Phrases with "should"

Anthony Trollope Mr Hardy was determined not only that right should be done, but also that it should be done in a righteous manner. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Well for me that I did not know, for I was wet and dispirited, and had I not fancied myself all but home, I should scarcely have had the energy to make this last ascent. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I never dreamed of your becoming such a figure in society, or I should never have ventured it. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Edgar Allan Poe When darkness at length overtook me, I went to bed in great anxiety, fearing to pass over the object of so much curiosity when I should have no opportunity of observing it. The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

Andrew Lang His heart beat as quickly as if he had had dogs behind him, and he hardly dared to look, lest he should be disappointed. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Guy de Maupassant When he went home in the evening, his wife said to him, looking at the umbrella uneasily: “You should not leave it fastened up with the elastic; it will very likely cut the silk. The Umbrella (La Parapluie) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

Guy de Maupassan Two years passed quietly, and at the beginning of the third winter it was decided that they should go to Rouen to live until spring, and the whole family set out. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Radclyffe Hall And — well — it seems scarcely fair to the others that Mary should always go out with you. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Robert Louis Stevenson It takes the mind out of doors: and though we should be grateful for good houses, there is, after all, no house like God’s out-of-doors. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arnold Bennett That is all I know of the matter, Mr Levi, and I am extremely sorry that you should have thought me capable of the enormity of placing a private detective among your guests. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

If he had succeeded in this, I should have broken the glass, or chipped the carving, and no doubt scratched some of the costly icons. In the World by Maksim Gorky

He should have a little table and common chair: these are real luxuries, as all who have tried to write, or seen others attempt it, from a low arm-chair at a washing-stand will readily acknowledge. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Arthur Schopenhauer On the other hand, the memory should be specially taxed in youth, since it is then that it is strongest and most tenacious. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

Robert Green Ingersoll It is as though we should give to a lion the wings of an eagle, the hoofs of a bison, the tail of a horse, the pouch of a kangaroo, and the trunk of an elephant. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

Thomas Hughes If I was going to be flogged next minute, I should be in a blue funk, but I couldn’t help laughing at it for the life of me. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

If I had been a moderately good otter I suppose I should get back into human shape of some sort; probably something rather primitive — a little brown, unclothed Nubian boy, I should think. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Abraham Merri They would dwell upon this side of the river; the Ayjir should have the other. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

M. P. Shiel Before, I should without advantage pain you by turning all you hold light into the blackness of darkness; your childhood’s eidolon of truth into the very Isis of lies. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The new state of things would be no more than if a racing chassis, concealed for years under the body of a family limousine, should be stripped to its original self. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

And if — he should be-uncomfortable afterwardsmiserable afterwards! — I think the distress would kill me. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

Walter Scott He that cannot execute vengeance like a man, should not harbour useless enmity like a craven. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Charles Dickens She softly unbarred the door: but before turning the key, looked round on the young creature waiting to issue forth when she should open it. The Battle of Life by Charles Dickens [1846]

After all, it was most improbable, almost impossible, that I should be found out. The Lowest Rung by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

You see, I have not known whether it was safe for me at Timberdale: or I should never have left Maggie to the shop alone. Margaret Rymer by Ellen Wood [1875]

E. F. Benson If I had had all the old brandy that was served for my ration in one glass, and all the champagne in another, I should have been better content. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

I told Carrie that I thought the drab one with pink bows looked quite good enough; and Carrie said she should not think of wearing it. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Rudyard Kipling The stuff — the stuff — what else should I have done with the stuff?’ He twisted the velvet between his fingers. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

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]

But she slept, and he dared not move nor release her hand lest he should awaken her. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

It should have been Desiderium. They threaded without challenge the maze of thorn scrub which surrounded Little Greece, and when they reached the great barn there was no light in it. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Whilst it is each man’s interest, that, not only ease and convenience of living, but also wealth or surplus product should exist somewhere, it need not be in his hands. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

John Morley Until the confidence thus outraged should be once more restored, then the people ought to be excited to a more strict and detailed attention to the conduct of their representatives. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Rudyard Kipling We stretched the three fish on the grass — the eleven and a half, the twelve, and fifteen pounder — and we swore an oath that all who came after should merely be weighed and put back again. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

But now the law, which had winked at Rohan, began to act against Voltaire. The police were instructed to arrest him so soon as he should show any sign of an intention to break the peace. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Charles Dudley Warner Cooke, who had less range than Kemble, completely satisfied Irving as Iago. Of Mrs. Siddons, who was then old, he scarcely dares to give his impressions lest he should be thought extravagant. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Anatole France But that her desire to go should contain a vague joy, that she should feel the charm of what she was to find, was inexplicable to her. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Henry James We had talked about breaking the spell; well, it would be effectually broken — unless indeed it should merely take another form and overdo their encounters as it had overdone their escapes. The Way it Came by Henry James [1896]

Henry James She had no wish that I should go away. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

FOOL. — If I were a doctor  — DOCTOR. — I should endeavour to be a fool. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Thomas Love Peacock Mr Nightshade. You are perhaps, sir, an enemy to literature in general? Mr Escot. If I were, sir, I should be a better friend to periodical critics. Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock

G. K. Chesterton If he had been a tailor, we should have suddenly found our frock-coats trailing on the ground with the grandeur of mediæval raiment. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

It was the fear of losing him that kept me silent, for it was borne upon me suddenly and with unaccountable force that should I let him slip away into the darkness I would never forgive myself. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

John Lewis Burckhard According to true Turkish maxims, I should have pocketed the other ten, as a compensation for my trouble; I, however, gave them to the poor Malay, to the infinite mortification of his countrymen. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Arthur Conan Doyle I was thinking there was a story that you are the only man that could handle as it should be handled. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Ford Madox Ford He seriously proposed that Tietjens should come into partnership with him with the reversion of the business — not, of course, of his private fortune. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

But to do this with safety it was necessary he should be disguised. The Key of the Church by Ellen Wood [1875]

Already I was figuring out how much we might each get, and how old we should be when we came out. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

It was necessary that she should speak. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

I should like the tour round the world enormously, but I don’t see where the money is to come from . The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Many a time I have seen a toddler throw sand in his mother’s eyes, and jeer at her and injure her, should she attempt to control him. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Thomas Wolfe As he laid the flowers on the damp, raw earth, suddenly it struck him as strange that he should be doing it. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Jack London The intent of the snarl is to warn or frighten, and judgment is required to know when it should be used. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Nellie Bly She insisted on remaining with me in order to administer aid should I need it. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

They said Philadelphia should have the most glorious city hall in the world. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Arthur Conan Doyle There was a time when I should have wondered that a girl could have turned a strong man’s head like that, but I knew more about it now. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

William Hope Hodgson But here I should tell to you that the slope was nowise steep; but did seem as that it should never cease. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

George Berkeley Qu. Whether there is in truth any such treasure lying dead? And whether it be of great consequence to the public that it should be real rather than notional? 48. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Olaf Stapledon Some went so far as to declare that God should be thought of not as a person at all but as actually being this flavor. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

H.P. Lovecraft Otherwise he would probably be discovered and destroyed by the people in horror as a thing that should not be. Through the Gates of the Silver Key by H.P. Lovecraft [1934]

I should be the last to stand willingly in her way. Margaret Rymer by Ellen Wood [1875]

George Elio Why should we distress ourselves before the time?’ ‘It is easy to talk so when you are not feeling,’ said Caterina, the tears flowing fast. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

George MacDonald One evening, as he sat by her bedside, she said to him: “I’ve had such a beautiful dream, Diamond! I should like to tell it you. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

I was dreaming of it continually, horribly, and I purposely went more frequently to the Nevsky in order to picture more vividly how I should do it when I did do it. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Nikolai Gogol Believe me, my dearest friend, even now, I would, so to speak — but my duty — in a word, my duty demands that I should have an eye to cleanliness. How the Two Ivans Quarrelled by Nikolai Gogol

Robert Louis Stevenson If she had been lost in Sandag Bay, and if, after these centuries, any portion of her held together, it was there that I should find it. The Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ah, well, to return to business, Mademoiselle Kitty is coming, and I must behave like a bear in case she should think my intentions are wrong. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

That his very first patient after opening his office in Trentmont should be the richest man in town was a piece of luck welcome as unexpected. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

G. K. Chesterton In justice to him, however, it should be remembered that he attacked the most difficult cases on principle, declaring that there was no earthly creature that a poet should forget. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It’s my belief that he is the richest man in the world, though how he came to be so I should not like to guarantee. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Nathaniel Hawthorne He felt his limbs growing stiff with the unaccustomed chilliness of the night, and doubted whether he should be able to descend the steps of the scaffold. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Gustave Flauber Vitellius replied that he should probably go to Jerusalem soon. Herodias by Gustave Flauber

If Yulun should make the effort she could leave her body as easily as she undresses herself. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

The gentleman addressed to him some strong remarks, as a funeral sermon, and proposed that I should play a game with him. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

I lay under the dirty sacks scarce daring to breathe lest I should be seen as we passed by. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Robert Louis Stevenson Then I gave what money I had (a guinea or two of Rankeillor’s) so that he should not starve in the meanwhile; and then we stood a space, and looked over at Edinburgh in silence. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edith Wharton Why should we go on fencing? The situation is really quite simple. Madame de Treymes by Edith Wharton [1907]

Anatole France And there, in the indistinct crowd, he should be alone with her. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Wilkie Collins I should lose all hold over myself in the state I am in now. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Charles Dickens Did you ever catch one of them, when you wanted anything of him, making a system of surveying the Line through a transparent medium composed of your head and body? I should hope not. Mugby Junction by Charles Dickens [1866]

Edith Wharton I don’t see, after all, why we should open our houses ONLY to pauper refugees; and it’s not my fault, is it, if the Committee simply wouldn’t send me any?” “But . Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Sir Walter Scott A wise man like you should ken that. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Andrew Lang He came to Little Lasse and said, ‘Would you like to sail round the world?’ ‘Yes,’ said Lasse in his sleep, ‘I should like to. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The Israelites, who have suffered so much from slavery and oppression, after becoming free themselves, should endeavour to emancipate those who are still in the chains of bondage. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Leon Trotsky Obviously such men cannot direct the revolution, but they should not be reproached for their pasts. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Jules Verne But this document might still be worth a fortune if, supposing I am acquitted or executed, it should ever escape him. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

The Loves, ’tis thought, were free till then,  They had no king or laws, dear; But gods, like men, should subject be,  Say all the ancient saws, dear. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

D. H. Lawrence Something that men should have was bred and killed out of them. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang We have tried to teach the beginner how to keep his books neat and clean; what men and monsters he should avoid; how he should guard himself against borrowers, book-worms, damp, and dirt. The Library by Andrew Lang

The poor girl’s hardly ever spoken to a man—not to what I should call a man! I’m surprised they allowed her to come here. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Elizabeth Gaskell I don’t think he is aware of it himself, but from one or two little things I have noticed, I should not wonder if he ends in being avaricious in his old age. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Arthur Conan Doyle But it is all-important that we should not be recognized. The Death Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle

It seems rather a pity that the other should feel bound to follow him to certain ruin. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Virginia Woolf For my part, I think they should have passed a vote of thanks to the owners. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Why should we not ascribe to Homer every excellence? Those things that he did not work up, they who came after him have noticed. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

I should like Gianetta to know that I forgave her. An Engineer’s Story by Amelia B. Edwards

Edith Wharton I should have made it a year ago — the first day I saw you, I believe! — but that, then, it wasn’t in my power to make things easier for you. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Sir Bernard said, “I was just suggesting that the king should stay with me. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Yet by dinner-time the day seemed long; why, after all, should he not meet her? By tea-time prudence triumphed anew—no, he would not go. Irremediable by Ella D'Arcy [1894]

Then suspecting himself that he should be stayed for egregie dunsus, and not attain to the next degree, said he had commenced enough, and so forsook Cambridge, being bachelor of the third year. An Essay on the Life and Writings of Thomas Nash by Edmund Gosse

Miles Franklin It is absolutely necessary that she should remain there, so do not say anything to give her other ideas &c. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

D.H. Lawrence They looked up as I entered from the distance, looked at me in the distant twilight of the dusky room, as if I were an intruder, as if I should go away when I had seen them. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

You insisted on interfering with me when you should have forgotten I existed, and should have let me have my entire liberty, without which I can do nothing. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

If you had told me about such a fellow a week before I should have been sick at the thought of him. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

H. G. Wells It was incredible that it should ever have seemed too mighty a task to help this fugitive. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Arthur Morrison Indeed our intention was that Gillett should pull it down on Saturday. He was a safe winner, bar accidents, and it was good odds on his altering the record, if the weather were and good at all. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

With a little practice I should have no difficulty at all. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

If you don’t mind, I should like to see. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Anthony Trollope I can’t understand why free-selectors and mosquitoes should have been introduced into the arrangements of the world. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Ford Madox Ford I should imagine the two experiences would make her desire to better the lot of her sex. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Henry Handel Richardson Here, he could not but share Mary’s apprehensions lest something untoward should happen which might give servants or acquaintances an inkling of how matters stood. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Robert Louis Stevenson The habit has robbed these very books, to which you praise my devotion, of the merits that they should have had. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. F. Benson But I should have thought that she might have spared half-an-hour out of these days by returning my call. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Henry James In people’s minds and in yours — when you should know what had happened. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

I drew back and asked if I should take up my watch again outside the door. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells How can we begin to put our imaginations into their minds and figure out what they will think or do? If our intelligences were as tall as theirs, we should be making their world now. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Directly it was over she closed the piano and turned to Lady St. Maurice. “If I may I should be glad to go to my room now,” she said. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

As the distance from the port is nothing, £300 per kilometre would be amply sufficient for “fixing up;” but I should reduce the price to £500 for the transport of some 50 tons per diem. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Wilkie Collins Abroad or at home, it mattered nothing: when I next set my foot on the land, I should be further directed on the journey which lay before me. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

But he and young Boots were an ill-matched couple, and he was more annoyed than surprised that his watch should be put an end to by the latter’s impatience. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

John Stuart Mill If there is anything vitally important to the happiness of human beings, it is that they should relish their habitual pursuit. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Arthur Conan Doyle I chose a cheery novel, and lay in bed for three hours trying to read it, but really in a horrible state of trepidation, expecting every instant that I should become conscious of the impulse. The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Henry James But I know that he would like very much to extract from me some intimation that there is something under the sun I should like to do. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

Gertrude Stein She knows that beauty, music, decoration, the result of emotion should never be the cause, even events should not be the cause of emotion nor should they be the material of poetry and prose. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Wilkie Collins If I had followed the strict line of duty, I suppose I should have turned my steps in the direction of Mr. Keller’s house. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Apart from propriety, it was monstrous that Mrs. Wilkins should want to monopolise the one spare-room, when in her own room was everything necessary for her husband. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

E. F. Benson But that he should be Mr. Hopkins of the fish-shop! There is known to medical science a pleasant device known as a counter-irritant. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

A few months ago, we should have been deceived by that fairy water. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Small wonder that such treatment should have soured him or that — a vehement man by nature — he should often have given way to paroxysms of anger. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

It is a part of the game that they should pretend to themselves that they detest each other. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

M. P. Shiel I, now, should say a hundred, a hundred and fifty years. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was not writing paper I searched for in your drawer and if I could have opened your box, I should have done so. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Edith Wharton Why should you be so horribly unhappy? Don’t you see that since Mr. Fleetwood has behaved so well we are quite safe? And I swear to you I have paid back every penny of the money. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

In reading this poem it should never be forgotten that there is a pause in the middle of each line, which practically divides it into two halves. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

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]

Rudyard Kipling She left at two in the morning, having cut her moorings, and it was none of her crew’s pleasure that the engines should strike up a thundering half-seas-over chanty that echoed among the hills. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Anatole France I should have spoken in quite another tone, if in my mind I had included with the planets the air and the vapours wherein they are enveloped. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

H. G. Wells She conceded at last that he should be called Mr. Polly, in honour of her, Miss Polly, even as he desired. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Henry James For himself he was sure that after a little he should be able to paint there — do things in a key he had never thought of before. Flickerbridge by Henry James [1902]

Leaving one, in case it should be wanted on the morrow afternoon, the nine others were lighted. The Mystery of Jessy Page by Ellen Wood [1871]

Thomas Hardy I should have told ‘ee, but I found ‘twould make my letter so long that I put it off, and put it off; and at last thought it wasn’t worth while. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Willebald, good dull man, was never jealous, and was glad that his wife should be seen in brave company. The Wife of Flanders by John Buchan

Guy de Maupassan To tell the truth, I prefer that it should not come into my house on account of — on account of my servants who are already talking about ghosts in-in my tower, in the Fox’s tower. Little Louise Roqué by Guy de Maupassan

E. Phillips Oppenheim Realising that, if you would like to dine with me, I should be delighted. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

E. F. Benson I heard! I cannot bear that the dear things should feel like that. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

We should in vain, therefore, attempt to demonstrate its falsehood. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

Walter Scott My name is Croftangry.” “Lord! and that I should not hae minded ye, Maister Croftangry,” said the servant. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Could we feel a million years concretely as we now feel a passing minute, we should have very little employment for our conceptual faculty. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Andrew Lang When they retired to rest the Princess feared lest Jack should kiss her because of his prickles, but he told her not to be alarmed as no harm should befall her. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle I imagined that I should see no more of the inhabitants of Dunkelthwaite that night, but I was mistaken, for about ten o’clock Uncle Jeremy thrust his little red face into the room. Uncle Jeremy’s Household by Arthur Conan Doyle

Rudyard Kipling It was the general weakness I feared,’ said the Doctor half to himself, and he whispered as he looked, ‘You’ve done what I should have been afraid to do without consultation. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

But for the eyes, I should never have known him, got up, as he was, with false red hair. Over the Water by Ellen Wood [1871]

What should have been gay with flowers and sun-blinds stood up in the sunlight as grim as a deserted factory; and that, thought Jaikie, is grimmer than any other kind of ruin. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Rudyard Kipling I only suggest that if anyone steals the papers I should like some good strong, brave men to rob them back again. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

When I first came to the country, I was much puzzled to understand why the forest should end just where it did. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Julian Hawthorne But I wedded at last, sir, as ye see, and never had cause to think the worse of myself for doing it!” “I should think not, indeed,” I assented, laughing. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

Edith Wharton And after that I should have been too shy to break in on the meditations of a Great Philosopher. But you see I have been watching — oh, for years! — for your ear-pads. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Robert Louis Stevenson And hence, we should congratulate ourselves upon the fact that our Admirals were not only great-hearted but big-spoken. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

M. R. James Well, that is a cure, ain’t it? Someone bin up to their jokes ’ere, I should think. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Guy de Maupassan She resumed, answering his secret thought: “Ah, if I could only have you always with me, how I should spoil you! Promise me to come often, since I hardly go out at all now. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

H. G. Wells It was not necessary at first that it should become evident. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

G. K. Chesterton It seems rather hard that having first been told that our creed must be false because we did use tests, we should now be told that it must be false because we don’t. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

I should imagine that you had a pretty comfortable birth of it. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

Arthur Conan Doyle On the third day afterwards, I was going up Corriemuir by the sheep-track, when who should I see striding down but Jim himself. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

George Gissing I should be a brute if I soiled her mind. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Anna Katherine Green Did I not confidently expect to find Oliver there, I should not let you undertake this ride. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

And knowing that the fountain cannot go higher than its source, we should promptly confess that our results in this field are affected by our own liability to err. The Meaning of Truth by William James

When a book like Tropic of Cancer appears, it is only natural that the first thing people notice should be its obscenity. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

They wanted to see if I proposed to go to Pietersdorp or Wesselsburg and tell what I knew, and they clearly were resolved that I should not. Prester John by John Buchan

Arthur Morrison Why should he fight against the inevitable, and bruise himself? The ways out of the Jago old Beveridge had told him, years ago. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Miles Franklin Grannie, dear old grannie, thought I should marry any man who, from a financial point of view, was a good match for me. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Rudyard Kipling Then we should miss, perhaps, a great number of new rifles which seek their way up from Quetta to the North. The Game is so large that one sees but a little at a time. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

The next thing of most importance to be considered was the dress I should wear. Journal of Adventures in Somali Land by John Hanning Speke [1864]

But for being my father’s wife, I should have asked her if her common-sense had gone wool-gathering. Crabb Ravine by Ellen Wood [1869]

Robert Louis Stevenson One I should say my first letter, which little Austin I should say would rejoice to see and shall see — with a drawing of a cottage and a spirited “cob. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

But it is too late, Claudine; every one is talking just now about the Southern Cross, I should like it see it!’ “‘I will get it for you. A Prince of Bohemia by Honoré de Balzac [1840]

Some people will think it so trifling that it should not be recorded here. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

I felt as though I had been saved from death and was conscious of this, joyfully, all over: I should have given that slap, I should certainly, certainly have given it! But now they were not here and . Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Guy de Maupassan It took him a long time to dress, very much perplexed as to what he ought to do, puzzled over what he should say to her, and wondering whether he ought to excuse himself or persevere. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

I should blame him for that, to say the least of it. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Still —” “Not that I have not always a great admiration for talents,” broke in Jones quickly, “or indeed I should not be here. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Not that I should have hesitated to do this had they been as unattractive as they were pleasant. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

Ralph Waldo Emerson Why should we fret and drudge? Our meat will taste to-morrow as it did yesterday, and we may at last have had enough of it. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Without a moment’s unnecessary delay, Hatherleigh should be taken into custody. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

He went about in his open nankeen coat and straw hat, puffing and blowing, and saying he hoped we should relish it—he wouldn’t dance in the dog-days. Roger Monk by Ellen Wood [1868]

Walter Scott Owenus wondreth, since he came to Wales, What the description of this isle should be, That nere had seen but mountains, hills, and dales. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Henry James I recognised that this was as near as I should ever come, certainly as I should come that night, to pressing on her misfortune. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

Anthony Hope Loyalty to Rupert urged that he should follow him and share the perils into which his cousin was hastening. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

John Galsworthy He had collected her — that was all! And Jolyon’s words came rushing into his mind: “I should imagine you will be glad to have your neck out of chancery. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Algernon Blackwood At the door he turned once more to assure himself that all was as it should be, decided that it was so, and vanished with a little run. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Arthur Morrison Nobody should hear of future clicks but Mr Weech. Each for himself? Come, he must open his eyes. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

John Galsworthy Francis, too, was wonderfully primitive; so, I suppose, is Anne. You should have tried New York, judging by their literature. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Meantime, my sire commands to hoist our sails, Lest we should lose the first auspicious gales. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Sinclair Lewis When for half an hour he had been trying to compose a note of apology, a note came from her: No, you did not say anything you should not have, and I don’t believe I did. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Robert Louis Stevenson If his hopes reposed on any base of fact, if indeed, by some abhorrent miracle, he should discard his age, death were my only refuge from that most unnatural, that most ungodly union. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Andrew Lang But in case you should get into mischief in my absence, I think I had better put you to sleep. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Ann Radcliffe It was, however, agreed, that on the following night, Edmund should seize the moment of opportunity to impart to the Earl the designs of his friends, and to consult on the means of accomplishing them. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Henry James He made up his mind he should like Lady Canterville as a mother-inlaw; she would be too well-bred to meddle. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

Wilkie Collins I should like to go back to my name when I was a happy girl at home. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

G. K. Chesterton It is quite unnecessary to say that I should prefer Socialism to the present state of things. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Rudyard Kipling If he had been a small chief I should have lied. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]