Phrases with "oddly"

H. G. Wells I was some points up when I heard a voice in the passage that seemed oddly familiar to me. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Algernon Blackwood Fillery, he saw, was now standing near the door where Khilkoff and LeVallon had disappeared to see the sculpture, an oddly rapt expression on his face. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Olaf Stapledon He may go further, and say that these physically-induced experiences really are approximations to the authentic mystical experience, though so oddly caused. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Elizabeth Gaskell What about him?’ ‘Why, sir, his death is oddly mixed up with somebody in the house I saw you coming out of just now; it was a Mr. Hale’s, I believe. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

G. K. Chesterton Especially at this job, oddly enough. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Isabella Bird He is a zealous Moslem, and the pious phrases which sit so oddly on Hadji come very naturally from his lips. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Algernon Blackwood A feeling of security stole over me; I was safe; gigantic powers were round me, oddly close, yet friendly, provided I, too, was friendly. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

George Gissing The girls looked oddly out of place in this second-floor sitting-room, with its vulgar furniture and paltry ornaments. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

The Countess Araminta was behaving oddly — she seemed to be inclined to sob. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

The fog was oddly intermittent. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

H. G. Wells I got up and went down the passage to tell the Time Traveller. As I took hold of the handle of the door I heard an exclamation, oddly truncated at the end, and a click and a thud. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

On board, the women passengers were screaming, and as I clung desperately to the rope that was thrown me, it struck me oddly that I had never before heard so many women’s voices at the same time. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Somewhat oddly it occurred to him that if Queen Beelzebub came, she might push Curberry into the ornamental pond, as Marcus Penn had been pushed. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Algernon Blackwood It was, however, the 22nd of September, oddly enough, though the gales had not yet come. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

His voice fell, oddly enough, into a natural tone. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Radclyffe Hall As they looked up, something in their mother’s expression told them of an unusual occurrence; it was an expression in which pride, apprehension and excitement were oddly mingled. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

H. G. Wells He was so eager to buy because Cave was so oddly reluctant to sell. The Crystal Egg by H. G. Wells [1897]

Nellie Bly We went ashore in a Sampan, an oddly shaped flat boat with the oars, or rather paddles, fastened near the stern. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Anatole France In oddly involved sentences, he told her of the charm that she exhaled. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Charles Dickens Do you know, Wilding, it oddly occurs to me, as I think about him, that he doesn’t keep silence well!” “How do you mean? He is not obtrusively talkative. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

D. H. Lawrence His manner was oddly gallant, with a gallantry that completely missed the individual in the woman, circled round her and flew home gratified to his own hive. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

When he criticised Elfrida, Janet fancied it was to hear her warm defence, which grew oddly reckless in her anxiety to hide the bitterness that tinged it. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Nor, oddly enough, had Wake. If we had shot Ivery outright at St Anton, I am certain that Wake would have called us murderers. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Arthur Machen Among the farmers a few of the elder people still breakfasted on cawl, a broth made of fat bacon and vegetables, and decorated, oddly enough, with marigold blossoms. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

Your poor maiden is oddly touch'd; a mirror Sure would lend her a soberer reflexion. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

Frances Hodgson Burnett Beneath soft drooping or oddly flopping brims hopelessly unbecoming to most faces hers looked out quaintly lovely as a pictured child’s wearing its grandmother’s bonnet. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

And, by the way, speaking of this man Moxdale, it happens, oddly enough, that his life was insured in this office. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Gertrude Stein But oddly enough in all of her formative period she did not read him and was not interested in him. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

H. G. Wells He stood looking about him for some moments, and then Mr. Huxter saw him walk in an oddly furtive manner towards the gates of the yard, upon which the parlour window opened. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Yet, oddly enough, he experienced neither voluptuousness nor sexual pride. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

George Gissing He entered upon a detailed narrative of his travels, delightful to listen to, so oddly blended were the strains of conscious and unconscious humour which marked his personality. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Thomas Hardy Besides Swetman himself, there were only his two daughters, Grace and Leonard (the latter was, oddly enough, a woman’s name here), and both had been enjoined to secrecy. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Then, on one occasion, Frederick makes a little avowal, which reads oddly in the light of future events. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Robert Louis Stevenson It struck me oddly to come across some of the CORNHILL illustrations to Mr. Blackmore’s EREMA, and see all the characters astride on English saddles. The Old Pacific Capital by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells That meeting of the eyes had an oddly disconcerting quality. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Elizabeth Gaskell They oddly return with every change of weather; and are still sometimes accompanied with a little soreness and hoarseness, but I combat them steadily with pitch plasters and bran tea. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

I would have set him down as a farmer of sorts, but for the fact that his skin was oddly pallid, and that his hands were not those of a man who had ever done manual toil. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

And love, with him, being so oddly mixed up with calculation, it was to be expected he should succeed best in books in which the dominant interest was some other passion — an exceptional one. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

F. Scott Fitzgerald The worst was typified by a great picture framed in oak bark of Passaic as seen from the Erie Railroad — altogether a frantic, oddly extravagant, oddly penurious attempt to make a cheerful room. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Henry James What it all amounted to, oddly enough, was that in his finally so simplified world this garden of death gave him the few square feet of earth on which he could still most live. The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James [1903]

H.P. Lovecraft The thin, shining line of the Miskatonic’s upper reaches has an oddly serpent-like suggestion as it winds close to the feet of the domed hills among which it rises. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

The large-featured, smirking phantom, saluting me so oddly in the moonlight, retained ever after its peculiar and unpleasant hold upon my nerves. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

That gave him, oddly enough, the only conviction of sin that he had ever known. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

George Gissing Which silence having been broken by a tap at the door, oddly enough there stood Joseph himself. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Consequently, being advised beforehand, Hope had no difficulty in recognizing the oddly shaped case, which was made somewhat in the Egyptian form. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

George Meredith His first love was his only true love, despite one shuddering episode, oddly humiliating to recollect, though he had not behaved badly. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Andrew Lang Savages, indeed, oddly enough, have hit on our theory, ‘dreams go by contraries. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

But he also seemed oddly familiar, and Mrs. Rebell knew him for a certain Alexander McKirdy, of whom, again, she had often heard from her mother. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Theodore Dreiser As she surveyed these pretty things in the privacy of her room she wondered oddly whether Cowperwood was growing to like her. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Frances Hodgson Burnett A number of good-looking, dancing boys had begun to come in and out in uniform, and with eager faces and a businesslike military air which oddly transformed them. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Henry James He had only had to be at last well out of it to feel it, oddly enough, still going on. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

H. G. Wells He turned and went towards the door, regarding me oddly over his shoulder. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

And it was not, oddly enough, the photograph of his “twin” that held his attention once he had seen them all. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Thomas Hardy The daughter carried in her outer hand a withy basket of old-fashioned make; the mother a blue bundle, which contrasted oddly with her black stuff gown. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

H. G. Wells They had a distinctive flavour, oddly reminiscent of the two drab animals of the ledge. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

H. G. Wells Yet he was sensible of fatigue and oddly enough of just one faint twinge of anxiety. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Shifting his position, his eyes fell upon some outbuildings which had an oddly familiar appearance, as if he had dreamed of them. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Her mien, her shape, her temper, eyes and tongue, Are sure to conquer—for the rogue is young; And all that’s madly wild, or oddly gay, We call it only pretty Fanny’s way. The Poetical Works of Thomas Parnell by with an introduction by George Gilfillan [1855]

D. H. Lawrence But he turned uncouthly, awkwardly aside, glancing up at her with quick bright eyes, oddly suggestive, like a quick, live rat. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Eva floated into the garden-room about ten minutes later, oddly enough, through the window. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

I perceived the man look oddly at me as I paid him. Green Tea by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

H.P. Lovecraft This idea of a black, hidden horror connected with incalculable gulfs of some sort of distance was oddly widespread and persistent. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Henry James Your house is a wild old dream; and besides”— she dropped, oddly and quaintly, into real responsible judgment —“you’ve got some quite good things. Covering End by Henry James [1898]

It was badly built and oddly furnished; the bed was too short, the windows did not fit, the doors did not stay shut; but it was as clean as soap and water and scrubbing could make it. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

D. H. Lawrence At the same time so knowing and so oddly assured. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

H.P. Lovecraft In years a child of ten, I had seen and heard many wonders unknown to the throng; and was oddly aged in certain respects. The Tomb (Jun 1917) by H.P. Lovecraft [1917]

H.P. Lovecraft Some of them were badly scattered, and a few seemed oddly dissolved at the ends. The Haunter of the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Henry James This reflexion overtook him just as he reached Olive’s house, which, oddly enough, he was obliged to pass on his way to the mysterious suburb. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

It was written clearly in a schoolmaster’s hand, and though oddly and elliptically worded, he made out the sum of it. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Algernon Blackwood Viens vite!” And she whirled him round in the opening steps of some dance that seemed oddly and horribly familiar. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Henry Handel Richardson And a sound friendship sprang up between the oddly matched pair. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Virginia Woolf She glanced at him with an oddly furtive expression. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Andrew Lang But, oddly enough, K’o-ch’ang, though very jolly and universally beloved, was as stupid as ever, and read nothing but the sporting intelligence in the newspapers. Books and Bookmen by Andrew Lang

Olaf Stapledon The full realization of my temporal remoteness from my home reminded me of a fact, or at least a probability, which, oddly enough, I had long ago forgotten. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

H.P. Lovecraft During the last week or two Ward had obviously changed much, abandoning his attempts at affability and speaking only in hoarse but oddly repellent whispers on the few occasions that he ventured forth. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

H.P. Lovecraf So the boy whom the dark people called Menes smiled more often than he wept as he sat playing with his graceful kitten on the steps of an oddly painted wagon. Fragments by H.P. Lovecraf

H. G. Wells At times it’s oddly like looking at the Alps, the real Alps, and finding that every now and then the mountains have been eked out with a plank and canvas Earl’s Court background. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Edith Wharton In his profession, she knew, he was celebrated for his shrewdness and insight; in personal matters he often seemed, to her alert mind, oddly absent-minded and indifferent. New Year’s Day by Edith Wharton

With a pang of reproach, oddly sharp as he saw his air, half defiant, half frightened, he cursed himself for the rottenest parent. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

And Arnold Shoesmith struck up a sort of friendship that oddly imitated mine. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

H. G. Wells The blessed birds averaged 227, and, oddly enough, this Padishah didn’t secure one of ’em — not one. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

H.P. Lovecraft It was the oddly conventionalised figure of a crouching winged hound, or sphinx with a semi-canine face, and was exquisitely carved in antique Oriental fashion from a small piece of green jade. The Hound by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

Abraham Merri The fruit had an oddly pungent odour that made my eyes water. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

This thing had occurred so suddenly, and chimed-in so oddly with his thoughts, which were at that moment at distant Mardykes and the haunted lake, that it disconcerted him. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Henry James The point was that we moved so oddly and consistently — as it was our only form of consistency — over our limited pasture, never straying to nibble in the strange or the steep places. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

G. K. Chesterton That is, I have met a private man who was oddly different from the public man. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Algernon Blackwood The latter, too, kept up a sort of independent movement of their own, rustling among themselves when no wind stirred, and shaking oddly from the roots upwards. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

Virginia Woolf It was difficult, frightening even, oddly embarrassing. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

H.P. Lovecraft That man, oddly enough, had been through the terrors of the Great War without having incurred any fright so thorough. Cool Air by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

One day, by some mistake, she was allowed to take up a volume of memoirs by Fanny Kemble. “It is certainly very pertly and oddly written. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

But oddly enough Walter Whitmore showed no anxiety to put forward any such theory. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

E. F. Benson But, oddly enough, so it seemed to me, he was still not satisfied about something in connection with her, and would give no answer to my questions on the subject. Mrs. Amworth by E. F. Benson

Algernon Blackwood I watched them moving busily together, oddly shaking their big bushy heads, twirling their myriad leaves even when there was no wind. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

Edith Wharton Perhaps it might have, if he had not been so oddly enslaved by what might be called the Dumas-fils convention (a tradition from which the French have now so wholly emancipated themselves). A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Henry James It represented her as oddly conscientious, and he scarce knew in what sense it affected him. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Henry Handel Richardson And this wholesale collapse of what he had believed to be his ruling traits made him feel oddly humble . Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

His face was ruddy, his eye wild, and, his wig being off, his scanty hair stood up oddly round his head. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

The voice in which the reply came was neither manly nor womanly, but was oddly suggestive of a mystical forest horn, heard from a great distance. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

H. G. Wells I thought the house looked oddly blank and sleepy as I drew near, but I did not perceive that this was because all the blinds were drawn. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

D. H. Lawrence It was a strange look in a refined, really virgin girloddly sinister. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

But they have turned, oddly enough, not to the novel, but to poetry. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

My words must have sounded oddly to those about. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

H.P. Lovecraft His temperature, oddly enough, was not greatly above normal; but the whole condition was otherwise such as to suggest true fever rather than mental disorder. The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

Arthur Machen Before my day, oddly enough, we had in the county a connoisseur or gourmet of wells. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

He realised how oddly detached he was. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Henry James The air felt that stir, he had to acknowledge, much less at Chalk Farm than in the district in which his beloved so oddly enjoyed her footing. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Down-stairs she opened the big front door, closed it carefully behind her, and feeling oddly happy and exuberant stepped off the porch into the moonlight, swinging her heavy grip like a shopping-bag. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

H.P. Lovecraft Advancing to one of these I looked in and saw an oddly dressed company indeed; making merry, and speaking brightly to one another. The Outsider by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

Grant found it oddly endearing. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

H. P. Lovecraf He calls for madder music and takes stranger drugs, and finally his great dog grows oddly afraid of him. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

George Meredith He’s here next month; some time in August.’ ‘He is married, is he not?’ ‘Was.’ Victor’s brevity sounded oddly to Lady Grace. ‘Is he not a soldier?’ she said. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Algernon Blackwood I started in spite of myself, for something oddly concentrated, potent, collected, had come into the expression usually so scattered and feeble. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Pu Songling Then it arose again and alighted on the paper which was placed on the table; there it oddly crawled, retracing its steps, returning, advancing, and stopping. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

His scarfpin was a large diamond, oddly set. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

He was much quieter and, oddly for him, offered no conversation at all. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Arthur Morrison This invitation to Telfer took his attention, and it reminded him oddly of the circumstances detailed in the report of the inquest on Lawrence, transcribed at the beginning of this paper. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Wilkie Collins And, oddly enough, your husband has had something to do with it. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Then at meal-times I often see Sir James looking round oddly at the other gentlemen, one after another, as if he were wondering about them. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

It oddly happens he is in this house at this moment. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Algernon Blackwood The scale of life had oddly shrunk. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

The doctor took it, and, oddly enough, held it for a moment while he spoke. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The men at the purser’s desk are as oddly shaped as the cabins; disdainful are the eyes of voyagers and their friends. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Edith Wharton Other enquiries failed; and at last it was Rebecca Stram who, oddly enough, came to the rescue. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Henry James Moreover though there was a great deal of swagger in his talk it was, oddly enough, rarely swagger about his military exploits. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

Arthur Machen I can’t remember, oddly enough, whether I tried to imitate Swinburne; I know one copy of verses was “inspired” by a picture called “Harmony,” which I think was hung in the Academy of 1880. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

At this time also I first read the “Paradise Lost;” but, oddly enough, in the edition of Bentley, that great paradiorthotaes, (or pseudo-restorer of the text. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

She turned dull, troubled eyes upon Marjory. “Send —— ” She stopped Her throat was oddly constricted, as by an agony of unfelt grief. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

H. G. Wells The letter was an open one addressed to Lewisham, a long rambling would-be clever letter, oddly inferior in style to Chaffery’s conversation. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

H. G. Wells And yet, oddly enough, he realized that the possibility of fresh wars was opening wider every year. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Virginia Woolf The house was oddly different without her. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Abraham Merri A faint thrill passed through my hand and arm, oddly unfamiliar and as oddly unpleasant; as of electric contact holding the very essence of cold. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Edith Wharton This young man, whose awkward bearing and long lava-hued face crowned with flamboyant hair contrasted oddly with his finical apparel, returned Odo’s look with a gaze of eager comprehension. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

H.P. Lovecraft Crossing the bridge and turning toward the roar of the lower falls, I passed close to the Marsh refinery, which seemed to be oddly free from the noise of industry. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Jonathan Swif Days grow short, and the weather grows bad, and the town is splenetic, and things are so oddly contrived that I cannot be absent; otherwise I would go for a few days to Oxford, as I promised. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

H. G. Wells It came into my head, oddly enough, that my voice was too harsh and deep for them. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

There was something oddly demure about him, Brat thought, watching him. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Her own smile, which was the smile with which she had run after Betty, had become oddly fixed; she felt her face harden. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Virginia Woolf They walked on in silence as people walking in their sleep, and were oddly conscious now and again of the mass of their bodies. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

H.P. Lovecraft Then they looked oddly at me, and said that they seemed to remember weird sounds, too. The Moon-Bog by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

Leslie Stephen Once Barker ran away to sea, and was discharged, oddly enough, by the good offices of Wilkes, to whom Smollett applied on Johnson’s behalf. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

H. G. Wells Yet, oddly enough, I found a far unlikelier substance, and that was camphor. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Virginia Woolf Feeling oddly detached from it all, Terence remembered how Helen had said that whenever anything happened to you this was how people behaved. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Thomas Hardy He looked her oddly in the face, losing his awe. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

This, oddly enough, made him love his father more than he had done before, but it was a love very different from the earlier one. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Algernon Blackwood When together, it was the former that asserted its rights, but when apart, oddly enough, it was the latter. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Henry James He kept up his walk, oddly preoccupied and still not looking at her. Crapy Cornelia by Henry James [1909]

John Locke He escaped very narrowly as he was; and it is certain, a figure a little more oddly turned had cast him, and he had been executed, as a thing not to be allowed to pass for a man. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

I’m afraid I’m rather highly strung by nature, although, oddly enough, not one of my friends appears to have any suspicion of the fact. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

George Gissing The two large mirrors in her room had, oddly enough, no unimportant part among the agencies working for her development. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

The dogs, who had started gleefully with the carriage, were called back by Branston, and driven home, wondering and wistful, looking back with ears oddly cocked and tails dejected. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry Handel Richardson But when he had gone she looked grave, and out of an oddly disquieting feeling said to herself: “I do hope he’ll be on his best behaviour to-night, and not tread on Richard’s toes. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

She struck me oddly as taking the relationship for a thing in itself, and regardless of its consequences. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Edith Wharton ARTHUR BERNALD could never afterward recall just when the first conjecture flashed on him: oddly enough, there was no record of it in the agitated jottings of his diary. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Edith Wharton Her letters, oddly enough, seemed at first to bring her nearer than her presence. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

George Gissing Whilst sipping at his glass of spirits, he oddly enough fell into talk with the barmaid, a young woman of some charms, and what appeared to be unaffected modesty. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Virginia Woolf He said it in a way which struck her, at last, as oddly casual. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Edgar Allan Poe It was Captain Guy’s intention to make every exertion within his power to settle the question so oddly in dispute. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Wilkie Collins Her notion of the motive which was really at the bottom of the suicide failed, oddly enough, just where my young lady’s assertion of her innocence failed also. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Arthur Machen Before an oddly shaped stone I was ready to fall into a sort of reverie or meditation, as if it had been a fragment of paradise or fairyland. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

Yet, oddly enough, for the first time I felt the terror of the hunted on me. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

H. G. Wells He had watery grey eyes, oddly void of expression. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

And oddly enough her mere presence took away the oppression I had felt in that room. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

On this warp of fairy tale, the author weaves a woof of romance and reality most oddly blended. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Abraham Merri The shell swerved sickeningly; there was an oddly metallic splintering; it quivered; shot ahead. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Abraham Merri Sometimes she danced with the Little People and sometimes she danced for them — again the oddly secretive, half-amused glance. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Algernon Blackwood There were cheek-bones, oddly high, that made him think involuntarily of the well-advertised Pharaoh, Ramases; a square, deep jaw; and an aquiline nose that gave the final touch of power. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

George Meredith The oddly coupled pair deplored, among their respective friends, the disastrous Siamese twinship created by a haphazard improvident Liberal camp. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

F. Scott Fitzgerald They were composed of oddly familiar pieces of ivory. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

H. G. Wells The grouping is oddly apposite. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Our natures are oddly inconsistent. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

David, who was never given to vague imagination, himself felt it an oddly alive thing. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

If this was meant as a prison it was an oddly insecure one. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Edith Wharton He was as inexpressive as he is to-day, and yet oddly obtrusive: one of those uncomfortable presences whose silence is an interruption. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Thomas Hardy But he’s a gentleman, and that — makes it — O how difficult for me!’ The acquaintance thus oddly reopened proceeded apace. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Henry Handel Richardson Richard — oddly enough he was ever able to poke fun at himself — had christened this outhouse “the cemetery of dead fads. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Edith Wharton A slow blush rose to Delia’s cheek: she felt oddly humiliated by the rebuke conveyed in that contemptuous retort. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

Virginia Woolf The twisted cone of paper over the electric light was oddly stained. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Doctor Moon didn’t deserve a change of dress, and Luella found herself oddly tired, though she had done very little all day. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Henry James But no one would know it: he oddly enough in this calculation of security left Biddy herself out. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

The keeper stared; the shot was one he had thought beyond any man’s range, and he set food and drink before his guest with a crestfallen surprise, oddly mingled with veneration. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

John Galsworthy There was something oddly reassuring in that action. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

And it stood so oddly motionless, that figure. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

H. G. Wells Very thick black and slightly sloping eyebrows that almost met over his nose and overhung deep grey eyes, gave his face an oddly formidable expression. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

In her hands was a letter — oddly written in pencil on a leaf torn out of a betting book, but without a tremor or a change in the writing itself. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Arthur Machen The retired scholar, with the happy activity which does sometimes, oddly enough, distinguish the fish out of water, went on and spared nothing. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

George Gissing Mrs. Roots even heard him singing in his bedroom — though, oddly enough, it was a secular song on Sunday morning. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

The man who was holding Jaikie asked a question, oddly enough in French, to which Mastrovin replied by bidding him put the “little rat” beside the luggage. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

D. H. Lawrence Lou, with her brown, unmatched, oddly perplexed eyes, felt herself found out. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Thus unmoored, the bonnet had grown more and more askew, which went oddly with her genteel manner. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Palliser–Yeates was speaking, and his fresh boyish colour contrasted oddly with his wise eyes and grave voice. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Walter Scott Whoe’er’s been at Paris must needs know the Gre’ve, The fatal retreat of the unfortunate brave, Where honour and justice most oddly contribute, To ease heroes’ pains by an halter and gibbet. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

H. G. Wells Milner, oddly enough, I found the most satisfactory intelligence among us. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

John Galsworthy Her walk seemed oddly familiar, and when she turned the corner for which he was bound, his heart began to beat. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

It seemed as if I couldn’t tire, and, oddly enough, I was happy. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Though oddly enough they were much more in each other’s pockets than Ruth and Jane are. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Abraham Merri I realized a clarity of mind, an interesting exhilaration and sense of irresponsibility, of freedom from care, that were oddly enjoyable. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

G. K. Chesterton I also mention it because there is hardly anything else to mention; his life is singularly free from landmarks, while his literature is so oddly full of surprises. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

I would be vary ‘appy,” and again she looked oddly at me. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry Handel Richardson Put thus out of countenance he wore an oddly defenceless, even a hapless air; and it distressed her to see him give himself away in front of strangers. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

H.P. Lovecraft Then the turbaned figure slumped oddly into a posture scarcely human, and began a curious, fascinated sort of shuffle toward the coffin-shaped clock that ticked out its cosmic and abnormal rhythm. Through the Gates of the Silver Key by H.P. Lovecraft [1934]