Phrases with "might"

Quickly men brought him rich robes that he might pick and choose the best for his change. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

G. K. Chesterton The only other object was a dusty old cross-hilted sword, such as might have come from a curiosity shop. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Willa Cather Claude went over to the church to see whether he might be moping in the graveyard. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Sinclair Lewis God knows what it might lead to! Oh, yes, Neil had heard of Ash Davis. For the first time in his life he really looked at a “colored man. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

But I might as well have been reading a newspaper upside down, for I couldn’t keep my mind on him. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Andrew Lang After that he went back to the weaver’s house, and told him that the gold had been given him by the man who had won the race, and that the weaver might have it for his kindness to him. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang Now believe ye not that his mind was on kine, nor cattle of the booty, nor thought he how he might strike a knight, nor be stricken again: nor no such thing. Aucassin and Nicolete by Andrew Lang

Ivan Turgenev The doctor managed to whisper to her that it was hopeless even to think that the patient might recover. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Oscar Wilde But he suddenly started up, and, closing his eyes, placed his fingers upon the lids, as though he sought to imprison within his brain some curious dream from which he feared he might awake. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

H. G. Wells If I had gone to Eton I might have been the same as you are, I suppose. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

She might have been made thus inhuman by the force of an invisible purpose. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Rudyard Kipling He romped after one man’s cloak as a clumsy dog might do, but I observed that he kept the man on his terrible left side. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Sinclair Lewis Why, the boy might think he was in Bad Taste, and next to the affection of Fran and Emily, he wanted Brent’s affection and respect more than that of any one in the world. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

How little society is there to be found in what you call the world? It might more properly be compared to that state of war, which Hobbes supposes the first condition of mankind. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

And Mr. Tanerton said no more; he was not certain; and supposed the older and more experienced man might be right. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

Anatole France She thought she might perhaps console him for her loss. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Anthony Trollope Now, let what might happen, the letter was not to go for nothing. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton He had been forbidden to return there, and if he disobeyed it might cost his mother-in-law her job. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Certainly she had picked up quite a lot of poetry during his era, and from that she argued she might have picked up other things, if they had been brought to her notice in time. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

He was smiling to himself and a chance observer might have thought he was a lover. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Edgar Rice Burroughs We might even use them later ourselves in this same capacity. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Abraham Merri What — Dwayanu had come and we had slain him! ‘I will take him,’ I told Yodin. ‘I do not trust Tibur who, in his stupidity and arrogance, might easily destroy us all. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Arthur Conan Doyle Had I known more of the ways of women I might have taken less pains. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Mark Twain They wished to get to Egypt. What might become of them then they did not know and probably did not care — any thing to get away from hated Jaffa. They had little to hope for. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Bronislaw Malinowski Visitors might be invited to the feast; but they “purchased bags of the seeds when they returned home. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Nothing that he could do might now avert the breaking storm, all his words would only be twisted into fresh griefs. Irremediable by Ella D'Arcy [1894]

H. G. Wells You think we might live together and go on loving. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

George MacDonald You might heave your rump up half a foot, but for lashing out — oho! If you did, you’d be down on your belly before you could get your legs under you again. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

McSwiney alive was the connecting link with the other man, and with him once in custody we might have got at his companion that way. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Abraham Merri It might be that — some odorless, colorless gas of unknown qualities; and yet — “Did you try respirators?” asked Dick. “Surely,” said Ventnor. “First off the go. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

He could do nothing but wait till the evening came, when he might have some opportunity, if the night were only dark enough, of helping or warning him. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Rudyard Kipling I could have said a good deal, but you might as well talk to a sheep as an art-manager. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Have you no imitation scarabs, new and serviceable, that one might wear without the fear of breaking them?” “These are imitations, O Sitt!” was the ready answer. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

The following morning at breakfast-time Beatrice handed over her diary to Larose with the smiling intimation that she had run briefly through it, and there was nothing in it he might not read. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Anthony Trollope It might have been thought that with such aid the St. Paul’s would have succeeded. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Gustave Flauber All, however, were oppressed with the same anxiety; it was feared that the Barbarians, seeing themselves so strong, might take a fancy to stay. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Robert Louis Stevenson As he had some business in the town which would occupy him some hour or so, on our arrival I was to improve the time and go down to the lake, that I might see a glimpse of the promised wonders. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

One might have taken them for two lovers, sitting there to exchange vows, and going in for romance. The Curate of St. Matthew’s by Ellen Wood [1879]

Rudyard Kipling If we stayed longer, we might be disillusioned, and yet — surely, that would be impossible. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

D. H. Lawrence He hoped he might even put his hand on her bosom and feel her soft breasts under her tunic. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

It might fairly be objected to the later development of the industrial process that its discipline tends to “materialism,” to the elimination of filial piety. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Perhaps, after all the sordid shifts and schemes of her previous existence, she had imagined she might lead an easier and a more respectable life within those walls. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

H. G. Wells But it may turn out to be a much slighter, less elaborate organization than a consideration of existing methods might lead us to imagine. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Algernon Blackwood The mood of an ancient and divining prophecy lay in the sight, linking Nature with human-nature in natural harmony when the lion and the lamb might play together, and a little child might lead them. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Gaspar Ruiz might have thought that the inhabitants had fled from it, as from many others in the neighbourhood, had it not been for the shouts of abuse that answered his thumping. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

I listened for the ascent of the doctor, and his entrance at my uncle’s door, which, in the stillness of the night, I thought I might easily hear, but no sound reached me. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Charles Dickens You will naturally ask me, what had been the matter with him; and I might treat you, in reply, to a long theory, plentifully sprinkled with, what the children call, hard words. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

George Gissing It isn’t often that a fellow of your sort gets his deserts, and I’m rather sorry we didn’t have the policeman in; a report of the case might do good. The Riding-whip by George Gissing

G. K. Chesterton I should not be surprised even at the man who did it; for a certain kind of man, if he lived long under the English landlord system, might do anything. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Abraham Merri He told himself that he might have fallen upon the floor, overcome by the strange perfumes — he knew that he had not. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Captain Fennel took her off, as he might have taken a child, telling her she should come and see the fishing-boats. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Samuel Johnson That we might perform this expedition, it was necessary to traverse a great part of Mull. We passed a day at Dr. Maclean’s, and could have been well contented to stay longer. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Rudyard Kipling Subsequently those who might have stopped it but did not, were severely punished. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

John Lewis Burckhard I was not sorry to see this dispute, hoping that it might lead to a greater cordiality between me and the Ababde, who might perhaps join their interests with mine against the common adversary. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Thomas Hardy I thought I might just as well let ye know, as you were in a difficulty, and they were harrd upon ye. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

It might end in your living there. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Virginia Woolf Volumes might be written in interpretation of it; whole religious systems founded upon the signification of it. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

E. Phillips Oppenheim All these dreary days and years through which we have plodded might have seemed different. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Arthur Machen I said I didn’t know, and he said we must approach the Lord in prayer so that we might have grace to search the Scriptures together. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Oh! that I might say to thee, “We two shall sup this night in Paradise!”’ ‘It may be so yet,’ answered the Greek, with a tremulous voice. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

John Galsworthy At lunch she did not tell Michael she was going — he might want to come, too, or at least to see her off. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

D.H. Lawrence They might better be called ‘Children of the Shadow’. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

I might say that it was by way of kindly warning to me. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Jack London Even then everything might have been all right if the captain hadn’t thrown a club at the dogs. Lost Face by Jack London

Lord Carbery might face them gayly and boldly: for he was rich, and, although possessing Irish estates and an Irish mansion, was a thorough Englishman by education and early association. The Orphan Heiress by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

F. Scott Fitzgerald One mustn’t run through people, and, for the sake of a romantic half-hour, trade a possibility that might develop — quite seriously — later, at the proper time. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Ivan Turgenev The thought that I might have seen her, and had not seen her, and should never see her — that bitter thought stung me with all the force of overwhelming reproach. First Love by Ivan Turgenev

It seemed now so small a thing that Frank had wanted, and she might have been merely selfishly one-ideaed — and her own ideaed in refusing him. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

George Elio Even a good man might not always know the heart that was most with him. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Sir Walter Scott The only chance was that here and there some Whig, whom he had led to battle, might remember the Captain of the Milnwood Marksmen; but the risk, if there was any, could not be guarded against. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Rudyard Kipling Then I anticipated that, bein’ deprived of ‘is stimulant, he might react on me, so to say, with a hatchet. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

James Joyce He might yet be able to settle down in some snug corner and live happily if he could only come across some good simple-minded girl with a little of the ready. Dubliners by James Joyce

Andrew Lang He actually reflected for about five seconds on his folly, and came to the conclusion that it might sometimes be advisable to think before one acted. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton Dickens might have written it in his sleep. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Henry Handel Richardson And what with Richard arguing at the top of his voice to set him right, and Purdy waggishly refusing to see what was meant, it looked for a moment as if it might come to an open quarrel between them. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

George Gissing In the days gone by, I have sometimes given money, but with trembling of another kind; it was as likely as not that I myself, some black foggy morning, might have to go begging for my own dire needs. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Olaf Stapledon War might be a horrible mistake, but his soldier friends in Gallipoli and Flanders were dying well. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing It might be the solution after all; his objection originated only in scorn of a word so familiar, and therefore, he had thought at first, so improbable. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

But until that night I had not thought of the possibility of my being only a pawn in the game, that God might throw away that the game might be won. Across the Moors by W. F. Harvey

Mr. Heathcliff said I might have my own way there too; only, he desired me to remember that the money for the whole affair came out of his pocket. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

If he spoke — then I might hang as he would hang — but in his silence I was safe. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Sinclair Lewis The cousin who was a colonel in Uruguay and the cousin, a rabbi, who was tortured in a pogrom in Moscow. His sick wife — it might be cancer. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Success had been on his side so long that he might almost have been excused for declining to reckon failure amongst the possibilities. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

John might rest assured of that. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Andrew Lang Who could tell? He would not, of course, take the money out to count it, for that might bring him bad luck. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

And the state of mind that Jacob Chandler went into with the knowledge, might have read many a careless man a lesson. Chandler & Chandler by Ellen Wood [1875]

And Shoesmith might be there in the house — Shoesmith who was to have been married in four days — the thing might hit him full in front of any kind of people. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Robert Louis Stevenson I had but the one desire, to get the thing as right as might be, and avoid false concords — even if that! And it was more than there was time for. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

He might be rather ashamed of not being able to buy the necessary things. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She might have been undressed but she gave Ferrison the impression that she was not. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Oscar Wilde I might mimic a passion that I do not feel, but I cannot mimic one that burns me like fire. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle I thought also how nobly I would seem to have acted if ever the story came to be told, and how proud the regiment of Conflans might well be of their colonel. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Had his youth been spent in a larger and more varied society much of the effects of these doctrines might have been worn away in contact with older and more experienced minds. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Watkin Tench For the last three or four weeks of his life, hardly any restraint was laid upon his inclinations: so that had he meditated escape, he might easily have effected it. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

John Galsworthy Possibly he might fall out of love again some day, but not so long as she kept him on her tenterhooks. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

If Mrs. Bridge and you would go too, we might form a little colony amongst ourselves, and see our children grow up together. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Henry Handel Richardson John and Lizzie were dining there at John’s express request: the groom had ridden over after lunch with a line from John, asking if he and Lizzie might take pot-luck with them that evening. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Washington Irving It might furnish a comment on hereditary honors, to see the sword of the grand captain legitimately declined into such feeble hands. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

H. G. Wells I gripped his arm, fearing he might cry out, and for a long time we crouched motionless. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Someone watching him go about his little cottage might have thought him sleep-walking or partially blind. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

W. H. Hudson It might have been a wren, or tree-creeper, or reed-finch, or pipit; I could not tell, so jealously did it hide all its pretty secrets from me. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

John Galsworthy He might stroll up and have a squint at Bicket. Something might occur to him. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Flair might whisper soft seductions to him, but Emma was there in the middle of the picture, where Marta had set her, and she was much too solid to be conjured away. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

George Gissing Were the lady in town he might receive an answer by the evening of next day. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

Andrew Lang She answered as before, that he might stay on condition that he should do any work that she might set him to next morning. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Abraham Merri They might have been Viking maids and mothers come to welcome home some dragon-ship from its sea-faring. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

He might have spoken, but I did not hear; one hand was stretched out, seemingly to detain me, but I escaped and rushed downstairs. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

George Borrow It is of no use talking, I only wish the power were in my hands, and if I did not make short work of them, might I be a mere jackass postillion all the remainder of my life. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

She was a woman who, I could imagine, might be more admired than many handsomer women. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

He might not go all the way with Moses — an eye was not always compensation for an eye — but he certainly agreed with Gilbert: the punishment should fit the crime. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

John Galsworthy Go out!” If he had brought a weapon Soames might have used it at that moment. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Narrow lanes had been cleared by the police for such pedestrians and motor cars as might prefer moving along. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Arthur Conan Doyle It looked as if the pair might take an immediate departure, and so necessitate very prompt and energetic measures on my part. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

The Colonel possibly knew all about his wife’s first marriage and, if he approached him, he might get blows instead of ha’pence. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

As you know, I am a fairly plucky man, and for that reason I think I might manage to stand it myself; but then I’ve got some one else to consider. The Phantom Stockman by Guy Boothby

Robert Louis Stevenson He might have given a truer character of their friendship, had he thought less of his own standing in public estimation, and more of the dead woman. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

An evil thing has been destroyed, which could not indeed have defeated Juventus but which might have been a thorn in its side. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Anna Katherine Green If it’s somethin’ to make a good story out of, I might be got to keep quiet about this other thing. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

George Gissing Half of this sum he sent to Warburton; the other half he begged to be allowed to retain, as he had what might prove a very fruitful idea for the use of the money—details presently. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Ivan Turgenev There is no saying what Sonitchka might not do! The Lord preserve her from such stubbornness! But I am afraid for her; she’s only sixteen now, and there’s no turning her. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Edgar Allan Poe I represented to the captain that we might easily make this group on our return, and winter here in the event of being blocked up by the ice. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

In excusing himself he ventured to lecture the applicant on what he imagined to be the impracticable temper and perverse eccentricity which had retarded and might continue to retard his advancement. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

George Meredith Morning danced along the waves to beach; Dumb his chiefs fetched breath for what might hap: Glassily on each Stared the iron cap. Ballads and Poems of Tragic Life by George Meredith [1887]

This wretched man’s secret must be a terrible one since he held it dearer than life, since he had tried to destroy himself that he might take it unrevealed to the grave. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

And before I venture into the house where I might be killed ——” “You would like one of your friends to try it. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Marjorie Bowen This was a magnificent apartment which looked on to the Champs Elysees and the Avenue Gabriel; there was no sound nor sight suggestive of a great city; the house might have been set in a great park. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Willa Cather I thought it might be Sister Kate or Cousin Mike would be happening along. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

Sorrow and all he might wish on my head, my life was too precious to him till I spoke. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

The “illustrious Princess” might perhaps, after all, have something within her which squared ill with the easy vision of a well-conducted heroine in an edifying story-book. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Whatever wretched small claim Henry Tudor might have was a Lancastrian one, and the heirs of York did not enter into the matter. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Sinclair Lewis Neil might have been comforted by Phil’s small laurels — he did not know how doubtful Phil himself was about accepting them — but he was suffering from domestic twinges. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Nathaniel Hawthorne But, however fanciful might be his private pursuits, Dr. Melmoth, it was universally allowed, was diligent and successful in the arts of instruction. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

Olaf Stapledon Of course, he might marry one of them, if he could find one willing. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Rudyard Kipling I did not know at the time, but she’d been at Bob to get this scroll-work done and fitted that the King might see it. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

I sat for a little in the hall but then it struck me I might be seen. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Gustave Flauber Twenty stout lances might easily have checked them by attacking the head of their column, but the Carthaginians watched them pass by in a state of stupefaction. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Nathaniel Hawthorne Bartram set the door ajar again, flooding the spot with light, that the whole company might get a fair view of Ethan Brand, and he of them. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

I told myself that until I had done something to redeem the past, until I had made my mark upon the time, I might not make my petition for the prize. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

Arthur Morrison Josh felt vaguely that they might keep a bolder face, as he did himself. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

The boy began to get up when Grant had introduced himself, but Grant sat down and said: ‘There’s one small thing you might do for me. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Rudyard Kipling But — well?” “A Princess might help us in the time of the Voice behind the Veil that the Queen talks of. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Once in a year, perhaps, he might appear at a lonely farmstead door among the fells, salute the house, enter, and be gone in the morning. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

He was afraid of her as a rule, and even now he might have succumbed to her influence, but for the devil that was inside him. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

And I think, if he had done this the day before, he might have seen her, or she him: she was so often at the window now. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

But it might be; with the sweet irony of Perfection, one could never tell. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

The elements of religion, history, the history of man, and politics, might also be taught by conversations, in the socratic form. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Arthur Morrison So we just burgled the door with crowbars, and then we saw that we might have done it a bit more easily from outside. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

H. G. Wells Was there no other course? Perhaps after every other source had been tapped I might supplement with a few shillings frankly begged from her. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

As might have been expected under such circumstances, the poor horse fairly flew over the ground. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Arnold Bennett It wouldn’t do for me to go to-night — you see — might seem too odd. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Of course it might have been the reflection of the red sun-clouds, but I never saw any face so glowing in all my life. The Beginning of the End by Ellen Wood [1869]

Virginia Woolf Was he going to leave us? I prayed both ways — I prayed last that he might stay. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

Jules Verne Its fragments, placed carefully against a wall, might serve again upon occasion. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Often we spoke of you, often we hoped that the time might come when we might be one family once more. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Arthur Machen Anyhow, I had a great day of it, planning what I would do, half making-believe — just like a kid — that I didn’t know where I might find myself, or what might happen to me. A Fragment of Life by Arthur Machen

H. G. Wells We might find ourselves positive, participating shareholders in a one world business, and all our individualism gone. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Washington Irving He might be a mere wayfarer, like myself; he might be a contrabandista; he might be a bandalero! what of that? thank heaven and my poverty, I had nothing to lose; so I sat still and crunched my crust. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

It might have set the house on fire. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Anthony Trollope But we might believe in each other all the same, and then the understanding would come. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

In time there might be an end of all and the barn might be emptied, but the torments of Hell have no end. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

George Eliot I had let slip words which, if she reflected on them, might rouse in her a suspicion of my abnormal mental condition — a suspicion which of all things I dreaded. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

And I was afraid that you and Mr. Recklow, even if you believed it, might not like — like me any the better for — for being clairvoyant. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Mark Twain He had a young sister with a remarkable voice — he was giving her a musical education, so that her longing to be self-supporting might be gratified. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Robert Louis Stevenson There was nothing vindictive in his nature; but, if revenge came in his way, it might as well be good, and the thought of Archie’s pillow reflections that night was indescribably sweet to him. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

H.P. Lovecraft I wondered what sights this placid youth might have seen in inaccessible spheres, and what he could relate if fully restored to life. Herbert West — Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

H. G. Wells He would take fifteen hundred a year for himself and all the rest she might spend without check or stint as it pleased her. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Or it might even be resting delicately poised on its point by the side of the table-leg, and when picked up show a gaping, inefficient beak which would have discouraged any man of literary instincts. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

M. P. Shiel I might have known he would replace it; I should not have doubted his clemency to a poor man like me. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

E. F. Benson His scheme was assured, he had hung his constellation — the figure of Lady Madingley — in the sky: and now he had to surround it with the green and purple night, so that it might shine. The Cat by E. F. Benson

Frances Hodgson Burnett It might seem cold; it might be merely judicial—but it might be surprising. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle And yet I wanted to find one man of judgment to whom I could tell my terrible story, so that when I am gone all might be understood. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Ford Madox Ford You might almost say that she had never spoken to a man except a priest. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Some day it was coming: it might not be soon, it might not be with in the lifetime of any animal now living, but still it was coming. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

She might have written to him; but her pride recoiled from that course, remembering his cavalier treatment of her. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Virginia Woolf At this, Nell burst into such a roar of laughter as might have been heard across the way. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Rudyard Kipling You wouldn’t keep a horse the other day when I suggested, because, you said, it might fall lame, and whenever you cross the street you take a hansom. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

George Gissing There might be dwellings obtainable that would suit him better than this, but he did not care to linger in the business. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Miles Franklin Why will Ma hurt me so that I cannot sleep? She might have given me a chance with Mr. Beauchamp. I was being most circumspect. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

He might want something else more. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

John Galsworthy And it was one or the other — not both, as she had thought it might be. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Charles Dickens Half of the houses were shut up; half of the other half were to let; the town might have done as much business as it was doing then, if it had been at the bottom of the sea. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Bram Stoker For myself, I should like to shout it from the house-tops! But we must be discreet; untimely knowledge to our enemy might work incalculable harm. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

George Elio What might she not say when she awoke from this fainting fit? She might be raving. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

The valuation for the aesthetic purpose and for the purpose of repute are not held apart as distinctly as might be. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

I thought you might have heard the name. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Approaching the spot where he thought he might have dropped it, he caught sight of a man kneeling down and scraping among a heap of leaves close to the high wall. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

She might rewrite the last page of her letter, and leave the postscript out. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Still relying on the vow, it might be possible for well-mounted men to evade capture. Prester John by John Buchan

Ford Madox Ford The doctors said, at Kandy, that if Nancy could be brought to England, the sea air, the change of climate, the voyage, and all the usual sort of things, might restore her reason. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

John Galsworthy And based on — what? On food and raw material from which England, undefended in the air, might be cut off by a fresh war; on Labour, too big for European boots. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

After speaking together for a minute or two, Miss Deveen invited them to step into her house, pointing to it that they might see it was close by. The Curate of St. Matthew’s by Ellen Wood [1879]

Wilkie Collins He sat down, vainly trying to discover how he might find the safe opportunity of which he was in search. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

William Makepeace Thackeray Allude to the creation of this mighty world, and then, naturally, to the Creator. Fancy the conversations which Peytel, a religious man,9 might have with his young wife upon the subject. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Edith Wharton He was so longing to have you come to the unveiling!” “He might have counted on me,” said Mrs. Fetherel, still smiling. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Also, if Penn were arrested, the organisation might break up and scatter out of sheer alarm, in which case all the villains would not be caught. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

And a gesture of helplessness, even of frivolity, might be the best way of doing that. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

Richard Hardie sueing Alfred Hardie for libel on this evidence might possibly obtain a verdict; for then the burden of proof would lie on Alfred Hardie; but here it lies on those who say he is insane. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

She had taken more than a passing fancy for the boy — for the boy as he might be, that was to say — and she was desperately unwilling to see him and appraise him as he really was. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

She might be a little surprised at first to be called down like this, but with a few words of preparation and purely as a matter of art. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Ibsen was growing rich now, as well as famous, and if only the Norwegians would let him alone, he might well be happy. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse