Phrases with "should"

Gregory, having made inquiries, found that Adrian was out in the gardens with Jessie, and strolled out to find them, just preventing himself from whistling cheerfully in case Lionel should hear. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Henry James There was some merit in my scruples, for Miss Tita lingered and lingered: I perceived that she felt that she should not really soon come down again and wished therefore to protract the present. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

And also, I may observe, that it can do no harm either to himself or to the subject on whom he operates, that he should be guided by men of more taste than himself. Murder considered as one of the Fine Arts by Thomas de Quincey [1827]

George Gissing But when are we going to Salamis — and to Marathon — and to climb Pentelikon? I should really like to see Marathon. And Thermopylæ better still. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle All should share and share alike, save only the captain, quartermaster, boatswain, carpenter, and master-gunner, who had from a quarter to a whole share extra. The Dealings of Captain Sharkey by Arthur Conan Doyle [1925]

E. F. Benson But I fell asleep at once, and — how long after I do not know — either woke or dreamed I awoke, feeling that I must get up at once, or I should be too late. Caterpillars by E. F. Benson

Rudyard Kipling Doubtless, it is Allah’s will that the lives of His Faithful should be prolonged by these hats. The Eyes of Asia by Rudyard Kipling [1918]

Once more the great burly shadow that had at first told me I should not wait in that dark doorway in vain crossed the blinds; and then it disappeared. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Robert Louis Stevenson If I come not to the bottom of this thing, I shall have no more pleasure in bread; and I can see no way, but either I should hang or you should marry him. Fables by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anna Katherine Green I should soon learn to bear it. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

William Makepeace Thackeray I should be ashamed, I confess, to wed you here; for our people would wonder at the sudden marriage, and imply that it was only by compulsion that I gave you my hand. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Rafael Sabatini But that he should have the last laugh as well as the first would be more than their vanity could endure. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

And it should have been easy fruit. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Arthur Conan Doyle When I think of Mortimer Tregennis, with the foxy face and the small shrewd, beady eyes behind the spectacles, he is not a man whom I should judge to be of a particularly forgiving disposition. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

D. H. Lawrence The idea was, he should get his divorce, if possible, whether Connie got hers or not. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

They were quite powerless; it had been a condition of the evacuation that they should carry no arms. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Of course, I didn’t want anyone to know I had done it, for I should then be punished and the form of punishment would undoubtedly be that of hanging. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Washington Irving The rich and powerful of the land contended who should entertain and do honor to her; or rather, who should secure the charms of her lute to draw fashionable throngs to their saloons. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

James Joyce He thought it should be a pleasant life enough, driving along the roads every evening to deliver milk, if he had warm gloves and a fat bag of gingernuts in his pocket to eat from. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Henry James He spoke of his father’s delight at the nuptials being so near at hand; at the festivities that would take place in Dorsetshire when he should bring home his bride. The Path Of Duty by Henry James [1884]

Anthony Trollope There are animals who, when they are ailing in any way, contrive to hide themselves, ashamed, as it were, that the weakness of their suffering, should be witnessed. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

The lamas are never, or perhaps I should say only very rarely, seen by those outside the lamahood. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Jules Verne Besides, should the fur-yielding animals, too zealously hunted, take refuge at the Pole, we should have to follow them. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Thomas Carlyle Could we see them well, we should get some glimpses into the very marrow of the world’s history. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Radclyffe Hall You don’t want to come and live with me, after all; perhaps the idea is distasteful to you? Of course we should be dirt poor. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Henry Handel Richardson It was but another instance of how misfortune dogs him who is down, that Chinky should choose this very moment to bring further shame upon her. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins I should consider myself bound in honor not to help you — but I would not lift a finger to prevent you from discovering the truth for yourself. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Arthur Conan Doyle Perhaps I should if I were using the biplane, but a monoplane is a one-man show — if you want to get the last foot of lift out of it. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Robert Louis Stevenson It should not be used to ladies. The Treasure of Franchard by Robert Louis Stevenson

It was surprising to me that these boys who were so ordinary during term-time should lead such adventurous lives in the holidays, and I felt a little envious of their good fortune. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

And I felt that I should meet some simple-minded, wise man who would lead me on that broad, bright road. In the World by Maksim Gorky

E. F. Benson And I should like to see Mr. Georgie Pillson. No doubt he could be told that I am here. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Willa Cather Formerly, when it was not if I should ever sing Brunnhilde, but quite simply when I should sing Brunnhilde, I was always starving myself and thinking what I might drink and what I might not. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Anak took the revolver from him and told him to be silent, lest he should be hanged. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

William Hope Hodgson This I did, and then, as we could not both read from it at the same time, he suggested that I should read the thing out loud. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

G. K. Chesterton We should only be arming masked men with daggers instead of cudgels. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

D. H. Lawrence Isn’t that curious, Louise, in a man with as little mind as he has? Do you know, I should say he could see through a woman pretty well. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

They’d never had any money, but on the other hand none of them had ever done anything that I should recognize as work. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

I should think that few people understand the Malays better than he does. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Guy de Maupassan He had often wondered what he should do if he met Clotilde face to face. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Edith Wharton Halo was nervously conscious of every word and look of Vance’s, yet determined that he should not see she was watching him. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Charles Lamb And what that is, I had rather the reader should believe on my credit, than know from his own trial. Confessions of a Drunkard by Charles Lamb [1813]

Robert Louis Stevenson But I love your honour, and I swore to myself that I should save it in your teeth. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

You go up and make inquiries on the spot; and perhaps I’ll go too; I should like a run up; and if the affair is worth your while, we’ll pay the money down on the nail, and so have done with it. The Beginning of the End by Ellen Wood [1869]

Arthur Conan Doyle I reined up my horse, wondering which way I should turn; but at that moment I saw thick smoke curling up from Abel White’s bungalow and the flames beginning to burst through the roof. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Thomas Carlyle Yet I should say, it was not unintelligible how the Arabs might so love it. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Arthur Conan Doyle The Fates had ordained that I should hold my hand and that the Empire should fall. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

D. H. Lawrence As a matter of fact one should never let these fellows get into conversation nowadays. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Rudyard Kipling You have told me, Señor Barroso, that I should find myself among friends. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Rudyard Kipling I should have worn mail that day. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

I have made a bargain with the paper boy that he should leave a roll for me every morning with the paper, and that is my breakfast. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Gertrude Stein They asked what price they should suggest. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

At last it was arranged that Lady Chandos should give a great dinner, at which the Queen and Lady Leicester should meet. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Olaf Stapledon Vivid consciousness of the fundamental humanity of all men, even of the enemies of the revolution, is apt to snare him into being tolerant and conciliatory when he should be firm. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

I arranged that Blenkiron, Mary, and Peter should go on to Boulogne and sleep the night there, while Wake and I would be dropped at Amiens to await instructions. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

And Thorarinn and his men took to run, so as to help Nagli, lest he should tumble off the cliffs into the sea” (Eyrbyggja Saga, c. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then the Colonel made a turban out of his red silk cummerbund, and insisted that Mr. Stuart should wear it. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

We were both running upstairs, trying in sport which should get first into our bedroom; and, in jostling one another on the landing, she all but overbalanced herself. The Mystery at Number Seven by Ellen Wood [1877]

My word, Eileen, she is a clever little woman! You should have seen her in the witness-box! Why, butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Virginia Woolf He took it as a hint that he should go. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

H. G. Wells I repeat that if usage had not drilled us into a sort of acquiescence, we should think our species collectively insane to go about its business in this haphazard, planless, negligent fashion. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

For a valiant knight, men called Boncoeur, Had hope he should not long endure, And gathered to him much good folk, Hardy hearts to break the yoke. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

Thomas Love Peacock I never had him in my collection, and if I had had him I should not have read him. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

Ralph Waldo Emerson He had no designs on the future, neither for what he should do to men, nor for what men should do for him. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Hill ridiculed his cowardice; and finally agreed that David should bear him company. David Garth’s Night-Watch by Ellen Wood [1869]

Lucy Maud Montgomery I should think THAT would be the most effective language for that kind of a child. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Rudyard Kipling I should never have the courage to own up. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

I’m sure I should have said something cheeky to old Pew. The idea of overhauling your locker! I should just like her to see the inside of mine. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

John Hill Burton In Courts of justice, the forms of Procedure, and the respective duties of the Judges, the Officers of Court, the Lawyers, Parties, Jurors, and Witnesses, should be exhibited in the same manner. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

I should have to see them again. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

H. G. Wells Why should I?” The young man stood with an air of vigilant respect. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

But since that period the subject has been so often discussed by minds of the first order, that we should look in vain into Petrarch’s Essay for any truths that have escaped their observation. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Arthur Conan Doyle And yet from the moment that I saw Ena Garnier life held for me but the one ambition — that she should be mine. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

G. K. Chesterton So strongly did they hold that the pivot of Will should turn freely, which now is rusted, and sticks. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

It was incredible, of course, that there should be anything wrong. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

It stopped raining at last; if Miss Belsize could have had her way we should all have started for Lord’s that minute. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Arthur Machen How I should have wondered once if I had seen a stone by the roadside become a jewel of fire and glory! But if that were to happen, it would not be so strange as what happened to me. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

We are but syllables in the mouth of the Lord; if the whole sentence is divine, each syllable is absolutely what it should be, in spite of all appearances. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

It might be supposed that a life, led so near the confines of actual famine, should have dulled the nicety of my palate. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Robert Louis Stevenson We should never be one whit nearer than we are just now, and, if I am a wise man, nothing like so happy. Will O’ the Mill by Robert Louis Stevenson

We can never know now why it was left here, nor guess with what royal name it should have been inscribed. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

H.P. Lovecraft Exalted beyond thought would be he whose work should gain acceptance, and for this honor Kalos and Musides were invited to compete. The Tree by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

William Makepeace Thackeray Mrs. Fitzroy insisted that the party should be of her very best company. A Little Dinner at Timmins’s by William Makepeace Thackeray [1848]

H. G. Wells One of them was booked for Monte Carlo after lunch, but that was no reason why Signorina Clarges should not have the other. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Robert Louis Stevenson From that day forward, I should say, he improved to me in courtesy, as though he had repented his evil speech and were anxious to leave a better impression. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

Elizabeth Von Arnim Nature was determined that she should look and sound angelic. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Furthermore, they gave so dim an account of where the place was that we don’t know now; should have to locate that night’s encampment, and then look for a precipice and go down it with ropes. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

H.P. Lovecraft I had an instant and unaccountable craving for a sleep whose dreams I should not remember. Beyond the Wall of Sleep by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

Henry James If there was the least danger of Paul’s falling in love with her it ought somehow to be arranged that her marriage should encounter no difficulty. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

It was he who decided when Winston should scream with pain, when he should have a respite, when he should be fed, when he should sleep, when the drugs should be pumped into his arm. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

H. G. Wells The whole thing was abominably disagreeable to him, but it had to be done, he had promised Ethel it should be done. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Edith Wharton Finally it was agreed that Tarrant should give him time to write another novel, and that the New Hour should meanwhile continue his slender salary. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

And perhaps he did not care that it should be known that he had some means, whatever they might have been—sufficient, at any rate, to enable him to lend money to people. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

With what you know now, your training should be a very short one, and then, with your appearance, you’ll be sure to get a good position at once. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

There was nothing in them to distract me from the thought that it was singularly appropriate that I should start from this station on the retraced way of my existence. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Virginia Woolf Above all, perhaps, he did not take into account how, if Conrad was to create, it was essential first that he should believe. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

He had held secret intelligence with my family, had communicated with the Director, and pledged himself that I should be a monk. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

I should select a fresh-water sponge, a fresh-water polype or a ‘Cyanaea’, a fresh-water mussel, a lobster, a fowl, as types of the five primary divisions of the animal kingdom. On the Study of Zoology by Thomas Henry Huxley

Then she said: “It’s all right that you should think that of me. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Ivan Turgenev I told Anfisushka to put out for him your traveling mattress and the new pillows; I should have given him our feather bed, but I seem to remember he doesn’t like sleeping soft. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

One or two of the colored boys clustered about the foot of the stairs looked at him, and he had a moment of dreadful apprehension lest they should stop his progress. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

D. H. Lawrence She was not going to risk any chance comer, not she! One might take a lover almost at any moment, but a man who should beget a child on one . Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

But even as he did so he listened for what else that other should say which might give him hope, hope of Betty, hope of his work. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Go, Gionetta! leave me alone — leave me!” “And indeed it is time I should leave you; for the polenta will be spoiled, and you have eat nothing all day. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Henry James There are lines I’ve crossed with YOU where I should have fancied I had come to a pretty pass —” She gasped at the mere supposition. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

John Ruskin Then Schwartz was very much pleased and said that Hans must certainly have been turned into a black stone and he should have all the gold to himself. The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin [1841]

The Duchess of Queensberry is allowed to have shown more spirit, more honour, and more goodness, than was thought possible in our times; I should have added, too, more understanding and good sense. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

Henry James You affect me as by the appeal positively for pity: you convince me that for reasons rigid and sublime — what do I know? — we both of us should have suffered. The Jolly Corner by Henry James [1908]

The man next to me, a commercial traveller I should say, glanced at me, at them, and back again at me, and murmured ‘Socialists’, as who should say, ‘Red Indians’. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

That he should be already completely forgotten is by no means astonishing in an age that elects its great men with a charming indecision of touch. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Rafael Sabatini There was neither sense nor right in that a fine young gentleman of his quality and a future baronet should be plagued over a matter of a mere couple of thousand pounds. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Thomas Love Peacock THE HONOURABLE MR LISTLESS Billiards! Really I should be very happy; but, in my present exhausted state, the exertion is too much for me. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

George Gissing If he had been the means of my finding work, I should have confessed it to you at once. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

What then, if any intimation should be given him of the horrible tragedy suggested by the name you have mentioned? The man would die before your eyes. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

E. Phillips Oppenheim But I knew that I should not ask this thing of you in vain. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Henry James He began it last summer at Homburg; he wanted to know why I didn’t come to England; he told me I should have great success. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Kenneth Grahame We knew these good folk to be saints and angels, because we had been told they were; otherwise we should never have guessed it. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Robert Louis Stevenson We should not meet again, she said; it was a long farewell, and she was sorry. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James Still another had for its main feature that on his final return he should marry the nicest girl she knew: that too would be a deliberate plunge, a plunge that would besprinkle his mother. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

D. H. Lawrence And, moreover, since somebody had started a praise of the famous goats’ cheese made by Mexican peasants in New Mexico, goats there should be. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf Kitty folded The Times and laid it on a little table, slowly, so that it should not crackle. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Ivan Turgenev He did not love me for long, but he loved me! He never deceived me, he never told me I should be his wife; I never dreamed of it myself. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Friend Roberts had not been too tactful, and he’s put his back up, otherwise I should have had no difficulty in dealing with him. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Elizabeth Gaskell Then she would take up her sewing, and, with a spasm of resolution, she would determine that a certain task should be fulfilled before she would again allow herself the poignant luxury of expectation. Half a Life-time Ago by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

H. G. Wells That should be the first entry then, so soon as she got up and could sit down to write it: “There is no need to hurry. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Anthony Trollope Eating and drinking should be altogether indifferent to her, and her clothes should be picturesque rather than smart, and that from accident rather than design. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

On the way Boris talked of the vast fortunes we should make if we got this job, and on the importance of making a good impression on the patron. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

William Blades Old covers, whether boards or paper, should always be retained if in any state approaching decency. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

M. R. James They are generalities, and we should like, in view of what has to be told, something sharper and more detailed. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

E. Phillips Oppenheim You impressed me, as you would any man, with the idea that you were a somewhat choleric, somewhat crude Englishman or American, thinking, as usual, that the better half of any deal should fall to you. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Then, upon his advice, I applied for Mr. Larose and we thought it best that no one here should know who he was. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

What truth? I should have been hard put to it to explain. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

H. G. Wells She had a healthy love of admiration, and in addition her social ambitions made it almost inevitable that at times she should use her great personal charm to secure and retain adherents. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Robert Louis Stevenson A pretty lad like you should get to Cramond (which is near in by Edinburgh) in two days of walk. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

They should also keep their rooms clean, and not cook in those that are more expensively furnished. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Anatole France And now you desire suddenly that I should know you no longer; that you should be to me a stranger, a lady whom one meets in society. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Arthur Morrison I should probably have forgotten all about him were it not that he was rather an extraordinary creature, even among Copleston’s men, who are all remarkable. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

H. G. Wells Sulphur best, eh?” “Yes, I should think sulphur. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Her grave — a grave that should be flower-strewn and washed with sun and rain. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Maria Edgeworth But, for my part, I rejoice that she is so difficult; for I don’t know what I should do without her. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

Willa Cather This must be a refuge where the shrinking soul, the sensitive brain, should be unconstrained; where the caprice of fancy should outweigh the civil code, if necessary. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Watkin Tench To quiet her apprehensions on the score of her husband’s safety, Mr. Johnson, attended by Abaroo, agreed to remain as a hostage until Baneelon should return. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Ford Madox Ford She gave the effect of a lady in a nurseryman’s hothouse considering what flower should interest her, collectively ignoring the nurserymen who bowed round her. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Why, if you don’t, should you mind?” Pauline for a minute struggled with this in silence: then, evading it, she returned to time. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Charles Dickens Having possessed them, we should miss them. Contributions to All the Year Round by Charles Dickens [1859]

Guy de Maupassan Ah! ah! If I had seen the blood flow, it seems to me I should be tranquil now! The desire to kill is in my blood; it is like the passion of youth at twenty. Why? by Guy de Maupassan

E. F. Benson I know what I should have said: ‘Oh, Mr Doubleday, I want it to make laudanum tartlets, we are all so fond of laudanum tartlets. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Ford Madox Ford All that he required to keep himself a decent member of society was, that the girl, five thousand miles away, should continue to love him. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

That we should ever get the Philæ up that hill of moving water seemed at first sight impossible. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There are one or two little matters I should like to understand, and a few hours’ delay will do no harm. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Radclyffe Hall Why should I hate you?’ ‘Very well then, listen. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Rudyard Kipling He was turned out again on the pastures till it should be time to amuse them at our little metropolis. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Wilkie Collins Why should Peter keep the room dark while Miss Dunross is in it? Are her eyes weak? No; if her eyes were weak, they would be protected by a shade. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

The Princess must have youth, but it should be mighty youth, the youth of a Napoleon or a Cæsar. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Herman Melville Why, Don Benito, had almost any other gentleman told me such a story, I should have been half disposed to a little incredulity. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

Radclyffe Hall I should think Cambridge for you, Joan — though I don’t know; perhaps Oxford is better in some respects. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Henry James But I don’t see why it should interest you. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

There was a cry of indignation, and everyone began thinking out ways of catching Snowball if he should ever come back. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

She started off describing her symptoms, but Madame at once interrupted by intimating it was her invariable rule that the consultation fee of one guinea should be paid in advance. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

It was merry laughter, and there was no ring of falsehood in it, but why should she laugh at all?” This was a question I could not answer; who could? Juliet is beyond the comprehension of us all. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

The old fellows are certainly curious, but it is only fair that I should tell you that I gave five and sixpence for the set of seven volumes, complete. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Henry James Miss Fancourt had told him it was possible she should be away, and that her father should be, on the following Sunday, but that she had the hope of a visit from him in the other event. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

What puzzled me was why he should feel the absence of this. Space by John Buchan [1911]

Set A to watch B, and he won’t have an eye left for C. That’s the obvious theory, but then Mackenzie’s a very big A. I should be sorry to have any boodle about me with that man in the house. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Mark Twain I discovered that if I were to stay there a month, I should still find myself looking at the people instead of the inanimate objects on exhibition. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

And one significant fact, too — no mention was made by the authorities of 500 pound in notes that should have been in Bullock’s possession when he died. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Miles Franklin You are an intruder; it is yourself that should be civil. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

John Bunyan Chr. I thought indeed that you were the man that I heard of, and to tell you what I think, I fear this name belongs to you more properly than you are willing we should think it doth. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

I should lose — she would die ——” Mr. Gryce tried to stop him; he would not be stopped. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Isabella Bird I should have called it oppressively warm, but that the air was fanned by a cool west wind. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Elizabeth Gaskell The seventies which the Liberal party well knew they had to expect from the state were, however, as nothing, compared to the atrocities in store, if the Camorra should be loosened upon them. An Italian Institution by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

G. K. Chesterton I have chosen, with a deep sense of responsibility, the name of Pinker. I should desire a veil to be drawn over the past. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

In the thronged thoroughfares of London that’s not to be surprised at; but what I should like to know is this—how is it that people collect in deserts? They do, and you must have seen it often. A Day in Briar Wood by Ellen Wood [1877]

I was now shocked to think of the degree in which his burthensome sense of dependence would be aggravated, if he should totally lose the power of sight. The Last Days of Immanuel Kant by Thomas De Quincey [1827]

I do not see why it should not be as good as frog or veal. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

It is of advantage to society in general, that mankind should believe the soul to be immortal; faith commands us to do this; nothing more is required, and the matter is cleared up at once. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

It should have been the other way about. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Wilkie Collins I should be grieved if you left my house with a wrong impression of me. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was very essential that I should impress Mrs. Hudson with the reality of my condition, since she was to convey it to you, and you in turn to him. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

The very fact of the body being found buried near Ellister’s bungalow and wrapped in his blanket should be quite sufficient to clinch everything. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Thomas Paine For myself, I fully and conscientiously believe that it is the will of the Almighty that there should be a diversity of religious opinions among us. Common Sense by Thomas Paine [1776]

John Lewis Burckhard I should observe, that my guide was known to this family, otherwise the girl would not have trusted herself, alone, among entire strangers. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

It should also be noticed that, as in the case of roads, by showing that the expense of this undertaking could be defrayed out of the rate-rent, I am proving more than I undertook to prove. Garden Cities of To-morrow by Ebenezer Howard

William Makepeace Thackeray Why the deuce should Mrs. Botibol blow me a kiss? I wouldn’t kiss her for the world. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

John Donne Why should not that be always good by which thou hast declared thy plentiful goodness to us? A vapour went up from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and severall steps in my Sicknes by John Donne

Henry James Even if we possessed the novel in its complete form, however, I incline to think that we should regard it as very much the weakest of Hawthorne’s productions. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Thomas Wolfe He should have fifty books in him. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Robert Louis Stevenson This should be furnished in warm positive colours, and sofas and floor thick with rich furs. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rudyard Kipling I suggested — this by wire — that the Babu should buy quinine. The Smith Administration by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

M. P. Shiel It had been ordained by Mrs Edwards that she should drive with Baron Kolár. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

Thomas Hardy I was ashamed that you should — ’twas not what she was born to. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

So a 300 page novel should take around half an hour. The Design and Construction of eBooks by Steve Thomas [2015]

Ivan Turgenev I thought I should find him here and was going to suggest a walk with him. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

But you can see, Polwin, that if the money was thus left there was no reason why Sir Hannibal should murder Mr. Bowring. Unless,’ added Forde keenly, ‘you, Mr. Polwin, know of some reason. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

If we were going south we should be frozen stiff by this time. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

H. G. Wells She did her utmost to suppress a reviving irrational qualm in her being, to maintain clearly and simply her overnight decision, that he should propose again and that she should accept him. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

W. H. Hudson I never spoke a word to you, remembering whose son you were, and that a Viera should be incapable of a dishonourable action. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Benjamin Disraeli Noticing an effect of scenery which pleased him, reminded him of Styria, and so on, he suddenly said: “You should travel. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

I believe this is the very first, say, realistic, story I heard in my life; but all the same I don’t know why I should have been so frightfully impressed. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

Henry Handel Richardson Suppose SHE should fall ill? . Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson