall in its embrace. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle I might even have taken my father into confidence, but his hoarse snoring in the adjoining room showed that he was fast asleep. Our Midnight Visitor by Arthur Conan Doyle

Robert Louis Stevenson A man (who might be you or me) Hurls another into the sea. Moral Emblems by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells He’ll get his own cocktails, I expect, in one of the pubs in the Broadway. I think he might just as well have caught the late train down. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Wilkie Collins Kit’s pride in his few sickly-looking flowers, and his small crookedly directed walks, might have made some people laugh; it made me feel readier to cry. The First Officer’s Confession by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Charles Dickens Ten years ago, I took my credentials to an English gentleman at Long’s Hotel, in Bond Street, London, who was about to travel — it might be for one year, it might be for two. To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens [1852]

M. R. James The rumour of the journey might be itself a device. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

It was a son I had, and a year and a half ago I put him away from me that I might enter the matrimonial lists unhampered and obtain a husband. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Leaving the building, he made his way to the police station, and, presenting his card, asked that it might be given to the superintendent there. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

E. F. Benson Thus Diva deserved a punishment of some sort, and happily, at that very moment she thought of a subject on which she might be able to make her uncomfortable. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Oscar Wilde We might make ourselves spiritual by detaching ourselves from action, and become perfect by the rejection of energy. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Jules Verne In the luxury of its houses, its arrangements, and its equipages, it might rival the greatest European capitals. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

H. G. Wells It had dawned upon him that the struggle was perhaps more than half over, that Ostrog was holding his own, that the arrival of the aeroplanes would mean a panic that might leave him helpless. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

I thought now I might as well rise and continue my journey. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Frances Hodgson Burnett I don’t believe it! If you were a nice boy it might be true — but you’re too nasty!” In spite of his invalid back Colin sat up in bed in quite a healthy rage. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Walter Scott Mrs. Martha’s features had been of a kind which might be said to wear well; their irregularity was now of little consequence, animated, as they were, by the vivacity of her conversation. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

It might have been—one cannot tell—but it might have been that Mr. Preen discerned what this wedding of Emma Paul’s must be to his son, and so took him out to divert his mind a bit. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn If left to myself, I might perhaps manage to do justice to all parties without offending any; but under the dictation of Lady Canning the thing would be impracticable. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Edgar Allan Poe It was possible, I thought, that, concealed in some obscure corner, or lurking in some closet or drawer, might be found the lost object of my inquiry. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Robert Louis Stevenson To be sure, I might have pleaded my fatigue, which was excuse enough; but I thought it behoved that I should bear a testimony. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Watkin Tench Whereas, heretofore, from having never heard from England, the hearts of men sunk and many had begun to doubt whether it had not been resolved to try how long misery might be endured with resignation. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

She did not know how long she might have to be in London, but it might be months. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Rudyard Kipling Jan Chinn bought country spirits of an awful strength, and slew wild pig and deer beyond counting, so that if any fell sick they might have two good reasons. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Yet Birtley Raydon might have felt just a little more sympathy with Eva, for—though he would have angrily refused to admit the fact—he, too, thought a great deal of his appearance. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Ivan Turgenev What induces you to do so? You might at least move into some summer villa out of town. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

But even that inward peace could not cure the dull aching of his heart, which ached he scarce knew why; or it might be that he stubbornly refused to know. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Wilkie Collins The sooner they were in the presence of a third person (Emily privately concluded) the better it might be for both of them. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

And if he was going to have a surfeit of coffee he might as well have some good stuff while he could still taste it. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey