Phrases with "question"

Do ye wish to question your apostle as Moses was questioned aforetime? but whoso takes misbelief in exchange for faith has erred from the level road. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Frances Hodgson Burnett But today though she asked no question her eyes waited upon him as it were. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle At present the question rather is, what is he going to do to us?’ ‘Let him do his worst!’ cried the boy. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Henry James My fear was of having to deal with the intolerable question of the grounds of his dismissal from school, for that was really but the question of the horrors gathered behind. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

G. K. Chesterton My father, who was present while my brother and I were playing the fool in this fashion, had a curiosity to see whether the oracle could answer a question about something that he knew and we did not. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Willa Cather When they were seated in the carriage, Alexander began to question his assistant further. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

Thomas Hardy He saw that she was preoccupied, and forbore to question her. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Kate Chopin There was no question with her of dwelling upon the matter; it was simply a thing to be summarily dismissed and as far as possible effaced from her remembrance. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Edith Wharton The question jolted Vance out of his dream, and before he could answer the other continued earnestly: “Pardon ME if I ask. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Theodore Dreiser On the Thursday in question Robert called up from the Auditorium to remind him of the engagement. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Henry James It had become with her a question not of how clever he was, but of how stupid. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

George MacDonald Mara put the question again, in the same soft, inviting tone. Lilith by George MacDonald

Theodore Dreiser The question of ways and means of preventing a panic to-morrow is up for discussion. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

For the same reason I enter upon no question of ways and means. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Which of these we will use on any given occasion is a question much too subtle, too surely fraught with intuitions that cannot be formulated, to admit of arbitrary prescription. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

M. P. Shiel What you were sure of now seems mist to you when it becomes a question of venturing your weight upon it, as Peter lost faith when he stepped out on the waves. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

H. G. Wells He asked her a question point blank and she would not answer him, and for some way they walked in grim silence. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Where was the intrepid courage with which I had started? At the top of the first hill I sat down to consider this question in detail, for I was very near the house now, and felt I wanted time. Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1898]

Anthony Trollope And remember, too, that I won’t have any question about your being married at Bullhampton. It would be quite improper. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Charles Kingsley What a kind includes, whether it includes or not the capacity of varying (which is just the question in point), is nowhere specified. The Natural Theology of the Future by Charles Kingsley

Francis Bacon Again, let the nature in question be weight. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

In affairs like this, where a native official’s reputation iss at stake, there iss no question of proof, of evidence. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Edgar Allan Poe I had long been in the habit of mesmerizing the person in question (Mr. Vankirk), and the usual acute susceptibility and exaltation of the mesmeric perception had supervened. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

Henry James It was a question of arranging in Tottenham Court Road and of paying the price. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

The question made him start, though he replied quickly enough, and in more guarded tones: “No, mamsie. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Lucy Maud Montgomery She looked very often at Anne, and Anne, thanks to Marilla’s drilling, answered promptly; but it may be questioned if she understood very much about either question or answer. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Elizabeth Gaskell Hester felt as if the tone, both of question and answer, implied blame; and this she could not bear. The Crooked Branch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Did you see that, Mr. Knapp?” The question was so sudden and so sharp that the detective came near replying to it; but he bethought himself, and said nothing. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing Never was the curate so thoroughly at home as when suffered to enter at length upon the discussion of a question such as the present. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Victor Hugo Ursus assured himself that the question would be decided at once. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

But there was going to be a question time, it would seem. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

I scaled another paling and went on, walking, I should think, three miles by the side of the canal, till the question of bed and ulterior plans brought me to a halt. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

George Meredith If he has done a thing, he can’t question it, won’t examine it. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

The question one has got to consider is whether there is any human activity which would not be maimed by the dominance of the machine. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

H. G. Wells This question of marriage is the most complicated and difficult in the whole range of Utopian problems. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Henry James As soon as she arrived I guessed everything, and as soon as she told me that darling Ruth had been in her house nearly a month I had my question ready. The Coxon Fund by Henry James [1894]

Arthur Morrison And Sotcher’s discourse at the Red Cow turned, lightly and easily, toward the question of explosives. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Anthony Trollope It had been asserted so often that the disestablishment of the Church was only a question of time, that the intelligence of the country had gradually so learned to regard it. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Leon Trotsky The question of Esthonia was no less acute. My Life by Leon Trotsky

E. Phillips Oppenheim There were reasons why the question suggested itself to me. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

But he courteously proposed to keep the question impersonal, and he went on to consider it himself: “Well, I don’t suppose any one can satisfy you fully. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope He had not the courage to ask the question which was in his mind. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells The question before us is not, ‘What has Essenden done?’ but, ‘What are we going to do about Essenden?’ There is need for repression coming; civil war and bloodshed are plainly upon us. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Sigmund Freud That is why all these asseverations that it is ‘only a question of willing’ and all the encouragements and abuse that are addressed to the patient are of no avail. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

Edgar Allan Poe About five feet and a half from the casement in question there runs a lightning-rod. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

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

R. D. Blackmore Whether birds discharge fraternal duty is a question for Notes and Queries even in the present most positive age. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Anthony Trollope As to Clary, there could be no question between the two girls as to which of them would exercise authority over the other,—not by force of age,—but by dint of character, will, and fitness. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

A question as to the reason of the teacher’s departure, as to whether it had been voluntary or otherwise, was indeed on my lips, but I suppressed it — there were listeners all round. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Gertrude Stein There is no question because investigation is miraculous. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle There could be no question that the most distinctive and suggestive point in the case was the singular disappearance of the door-key. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

One day he had magnetised his gardener; and observing him to fall into a deep sleep, it occurred to him that he would address a question to him, as he would have done to a natural somnambulist. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Anthony Trollope Bertram, as he passed, did not take the question to himself; but he well might have done so. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

George Gissing Doubtless she did not choose to let him know how deeply this question of his power concerned her. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Anthony Trollope The question was whether it may not be well sometimes for us to hold our tongues. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

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]

Edith Wharton He had to transfer his question to the nurse. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Watkin Tench I had never before seen this elegant timid female, of whom I had often heard; but the interest I took in her led me to question her about her husband and family. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Nathaniel Hawthorne Miriam knelt down on the steps of the fountain; so far there could be no question of the fact. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Anatole France It is a question of nerves and of blood. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Anthony Trollope That question of the nursery might, at any rate, remain in abeyance for twelve months. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

As an additional precaution the lonely soldier glanced around at every step as though to question each turn of the path, each bush and ditch. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Theodore Dreiser Would it always be so? He turned the question over in his mind. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

He replied to my question with another. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

Anthony Trollope I have no question to ask, not a word to say. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope It appears to us a question whether any clergyman can go through our church service with decorum, morning after morning, in an immense building, surrounded by not more than a dozen listeners. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett Especially as it’s a question of you starving as well as me. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Wilkie Collins As for the question of the marriage, he declared without hesitation that we must for the present dismiss all consideration of it from our minds. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

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]

Anthony Trollope But then the question asked was one which a man is hardly bound to answer, even to a brother. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

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

Take the important question of bleeding. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

But as yet I knew too little of the language to question her, and could only hope for a future explanation when I had learned more. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

He had done that kind of thing before — in the way of business; and this now was an absolute necessity, a question of life and death — or rather of liberty. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

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]

George Gissing Where and how often did they meet? To ask this question was to touch another motive of discontent. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Anne’s head was bent down—she had not seen the Italian’s smile; but finding that her question elicited no reply she looked up. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Theodore Dreiser She might question his temperamental control over his own sincerity in the future, but she could scarcely question that at present he was sincere. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

She spoke as if her mind had almost wandered away from the thought of her husband’s nephew to the wider question of madness in the abstract. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

William Henry Hudson The question seemed to surprise her very much. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

Arthur Machen It may be that the events in question are, as it were, psychic accidents and misadventures. The Great Return by Arthur Machen

Jules Verne But fortunately the dog had fallen upon a brood, and besides the victim he was devouring, two other rodents — the animals in question belonged to that order — lay strangled on the turf. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

It was a question of his happiness. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

I pulled myself together and prepared to discuss the question as she desired. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

H. G. Wells And I noted that now there was no question that he personally was to capture and fight the great machine. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Jules Verne Restait à traiter la question des poudres. De La Terre a La Lune by Jules Verne [1865]

Anthony Trollope Sit down, Mr. Mackinnon; I have a question that I must put to you. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Anne Bronte My companion gravely took my arm, and leading me away to the garden, thus answered my question — ’She is at Grassdale Manor, in -shire. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Anthony Trollope The question of the railway is rather one applying to Canada than to the State of Maine, and I will therefore leave it for the present. North America by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens Whenever that undecided Prince had to ask a question or state a doubt, the public helped him out with it. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

The question is whether sufficient temptation could be put before the driver and the guard to induce them to assist me. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Bronislaw Malinowski It may be noted that in some passages of the book in question there are hints pointing to the fact that the author felt the necessity of a psychological definition of paternal kinship. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

E. Phillips Oppenheim His question was asked with rapier-like suddenness. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

At any moment the police may light upon some portion of the skeleton which will settle the question definitely one way or the other. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

He wished to keep his promise to Horace Byrd, and yet he greatly desired to answer his employer’s question truthfully. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

It is not a question whether one order of study or another should predominate. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

I know, though my lore fails me, and the reeds on which I leaned pierce my side — I know yet that it is written that the life of which I question can be saved from the headsman. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Henry James At last, looking up, “I say, tell me this,” he broke out; “did you really mean to go to Sicily when we started?” “Ah, vous m’en demandez trop! Let me put a question first. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

I went to demand an answer to my question — what he had done with you, and where you were. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Theodore Dreiser But what do you care? Why do you sit there and question me? It doesn’t make any difference to you what I do. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Later on in the afternoon of the next day they appeared at the Dower House to question Dericka and Miss Quinton. Luckily, Forde had gone to the house and was on the spot to support the two ladies. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Thomas Hardy The question arose in her mind whether or not she should ask him to guide her into the path. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

H.P. Lovecraft In reply to my question Tillinghast mumbled that this permanent glow was not electrical in any sense that I could understand. From Beyond by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

In comparison with Myers’ way of attacking the question of immortality in particular, the official way is certainly so far from the mark as to be almost preposterous. Memories and Studies by William James

Every question solved has been the parent of three new questions unmasked. The Pagan Oracles by Thomas De Quincey

Indeed, it has been in friendship that I have tried to interest him in a great national question — to wean him from his darling sin. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

George Meredith It is but a question of dotation, and a selection from one or two monosyllables. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

When the Voice asking the question rose from the body of the hall, there were those who at once concluded that such an intervention had occurred. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

The question came up whether it was going to rain, and Dr. Carmichael said he would go up into the tower and look at the barometer. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

I investigated the question as to the prevalence of this disease in New England, in a dissertation, which was published in a volume with other papers, in the year 1838. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Wilkie Collins No man can ask a question without adding a mark of interrogation at the end in the shape of an oath. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Jim could see that his father was much agitated, and for that reason he forbore to put any question to him concerning the individual they had just left. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Anthony Trollope He did not look in the least annoyed because his daughter had refused to take the loan, nor had he shown the slightest feeling of any impropriety when there was a question as to her accepting it. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Shall I begin, mon sorcier, without further loss of time, to question you?” Without waiting for an answer, he commenced, in stentorian tones. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Anthony Trollope Indeed there might be a question whether in the morning his own injury would not be the most severe. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Francis Bacon In like manner, if the nature in question be eternity or incorruptibility, no universal affirmative is to be found here. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Jeremy Bentham But if any of them are not, the benefit fails: it fails of itself: it would not have subsisted, although the act in question (the act of non-payment) had not been committed. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Wilkie Collins I waited, in the firm persuasion that the unspoken question in her mind would sooner or later force its way to utterance by her lips. The Dead Alive by Wilkie Collins [1874]

John Galsworthy Oh! damn!” “Come back to question one, then, Michael. I can try, but I’m very doubtful, especially if this poem is coming out. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Besides —’ ‘Her past?’ Madeline made one little effort to look indifferent, and then let the question leap up in her. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Wilkie Collins Mr. Superintendent once more attempted to question her. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Anthony Trollope He had learned something of English manners and English institutions by his interference, but there might be a question whether he was not paying too dearly for his whistle. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins How old may she be, now?” Regina expressed her opinion of this familiar question by pointing, with silent dignity, to a chair. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

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]

Jules Verne Ils n’eussent pas été aussi à leur aise dans le plus confortable wagon des États-Unis. La question des vivres et de l’éclairage étant résolue, restait la question de l’air. De La Terre a La Lune by Jules Verne [1865]

But when it’s a question of taking on this divine, fresh, pure, enchanting loveliness yourself, in your own person, it immediately becomes a cruel and wicked degradation. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

He was a man of the world, and the warmth of Mr. Dale’s manner told him that the friend in question was a woman. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Anthony Trollope Then there had been the other grand question of the journey, or not, down to Cheltenham. In a good-natured way Harry had told him that the wedding would be no wedding without his presence. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Gissing She went to them, and a question or two soon led the elder girl to disclose that she was indeed desirous of speaking in private. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

George Gissing Suppose you ask me a question or two. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Jules Verne Ils sont acclamés, ils sont applaudis très chaudement par les mains tribordaises, plus discrètement par les mains bâbordaises, — question de tempérament. L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

Gertrude Stein This which is not a question is not reverse and the question which is a question is at noon. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Edgar Allan Poe I am not sure from what point of view the writer in question surveyed it, nor at what time; but it could neither have been from the summit of Helseggen, nor during a storm. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

Wilkie Collins Mercy advanced to the surgeon, and put the decisive question to him. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Rudyard Kipling Its people must be his people and its God must be his God. Some men may accept this dispensation; some may question it. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

George Meredith The question for me to consider is, whether this development is to be accomplished by my being guilty of an act of egregious folly. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

Anatole France There now arises a question which cannot be solved without leaving the limited domain of history to enter the indeterminate regions of philosophy. The Seven Wives of Bluebeard by Anatole France [1920]

Wilkie Collins It was too late to question the propriety or impropriety of admitting him now. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Anthony Trollope But I have forgotten nothing that was done or said by any of the Brattles. The question brought in argument is one of fearful importance. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

E. F. Benson Thus the moment Darcy had spoken, an apology for his hasty question was half-way up his tongue. The Man Who Went Too Far by E. F. Benson

Do not suppose that I should in the slightest degree in the world discuss the question with you, whether you would not be ruined in endeavoring to save me. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

It is all a question of a few pounds a week. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

The sooner the crash comes the better; I can drag out the rest of my existence somehow, in Bruges or Louvain. It is only a question of a year or two, I daresay. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

This was a question to settle, and at once; and as duplicity had hitherto proved my best weapon in dealing with Mr. Gryce, I concluded to resort to it in this emergency. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James Something had dropped out altogether, and the question between them, which time would answer, was whether the change had made them strangers or yokefellows. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Then all the question stung and burned anew, and had to be reasoned out and put away once more. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Apparently, satisfied with what George told him, the Superintendent proceeded to question all the staff. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

What was Ida Palliser going to wear at the garden party? The question was far more serious for her than for Miss Dulcibella, who had plenty of money to spend upon her adornment. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Virginia Woolf One’s mind begins tossing up a question or two, idly, vainly, about this same life. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

And not that alone or chiefly; it was not the possibility of administered poison that occupied him, but the question whether all food, and all other things also, were not in themselves poisonous. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Edith Wharton The image Nona had used seemed to convey nothing to her, but the question evidently struck her with a deadly force. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

George Meredith She could ask why she exists, if a question were in her grasp. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Henry James There could be no question of moving him: we must at any rate see first, on the spot, what turn his condition would take. The Death of the Lion by Henry James [1894]

The small page remained at his post on the carriage step, but spoke never a word, and Leander could not with decency question him, much as he would have liked to do so. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

H. Rider Haggard And perhaps it is a question if he really wished to lose it. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

She left his question unanswered, as if she had not heard it. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Marcel Prous M. de Cambremer entendit la question et sourit. Sodome et Gomorrhe by Marcel Prous

George Gissing A question from Alice eventually gave him the requisite impulse. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Henry James His anger at having been left in ignorance had quitted him, but he thought the question fair. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

There was no question of Nichols, who had been imprisoned on a charge of theft trumped up by O’Brien. Salazar, whether he would have gone to the Captain–General or not, was now entirely useless. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

At the age of five-and-forty, what, in all probability, may Clarence Glyndon be? Since you are ambitious I leave that question for you to decide! Now turn to the other picture. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You should know exactly of how much account I hold my life when it comes to a question of adding to the sum of human knowledge. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Whereupon we began to commend the man very highly for his happy memory; but we called in question the pretended reason. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Marie Corelli It is no use to explain that the man in question is her father, her brother or her uncle — he simply could not be. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Anthony Trollope The question in these cases is, which would cajole the other the best, and of course the priest would have the best of it. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Anthony Trollope And now she would not endure to be cross-examined on the subject by Miss Altifiorla. But Miss Altifiorla was not at all afraid of Mrs. Holt, and was determined to push the question a little further. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

A. E. W. Mason The last perplexing question had been answered for him that afternoon. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Anthony Trollope The servant brought back word that his Grace was fatigued, but would see Mr Tregear if the matter in question was one of importance. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Henry James Paul, looking grave and impartial, turned her question over while he stirred the tea. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Edgar Rice Burroughs He seemed to be framing a question with his lips. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

MRS WAYNE: Did yoo used to be a clergyman, then, sir? MR TALLBOYS [halting]: After the order of Melchizedec. There is no question of ‘used to be’, Madam. Once a priest always a priest. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Benjamin Disraeli Whom you should marry is a question you must decide for yourself. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

H. G. Wells This matter has two aspects, it presents itself as two questions; the question first of all of administration, and the question of honour and privilege. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Henry Handel Richardson There’s no question of going back for me now—and I’m glad of it. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Conan Doyle She was blond, and when he heard that Mary was dark, he would fain stop then and there to fight the question of color. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

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]

He desires to question you upon the subject personally, so that you had better make your way to his quarters with me and tell him everything. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

G. K. Chesterton Then he said in a loud voice: “Who are you?” and the next moment was seized by a sort of choking terror lest his question should be answered. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Willa Cather What do you say?” Bowers passed the question on to Thea. “I guess you could use the fifty, couldn’t you, Miss Kronborg? You can easily work up some songs. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Jeremy Bentham Though the act in question should remain secret, it will go towards forming a habit, which may give birth to other acts, that may not meet with the same good fortune. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Anthony Trollope Her uncle had once enlivened the thing by asking her whether she had found any lovers since she went to Littlebath, and this question had perplexed her very much. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

There was no question of an allowance for the maintenance of the heiress, no question as to the accumulation of income. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Maria Edgeworth There seemed no great temptation to prevarication either, for the general’s question was not of a formidable nature, not what the lawyers call a leading question, rather one that led to nothing. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

H. G. Wells It is specially punishable to beg having an infant in their arms, quite apart from teaching the infant in question to beg. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Thinking that he was answering A, and meaning to answer A, he has, in fact, answered B. One question arises thus: Justice is a virtue; temperance is a virtue; and so forth. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

Sinclair Lewis Beyond question he knew that if he invited his kin, and perhaps kind, to dinner, Hazel would kill him and Sara cremate him. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

Walter Crane The question of scale in designing mural decoration of any sort is very important. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

And these two sets of facts, taken together, raise a question which for lack of any basis of agreement seldom gets a real discussion. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Henry James This is not the large canvas I just now spoke of, and I wouldn’t have approached him with my present hand had it been a question of all the features. The Coxon Fund by Henry James [1894]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He answered Powers’ question after a moment’s hesitation: “I want to see—Miss Surtoes!” Powers was exasperated. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

George Gissing Was there no way of getting over the next few weeks? Rent, of course, would be due at Christmas, but that payment might be postponed; it was only a question of buying food and fuel. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Charles Kingsley He underwent the question but this afternoon; and now Eustace, his betrayer, is come to persuade him — or to entrap him? Eustace himself hardly knows whether of the two. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Robert Louis Stevenson I am no economist, only a writer of fiction; but even as such, I know one thing that bears on the economic question — I know the imperfection of man’s faculty for business. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope No question whatever is asked, if the applicant is known or the place of his residence undoubted. North America by Anthony Trollope

He had never had a harsh word from Cecil in their lives; but he knew him too well, for all that, to venture to press on him a question thus firmly put aside. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Until you answer my question I can tell you nothing. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Perhaps it is a question of taste; let us attend their cry and pass on. Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

John Locke But my question is — whether one cannot have the idea of one body moved, whilst others are at rest? And I think this no one will deny. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

I resolved to cultivate Mrs. Simpson’s acquaintance, and sometime put her a question or two that would satisfy me upon this point. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

Thomas Hardy There was no longer any question about suitability, or room for tiffs on petty tastes. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy