Phrases with "only"

The Disciples are the same, only there are four of them. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

The place was peaceful and quiet, as only a backwater of London can be. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch It seemed to him the most important, almost the only important, thing in the world. Three Men of Badajos by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Thomas Hardy A funeral sermon was preached the same afternoon, the text chosen being, “He was the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Scarcely even on Bohun — the proud name which would never again rally England. All these things seemed to have faded into a very dim past, to be only the echoes of what befell long ago. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Florence Dixie She strove to shout, but her throat refused the office ; she could only utter a silent prayer as, encouraged by the sight before her, she put on a final spurt. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Anna Katherine Green Deborah, therefore, had little to fear from her daughter’s eye, only from the sensitiveness of her touch and the quickness of her ear. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Miles Franklin The girl is only make-believe, and Harold Beecham a figment of imagination. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

The only result was that the bottle broke and the milk spilled over my legs, and trickled into my boots. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

William Makepeace Thackeray One grows not a little callous to this sort of beggary: and the only one of our numerous young guides who got a reward was the raggedest of them. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Rudyard Kipling I only meant to explain to Your Lordliness that I’ve had nothing to eat since morning, and I’m very empty indeed. Just So Stories for Little Children by Rudyard Kipling [1902]

He was the same Jack Bolt, and everything around him was the same as if he had left the spot only yesterday. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Henry James I did not propose to do anything, not even — not in the least — to let down the lid; I only wanted to test my theory, to see if the cover WOULD move. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Yet far from being apprehensive of any danger, I only wondered over the weakness of mind that made such fancies possible. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

I had resolved never to see you more; if possible, to forget you; If not, only to remember you with hate. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Perhaps, after all, the box is only mislaid. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

Andrew Lang All these strange psychical conditions present problems of great interest,’ and are only omitted because ‘they have not a sufficient bearing on the normal states of hypnosis. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Gaston Leroux He began by apologising for the young man, who, he said, was moved only by the best intentions. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

If only he had Tom there — the trusty seaman who had fought at his right hand in a cutting out affair or two, and had always preached to him the necessity to take care of himself. The Inn of the Two Witches by Joseph Conrad [1913]

I only know that I was in torment. The Lowest Rung by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

Indeed, I should have asked you many a time to let me see the quality going to Court, only I fancied you thought all such shows wicked. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

The only thing was that his neck was broken. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

H. G. Wells Ownership and expropriated labour are only one set of many possible sets of economic method. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He took a taxicab and drove back to his rooms, calling on his way to see Grace. She looked up at him ominously as he entered, but he only smiled. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

H. G. Wells It was the only time I was ever sea-sick, and I have seen some pretty bad weather since I became a boat-builder. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Willa Cather You’ve only got fifteen minutes to make the train. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

John Galsworthy There was the smack of reverence and ancestor-worship (if only for one ancestor) in his desire to hand this house down to his son and his son’s son. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

E. Phillips Oppenheim He took the only means possible of showing his opinion of his host’s action. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

A. E. W. Mason Calder had a feeling that any attempt at consolation would be futile in itself, and might, moreover, in betraying his own fear that the hurt was irreparable, only discourage his companion. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

H. Rider Haggard Now, I love thee, Atli, were it only for our youth’s sake, and thou art not altogether fit to mate with such a maid, for age has met thee on thy way. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

William Makepeace Thackeray He knows it is only base metal, washed over with a thin varnish of learning. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

I only hope Ralph—” “Ralph knows nothing about it. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Our only hope is to sit tight. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

If you don’t,” she added gravely, lifting serious eyes to his, “I should be sorry, because it would all be only a conjurer’s trick. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

G. K. Chesterton If only from a public standpoint, the death of your distinguished uncle—” Olive Smythe struck in with a rather wild stare. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

But you must forgive me for saying that you should have made quite sure of your intentions beforehand: before taking me up, if it be only to throw me aside again. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I implore, only while I say a few words, which you may make, almost by a look, a farewell — my eternal farewell. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

One noteworthy point in connection with the scientific supernaturalism is that these themes appear only in novels and short stories. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

H. Rider Haggard One only other sound could I hear, and that was Alphonse’s intermittent howl of terror coming from the centre of the canoe, and even that seemed faint and unnatural. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Not only that, but he would almost have been publicly thanked for ridding the world of such a monster. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Anthony Trollope Before tea that evening when he came down Mrs. Bell and Susan only were in the room. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Charles Stur They apparently formed part of a low range, and bore N.N.W. from him, but his view was very indistinct, and a small cone was the only marked object he could distinguish. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Henry David Thoreau Of evergreens, only the Pitch–Pine is still commonly bright. Autumnal Tints by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

She is stupid and dirty, but I only give her ten francs a month, and she eats nothing but soup. Captain Burle by Émile Zola

Marjorie Bowen She had lived from moment to moment, concerning herself only with maintaining her fortitude and baffling the efforts of her enemies to extort from her dangerous confessions. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

You spoke of those clubs; we should not only get kicked out of them, but put in prison like common burglars! It’s true we’re hard up, but it simply isn’t worth it at the price. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Their vigilance was only equalled by our own. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Arthur Conan Doyle I am a widower and have an only son, Arthur. He has been a disappointment to me, Mr. Holmes — a grievous disappointment. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

John Galsworthy The great Goya only existed because he had created a face which resembled Fleur’s. To Let by John Galsworthy

And when I met your sister again, I only admired her as before. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Daniel Defoe And consider that Death is not the only Punishment due to Murderers; for they are threatened to have their Part in the Lake which burneth with Fire and Brimstone, which is the second Death, Rev. 21. A General History of the Pyrates by Daniel Defoe [1724]

Henry James She couldn’t see as yet at all; she could only clutch at the hope of some inspiration after he should go. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

I am dealing now only with the principle of the bill, which appears to me to have been very often misunderstood. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Guy de Maupassant What was I going to do? I did not stop to reason, I only wanted to find her, and I would. That Pig of a Morin (Ce cochon de Morin) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Bram Stoker He must be made to feel that his existence is a curse not only to himself but to all the world. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Wilkie Collins The country gets plenty of work out of my new volunteer, Crayford. He only returned yesterday from foreign service. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Maria Edgeworth Connal was goneonly a few remained in a distant apartment, listening to some music. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

It has weighed on me as a nightmare, for I know that it is not you only who have suffered, but also the whole parish of Swanton. Happily a remedy is at hand. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Wilkie Collins Come! I will advise this minute — but say in what; only say in what. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

E. Phillips Oppenheim My luncheon is half laid, and the remainder of the things are all on the table, only waiting to be arranged. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Miles Franklin That I was of temperament and aspirations that made his plans loathsome to me was no fault of his — only a heavy misfortune to myself. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Walter Scott At first we only heard a barking of dogs; but these animals became quiet on snuffing beneath the door, and acknowledging the presence of friends. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

D. H. Lawrence The only thing to do was to act: seize hold of life and wring its neck. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

You see, he doesn’t send a single pictureonly these tiny things. An impossible ideal by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

We all kept as mute as mice a full half-hour, and should have done so longer, only Joseph, having finished his chapter, got up and said that he must rouse the master for prayers and bed. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

G. K. Chesterton It was reached only by a ladder, and it seemed to be as bare as the bare walls. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Robert Louis Stevenson Remark by Adams, which took me briskly home to the Monument — ‘I only liked one young woman — and that was Mrs. Procter.’ Henry James would like that. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing Once only since her captivity had she received spiritual comfort from an Arian priest, who came to that city in disguise. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Before him, only a few yards away, were the two bungalows. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

It would be sadly unbecoming in an officer of the Criminal Investigation Department; indicating a lightness of mind, a frivolity, that could only be described as deplorable in the circumstances. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

G. K. Chesterton But I only hope you will have a more lucid style in letter-writing. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

He was, indeed, only led into the adjoining cloak-room, where he found the attendant there unconscious upon a heap of many coats that had been thrown down to cope with the emergency. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Virginia Woolf But I see the side of a cup like a mountain and only parts of antlers, and the brightness on the side of that jug like a crack in darkness with wonder and terror. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Wilkie Collins Don’t speak to her, pray, or you will only make her cry again; and what is worse, make the steward fancy —” She stopped at that last word, and pointed suddenly over Fabio’s shoulder. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

The only point about the business that really disturbed him was that there should be others who aspired to the fatherhood of this, Marigold’s first child, and, he believed, his. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Anthony Trollope If she loved this ‘accursed beast,’ let her marry him; only for that was now his one difficulty only he could not bring himself to think it possible that she should love him. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton He was the only one of the group who struck Odo as having any administrative capacity; yet he was more likely to be of use as a pamphleteer than as an office-holder. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

John Morley No one was so convinced as Burke that the only way of withstanding the arbitrary and corrupting policy of the Court was to form a strong Whig party. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Thou shouldst not have said that, Trim, said my Uncle Toby; for God only knows who is a hypocrite and who is not. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

F. Scott Fitzgerald After a few minutes Hubbel left, and Bill asked: “Who’s that bird?” “He’s only been here a month. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Madame had no sooner read hers than she burnt it; but Monsieur le Chevalier only laughed, and threw his into his writing-case. All-Saints' Eve by Amelia B. Edwards

If only they would leave you ALONE! she thought as she walked onwards a little more slowly. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

We are of one mind, and think only of love and friendship. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Olaf Stapledon Or rather, divinely confident of victory, they saw that the only way to it was the way of inspired foolhardiness. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

D. H. Lawrence And it is only the third of January. And one cannot afford to move. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

H. G. Wells Not only Palestine. “I wonder where we shall get before we done, George? We got a lot of big things going. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He was so terrible that he was no longer terrible, only dehumanized. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Me, I have no métier, only a liking. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

But he left without doing so, only to turn again at the end of the hall and gaze wistfully back. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins Separated, on their arrival at the cottage, by the duties required of the nurse, they had only met again in the captain’s room. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Henry James That only showed how the end was really in sight. Flickerbridge by Henry James [1902]

Jules Verne They were armed, some with lances, and others with long muskets, and they were following, on their quick, fiery little steeds, the direction of the balloon, which was moving at only moderate speed. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Samuel Johnson I have seen only one gentleman completely clothed in the ancient habit, and by him it was worn only occasionally and wantonly. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Henry James He thought at this time no more of Mrs. Headway; he only reflected that these stately objects had for at least a hundred years furnished a background to a great deal of heavy history. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

To bury a corpse is costly; but of a hundred children only a few, in the ordinary course of mortality, will die within a given time. Charles Lamb by Thomas De Quincey

The only alternative was to put him on the bridal couch. An Unpleasant Predicament by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1861]

Jack London In another vile hole lived a widow, with an only son of sixteen who was dying of consumption. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

E. F. Benson I did not know it then, though I noticed that thereafter, if she rang up to propose coming round, she always asked not only if I was at leisure, but whether Mr. Urcombe was with me. Mrs. Amworth by E. F. Benson

But really Sir Giles only needed him in order to make sure it was authentic. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Anthony Trollope If they would only find it and let him go! But they did not find it, and he could not put them on its trace. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Philip Sidney And, therefore, O thou precious owl, The wise Minerva’s only fowl; What, at thy shrine, shall I devise To offer up a sacrifice? Hang AEsculapius, and Apollo, And Ovid, with his precious shallow. Poems by Philip Sidney

Rudyard Kipling They only come to look on, and smoke opium in the next room. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Hundreds and Thousands were a great standby when you’d only a farthing. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

George MacDonald I threw it in the air — only to hear it fall among the heather. Lilith by George MacDonald

Wilkie Collins It is only certain that the lawyer spoke mechanically, doing his best, no doubt, but doing it without genuine conviction or earnestness on his own part. The Dead Alive by Wilkie Collins [1874]

It would be only wasting the magistrate’s time. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

She had promised, she had only to keep her promise. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

He was the only brother left, and Slingsby’s heir presumptive. Seen in the Moonlight by Ellen Wood [1875]

But he wasn’t ill, only indecently lean, and he was quite undefeated. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

A man who insists on divorcing his wife not only has to give her half his effects, but to repay the sum paid as the marriage portion. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Robert Louis Stevenson It is only out of fulness of thinking that expression drops perfect like a ripe fruit; and when Thoreau wrote so nonchalantly at his desk, it was because he had been vigorously active during his walk. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

I do know, for I have heard and seen it, that through many a long day the poor wives and children can only cry aloud to Heaven to pity them and their privations. Our Strike by Ellen Wood [1871]

Andrew Lang But he never said a word, only he sat up all night in agony of body and in worse agony of mind to think that he should have been poisoned, as he guessed he was, in Imani’s own house. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

So undeveloped were the facial organs that they looked scarcely human; only the lips were full, pouting, and expressive. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Florence Dixie Could she reach it in time with this strong tide running against her ? It was her only hope, and a poor one. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Marjorie Bowen She decided that it would be only possible for her to remain in this very desirable post if she could gain the confidence of the Duchess, who regarded her, she knew, with an increasing hostility. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

G. K. Chesterton It was nothing less than the notorious Mr. Evan MacIan coming bounding back across the sand-heaps breathless, without his cap and keeping the sword in his hand only by a habit now quite hardened. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

John Galsworthy The only thing definitely modern was the plumbing. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

D. H. Lawrence The baroque is only half-beautiful, half-matured. Things by D. H. Lawrence [1928]

He saw now that to say that kind of thing was only to say in other words that he had never lived. The Romance of His Life by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Henry James Her only response was presently to say: “Why did you ask me so many questions that day?” “Because I always ask questions — it’s my nature and my business to ask them. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Don’t trouble about the change; only let me go. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman As “a man among men,” he didn’t; as a man among — I shall have to say, “females,” he didn’t; his intense masculinity seemed only fit complement to their intense femininity. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

The light came from thence; they had not put up the shutters, and the curtains were only half closed. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

George Gissing The drawing up of the blind, the opening of the window, only increased my zeal, and I was soon in the garden, then out in the road, walking light-heartedly I cared not whither. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Henry James Her disappointment seemed really to have crazed her, and his only possible rejoinder was to take a summary departure. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Anthony Trollope You try to despise these good things, but you only try — you don’t succeed. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

The possibility that she might one day become an important person only loomed on the horizon since the advent of that note in the morning. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Anna Katherine Green In every man’s nature there lurk possibilities of action which he only recognises under stress, also impossibilities which stretch like an iron barrier between him and the excellence he craves. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Virginia Woolf It was ascertained however that out of 542 Fellowships in all the Colleges of Oxford only twenty-two were really open to competition without restrictive conditions of patronage, place or kin . Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is about the only true figure you’ll find. The Last Resource by Arthur Conan Doyle

I’ve only got a few pennies and a dime or two. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Edith Wharton They had never for a moment meant their new state to be one of idleness; but they meant to give themselves only to harmonious activities. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Robert Louis Stevenson It is easy to be a conservator of the discomforts of others; indeed, it is only our good qualities we find it irksome to conserve. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells I realized that he was more human than I was, and that only killing and killing could come out of such humanity. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Edith Wharton The letter contained only a few lines. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Anna Katherine Green Then, only her own happiness and honour were involved; now it was Reuther’s; and the fortitude which sustained her through the ignominy of her own trouble, failed her at the prospect of Reuther’s. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

It was the only thing they had in common, their feminine rage against his ‘maddening’ behaviour. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Unfortunately for me, I’m only a poor devil, as I’ve already told you. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Arthur Conan Doyle It is only when you touch the higher that you realize how low we may be among the possibilities of creation. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

But war is only ‘peace intensified’. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They would have stopped for his sake, but he only shook his head. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Sinclair Lewis Here, where there was no traffic, where the marble-walled piazza was like a stage with the chorus of an incredibly elaborate comic opera, there was only a lazy and unharassed contentment. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

M. P. Shiel She had settled into an unvarying morne mood; words she uttered, only livid in hue, and pregnant always with the odour of the grave from which they winged. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Nikolai Gogol What painting! it fairly dazzles one; only just received from the factory; the varnish isn’t dry yet. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

Anthony Trollope Poor old men: whoever may be righted or wronged by this inquiry, they at any rate will assuredly be only injured: to them it can only be an unmixed evil. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling We waited till Imam Din returned to us from above and coughed at the door, as only dark-hearted Asia can. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

John Ruskin Cost is measured and measurable (using the accurate Latin terms) only in “labour,” not in “opera. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

In the Rood glen there was darkness only at the foot, for higher up the woods thinned into scrub of oak and hazel, with the knees of the uplands showing through it. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

G. K. Chesterton But only because I could leave off being one whenever I chose. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

An odd thing had happened only the previous day in connection with this Gretorex case. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

E. F. Benson That could be done quite boldly: she might hear that, for it only betokened that all was over. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

H. G. Wells The Great War of 1914–18 had not only been the greatest war in history, it had also been the greatest argument about war that had ever stormed through the human mind. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Neither did he go mad; but being only a child, he had simply adapted himself, by means of passive acquiescence, to the new and inexplicable conditions of life in something like twenty-four hours. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

So far, however, he had always been too wily for them, and not only had they not succeeded but, also, he would seldom return home to the bungalow empty-handed. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

G. K. Chesterton The first is only a lover remembering love; the second is like a dead man remembering life. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Edith Wharton There was nothing, she sometimes felt, that she didn’t know about Lord Charles, though they had met only three months ago. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Ford Madox Ford I mention these last three because my recollection of that night is only the sort of pinkish effulgence from the electric-lamps in the hotel lounge. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Nathaniel Hawthorne But after trudging only a little distance farther this poor Old Year was destined to enjoy a long, long sleep. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Arthur Conan Doyle Men of the same blood and culture, men sprung from the same Northern stock, were locked in this horrible wrestle, which could only end in death. The Death Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle

It’s only a shame for people to occupy themselves with such nonsense. Mother by Maksim Gorky

H.G. Wells That is a thing that only makes me angrier. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Marjorie Bowen Not only do you need my men, Visconti; I think, as well, you need your liberty. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Anatole France Then only she felt that her feet were frozen. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Thomas Paine What you now enjoy is only a respite from ruin; an invitation to destruction; something that will lead on to our deliverance at your expense. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Jack London She did not look me down, for there was neither challenge nor antagonism in her eyes — only fascination. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Marjorie Bowen You are, in every way, my only hope and love. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

There’s only one way to put him off the scent. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Henry James It opened at one end into the garden, at the other upon the canal, and was lighted now only by the small lamp that was always left for me to take up as I went to bed. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Sir Richard Burton And this damnable brother of his came to our city and wrought these wiles, murthering Fatimah and assuming her habit, only that he might avenge upon me his brother’s blood. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

G. K. Chesterton He had not originally been an evil man, only a man who, being stoical in practical things, permitted himself, to his great detriment, a self-indulgence in moral things. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Anthony Trollope He was sure that she was not only innocent, but good. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

George Gissing She speaks, if possible, in a softer voice; she wears a garment which reminds me that there is only the lightest and cleanest housework to be done. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

H.G. Wells He was so greatly interested in his companion that it only occurred to him when he was in sight of the Vicarage that he had left his gun lying just where he had dropped it amongst the bracken. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

James Joyce Polly, of course, flirted with the young men but Mrs. Mooney, who was a shrewd judge, knew that the young men were only passing the time away: none of them meant business. Dubliners by James Joyce

Oscar Wilde But it only pains you because you loved him so much. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

It’ll be only for a few days until this damned foot is well and then I know where to go myself. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

I agree with you, too, that this skewer is only likely to have been in the possession of a collector of curios. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

George Elio I had no faith; I only felt utterly wretched, under the power of habits and dispositions which had wrought hideous evil. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

E. Phillips Oppenheim The command of one of our new battleships would have been his if only he could have stuck it out for a time. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

What followed? Surely only a simpleton would be puzzled into hesitation. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

H. G. Wells They’ll be only too glad of the chance. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

D. H. Lawrence And she could have fought, if only the sense of his dark, rich handsomeness had not numbed her like a venom. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

G. K. Chesterton It’s true I only saw one of them for a minute, you might say for a flash; but the other I saw plainly enough. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

There are heavy and ancient gates or barricades which enclose each street, and which are locked at night, only to be opened by favor of the watchmen who guard them. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

It was evident that this was the only thing wanting to confirm the bad impression I had already created in her mind. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

It may have been owing to the thorough acquaintance which Vesalius showed with these parts that his detractors pretended afterwards that he only understood superficial injuries. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

Willa Cather That was a bad sign; he was glad they were only half an hour from Hamilton. “The old chap needs rest,” he reflected. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Olaf Stapledon It seemed to him that human beings were doomed to miss for ever the only goal worth seeking, and that in their fated striving for it they must ever lacerate one another. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing A tripod table, a couch, and a few chairs were the only furniture. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Washington Irving It is not likely his death caused much lamentation among the scribbling tribe; we may express decent respect for the memory of the just, but we shed tears only at the grave of the generous. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Anthony Trollope He would speak only to three persons; — but to all those three he must now tell the certain truth. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

The room was only a small one. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He could see only a yard or two in front of him—and the top of the bank was narrow. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Arthur Machen But I only know a little; I am like a traveller who has peered over an abyss, and has drawn back in terror. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

I don’t say but Herbert was also glad to see him; only Herbert never displayed much gladness at anything. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

The Salvation Army hostels would only appeal to people who put cleanliness before anything else. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Buildings and towns are the only things that show well in a glare. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

There are in our lives short periods which hold no place in memory but only as the recollection of a feeling. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Edith Wharton Betton’s only answer was an inarticulate murmur of derision; then he pushed forward the letter with the imprint of the Dead Letter Office. “Look at that,” he jeered. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]