Phrases with "once"

Henry Handel Richardson I assure you once more, you have no conception what these provincial concerns are worth. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

You at once set me alongside of you. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope Richard will lay the lunch here, so that you may go at once into the parlour, where the will will be read. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Walter Scott Those with which I was most struck were the ruins of an ancient castle in which that Elizabeth-chamber, as you call it, once existed. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

The boy fell down on the ground, at once there was a shout, he was numb with fright, he jumped up and ran away. The Heavenly Christmas Tree by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1876]

Rudyard Kipling Then she leaned over, and kissed Mrs. Ashcroft once on the waxy yellow forehead, and again on the faded grey eyes. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Urania had fallen at once into all the tricks and manners of the new school. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Elizabeth Gaskell She read the last words over again, once more: “From my death-bed I adjure you to stand her friend; I will beg pardon on my knees for anything. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

John Stuart Mill These things, if once opinion were rightly directed on the subject, might with perfect safety be left to be regulated by opinion, without any interference of law. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Anne Bronte But I am glad, now, of this opportunity of seeing you once more and knowing that you have not forgotten me, and of assuring you that I shall never cease to remember you. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Crazy with pleasure he stared at the vision, till slowly it melted into the waves, and Cuna the inexorable once more blocked the sky-line. The Far Islands by John Buchan [1899]

I once had hopes and passions like the rest of mankindperhaps more ardent than the most. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Anne, although sincerely sorry for Minnie May, was far from being insensible to the romance of the situation and to the sweetness of once more sharing that romance with a kindred spirit. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Olaf Stapledon My group formed itself with unusual difficulty; but, once constituted, it was maintained without undue emphasis. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Thomas Hardy But I said, “For once in your life do it well, and come by the Royal Mail, and I’ll pay. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The two men drifted at once into the casual conversation of Londoners who have similar interests. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

D. H. Lawrence And he, too, in the silence, felt the world sinking away from him once more, leaving him once more alone on a darkened earth, with nothing between him and the infinite dark space. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

Mrs. Wilson could hear her feet hastening over the cobbled path; once more there was breathless waiting silence . Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Barney had apparently but two passions in life — love of Jefferson Doman, who had once been of some service to him, and love of whisky, which certainly had not. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

H. G. Wells When you tell me that we have a million unemployed I rejoice to think we have that much man power free at once for the great adventure. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Anthony Trollope Put it away unread, or at least undigested, for a day, and it at once begins to assume ugly proportions. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

H. G. Wells And once they passed a madman singing. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Arthur Conan Doyle I was wounded once in the trenches and once at Delhi, and this is what I got for it, just because I oouldn’t keep away from drink. That Veteran by Arthur Conan Doyle

For once the serpent had been foiled. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Maria Edgeworth I have found it! I have found it! dear Gabrielle, rejoice with me! I have solved the metaphysical problem, which perplexed me so cruelly, and now I am once more at peace with myself. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

I remembered a short iron bar that I had noticed once under some papers on a shelf in the back kitchen, and I struck a match and found it. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

He resolved to go no more when once he had finished her likeness. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

E. F. Benson All these pleasant rooms looked south, and all had this open view away seawards; they had character and dignity, and at once Lucia began to see herself living here. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

And as the next tack fetches the buoy, so my next perambulation (in which, however, I was thinking seriously of a new bowler) brought me face to face with Raffles once more. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Robert Louis Stevenson When once I was in these woods I found it difficult to turn homeward. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rudyard Kipling Only once I crept up a little into the wind towards Master Vickery. ‘I wonder what she’s doin’ in England,’ I says. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Jack London They raged and slaughtered and destroyed all over the city proper, and were in turn destroyed; but never once did they succeed in reaching the city of the oligarchs over on the west side. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I will go once more to Prince’s. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Benjamin Disraeli At length, with passions subdued, and, as I flatter myself, with a mind matured, convinced of the vanity of all human affairs, I felt emboldened once more partially to mingle with my species. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

George MacDonald It is possible to grow and not to grow, to grow less and to grow bigger, both at once — yes, even to grow by means of not growing!” “Your words are strange, madam!” I rejoined. Lilith by George MacDonald

Arthur Conan Doyle He has been there for ten days, and neither Mr. Warren, nor I, nor the girl has once set eyes upon him. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Arthur Conan Doyle After one night’s work our friend here goes to the colonies a prosperous man, and the firm of Girdlestone holds up its head once more, stainless and irreproachable. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Arnold Bennett Hilda, smiling at her in return from the distance, recalled the tone in which Harry had said ‘old Jan’— a tone at once affectionate and half-contemptuous. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

I don’t think he was the sort of fellow to bear malice; but it took time to bring him round if once offended. A Hunt by Moonlight by Ellen Wood [1868]

Leslie Stephen But once more the news comes that Stella is probably on her deathbed; and he replies in letters which we read as we listen to groans of a man in sorest agony. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

She had heard him boasting once to Douro that thank goodness he had always been strong-minded enough to cut his losses. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Sinclair Lewis She listened to Lundsgard’s advertising without one of the crisp comments, flavored with mustard and pepper and ice, for which she had once been dreaded. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope I want you to write to me at once saying what you know about the matter, I ask you, as I don’t want to lug in any of the other people at Roper’s. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon Then he walked into the place that was once a children’s playground, toward the Aide post, once the school cellar. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Had any hard-handed son of toil, a stranger in the land, reaper, miner, seafaring man—had such an one as this exhibited signs of discomposure, suspicion would at once have been on the alert. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Gertrude Stein I remember that once when my brother and a comrade had gone horse-back riding, one of the horses returned riderless to the hotel, the mother of the other boy began to make a terrible scene. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Wilkie Collins Nor was Mr. Yollop at all behindhand in taking similar precautions to secure the new convert permanently, after having once caught him. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

H. Rider Haggard If once it touched her tongue! The suspense was terrible. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Yes, remove her from my sight at once and for ever. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

George Gissing I wanted him to understand at once that there was nothing between us; I talked in rather a—you know the sort of way. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

And once when —” She stopped, and seemed to decide that she had said enough. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Sir Richard Burton And if thou wilt but as I say, thou shalt have her at once and be as my son, and all that is under my hand or that cometh to me shall be thine. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Ralph Waldo Emerson When the eye of Reason opens, to outline and surface are at once added, grace and expression. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

Charles Kingsley The wretched woman’s ravings at once explained the case, and made it, in his eyes, all but hopeless. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Anthony Trollope Such a view of the river! I was here once before and they took me up. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

At once he got a clear view of everything. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Wilkie Collins Still, the image of the dark beauty of the morning was the one reigning image of my thoughts — still, the influence of the morning, at once sinister and seductive, kept its hold on my heart. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

D. H. Lawrence To be a Captain once more, feeling his feet and being a boss over something. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Between these and the walls of the houses was a pretty pathway of mosaic, and in the midst once stood marble tables, under which the workmen exhuming the city found certain crouching skeletons. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Edith Wharton After that, she wondered that she had not at once recognized Tina’s dancing step, and her manner of tilting her head a little sideways to look up at the person she was talking to. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

All at once a peculiar shrill hiss, half whistle, half cry, sounded very near. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

In Joseph Andrews, though its professed genesis and procedure are artificial too, you break away at once from serious artifice. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Olaf Stapledon We hit upon a plan for satisfying at once our friendship, his interest in my world, and my own longing for home. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Marjorie Bowen Kneeling before the open trunk, Mademoiselle Debelleyme took out her one silk gown which had been worn once and then hidden for five years. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

She saw at once that the woman before her was not gently-born, but she felt also that she was a woman of higher mental calibre than herself. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Theodore Dreiser I’m not as light on my toes as I once was. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

George Gissing Let it once become known — and it would become known — that a girl of that character came here, and your usefulness is at an end. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

The vision took odd times for recurring, once or twice in lecture, once on the cricket-ground, many times in the fields of a Sunday, and once while he paddled down to the start in a Trials race. The Far Islands by John Buchan [1899]

Edith Wharton Delia, absorbed in her own babies, had nevertheless dropped in once or twice at the nursery, and had come away wishing that Chatty’s maternal instinct might find its normal outlet in marriage. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

Henry Kingsley Go!” How recklessly defiant weak men get when they are once fairly in a rage! Densil, who was in general civilly afraid of this man, would have defied fifty such as he now. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

H. G. Wells And suddenly the parlour door was opened, and Mr. Cuss appeared, and without glancing at her rushed at once down the steps toward the corner. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Henry Handel Richardson He stood o-mouthed and absentminded, and only once shot a blue glance at his uncle to say: “But if dey’re so baddy . Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Machen Indeed, I once asked a man deeply learned in antiquity, a famous herald, to tell me what it was like, generally speaking, to pay a visit to a thirteenth century lord at his castle. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

When I think of it, I was once ill; Polly nursed me; they thought I should die; she, I recollect, grew at once stronger and tenderer as I grew worse in health. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Mark Twain Now for Fulbert! The heart so wounded should be healed at last; the proud spirit so tortured should find rest again; the humbled head should be lifted up once more. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Olaf Stapledon It seemed to have affected even his profile; for not only were the eyes now wide open and alert, the lips seemed at once fuller and firmer. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

He at once started to his feet, and faced me with a look I am pondering upon yet, there was so much in it that was wrathful, curious, dismayed, and defiant. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

Let me inform you, therefore, once and for all, that it is not a bit of use Moreas or anybody else trying to keep me out of the business. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

H.P. Lovecraf And once I walked through a golden valley that led to shadowy groves and ruins, and ended in a mighty wall green with antique vines, and pierced by a little gate of bronze. Fragments by H.P. Lovecraf

Elizabeth at once began trembling so uncontrollably that she could not keep her gun-barrel still. Burmese Days by George Orwell

If there’s none, they’ll make it; and you can’t tell how far they’ll go when they once start. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

H. G. Wells Three days later I suddenly scrapped my morning’s engagements and insisted upon being taken at once to another school — any school close at hand. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

Richard Burton The horses of the troopers tethered in the Barr were sure to break loose once in twelve hours. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Jules Verne Simpson had seized a long lance, and was preparing to give close battle to the animal, when all at once the whale glided into a pass between two mountainous icebergs. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Arthur Conan Doyle It made him an Englishman once more, it improved his health, it changed the current of his thoughts. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

All at once the villages began to be depopulated; the inhabitants disappeared, none knew whither. Thirteen at Table by Mór Jókai

Almost at once my mother energetically undertook the task of giving me Russian lessons. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Ford Madox Ford Standing at the telephone Tietjens had recognized at once that this was a mother, pleading with infinite statesmanship for her daughter. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She walked upon the moor without fatigue, she even worked in a garden Jock Macaur had laid out for her inside the ruined walls of what had once been the castle’s banquet hall. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Not once all day long had she thought of her. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

One of you gentlemen will go at once and order post-horses. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Sherwin still kept her place; but she said nothing, and hardly turned to look round at us more than once or twice. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Jules Verne His ingenuity for once was at fault. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

The lady had left the room below, opening and shutting the door for herself; the man was filling his glass once more. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Sterling once tried to benefit his friend, and perhaps fortunately failed. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

James Joyce An instant after, under its screen, his eyes looked quickly, ghostbright, at his foe and fell once more upon a working corner. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

At once Eli Barton and he had got out of the car and, following the man with the light, they had hurried towards the spot where the supposed accident had taken place. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Anthony Trollope When once the law — which had been rather understood than spoken — had been infringed and set at naught, there was no longer any use in endeavouring to maintain a semblance of its restriction. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

She and those stars seemed to me at once the types and witnesses of truth all regnant. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Oliver Goldsmith If they let me have that, I smite them once more for engraving their coat of arms at the top. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Anthony Trollope I was to live at a place called Banagher, on the Shannon, which I had heard of because of its having once been conquered, though it had heretofore conquered everything, including the devil. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

H. G. Wells They watched him and they watched Amanda with a solicitude that seemed at once pained and tender. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

At once she saw the full extent of the intended mischief, and the risk she incurred of losing the reward of years of suffering and labour. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Arthur Conan Doyle You have brought me to you, and when once I am brought I do not readily leave. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

His life was his own once more: not the shamed life in death, worse than death of the last two days, but his own to take up again, to keep, to enjoy, best of all to use worthily. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He hadn’t once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Charles Dickens The moment he was on his box once more, and clattering briskly down hill, he returned to the Sonnambula and the peasant girls, as if it were not in the power of misfortune to depress him. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

Some went a little way and fell; some farther, and failed; of them all only she, at once the latest, the weakest, the nearest, the worst, was wholly caught. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

She remembered how once or twice in England she had seemed to hear these two sounds, and how she had longed to be back again in the old veranda. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Wilkie Collins In one hand, she held a dirty dogs’-eared book, which I at once detected to be a Circulating Library novel. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Jane Austen I once saw Henry the Eighth acted, or I have heard of it from somebody who did, I am not certain which. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Charles Dickens If she had once turned back, it might have been the death of Mrs. Sparsit in spleen and grief. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Joseph Furphy But hark! that heavy sound breaks in once more, as if the clouds its echo would repeat. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Anthony Trollope The parson had by no means made up his mind as to what he was to say to the young lady, so he shut his eyes, and rushed at once into the middle of his subject. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins There stood Natalie — at once angry and afraid — between the man to whom she was ostensibly engaged, and the man to whom she was actually married. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

Anne Bronte Let me once get clear of Grassdale, and I shall consider myself safe. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Jack London Further, this son, weak and dying, did not taste meat oftener than once a week; and the kind and quality of this meat cannot possibly be imagined by people who have never watched human swine eat. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Please send some sandwiches—A. M’C.” To follow the messenger at once to the scene of action was the general impulse. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

I had always been a light sleeper, but on the present occasion I woke at once to complete and acute consciousness, and with a sense of stretched attention which seemed to intensify all my faculties. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then with a mad yell they dashed in once more, and made a desperate effort to cut a way through to the altar. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Anthony Trollope The colonel plumed himself at once upon having managed well; but he was greatly mistaken. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Then once more the days glided on; for two months with her daughter she had again enjoyed peace and happiness. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Leslie Stephen Vanessa, once the quickest of learners, grew distracted. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

M. P. Shiel He then galloped on to suggest that I should at once take part with him in his investigations, and commented on the timeliness of my visit. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

Gertrude Stein I remember hearing a french nurse once say and the only thing she did say of the front was, c’est un paysage passionant, an absorbing landscape. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Francis Bacon But a calendar glass strikingly displays expansion in air, at once conspicuous, progressive, permanent, and without transition. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

G. K. Chesterton Turnbull’s tawny eyebrows were pulled together with a peculiar frown of curiosity, and all at once he walked quickly across the lawn. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Every one looked awfully scared, but Dr. Merryweather at once asked if Captain Dane had been robbed, and he told the inspector that there had been two thousand pounds upon him, in notes. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

He’ll find it empty and know at once that someone else has been here. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

In this matter Boringdon showed Madame Sampiero how wrong she had been, and not he only, but many others also had at once come under her spell. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Olaf Stapledon In each of them a minority held effective power over the whole society, and in each a single individual was at once the instrument and the wielder of that power. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Theodore Dreiser For once she was the admired, the sought-for. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Olaf Stapledon The group, once a vague swarm of fluctuating, discontinuous phantoms, companionable, quarrelsome, tyrannous, crystallizes at length into a system of persons. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

George Borrow She was a woman about five and forty, with regular features, which had once been handsome, but had received considerable injury from time, and perhaps more from trouble. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

George Gissing At once she said: ‘I won’t be late back, Lyddy. I’m just going to walk a little way with Totty.’ Lydia’s face showed annoyance. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

The place was once a mere recess in the cliffs; but on the farther side, masked by a natural barrier of rock, there lay another valley leading to a secluded amphitheatre among the mountains. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Mark Twain They have never heard a cross word out of our lips toward each other — but they have quarreled once or twice. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

But they have felt ashamed of them as they rose, and have at once put them by. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Anthony Trollope It had been concealed in a volume of sermons, and Mr Apjohn, remembering suddenly that the old man had been reading these sermons shortly before his death, had gone at once to the book. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

What are we to do to-day? “I thought we could make a desperate effort to get this mystery cleared up, once for all . The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Henry James I took my way in some dejection to bed; but in the passage I encountered Mr. Vereker, who had been up once more to change, coming out of his room. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

George Gissing Mrs Handover, requested to prepare tea for a semi-ceremonious occasion, was at once beset with misgivings, and the first sight of the strangers plunged her into profound despondency. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Valentine, Jacob’s only son, was removed from school at once to be articled to his father. Chandler & Chandler by Ellen Wood [1875]

It might have been lighted in a dozen places at once and there would be nothing to show it. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

He asked at once for the King, joined him, and returned talking with him. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

I guessed at once that he had foreign blood in him, not from any oddness of colouring or feature but from his silken reserve. Basilissa by John Buchan [1914]

Sir Walter Scott And now our persecuted traveller landed at Allonby, and sought for such accommodations as might at once suit his temporary poverty and his desire of remaining as much unobserved as possible. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Daniel, who also seemed much upset by the Freiherr’s terrible end, thought it would be a good thing to have the dangerous postern walled up; and this was at once done. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

The outlying townships, too, would be risky, for a stranger there, at the present time, would be at once remarked upon. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

No girl feels that way — once having cared. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Nchama Chamvu was at once sent off with a present of gin and a verbal report of arrival to Nessudikira Nchinu, (King), of Banza Nkaye, whilst we made ready for a night’s lodging à la belle étoile. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

H. G. Wells I thought at once that it would infer my presence from the mark of the blow I had given him. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Olaf Stapledon In the typically irrational manner of dreams, this dream-myth which arose in my mind represented the eternal spirit as being at once the cause and the result of the infinite host of finite existents. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

E. T. A. Hoffmann Salvator at once withdrew to make all the necessary preparations. Signor Formica by E. T. A. Hoffmann [1820]

Henry James Well, of course I’m young, and I feel bright enough when once I get started. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Rudyard Kipling Once a day and once a night I return. Just So Stories for Little Children by Rudyard Kipling [1902]

Then, to make sure that there was no error in his calculations, he carefully stepped the distance once more. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

He was not quick-witted, but at once he jumped to the conclusion that his wife had just had in a furniture dealer, and that this ten pounds represented all their nice furniture upstairs. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

They turned very sour at once when they saw me. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Jules Verne Then he rose again to the top of the water, took breath and dived once more. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

But once when she approached him with soothing speech, he turned on her swiftly, and with all his force dealt her a blow in the face with his fist. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

She awoke again at eight, and at once got up. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

He strode back to the little couch, and sank down again by her; but he resisted the aching longing to take her once more into his arms. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

G. K. Chesterton I once expressed it by saying, I think with some truth, that politicians have no politics. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Almost at once Fyne caught me up and slowed down to my strolling gait which must have been infinitely irksome to his high pedestrian faculties. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

H. G. Wells They appear to have jumped to the impossible conclusion that this was the Invisible Man suddenly become visible, and set off at once along the lane in pursuit. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Wilkie Collins I once saw a surveyor go over a house, and I know exactly what to do. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

And once it had been the skin of a snake; the glory of owning the skin of a snake had made Simon dizzy for days. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

This included the literary notices and the book reviews, and I am afraid that I at once gave my prime attention to these. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

So he decided upon going to Arden at once — which was essential — and returning directly he had adjusted matters with his bailiff, and done a morning’s work with his architect. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Arnold Bennett The effect was at once rich and gorgeous. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

An overstrained tone announces itself on the very first page; an opening full of power—indeed, of genius—but pitched in a key which we feel at once will not, without effort, be maintained. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Krespel’s friends in F—— also confirmed this intelligence, and urged him to come for once to F—— to see and admire this uncommon sight of two such glorious singers. The Cremona Violin by E. T. A. Hoffmann

John Galsworthy And once more he had that feeling: “There sits a woman I have never known. Passers By by John Galsworthy

I might abdicate; and, once having cut the connection between myself and the poor abject islanders, I might seem to have no further interest in the degradation that affected them. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Andrew Lang Then Dullhead fell to at once to hew down the tree, and when it fell he found amongst its roots a goose, whose feathers were all of pure gold. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

T. E. Lawrence We sat and chafed under the bridge, matches in hand, to light at once (despite the troops) if there was an alarm. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

E. Phillips Oppenheim As afternoon steals on I descend from the hill and enter the wood once more. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

George MacDonald Even as she rose she seemed ready to drop and give up the attempt as hopeless; and since, I saw her sink back once fully her own breadth. Lilith by George MacDonald

Noel continued with the ingenuous candour of an honest heart which suspicion has never touched with its bat’s wing: “The idea of treating at once with my father pleased me exceedingly. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Zona Gale At once he was ushered to Mrs. Hastings’ apartment. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Anthony Trollope They suppose that a man can forget it at once when he is not accepted, and that things can go on just as before. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy Only one person in all his experience had ever possessed precisely those tones; rich, as if they had once been powerful. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Caroline Lamb My love, my soul, look yet once upon me. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

At the top of the hill I lost sight of them, and coming presently to a little road-side ruin which I at once recognized as the old toll-house, I found the footpath without difficulty. Was it an illusion? by Amelia B. Edwards

It was a sort of hissing sound, at once shrill and hoarse, quite impossible to describe accurately. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Elizabeth Gaskell My right hand had not forgot its cunning, and I went out once more to my poaching. The Heart of John Middleton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

Anthony Trollope She once or twice opened her mouth, as if speaking, but uttered no sound. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Proceeding round through the little garden to the back of the house, he at once became more uneasy still. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

This house had once been a doctor’s residence. Janet Carey by Ellen Wood [1873]

Anna Katherine Green It made him think; but for once in his life did not make him loquacious. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was at once seductive and sparkling, voluptuous and dreamy. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

I once met a very particular friend of his. “Divus” Johnston by John Buchan

Walter Scott Keep these to yourself, my old friend; and, once more, good day to you. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Still, I am glad to see you once more before I die. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

H. G. Wells He stared and saluted awkwardly and became at once a masked defensive thing with whom co-operation was impossible. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Charles Dickens And then he laid him softly down once more, and asked if the little girl were there, for he could not see her. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Anne’s permission to “play” once given, Robin found her way behind the group of lilacs and snowballs. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is probable that the shells went right through her, as she sank at once with her hatches open. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

H. G. Wells I plead guilty at once to bad manners and a lack of worldly wisdom. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells