Phrases with "once"

Wilkie Collins It was at once dreadful and touching to see her. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Then all at once something gave, and Raffles swore an oath as soft as any prayer. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Only with the touch, she knew at once what Evelyn wanted, and she said gently: “I wouldn’t go, Evelyn.” Evelyn said: “Oh I must. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

At once disarm’d, his anger all he lost. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

The first was to Miss Alison Westwater and the second to Prince Odalchini; then he got into pyjamas, curled himself inside the valise, and was almost at once asleep. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Anthony Trollope He rolled like a dog from his horse, his enemy’s knee was in a moment on his chest, and the dagger of mercy at his throat, as the knight once more called upon him to yield. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

I remember that once I heard a rustling in the air, and looked up to see the green doves circling about the tree-tops. The Grove of Ashtaroth by John Buchan [1910]

George Gissing Better see him at once and get rid of him. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Any way, she thought, as women will do, that she might get something out of him perhaps once in a way that would be of use to us. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

From Mrs. Desberger’s I rode immediately to Miss Althorpe’s, for the purpose of satisfying myself at once as to the presence there of the unhappy fugitive I was tracing. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

M. P. Shiel However, he did not plunge, but almost at once came out gasping, and seeing his left foot dyed with blood, I knew that something had gashed it. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

Bram Stoker When once she was in the study in the top of the turret, she almost forgot the terrors which lay outside in the dark. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

We should get on right enough once we were tied up. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Benjamin Disraeli I was at Agramont Castle once when I was at college, and I never shall forget it. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Wilkie Collins His method of bringing up his son once settled, no earthly consideration could move him from it an inch, one way or the other. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Arthur Conan Doyle He shook them out on the table, and at once I saw by his eager face that his hopes had been raised. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Arnold Bennett He might have to stand nonsense from Hilda; but he would not stand it from Maggie, of whose notorious mildness he at once began to take advantage, as in the old days of their housekeeping together. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Marking once more his shaggy hair and beard, and yellow skin considerably wrinkled, the young man went up to him. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Robert Louis Stevenson But once he drank of his breath, and instantly set him to fish Like a man intent upon supper at home and a savoury dish. Ballads by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Eliot But when this small apparatus of shallow quickness was fetched away in the gig by Luke, and the study was once more quite lonely for Tom, he missed her grievously. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

It is the essential form of the State, and the only function in which peoples can employ all their powers at once and convergently. Memories and Studies by William James

H. G. Wells Tarvrille’s notes recorded his repeated attempts to see me, I felt that he alone was capable of clearing up things for me, and I went out again at once and telegraphed to him for an appointment. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

As well might you contend (to use an instance from Sigwart) that a person whom you have once called an ‘equestrian’ is thereby forever made unable to walk on his own feet. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

The crisis of bereavement, which promised to bind the husband and wife more closely together, brought to an end a dispute in which for once Mrs. Carlyle had her way. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

My eager desire now was to learn her language, and I resolved at once to acquire as many words and phrases as possible. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Jules Verne Buonaparte, when under the Directory, once had his attention called to Venus at noon, and immediately hailed it joyfully, recognizing it as his own peculiar star in the ascendant. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Larose repeated the question very quietly, and then the butler awoke at once to life and understanding. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

These plains of Tacuba, once the theatre of fierce and bloody conflicts, and where, during the siege of Mexico, Alvarado of the Leap fixed his camp, now present a very tranquil scene. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Thomas Hardy In her secret heart she almost approximated to her father’s enthusiasm in wishing to show Giles once for all how she still regarded him. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

But he was no talker; he at once returned to his little saw. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Edith Wharton I heard him three times in New York; and in the spring he came to Wingfield and played once at the Academy. Your mother was sick and couldn’t go; so I went alone. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

George Meredith An officer of the Austrian staff, waving a white handkerchief, was seen galloping towards the front of Bixio’s position, and, once in the presence of this general, bade him surrender. Correspondence from the seat of War in Italy by George Meredith [1866]

Ford Madox Ford Christopher said: ‘Half the money was settled at once on my child. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

I once did the manager a good turn, and when I explain matters to him I fancy he will understand why we have taken up our abode with him only to leave again so suddenly. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

You have made this a serious matter and it had best be settled within the walls of that same church where this poor girl used once to kneel and pray. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Walter Scott Among others who heard this report, it reached the ears of a lady, who, once much higher in rank than Elspeth Glendinning, was now by the same calamity reduced to even greater misfortune. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Benjamin Disraeli The vesper and the matin hours became at once the epochs of his day. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Marjorie Bowen What might she not attempt once she realized his absence? Giannotto too, and the Duke of Orleans! What of their sincerity? He had left not one man within the city whom he could trust implicitly. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Vessels often run from a clear sky and light wind, with all sail, at once into a heavy sea and cloudy sky, with double-reefed topsails. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Oliver Goldsmith We once again therefore entered into a consultation upon obviating the malice of our enemies, and at last came to a resolution which had too much cunning to give me entire satisfaction. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

I hoped to move her by one final plea, for I love my brother sincerely, notwithstanding the wrong I once did him. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

The candles were tallow, and they lopped at different angles in the flat candlesticks heavily loaded with lead, which compositors once used. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

G. K. Chesterton I once used the word ‘chryselephantine,’ meaning gold and ivory; and he thought I was calling him elephantine. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

There was this urgent reason for alarm: once conveyed into that region of the prison in which sentences like hers were executed, it became hopeless that I could communicate with her again. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

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]

George Gissing It would be true, but I don’t care to make use of the argument, which at once involves us in a debate with the out-crowded clerk. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Virginia Woolf Should you doubt it, should you ask proof, let us once more consult biography. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Anthony Trollope And should she be once at Cross Hall he would hardly be able to get her back to the deanery. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

But Peel’s mind, once opened, saw far more than an agitation and a transfer of votes: it looked at the merits of the question and surveyed the interest of the whole country. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Some are instantly devoured by their merciless pursuer, part escape by swimming, and others get out again as quick as possible, and trust once more to their wings. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Such scenes had once appeared not otherwise than happy, but now, as viewed through the dismal medium of her subsequent life, they classed themselves among her ugliest remembrances. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Algernon Blackwood Summoned once again — but this time that they might be dismissed. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Ann Radcliffe Vivaldi observed, that during this short dialogue, the Confessor had never once turned his eyes towards the stranger, but apparently avoided him, as an object too affecting to be looked upon. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Anthony Trollope Many voices at once attempted to restrain him, and one or two put their hands upon him to keep him back, but he was too quick for them, and now stood upon the ledge of rock. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Henry Fielding I have observed, indeed, once or twice before, that you have taken some dislike to him. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Guy de Maupassant And all at once the distant recollection came to him, of an afternoon spent with her in a little plantation on the banks of the river. Regret by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

He meditatively regarded the man who stood with her, the man who owned Black Wolf, and the latter struck him at once as of an unusual personality. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Anthony Trollope He at once brought an action against my old friend for the recovery of that proportion of his property to which he was held to be entitled under our marriage laws. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

In a few moments we were standing once more before a comfortable fire hastily built by the worthy couple whose slumbers we had thus interrupted. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

Jules Verne Mr. Fogg went to bed, but did he sleep? Aouda did not once close her eyes. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

H. G. Wells I scrutinised the bushes round me very carefully before I leapt to the rocky shelf hard by, and took once more what had been my first leap in the moon. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

D. H. Lawrence After which the q-b and I set off once more along the road to the village. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Wilkie Collins In another hour, unless he called at once to the man who had shut up the inn for a fresh candle, he would be left in the dark. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

H. G. Wells She returned to Bedley Corner, and for some weeks she was flitting about me, and never once could I have talk with her alone. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Watkin Tench Baneelon once showed us a cave, the top of which had fallen in and buried under its ruins, seven people who were sleeping under it. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

But once enticed into the parlour he did not reject the food set before him. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

He had to go to the colliery once a week at a time named by the company, and when he got there he was kept waiting about for hours in the cold wind. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Henry Handel Richardson On the evening before the general dispersion, Laura, Cupid, and M. P. walked the well-known paths of the garden once again. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

George Gissing A short time, perhaps a day or two, might put an end to irregularities, and enable her to hold up her head once more. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Rudyard Kipling And, when I am once there, I must not let go. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

Only once again will Albert de Commarin be as near death. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Marjorie Bowen Yes, I believed you would come for that—to see me once more, to bid good-bye; but—ah, the idyll was broken so long ago. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Maria Edgeworth Virginia’s absolute ignorance of the world frequently gave an air of originality to her most trivial observations, which made her appear at once interesting and entertaining. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Walter Scott Hartley’s heart beat at the idea of seeing her once more, and still more highly at the thought of being able to serve her. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

Mrs. Vickers and Sylvia were to have this hut as a sleeping-place, and Frere and Bates, lying at the mouth of the larder, would at once act as a guard to it and them. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

She was dressed in faded rags of once brilliant garments, and her white hair flew in wisps about her head, unrestrained in any way. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

They use water to quench thirst, but when they are dirty they take a dust bath and are at once cleansed. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Mrs. Gaskell The rector took up his pen, and rubbed up his Latin once more, to correspond with his boy. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Charles Stur We had scarcely passed a kind of marsh at some little distance from the creek, when we once more crossed salty valleys, between high sandy ridges. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

The bodies were to be thrown into Fowler’s Bog. Nearly an hour passed before my master, accompanied by Rahm came back to the house, and I went in to the big room at once to speak to him. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

At once he stepped back as if resigning. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle On the high poop stood an elderly officer with cocked hat and trim white wig, who at once whipped up his glass and gazed at us through it. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

I was on the stage once and ‘make-up’ is my long suit in criminal work. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

She flew off to her idolized husband, leaving her who had once been idolized to her loneliness. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Then screaming all at once they fly, And all at once the tapers die, Poor Edwin falls to floor; Forlorn his state, and dark the place, Was never wight in sike a case Through all the land before. The Poetical Works of Thomas Parnell by with an introduction by George Gilfillan [1855]

Willa Cather Even before he could read, when his mother told him stories, he at once began to prove to her how they could not possibly be true. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

G. K. Chesterton If once a man reached the mainland he could easily vanish into the woods. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

William Morris O Earth, once again cometh Spring to deliver Thy winter-worn heart, O thou friend of the Sun; Fair blossom the meadows from river to river And the birds sing their triumph o’er winter undone. Chants for Socialists by William Morris [1885]

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]

Wilkie Collins The spring at once reminded me of a greater body of water — a river, at some little distance farther on, which ran between the trees on one side, and the desolate open country on the other. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

The Queen came to visit him; he seemed to recover after so signal an act of favour; and then once more was prostrate. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Guy de Maupassan All at once a little cough caused me to shudder frightfully from head to foot, a shudder that I feel still to the roots of my hair. A Father’s Confession by Guy de Maupassan

Elizabeth Gaskell She trembled many a time, and almost turned faint once with the long expectation of the morning. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Louisa May Alcott He saw it at once and said with pleased surprise, “Why, little mother, how gay we are tonight. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Jules Verne Then ohe — syk; then rym once more, and then the word oto. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Olaf Stapledon The Government hastened to order that all the ‘reawakened’ should at once be fitted with radio control. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

His lordship had become all at once a very different man to the genial and bowing courtier of the winter garden. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

However, I shall begin work at once by writing and collecting the vulnerable points of the clique. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

M. P. Shiel But he thought that Frankl would hardly be slow to resign that rent, if once he was shown. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Ivan Turgenev The end of it! the end of all! The child whimpered once more. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Leon Trotsky I once saw, through the window of my newspaper office, an old man with suppurating eyes and a straggling gray beard stop before a garbage-can and fish out a crust of bread. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Now once more he feared a thought, and from that inescapable pursuer he did run, though not very far. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Sinclair Lewis There were bread lines now in Fort Beulah, once or twice a week. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Robert Louis Stevenson As for the fourth, who brought up the tail, I had seen his like before, and knew him at once to be a sheriff’s officer. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

But he burned to get the upper hand of him, and discomfit once for all one who had dared to question his wisdom and good sense. Politics and the Mayfly by John Buchan

Charles Dickens In another hour — unless he called at once to the man who had shut up the Inn, for a fresh candle — he would be left in the dark. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

Thomas Hardy To make life as easy as possible to this touching object became at once his care. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Anthony Trollope But it was necessary that she should at once do something to whitewash her own character in her own esteem. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Virginia Woolf They took admirable lodgings off the Tottenham Court Road. Here he opened Shakespeare once more. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Sinclair Lewis There was something at once wealthy and interestingly wicked about a taxicab. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Edgar Allan Poe A terrace, with an old moss-covered balustrade, calls up at once to the eye, the fair forms that have passed there in other days. Tales of Natural Beauty by Edgar Allan Poe

Andrew Lang The giantess was greatly pleased when she saw the ring, and at once challenged Sigurd to wrestle with her. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Since I am on the topic of religion, it may not be amiss, once for all, to give you a small sketch of my religious proceedings after coming into my new dominions. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

It was as if some new Cadmus had been sowing boys and donkeys broadcast, and they had all come up at once for our benefit. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

H. G. Wells With a quick motion she stood up, and at once he stood up before her. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

He instantaneously preferred anger, and at once it came; he invoked envy, and it obliged him. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was necessary for him to take at once some wage-earning position. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Robert Louis Stevenson At the same time, the bell once more sounded abroad. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Julian Hawthorne In a manner at once earnest and dignified he besought Mr. and Mrs. B. to pardon and overlook his late violent and passionate demeanour. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

Rudyard Kipling He had gone into trade once more on the strength of my munificent donation, and the ground was as Paradise by my honoured favour. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

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]

Walter Scott The place was filled at once by various sorts of men, and with noises corresponding to their character. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Anthony Trollope If Ferdinand Lefroy were dead, he would not scruple at once to ask the woman to be his wife. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope I saw a poor fellow once so knocked about by Mr Cheekey that they had to carry him down speechless out of the witness-box. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Frances Hodgson Burnett But if he met her once he met her as often as he chose. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

They accordingly at once erased his name from the medical register. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Arthur Machen I am reminded, now that I look back upon this great purgation of the soul, of the story that I once read of the Arabic Alchemist. He came to the Caliph Haroun with a strange and extravagant proposal. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Margaret, too, was an anxiety, for how could I deal with her when the next few hours, I knew, would find me, once again, a fugitive before the law? Then there was Rainton, too, to be thought of. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

H.P. Lovecraft The cases were addressed to Charles Ward at his Pawtuxet bungalow, and State and Federal officials at once paid him a very forceful and serious call. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

It was no longer a sin to think of Edward Arundel. Having once suffered this idea to arise in her mind, her idol grew too strong for her, and she thought of him by night and day. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was ushered at once into Malcolm’s room. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Henry James It is as wrong of you to see him once a week as it would be to see him all day long. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Scarcely conscious of what he was doing, he had gained the pavement once more, muttering, as he did so, “Good heavens! Paul is searching for me. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He reached his chair, but he did not at once sit down. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Andrew Lang Jack determined at once to attempt the adventure; so he advanced, and blew the horn which hung at the castle portal. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D.H. Lawrence And the daisies at once go to sleep. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

D. H. Lawrence And in the second place, because you don’t really care about telling what you feel, once your blood has thinned down and is clear of soul. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle Then, shaken but victorious, I turned her nose up and began once more my steady grind on the upward spiral. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You and I have been alone together once or twice before. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Wilkie Collins Of the few persons in the court who at once foresaw the effect of Danville’s answer on the proceedings of the tribunal, Lomaque was one. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

But getting level, he noticed me at once and, to my annoyance, turned in towards me. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Mr. Brandon had a nephew in town, a young medical student, of whom you once heard him say that he was “going to the bad. The Curate of St. Matthew’s by Ellen Wood [1879]

Edith Wharton He guessed at once what they were: offers from editors and publishers tempted by the success of Instead and making proposals which, hard up as he was, he would have to refuse. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Kenneth Grahame He might not refuse, were Death himself waiting to strike him instantly, once he had looked with mortal eye on things rightly kept hidden. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Walter Scott When the horses were in this position, the whole riders at once began to rein back. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Charles Kingsley And therefore it may be well worth our while to go once into a gravel-pit, and think about it, till we have learnt what a gravel-pit is. Thoughts in a Gravel-Pit by Charles Kingsley

It took some time to arrive at this decision, but that once done, the rest was easy. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

As she had anticipated, Peter’s uncle tackled him at once when he got back home. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Arthur Conan Doyle Ezra pointed up once at the moon, on whose face two storm wreaths had marked a rectangular device. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

George Gissing At once the sky was overcast, the ways were woebegone; he shrank within his new garments, and endured once more the feeling of personal paltriness. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Charles Dickens I have talked it over with my friend Tom more than once — of course I remain on terms of perfect confidence with Tom — and he is quite of my opinion, and I am quite of his. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Gaston Leroux And he once more saw the death’s head of Perros-Guirec. “It’s he!” he exclaimed. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It was obvious, then, that those initials had once been very familiar to you, and that you had afterwards wished to forget them. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

She smiled demurely as she arranged the tea-things, and I thought I had never seen eyes at once so merry and so grave. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I had been so confident of regaining the treaty at once that I had not dared to think of what would be the consequence if I failed to do so. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Nikolai Gogol But she was still sitting in a bower from which the deserted high road could be seen, when all at once her attention was caught by a light cloud of dust rising in the distance. The Calash by Nikolai Gogol

Edith Wharton Her needle hung like a sword of Damocles above the canvas; she saw at once that Joe depended on her trying to win Charlotte over to his way of thinking. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

William Makepeace Thackeray So we turned at once to what Jemmy and me excels in-a country dance; which is rather surprising, as we was both brought up to a town life. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

George Gissing In the morning he walked over once more to the Spences’, and learnt that anxieties were at an end; Mrs. Baske had received a letter from her brother, in which Cecily’s absence was explained. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

She smiled at him mechanically, but her face relapsed at once into the apathetic expression which sat so ill upon it. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

He had a pleasant humorous face with shrewd grey eyes, and it struck me at once that he did not at all look the type of man who would have spiritualistic leanings. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She moved at once to the bedside. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Anthony Trollope If this order were not obeyed he should at once put the letting of the place into the hands of a house agent. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Wilkie Collins She expressed her sense of my wife’s kindness most gratefully and feelingly and at once removed to Paris, to be on the spot if her husband expressed a wish to see her. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Anthony Trollope She measured the waist with her eye, and knew at once that it would fit her. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Florence Dixie She felt that it was just as well that her husband should call and see Mr. Fleecem, and be brought face to face with facts at once ; so she interposed no objection. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Bram Stoker With a rapidity which, at the time, seemed incredible, and even afterwards is impossible to realize, the whole aspect of nature at once became convulsed. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

For as it did so, and she for the first second with it, she had found herself once more in the rain. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Filled with the desire to help his fellow-men, indignant at abuses which he had seen with his own eyes, Kingsley came at once to their side. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Henry Kingsley I told him so once in public, at the risk of getting an awful thrashing. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

How she knew what course to steer, seeing that by her own confession she had only come through it once before, and then in the dark, I could not for the life of me understand. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch But the race of skilled thatchers, once the peculiar pride of Gantick, has come to an end. Three Men of Badajos by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Margaret Oliphant The young man sighed, and did not feel so sure as he once did of the grand generalities in which his friend was still confident. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

But once more he headed me off and drove me back on my tracks. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Ivan Turgenev And all at once I saw David’s lips stir and a little water oozed from them. The Watch by Ivan Turgenev

H. G. Wells Her mind leapt at once to the personification of these people as all that had puzzled and baffled her in her son since his flight from London. They were the enemy, they had got hold of him. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Willa Cather Surely the saddest thing in the world is falling out of love — if once one has ever fallen in. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Edith Wharton And Boyne, when the tired and sleepy party were piled once more into the motor, had not yet decided what Judith looked like, and still less if he really thought her pretty. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Abraham Merri No — nor in the shattered fanes that once had held the gods of old Egypt, nor in the pillared shrines of Ancient Greece, nor Imperial Rome, nor mosque, basilica nor cathedral. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

For once I got out of the room in time. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Sinclair Lewis The once lean and hearty face of his father at the funeral had been painted to a horrible semblance of a waxwork pretty-boy. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Henry James He once told the young bookbinder that he was a suggestive little beggar, and Hyacinth’s opinion of him, by this time, was so exalted that the remark had almost the value of a patent of nobility. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

I kept my head, however, and steadying the gelding for one final rush, brought my whip down once sharply on his flank. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

H. G. Wells Graham peeped over the side once and the gulf was black. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Audley Court is shut up, and a grim old housekeeper reigns paramount in the mansion which my lady’s ringing laughter once made musical. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Arthur Conan Doyle And yet it was clear that I must have a base, so I made arrangements at once with that object. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

William Morris For indeed I wot that thou shalt soon forget to wish to see me, either at Bourton Abbas or elsewhere; so I will say no more than once again farewell. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Then the wretch would spread the dreadful scandal all round the countryside that she had once been an unmarried mother. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Anna Katherine Green But once in the lighted parlour, she turned upon him the face he knew best — the mother face. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Once again our Kate is in the saddle; once again a Spanish Caballador. But Kate’s bridle-hand is deadly cold. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

We don’t want to be mixed up in it and so came away at once without telling anyone. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

James Anthony Froude As they excused nothing and promised nothing, Emmanuel at once delivered them their pardons sealed with seven seals. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Not for one moment had Serge stopped his torrent of accusation and offence, and not once as far as anyone knew had he repeated himself. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

I was about to enter this covert, when a lady and gentleman emerged, and, struck with the unpleasant thought that I was possibly trespassing, I at once went forward to apologize. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Rudyard Kipling Then you won’t think it foolish if I ask you to take your car through the gardens, once or twice — quite slowly. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Virginia Woolf According once more to the dictionary there are at least three kinds of truth God’s or gospel truth; literary truth; and home truth (generally. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Jack London And his eyes blurred with tears as he recognized me, for I, too, was a sad wreck of what had once been a man. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

I advanced to the gap left in the fence, and at once alighted from my horse. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Caroline Lamb The long concealed truth, at once flashed upon her. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Karl Philipp Moritz I once noticed some sound of the same sort in the senatorial cellar at Bremen; but neither that, nor I believe any other in the world, can pretend to come in competition with this. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz