Phrases with "oddly"

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

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

Algernon Blackwood No definitely marked time ran through the pieces, which ended and began oddly after the fashion of wind through an Aeolian harp. 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

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]

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]

Heyst produced his playful smile, which contrasted oddly with the worried character of his whole expression. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

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

Charles Dickens It is oddly garnished with a queer old clock that projects over the pavement out of a grave red-brick building, as if Time carried on business there, and hung out his sign. The Seven Poor Travellers by Charles Dickens [1854]

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]

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

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

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 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]

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

Charles Dickens This was Obenreizer. An oddly pastoral kind of office it was, and one that would never have answered in England. It stood in a neat back yard, fenced off from a pretty flower-garden. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

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]

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

Beyond and above him on Stye Head someone was waiting for him, someone in peril, and it seemed, oddly enough, that this someone was himself. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

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]

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]

Henry James The reader may, moreover, be informed that, oddly enough, Lady Barb didn’t particularly believe this assertion. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

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]

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

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]

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

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]

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

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]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Excuse me, but how oddly you are dressed. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

H. G. Wells And then, oddly enough, one finds him mentioned in the correspondence of Arthur Hicks, the poet. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

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]

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]

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

Arthur Machen But, oddly enough, I was a little disappointed. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

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

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Still he struck out, and, oddly enough, found himself calling to his comrade to hold tight. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

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]

Miss Ellison was one, and two others, oddly enough, were a navvy and his wife who had recently settled near the hamlet. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

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]

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

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]

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

Algernon Blackwood He felt a trifle dazed perhaps, and the spell of the past came strongly over him, confusing the immediate present and making everything dwindle oddly to the dimensions of long ago. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Wilkie Collins Shake hands! How are you? Ready for the march?” Frank met the oddly abrupt advance which had been made to him with perfect good humor. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

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

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

Elizabeth Gaskell The table was spread with every luxury, and there was almost an ostentatious evidence of wealth, which contrasted oddly and simply with the hard signs of business and trade down below. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

H.P. Lovecraft His speech had an oddly forced, hollow, metallic quality, as if the use of English taxed his vocal apparatus; yet his language was as easy, correct and idiomatic as any native Anglo–Saxon’s. Through the Gates of the Silver Key by H.P. Lovecraft [1934]

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]

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

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

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

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

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]

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]

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

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]

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

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]

Wilkie Collins I know not any other sphere in which persons of all classes and all temperaments are so oddly collected together, and so immediately contrasted and confronted with each other. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

D. H. Lawrence Julia screwed up her eyes in a slow smile, oddly cogitating. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

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]

There are certain descriptions of people who, oddly enough, appear to appertain exclusively to the metropolis. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

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

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]

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]

John Galsworthy Then his face cleared up and became oddly resolute. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

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]

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

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

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

H. G. Wells The lingering traces of the poison seemed to make him oddly irritable. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

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

H. G. Wells But these things came to them only through a haze of distortion, caricatured until they lost all practical significance, disguised as the foolish fancies of a race of oddly gifted eccentrics. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

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

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

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]

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]

Willa Cather What Thea noticed, oddly enough, was the flash of the firelight on his cuff link. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

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

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

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

Olaf Stapledon It was an oddly childish, almost foetal face, with its big brow, snub nose, and pouting lips. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

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

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

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

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]

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

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]

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

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]

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]

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

Henry James He listened to her philosophically, liking and enjoying her chaff, which seemed to him, oddly enough, wholesome and refreshing, and absolutely declining to satisfy her. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

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]

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

He pinched his thin, downy mustache, and looked oddly askance into the corner. Mother by Maksim Gorky

G. K. Chesterton Nor is such a poetic fancy inappropriate, for there was something oddly romantic about this inrush of air and light after a long, leaden and unlifting day. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

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

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]

Gertrude Stein But oddly enough in this last year they have gotten to be very fond of each other. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

George Gissing So disturbed were her thoughts that she did not notice how oddly Dymes was regarding her, and his next words sounded meaningless. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

H. G. Wells The curate, who was still timorous and restless, was now, oddly enough, for pushing on, and I was urging him to keep up his strength by eating when the thing happened that was to imprison us. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

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

Still there is a passage in his Memoirs where he oddly enough laments not having selected the fat slumbers of the Church as an eligible profession. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Its lines were quite tense, and a spark shone oddly in the middle of the eyes. An impossible ideal by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Algernon Blackwood He looked very thin and white and oddly unsubstantial, and he stared about him as though he saw into this other space he had been talking about. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Henry Handel Richardson The grass-trees which supplied the fuel for these fires spread a pleasant balsamic odour, and the live red patches contrasted oddly with the pale ardour of the moon. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

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

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]

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

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]

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]

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

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]

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]

They seemed to be so oddly out of place. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Nathaniel Hawthorne There was, by and by, a certain exuberance and elaborateness of gesture and manner, oddly in contrast with all that I had hitherto seen of him. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

George Meredith A solicitude for the animal was marked by his inquiry ‘You are not hungry yet?’ ‘Oh no, not yet,’ said she, oddly enlivened. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu So things had assumed a very decided attitude indeed! Longcluse felt very oddly enraged, at first; then anxious. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

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]

The chief point about the man’s appearance was that he wore a very ancient trench burberry, which gave him an oddly English air. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

It was the semi-detached Lavinia, oddly enough, who observed and was troubled. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

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.P. Lovecraft Early in July the newspapers oddly supplement Blake’s entries, though in so brief and casual a way that only the diary has called general attention to their contribution. The Haunter of the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

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]

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

George Meredith And behold, a spokesman was seen in relief upon a background of grins, that were oddly intermixed with countenances of extraordinary solemnity. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

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

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 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 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

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]

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]

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

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

Henry James He stopped short to-night on coming to sight of it: it was as if his last day were oddly copying his first. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

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]

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

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]

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

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]

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]

The cigarette-box was tied up, and the string sealed, oddly enough, with the diamond of the ring that had been bought and paid for. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

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

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]

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

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]

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

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

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

Edith Wharton She had always been alive to the value of her inherited scruples: her reasoned opinions were unusually free, but with regard to the things one couldn’t reason about she was oddly tenacious. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

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

They were, in the scholastic sense — which so oddly contradicts the modern use of the word “Realists.” They believed classes were REAL and independent of their individuals. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

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]

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]

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]

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

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]

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]

Anthony Trollope I received it oddly enough together with your own note at Moroni’s — on Monday morning. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

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]

In her hands was a letteroddly 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]

It was exactly like some hollow piece of metal being struck by a stick, musical and oddly resonant. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Abraham Merri As we drew nearer we saw that this was motionless, and less like vapor of water than vapor of light; it streamed in oddly fixed lines like atoms of crystals in a still solution. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

H. G. Wells First it sounded like “atomic mechanician,” and then oddly enough it sounded like “molecular chemist. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

No previous experience of his had had this oddly satisfying effect. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

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]

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]

George Gissing She had never disliked Mr. Gammon; oddly enough, she seemed to think of him with a more decided friendliness now that his conduct demanded her enmity. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

G. K. Chesterton But, oddly enough, it was because he was a small poet that he came to his strange and isolated triumph. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Also, she carried a red leather bag and a green parasol, which contrasted oddly with the crape on her dress. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

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

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]

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]

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]

As a performance it would have done credit to what is often described, oddly enough, as the “regular” stage. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

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]

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]

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]

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

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

H. G. Wells And it was so oddly like a thumbless boxing glove! Just the very shape of the padded part. The Reconciliation by H. G. Wells [1895]

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

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

Algernon Blackwood The change which impressed me so oddly was not easy to name. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

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

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]

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]

Then he went down the aisle, and as he seated himself Tressa Norne stepped from the wings and stood before the lowered curtain facing an expectant but oddly undemonstrative audience. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

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

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 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]

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]

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

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]

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]

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

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