Phrases with "question"

George Gissing Naturally the same question would occur to her husband, but Harvey kept his word; whatever he thought, he said nothing. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

G. K. Chesterton Yet MacIan had the strength to answer the question where Turnbull, taken by surprise, had not the strength to ask it. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

George Gissing And,” he added quietly, crumbling his bread, “the question would not rise again. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

The question of a breakfast was never mooted: Captain Monk’s equable indifference might not have stood that. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Olaf Stapledon The only relevant question is this. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Leon Trotsky The question was not of the dates of revolution but of the analysis of its inner forces and of foreseeing its progress as a whole. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Anthony Trollope The lecture-rooms are not usually filled to overflowing, and there is often a question whether the real good achieved is worth the trouble taken. North America by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Would you?—one sworn word that gives me my bride, let men do what they may! I go then singing to battle—sure!—Remember, it is but the question whether you would. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

But he was not absolutely, and the question was how long — She started as he seemed to voice her thought. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

He saw nothing before him but the necessity of an ignominious flight from Paris. It was only a question of when and where he should fly; there was no question as to the fact. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle The question now arose how I might be able to examine the house. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Charles Dickens Whether the mother had committed the minor offence of concealing the birth, or whether she had committed the major offence of killing the child, was the question on which we were wanted. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

G. K. Chesterton It is absurd to call it merely superficial; here there is no question of superficiality; we might as well call a stone that strikes us between the eyes merely superficial. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Anthony Trollope And she began to question to herself whether Mr. Western had a right to her secret,—whether the secret did not belong to two persons, and she was bound to keep it for the sake of the other person. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Wilkie Collins If the interview led to nothing else, it would decide one important question which still remained to be solved. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Anthony Trollope If her brother’s widow were left penniless, with seven children, there would be no longer much question as to what she would do with her money. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Walter Scott All these are fellows that will strike hard, and ask no question why — their hands are ever readier than their tongues, and their mouths are more made for drinking than speaking. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Such a question is almost too dreadful, and, though I have asked it, I will not attempt to answer it. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Robert Green Ingersoll It is all, in my judgment, a question of intellectual development. On Skulls by Robert Green Ingersoll

Henry James They all do it; it’s only a question of how. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Nathaniel Hawthorne It is a question of speculative interest, whether the ancient Romans were as unclean a people as we everywhere find those who have succeeded them. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

H. G. Wells This question of what we are doing with life isn’t a question to begin with for you and me as ourselves, but for you and me as mankind. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

D. H. Lawrence This perverted child-man was now a real business-man; when it was a question of affairs, he was an absolute he-man, sharp as a needle, and impervious as a bit of steel. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

When her lips had touched the dirty little book, greasy with the kisses of innumerable perjurers, the Serjeant began to question her in a tone of odious familiarity. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

It is rather a question of do. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Wilkie Collins Lady Holchester put a question to Sir Patrick. “If I have an opportunity of speaking to my son’s wife alone,” she said, “have you any message to give?” Sir Patrick produced a little note. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Anthony Trollope There came thus to be a question which might prevail should there be a general fight. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

I am sure that would have been his wish had I put the question to him. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Rudyard Kipling He would begin almost every sentence with, “Now tell me something about India,” and would turn aimlessly from one question to the other without the least continuity. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Yes, on the evening in question she had been standing concealed behind the black curtains of “Miss ‘Licia’s” cabinet, or “box,” as Sabina called it. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Henry James She said at any rate she’d question her maid; and I’m hoping that when I go down to dinner I shall find the manuscript has been recovered. The Death of the Lion by Henry James [1894]

Wilkie Collins I have not distressed you, have I?” (Is the bluntness of moral feeling which could ask such a question as that, after what had just happened, to be pitied or condemned? I like to lean towards mercy. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Jacques Futrelle Nothing came out of it—it was empty! There was no question of this, for Mr. Wynne opened it wide and turned it upside down to shake it out. The Diamond Master by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Joseph Furphy Had I seen that weary looking figure, and that weather-worn face, before? I could n’t determine; and I can’t determine now — but the question has nothing to do with this record. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Anna Katherine Green Though it may prove to be quite immaterial whether you stood in one place or another at that fatal moment, it is a question which will be sure to come up at the inquest. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Arthur Machen He had seen the folly of regarding fine literature from the standpoint of the logical intellect, and he now began to question the wisdom of looking at life as if it were a moral representation. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

H. G. Wells He tried a question at last, and asked Mr. Maydig his opinion of miracles. The Man Who Could Work Miracles by H. G. Wells [1898]

Anthony Trollope When there came to be a question whether he could walk, he laughed the difficulty to scorn in his quiet way. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Henry James It was on an evident sense of having been practically selected for encouragement that he, in turn, made choice of a question which drew all eyes. Covering End by Henry James [1898]

Jules Verne Elle ne semblait pas comprendre la question qui lui était faite. Les Indes Noires by Jules Verne [1877]

I myself will question the heroes of the Burgundian land. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Henry James Life, for him, was a purely practical function, not a question of more or less showy phrasing. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Henry James Don’t question your conscience so much — it will get out of tune like a strummed piano. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Charles Dickens Regarded merely as a question of policy, it is very impolitic, as having a tendency to send the working men to the public-house, where gin is reported to be sold. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Edith Wharton She began by a question about his writing, but the subject was distasteful to him, and he turned the talk to a new book in which he had been interested. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Wilkie Collins He thought he would ask a question or two before he rashly decided on leaving the shelter of The Two Robins. “What sort of man is it who has got the other bed?” he inquired. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

E. F. Benson But no one could question the vigour, the daring, the exuberant vitality of this amazing canvas. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

And they began to question me after nightfall, when the moon rose, where I was going to. Madam Crowl’s Ghost by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Rafael Sabatini She saw him halt, and fling up his arms, as if apostrophizing Heaven, as if asking a question of the stars that twinkled in the wide-flung nimbus of the moon. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

George Gissing Mrs. Waltham had been in some fear of a question which would go to the roots of her soul’s history; it would have been in keeping with his visage. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Anthony Trollope I have come to you in this way because it would be disagreeable to you to have any question raised officially. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell In my last, I forgot to answer a question which you asked me, and was sorry afterwards for the omission. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Edith Wharton She elaborated on this, lingering over the relatively insignificant details of her successive talks with her daughter in the attempt to delay the moment when Landers should begin to question her. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Robert Louis Stevenson To be truly happy is a question of how we begin and not of how we end, of what we want and not of what we have. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. F. Benson The title at the top of the page showed me that the article in question was an interview with Lady Bassenthwaite, and her portrait and that of her husband made a frontispiece to it. The China Bowl by E. F. Benson

Whenever it can be shewn, or rendered probable, that the forms in question have remained distinct for a long period, this becomes an argument of much weight in favour of treating them as species. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Sir Walter Scott But will he read us the Church of England service?” ‘The apparent simplicity with which I asked this question got the better of his gravity. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Anthony Trollope Whether this was due to Sir Omicron Pie is a question on which it may be well not to offer an opinion. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence It had become immediately a laconic series of question and answer between fellow craftsmen. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins But what were they then? That question he himself could not have answered: it was a common predicament with him not to know his own motives, generally from not inquiring into them. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Anthony Trollope He was a counsel so learned in the law, that there was no question within the limits of an attorney’s capability of putting to him that he could not answer with the aid of his books. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

The question cannot be discussed here. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Wilkie Collins But I had my own object in view, and I declined (as we lawyers say) to pursue the question into its side issues. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Therefore when you try to impale me on your second horn, I think of the truth in question as a mere abstract possibility, so I say it does exist, and side with common sense. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Wilkie Collins Let them know it’s a question of money, and they will overcome her scruples, if you can’t. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Et, sur une question de Lucy, il montra un jeune homme qui passait, en murmurant: — Le greluchon de Nana. Tous le regardèrent. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

Henry James If it ‘s a question of being looked at, Blanche bears it better than I.” “Poor little Blanche!” murmured Mrs. Vivian, sweetly. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle Now where did you get them from?” To my surprise the question provoked a burst of anger from the salesman. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

A. E. W. Mason Ethne had a question to ask, but it was some time before she could trust her lips to utter it distinctly and without faltering. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

George Meredith Did she read your copy?’ The question was meant for an answer. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Theodore Dreiser The question whether or not he was really married to Jennie remained an open one. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope Of what occurred to Cicero during the great battle which led to the solution of the Roman question we know little or nothing. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

He felt his gratitude finely; it suggested to him a number of little directions in which he could make himself useful to Miss Bell, putting aside entirely the question of repayment. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

When Dan, looking rather pale and sick, presented himself at The Moment office late that same evening, the first question Laurance put to him was relative to the accident. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Charles Dickens No question did I ever ask of living creature concerning these churches, and no answer to any antiquarian question on the subject that I ever put to books, shall harass the reader’s soul. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Andrew Lang The question can only be settled by specialists. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

His master’s answer to the rector’s question was a smile. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Jules Verne Amasia, Nedjeb et leurs compagnons ne s’étaient point montrés difficiles sur la question du souper: la question du coucher devait les trouver aussi accommodants, sans doute. Kéreban le Tétu by Jules Verne [1883]

Somehow I did not seem to care to question him too closely. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

George Gissing As yet there was only a question of vague impulses, which, on account of their very sweetness, must surely be wrong and on no account to be followed. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Anthony Trollope Any one judging from his countenance when he asked the question would have imagined that in spite of his promise he believed every word that had been written to him. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Could it be possible that he had fallen of himself, and struck his head against something in falling, was a question put to the doctors—and it was Captain Tanerton who put it. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

But a glance at Mr. Pollard’s face made me question if I was doing right in this. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

Jules Verne Regarding question four, “At what precise moment will the moon present herself in the most favorable position, etc. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

Oscar Wilde Life is a question of nerves, and fibres, and slowly built-up cells in which thought hides itself and passion has its dreams. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Jules Verne But that is not the question we have to settle. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Henry James This question had been settled, and two or three others, of a much weightier kind, had come up. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mildred lit a cigarette and studied him critically as he discussed the question of vintages with the waiter. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Ralph Waldo Emerson When Paul Leroux offered his article “Dieu” to the conductor of a leading French journal, he replied, “La question de Dieu manque d’actualite. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Do you agree with me?” At the blunt question the woman paled slightly; but three days had been ample for Vanaman to learn the tempered steel which underlay her apparent fragility. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

One day when he had just come into his room, I shot a question at him and he stopped, came over to me and put his arm on my shoulder as he answered. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

George Meredith He refrained from putting the question of how she had come there. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Arthur Conan Doyle There it lies, even as I write, and there can be no question that it is the same. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Bronislaw Malinowski Of course, there is no question of individual feelings. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Anna Katherine Green Would a more direct question rouse him? Possibly. At all events, Mr. Gryce decided to make the experiment. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

George Gissing In these days, Mr. Jacks, for the first time, ceased to question himself as to the prudence of the step he had taken. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Mark Twain What do you want to be afraid for?” This question was not entirely answered in Huck’s slow mind before he found himself pushed, along with Tom, into Mrs. Douglas’ drawing-room. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Gaston Leroux It is a question of life or death. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Charles Dickens I dozed off, myself, in considering the question whether I ought to restore a couple of pounds sterling to this creature before losing sight of him, and how it could best be done. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Andrew Lang They were still talking, when, suddenly, the bird settled the question by flying upwards through an open window into the king’s own room. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jeremy Bentham The term habit is not employed but when the acts in question are supposed to be separated by long-continued intervals, and the sum total of them to occupy a considerable space of time. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Anthony Trollope It would perhaps be unfair to raise a question whether he would have done as much, been so willing to sacrifice himself, for a plain woman. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Whereupon Mr Chaffanbrass said that he would like to ask her a question or two, and with consummate flattery extracted from her her opinion of her lodger. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell Papa,’— she paused — what did Osborne die of?’ She asked the question in a low, awe-stricken voice. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

About midday I began to examine my map and to question my guide, who at last fell on his knees and confessed that he knew nothing of the country in which we were. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

H. G. Wells It is open to question whether there is anything more friendly in the world than a very young duckling. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Thomas Hardy At last we heard them on the gravel; and the question arose who was to receive him. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

The thing had long ago ceased to be a matter of magic or mystery, and had become a question of appetites and excitement, and among other things the excitement of not being found out. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Jules Verne Cependant il y avait encore la question des vivres à élucider. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

It’s no a question of my bowing in the house of Rimmon. I’m auld Rimmon himself. “Divus” Johnston by John Buchan

Elizabeth Gaskell It is useless to question her; you get no answers. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

I have sometimes asked myself, but it is a question I can’t answer. The End of the Dream by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Anthony Trollope The question is, what we had better now both do?’ ‘You have said what you mean to do. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Then, addressing the students, he continued: “A rather difficult question arises. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

I’ve a question of the greatest importance to put you, and one minute more cannot make any difference to him. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

It was merely a question of time. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Rudyard Kipling This question I asked the guide, who plunged me in a tangle of Daimios and Shoguns, all manifestly extracted from a guidebook. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Edith Wharton He made a violent effort to shake off his abstraction, and finally recalled that the note in question had been pressed into his hand that very afternoon as he left the train. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

If the soldiers question you, endeavor to convince them that Monsieur Maurice has not left the house this evening. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

In a by-road, near Grenelle, some police officers stopped him, and tried to question him. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Charles Dickens I saw, at a glance, that the question of dates had gone against him, that Mr. Magsman had not been the last tenant of the House, and that the reason of its emptiness was still to seek. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

Bronislaw Malinowski The beliefs in question play an important rôle in Prof. Frazer’s work on Totemism and Exogamy. See especially vol. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Wilkie Collins Will you let me ask one question before you go on? My heart aches for the children of my love — more than ever my children now. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Anthony Trollope After all it is a question of money, and a contest for that power and influence which money gives. North America by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins What had John Jago said to her? I put the question with all needful delicacy, making my apologies beforehand. The Dead Alive by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Anthony Trollope Lady Aylmer also felt something of this, and forbore to press her question when it was not answered. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Grosse was on the point of answering the question even less amiably than it had been put — when I stopped him by a look. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Anthony Trollope But there was a question more vital than that of expense. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

A question arises as to the source from which he obtained the means for these and subsequent luxuries, in striking contrast with Goldsmith’s walking-stick, knapsack, and flute. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

As for the delicate and yet the all-important question of money, Mr. Sleuth was everything—everything that the most exacting landlady could have wished. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

He was labelling Gauntry as still dangerous to him, most dangerous, and much as he would have liked to question him he did not dare. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Wilkie Collins Let me repeat a question which escaped you, I think, when I first put it. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Jules Verne Quelle serait la durée de ce retard, c’était uniquement la question qui préoccupait Skopélo et même Nicolas Starkos, bien que celui-ci n’en voulût point convenir. L’Archipel en Feu by Jules Verne [1884]

Wilkie Collins Grace Roseberry answered the question in a tone of stern surprise. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

I never answered a question from him, or advanced an opinion to him, without thinking more than once. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

M. R. James But as to your other question I should return a negative answer. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

James Clerk Maxwell Fortunately, there is no question here whether the University should continue to be a place of liberal education, or should devote itself to preparing young men for particular professions. Five of Maxwell’s Papers by James Clerk Maxwell

You ask me to forgive you — but what question is there of forgiveness? You had a perfect right to your opinion, and I was glad to have it at last from you, frankly. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Henry James The question he had asked was one that to my own satisfaction I was ready to answer, but I hesitated to let him hear as yet all that my reflections had suggested. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

When asked the question by her children when very small she replied: ‘Wait until you get older. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Wilkie Collins Who among the persons inhabiting the house at the time had poisoned Mrs. Eustace Macallan? My suspicion in answering that question pointed straight to a woman. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

McKirdy absolutely refuses to tell her; but perhaps, if she knew this fact, it would alter her feeling, and make her more willing to consider the question of—of—our marriage. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

The question seemed reasonable enough. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Wilkie Collins Was it really possible — in spite of his mother’s opposition to our marriage — that we were Man and Wife? My aunt Starkweather settled the question by a second tap on my shoulder. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Anthony Trollope The question between them is most intricate. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

There’s no question that he reads well. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope That Mr Kennedy is insane there cannot now, I think, be a doubt; and therefore the question of your returning to him — as far as there has been any question — is absolutely settled. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells You make a question of race into a question of unequal cultures. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

What right had clerks to pretend to issue tickets unless they knew their business? The clerk in question coolly ran his finger down the railway list he had turned to, and then gave us the tickets. The Mystery at Number Seven by Ellen Wood [1877]

D.H. Lawrence It is a question of knowing how to be, and how not to be, for we must fulfil both. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Wilkie Collins Now you know all you wanted to know; and now, therefore, it is my turn to remind you that I have not yet had a direct answer to the first question I addressed to you when we met here. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

This question was started, why the Isthmian garland was made of pine. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Anthony Trollope It might, however, be a question whether he carried guns enough for the command in which he was now to be employed. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence But when there was no question of contest, she was pining to be superior, to be one of the upper class. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne Cette question me parut, pour le moins, très oiseuse. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

Henry James She stood there a moment with her small hands unclasped and then quavered out: “Well, I hope no one will ask me!” “There has been a question of that. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Then it struck me that this might be over-subtlety on my part, and the idea recurred when the question of our future plans cropped up, and hampered me in deciding on a course. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Watkin Tench The method by which they answer a question that they cannot resolve is similar to what we sometimes use. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Jules Verne It was only a question of time, and patience is one of the virtues of all savages. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Grant had lingered, not, curiously enough, because he had questions to ask her (the conversation had provided answers for him), but because she was anxious to question him. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Edgar Allan Poe P. But in all this — in this identification of mere matter with God — is there nothing of irreverence? [I was forced to repeat this question before the sleep-waker fully comprehended my meaning. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

Jacques Futrelle Now, may I ask you what you intend to publish about this affair?” Hatch considered the question a moment. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

To them presently came Dr. Jedd, as lively and business-like as if Miss Halliday’s case had been a question of taking out a double-tooth. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Anthony Trollope He had to give notice, and inquiries had to be made, and the responsible people were away, and various customary accidents happened, so that it was late in June before the question was put. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Love Peacock The question was, whether I should keep it, and live like a gentleman; or hand it over to lawyers and commissioners of bankruptcy, and die like a dog on a dunghill. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

Arthur Conan Doyle It was simply a question of the price to be paid. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Anthony Trollope As a politician, Miss Thorne had been so thoroughly disgusted with public life by base deeds long antecedent to the Corn Law question that that had but little moved her. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

The question is, what is to be done next? Mr Craw is at the Back House of the Garroch, twenty miles away, and no one knows it but us three. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

John Keats Heart! Thou and I are here sad and alone; I say, why did I laugh! O mortal pain! O Darkness! Darkness! ever must I moan, To question Heaven and Hell and Heart in vain. Poems by John Keats

Henry James It’s a question of life and death. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Wilkie Collins If I were twenty years younger,” he went on, addressing himself to Geoffrey, “and if I did step out on the lawn with you, the result wouldn’t affect the question between us in the least. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

No question as to how this doubly-condemned prisoner had escaped from the hideous isle of punishment she had quitted occurred to her. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

We were prisoners there with no outlet, and so our death was only a question of time. The Death of Olivier Becaille by Émile Zola

Henry James He had struck himself at the hotel, before Sarah and Waymarsh, as being in her boat; but where on earth was he now? This question was in the air till her own lips quenched it with another. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Marcel Prous Il a été question à un moment qu’on me nomme un conseil judiciaire. Sodome et Gomorrhe by Marcel Prous

Kate Chopin Your question seems a little rude. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Anthony Trollope It may be a question whether men, in marrying, do not become too prudent. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

And the particular innovation in question commenced, as was natural, with the mail coach, which, from the much higher scale of its fares, commanded a much more select class of company. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Frances Hodgson Burnett And there you were—thrown upon occultism and what not! He became conscious that, though he would have been glad to question Dowie daily and closely, a certain reluctance of mind held him back. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Zona Gale And in the work-shop of the Princess Simyra I came upon a quantity of metallic uranium, and a great many other things which I question the taste of taking the time to describe. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

William Hope Hodgson It may have been my fancy; but it seemed to me that there was something deeper than the mere sense the question conveyed. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Thomas Wolfe Still, there could be no question that these people were an honoured group. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Henry James She had not made him a scene, there had been no question of an explanation; she had received him as if he had been there the day before, with the addition of a spice of mysterious melancholy. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Sigmund Freud The phantasy plays a tantalizing game with them, and represents the organic source of the stimuli of the dream in question by any sort of plastic symbolism. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

I made haste to forestall Sinclair, who was racking his brains for words with which to propound the question he dared not put too boldly. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

Edgar Allan Poe By the time that it wanted only three minutes to noon, the droll object in question was perceived to be a very diminutive foreign-looking young man. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Algernon Blackwood Are there then?” He was prepared a little for this kind of question by her eyes. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Theodore Dreiser After seeing him, or imagining she had seen him, in the carriage, she thought at first that she would question him, but later decided that she would wait and watch more closely. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Thomas Hardy And now, without having quite intended an early marriage, he put the question plainly. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Henry Handel Richardson And he tormented himself with such a question as: should a new crisis in her life arise, would she, now that she knows you, turn to you? And in moments of despondency he answered no. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

The boys, Herbert and Jack, had taken to her without question from the first, and called her “Aunt.” Though she was of course no relation whatever to them. Aunt Dean by Ellen Wood [1872]

Whether he had done so, or not, was not known; but the question was set at rest after the return from the funeral. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

Bronislaw Malinowski The question how kinship may be conceived in a given society, especially in a low one, naturally presents itself as a very important point of investigation. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Baldwin Spencer It must be understood that we are here simply dealing with this question so far as the evidence derived from these Australian tribes is concerned. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Anthony Trollope How would it cost? Any accurate answer to such a question would be impossible, but probably about 600 pounds. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope It may be a question whether he would not have been the most popular man in the House could he have sat there on the day after the telegrams arrived. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

So he had been aware of my presence there? I put the question to him. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

There is no question in his conditioned mind; he accepts what he sees, and what he sees is what he expected to see. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Anthony Trollope But in answering that question it is material to know that Ireland has accepted and, at any rate for two centuries, has followed that system. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

H. G. Wells He reviewed the question methodically. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]