Phrases with "never"

Jack London For a week she never left the cave, except for water, and then her movements were slow and painful. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

John Galsworthy By the way, it’s never been properly settled yet whether the courtiers of that day were lousy. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Lewis Carroll She felt as if she would never be able to talk again, she was getting so much out of breath: and still the Queen cried ‘Faster! Faster!’ and dragged her along. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Thomas Hardy She did waityears and years — but Barnet never reappeared. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

He said it was an eccentricity on Glenowen’s part that he never liked his servants to know anything of his private affairs. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Gertrude Stein To be sure she would often call out, never mind, I am bursting open my door. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Willa Cather When Frank brags, I say sharp things, and he never forgets. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

H. G. Wells We don’t know of such things nowadays, but they darkened scores of lives in Pimlico.” “But why did they wear ill-fitting boots?” demanded Radiant. “Oh! — never mind. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Then, as time went by, she had begun to remember that she had never played with any of the children in the Square Gardens. It had seemed as though this had been because Andrews would not let her. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Katherine Mansfield I never ceased crying once—not even to put the children to bed. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Edith Wharton The worst thing about talking with him was that he never did notice the screens you hung up in front of things. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Wilkie Collins People eat as they had never eat before, and even the inveterate English prejudice against anything new was conquered at last. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Be sure he regrets that roving life — Madrid, Paris, the Hague — and will never love a son as well as little Monmouth, the child of his youth. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

G. K. Chesterton England is extremely subtle; and about the best of it there is something almost secretive; it is amateur even more than aristocratic in tradition; it is never official. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Charles Dickens Quick!” “Carton, there is no escaping from this place; it never can be done. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Andrew Lang At last Heaven heard their prayer and sent them a child exactly the size of a hazel-nut, and it never grew an inch. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The Little Russian moved his feet under the table — he never could at once settle his feet comfortably — and looked at the rays of sunlight playing on the wall and ceiling. Mother by Maksim Gorky

John Galsworthy If — if that woman — but never — never once — never of her own accord —! “Good night,” he said. Passers By by John Galsworthy

They got married, and went away — and I— somehow I never took up my membership when the six months’ probation was over. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

D. H. Lawrence Cellu Lloyd: Before you close down on mangey horses here’s a cure I’ve never known to fail. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Olaf Stapledon The conflict could never have been successfully solved by such a precarious arrangement had not both sides been convinced of the fundamental goodwill of the other. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

That was her only joke about it, and the true humorist never smiled at it herself. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

This he never introduced himself; he did not need to. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

I ween, never have guests been greeted in such goodly wise. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Charles Dickens How long that first panic held him he never could tell afterwards. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

Done!” Addenbrooke opened his lips, half rose, then sat back in his chair, and looked long and shrewdly at Raffles — never once at me. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

I never thought anything would happen to her. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Andrew Lang Months passed away, when, one morning, as he was walking through the halls, he noticed a purse hanging on the wall, which had never been there before. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

M. P. Shiel Caray never shoot at you any more. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

Surely buttons were never designed to resist such strain. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Wilkie Collins They received my advances toward a better understanding with brutal incivility, and treated me soon afterward with a want of confidence which I may forgive, but can never forget. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

They never wear muffs or boots, and appear extremely shocked at the sight of comfortable walking shoes and cotton stockings, even when they have to step to their sleighs over ice and snow. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson It is scarce possible to avoid observing your neighbours; and I never yet heard of any one who tried. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Florence Dixie Come what might, she should never touch that bag again. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Mark Twain But for that, Injun Joe never would have suspected. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Rudyard Kipling They never even laughed at me. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Charles Dickens Intently watchful of me, he replied (but without sound), “Yes.” “My good fellow, what should I do there? However, be that as it may, I never was there, you may swear. The Signal-Man by Charles Dickens

Rudyard Kipling Georgie Porgie never referred to economy in the household again. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

No, never any more — lest its mysterious fascination, whose invisible wing had brushed my heart up there, should change to unavailing regret in a man too old for its glory. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

I never failed to mark the difference on entering a slave state. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

She wrote to him frequently — but she never sent her letters. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

The rotten beast belongs to a friend of mine, and he’d never won a race before nor has done since. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

D. H. Lawrence And I never knew a man get killed if he hadn’t been thinking he would. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Olaf Stapledon I never approached nearer to them than I could help, for they were of no interest to me in my crazy yearning for the Earth. Moreover, they struck a chill into my mind, prophesying the universal death. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Still, Madame the Brave never lost heart. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

I never talked with him but once in my life, and that was to say words I am not only willing but anxious for him to repeat. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Thought that was a thing you Conservatives never did,’ I said. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Oscar Wilde Of course I never let you know anything about this. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Edith Wharton I never dreamed you didn’t look at it as I do. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Sir Walter Scott He motioned me to seat myself, and I never obeyed a command so readily, for, in truth, I could hardly stand. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Mark Twain In St. Petersburg they used to say there was twenty or thirty thousand people in St. Louis, but I never believed it till I see that wonderful spread of lights at two o’clock that still night. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Anthony Trollope It was he who said, when he was fifty, that a man past fifty should never write a novel. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

D. H. Lawrence She never made much of that, did she — and spent a sight of money on her training, they say. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Arnold Bennett I never know what is going forward. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Philip Sidney Cause all the mirth you can, Since I am now come hither, Who never joy, but when I am with you together. Poems by Philip Sidney

And she kissed me, Mr Granville — she did, indeed, sir; though I never named that in the servants’ hall. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

There never came a stammer into his speech. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Sinclair Lewis But you, my good angel, you’ll never be treacherous as Lorry is — as I’ve been! You’ll never take your obligations lightly. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

James Payn I never expected otherwise in such a sea. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Andrew Lang And she said he would never see her glad in his hall, never drinking wine, never playing chess, never embroidering with the golden thread, never speaking words of kindness. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

An antique complaint, Mrs Ganthony. But it will right itself, never fear. Basilissa by John Buchan [1914]

Willa Cather His English never offends me, and he has read Gibbon’s Decline and Fall, all five volumes, and that’s something. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Jon, would you? I’d always wanted to give Lester something, but I never could, and if you’d give them this, it’d be perfect. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

I flushed crimson, as I did so I remembered that I had owed Simonov fifteen roubles for ages — which I had, indeed, never forgotten, though I had not paid it. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Jack London They never suffer from lack of shelter. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Walter Scott Yet never did I dream she could have proceeded so far as to have caused my once affectionate kinswoman to have left me behind in the perils of Schonwaldt, while she made her own escape. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Now Huggins, standing far aloof, Had never seen the deer, Till all at once he saw the beast Come charging in his rear. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

Somehow I’ve never been much of a fist with the pen. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Arthur Morrison That ‘ud never do; an’ I can get it changed. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

George Gissing Emily was sitting in her bed-room, unoccupied, on her countenance the sorrow-stricken gravity which never quitted it. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

You never saw such a change in a man. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

M. P. Shiel I wonder what’s wrong with his mouth?—‘inflamed mouth’: never heard of that disease in man. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

Arthur Conan Doyle This was an annual ceremony never omitted at Hatherley House, where, between visitors and neighbours, there were generally quite as many candidates for tickets as there were horses entered. Our Derby Sweepstakes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Wilkie Collins Add to these serious facts the mysterious disappearance from the house of the eldest son, which was never accounted for; and the rumour of purchased poison, which was never investigated. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

You can understand that a man who has such views will never allow himself to be taken, or if taken, will undergo martyrdom rather than speak. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

They never even received any manure, except what I occasionally collected in a bucket when one of the farm horses happened to have halted outside the gate. Collected Essays by George Orwell

George Gissing I ask you to relieve me of the painful task, on the understanding that I never come here again. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Charles Dickens Surely he must have been bewitched himself, or he never could have done it — and the young lady too, or she never would have let him. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

Gertrude Stein There never was a single day or a single murmur or a single word or a single circumstance or sweating. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Rudyard Kipling They talked about the Pacific as boys would talk about a wood that they had been nutting in, and if anyone had understood them he could have gone away and made such a chart of that ocean as never was. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

Andrew Lang But there has never been found a trace of pottery on the Australian continent, which says little for their civilisation in the past. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

James Joyce It was better never to have sinned, to have remained always a child, for God loved little children and suffered them to come to Him. It was a terrible and a sad thing to sin. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

God never gives a woman such a love twice. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

Gordon never spent more than an hour or two with Ravelston. One’s contacts with rich people, like one’s visits to high altitudes, must always be brief. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

And, though you have had and may have many mightier and wiser princes sitting in this seat, yet you never had nor shall have any love you better. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

George Meredith He is never less than acceptably rational. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

It is not his fault that this is not intelligence, that it knots the brow in sorer doubt rather than shapes the lips to utterance of the things that can never be said. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

D. H. Lawrence Very nice, lovely, awfully nice, I do like that, isn’t that beautiful, I’ve never seen anything like that! came the gratifying fireworks of admiration from Alvina. And he smiled and gloated. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

E. Phillips Oppenheim If I could have got away with our little friend here, you’d never have been troubled with me any more. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

John Lewis Burckhard From Shendy they all proceed to Damer, and this road is never unfrequented by parties, consisting of half a dozen or a dozen of them. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Edgar Allan Poe I could not help believing that the green sods and the gray rocks upon which I trod had been trodden never before by the foot of a human being. A Tale of the Ragged Mountains by Edgar Allan Poe [1844]

George Gissing The people I did owe money to were sensible men of business—all except your father, and he never could see things in the right light. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

G. K. Chesterton But these crude summaries are never quite accurate in any matter of the instincts. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

They never let us stay out late on a Sunday evening, on account of the reading. Reality or Delusion? by Ellen Wood [1868]

Henry James Then at last looking up: “You’re a very good-natured man, sir, and you’ll never persuade me you don’t come of a kindly race. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

I’m never hard on pretty girls and —” but we heard Danver’s voice shouting for him and he turned to go. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Andrew Lang In many instances, as in “The Lady in Black” (infra), a ghost who is a frequent visitor is never seen when people watch for her. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Charles Dickens Thus, we make our New Oxford Streets, and our other new streets, never heeding, never asking, where the wretches whom we clear out, crowd. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Anthony Trollope We never hear of Squire Western that he hunted the county, or that he went far afield to his meets. Hunting Sketches by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim I’ve never been afraid of losing my life in a fight and the odds here are very little against us. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Henry James But she looked at him as if she had never seen him before, and I remembered that he had told me that her eyes were always fixed upon the eastward horizon. Four Meetings by Henry James [1877]

George MacDonald I darted to the spot where I had left her: she lay with her eyes closed, as if she had never moved. Lilith by George MacDonald

John Keats The short-liv’d, paly summer is but won From winter’s ague for one hour’s gleam; Through sapphire warm their stars do never beam: All is cold Beauty; pain is never done. Poems by John Keats

Q. What was there peculiar about that? A. He wore it on the forefinger of the right hand, and I never saw it that way before. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

They’ve never left any clues. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

H. G. Wells Whatever you become, you promise and swear here and now never to be grey and grubby, never to be humpy and snuffy, never to be respectable and modest and dull and a little fat, like—like everybody. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

There is more than Fate’s caprice in Challoner’s interest in a man he never saw. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Rudyard Kipling Cousin,’ — this to the poor relation, never wearied of extolling her patroness’s charity — ‘he is getting a bloom on the skin of a new-curried horse. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Robert Green Ingersoll The idea of eternal fire never would have polluted the imagination of man but for them. On Hell by Robert Green Ingersoll

Kate Chopin He never did any thing vulgar or in bad taste. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Willa Cather They would not come in, but sat in the shade of the bank outside while Alexandra and Ivar talked about the birds and about his housekeeping, and why he never ate meat, fresh or salt. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Edith Wharton He would understand that in the end he would have to give up Anne because she herself would never do so. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

George Meredith With never a quiver her mouth did speak: Red rose and white in the garden; O when she had done she stood so meek! And the bird sings over the roses. Poems from the volume entitled “Modern Love” by George Meredith [1862]

Andrew Lang I had some particular reason for sending for him which I never did divulge. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

There never was any holding her, come to that. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Miss Rebecca Manning says: “I never knew of Hawthorne’s going to church at all, after I remember about him, and do not think he was ever in the habit of going. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Guy de Maupassan They never know how or where to begin. Joseph by Guy de Maupassan

As I never saw him except from the other side of the long official counter bearing the five writing desks of the five Shipping Masters, Mr. Powell has remained a bust to me. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Never was there a case requiring more energy in the disposers of the royal forces; never one which met with less, even in the most responsible quarters. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Never — mark me — never will I leave this spot. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

The thing for which the Communists were working was not to postpone the Spanish revolution till a more suitable time, but to make sure that it never happened. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am always flattered when any of you choose to remain with me, but I never wish any one to feel the slightest compunction about the matter. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Anthony Trollope When in Sicily he travelled sometimes on foot, for the sake of cautionnever with the retinue to which he was entitled as a Roman senator. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Zona Gale Indeed, St. George thought, one might almost have spent the prince’s profile at a fig-stall, and the vender would have jingled it among his silver and never have detected the cheat. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Charles Stur During our stay at the Depot the barometer never rose above 30. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

There was never a braver man: he went out to welcome danger; an emergency (came it never so sudden) strung him like a tonic. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

George Gissing Her answers now and then were a trifle wide of the mark, but she never failed in outward attentiveness. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Guy de Maupassan He never takes his eyes off me! At times, I feel a longing to cry for help, to call in the neighbors, so much am I afraid. The Orphan by Guy de Maupassan

Ford Madox Ford Even after Spion Kop I never . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

H. G. Wells He’s always turning back the bedclothes and having a good look for himself, but it’s never any good. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Quixote never so thrilled for Dulcinea as Henry Wiggin for Lady Dorothy. He became all-powerful; nothing was impossible. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

G. K. Chesterton But her husband, my maternal grandfather whom I never saw, must have been an interesting person too; and something of an historical type, if not an historical character. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

There is never any hint that the folk feed from the Grail; the only suggestion of such feeding is in the ‘Oiste,’ by which the father of the Fisher King (or the King himself) is nourished. From Ritual to Romance by Jessie L. Weston [1920]

I’m certain it’s that beast who’s been making you cry, but, thank goodness, you need never see him again. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

D. H. Lawrence She WISHED she had never given herself away. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton I don’t know much about the story; I never was strong on genealogy, and the Raycies have always been rather dim to me. False Dawn by Edith Wharton

Thinking that we, that fought but for fighting’s sake, have in the end fought so well we never may fight more; unless it should be in fratricidal rage each against each. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Charles Dickens But at least I have set my life against yours, for I am surrounded by dangers, and may never make my way out of this place. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

E. F. Benson During these intervening years Charlotte, in her very voluminous and intimate correspondence, never alluded to her own schooldays at Cowan Bridge, nor to those of her sisters. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

William Morris Come and live! for life awaketh, and the world shall never tire; And hope is marching on. Chants for Socialists by William Morris [1885]

Jeremy Bentham But prosecutions for crimes are very frequent, and yet, unless in very particular circumstances indeed, they are never otherwise than beneficial. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

D. H. Lawrence I’ll never ask you anything again,” he said quickly, passionately, as he turned to her. The Overtone by D. H. Lawrence [1933]

I am an old dog for the trail, and for me the scent is never cold. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Thank you; never mind sealing it. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Why? Mr. Allison never came in the evening, another of his peculiarities. The Hermit of ——— Street by Anna Katharine Green

This creative artist has the true imagination; he never condescends to invent anything; he sets up no empty pretences. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Virginia Woolf I flicker between the set face of Susan and Rhoda’s vagueness; I leap like one of those flames that run between the cracks of the earth; I move, I dance; I never cease to move and to dance. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Landor, always generous, says, that he never praised any body. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Edgar Rice Burroughs The next few minutes the young Englishman never forgot. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

When I was getting better, he never bothered me with a question. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

E. F. Benson Georgie (he was Georgie or Mr Georgie, never Pillson to the whole of Riseholme) was not an obtrusively masculine sort of person. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Sinclair Lewis The next morning he waded into The Job as he never had before. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

William Morris For there is no knight in this land, be he never so gentle a man, but would take her with a good will. Old French Romances by William Morris [1896]

Jack London On the other hand, possibly because he divined in Buck a dangerous rival, Spitz never lost an opportunity of showing his teeth. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Elizabeth Gaskell I’m sure I’ve never asked for them, nor troubled her; but I’ll own it’s now near on to twelve months since she paid me; and she was as regular as clock-work till then. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The sense of the enormous panorama of life, never strong in Anthony, had become dim almost to extinction. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Anthony Trollope I have spoken never a word to anyone about that — only to you. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Dobies and fairies; and if ye don’t du as yer bid, they’ll tak ye, and ye’ll never git out o’ their hands again while grass grows,” said the old woman grimly. Laura Silver Bell by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

W. H. Hudson Sometimes, at noon, I find a traveller resting in the shade, and if he is not sleeping we talk and he tells me the news of that great world my eyes have never seen. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Rudyard Kipling His name need never appear in the story. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Henry James She saw with smothered irritation that they enjoyed their visit at Prince’s Gate; they had never been at anything so “grown-up,” nor seen so many smart bonnets and brilliant complexions. The Marriages by Henry James [1891]

We needn’t talk of your mother; she has never touched a drop of anything since she was born, except ‘kvass. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Elizabeth Von Arnim She never knew what words he might say next. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Rudyard Kipling We’ve got to lick you into shape, and never a ha’penny extry do we get for so doin’, and you ain’t never grateful neither. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Though the writings of M. never were and probably never will be generally popular, his genius was, from the very first, recognised by the best judges. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Jack London She never regained them, This was what the onlooking huskies had waited for. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

His face was three feet long, and it never moved except when he opened it to take quinine. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Robert Louis Stevenson He never dines here,” replied the butler. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson [1886]

And I never saw a bride smile and look as bright as she did. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Does that tend to strengthen the evidence which goes to show that the deed, on your part, was a courageous one?” “I never said that it was. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Henry James Mrs. Gereth’s sole allusion, the next day, to the subject of their thoughts, has already been mentioned: it was a dazzled glance at the fact that Mona’s quiet pace had really never slackened. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She never speaks except to order her luncheon or dinner; nor does she ever look about her. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Fanny Fern She has about made The Standard; it never was heard of to any extent before she commenced writing for it. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

He never revisited the land of his childhood. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

H. G. Wells I kept a sharp eye for my enemy the Hyena-swine, but he never appeared. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

H.P. Lovecraft There was a terrible fight up there, and I heard a frightful buzzing which I’ll never forget. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

George Meredith And these are they by whom women are abused for variability! Only the most imperious reasons, never mean trifles, move women, thought she. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Andrew Lang But why are you so pale, mother?’ ‘It was the Stalo,’ replied she, her voice trembling; ‘Stalo the man-eater! You did well to hide, or you might never had come back. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton But Mrs. Landish shook her head with the look of a woman who never expects to be understood by other women. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

If we wanted to leave for Constanza next week they’d be very polite, but they’d never let us. Greenmantle by John Buchan

H. G. Wells They never gave battle; they never exposed themselves in masses, but their bullets flew by day and night into the Italian encampments. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Virginia Woolf She thought of little out-of-the-way things; yet her dresses were never queer. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

A jest book it certainly is, and the most prosperous of jest books, but undoubtedly never meant for such by the author. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He admits he’s never been sure which fist left it there, but he wouldn’t lose it for anything. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Elizabeth Gaskell Folk did say he had loved my young mistress; but that, because she knew that his father would object, she would never listen to him, and married Mr. Esthwaite; but I don’t know. The Old Nurse’s Story by Elizabeth Gaskell [1852]

Francis Bacon Nay, number (itself) in armies importeth not much, where the people is of weak courage; for (as Virgil saith) It never troubles a wolf, how many the sheep be. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Edith Wharton But it does seem a waste; and, of course, the other people will never have one of them. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Thomas Love Peacock And I am sure they never speak the truth about anything, and there is no sincerity in either their love or their friendship. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

Rudyard Kipling Then she took it green over the bows to the vast edification of, at least, one passenger who had never seen the scuppers full before. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Algernon Blackwood He never doubted for one instant that I was not wholly with him. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

He browsed the pavements unceasingly, never missing a cigarette end, or even an empty cigarette packet, as he used the tissue paper for rolling cigarettes. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Sigmund Freud As for the girl, she had no idea of the import of her words, or she would never have allowed them to pass her lips. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

T. E. Lawrence It was only guns we never got until the last month — and the pity of it! In manoeuvre war one long-range gun outweighed ninety-nine short. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

I threatened to leave her, never to see her again. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Arthur Conan Doyle Nay, nay, you shake your heads, but indeed those young limbs want exercising and strengthening and knitting together, which can never come from sitting toasting round the blaze. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

I must own, I never saw a place so perfectly delightful as the Fauxburg of Vienna. It is very large, and almost wholly composed of delicious palaces. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

He never bored her and fretted her as Flory had done. Burmese Days by George Orwell

F. Scott Fitzgerald She had given him up, renouncing a thousand kisses she had never had, a hundred long, thrilling dances in his arms, a hundred evenings not to be recaptured. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

H. G. Wells But war planning never recovered that completeness after 1914; never got back to the same logical foundations. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Andrew Lang It was, in truth, a subject which never occurred to my waking thoughts. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang