Phrases with "then"

Henry Lawson We gave our calves time to tone down a bit; then we lit up and began to answer each other. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Thomas Hardy She then heard the footsteps of Melbury’s men, who presently passed on their return from the search. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy He then retraced his way to the top of the column, but, instead of looking longer at the sun, watched her diminishing towards the distant fence, behind which waited the carriage. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Rudyard Kipling I did not then know that England would conquer me. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Benjamin Disraeli When I was Minister at the Court of London I became acquainted; became, indeed, intimate, with Mr. Trevor, then in office, the husband of Lady Madeleine. She was just married. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Willa Cather If that were all, then life was not worth the trouble. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Ford Madox Ford But those fellows had starved the army of transport; then flooded it with so much it couldn’t move; then starved it again. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

George MacDonald The Little Ones who had lain down beside my father and mother gazed blank and sad for a moment at their empty places, then slid slowly to the floor. Lilith by George MacDonald

Willa Cather You are not speaking from your own room? What, from the office booth? Oh, then I understand you very well indeed!” Niel looked about in alarm. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

And then we got talking and — I’m sorry, sir — but I let out that it seemed mighty queer, your going that way. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Sinclair Lewis As in a Pullman berth, he wriggled out of his coat and vest and tie, tried to hang them on the edge of the bunk, then in fury threw them into the air, to flop on the floor. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

We had to follow the windings of the serpentine channel; the mountains occasionally forming steep precipices overhanging the stream, first upon one side, then upon the other. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

William Hope Hodgson But — but ——” He broke off; then continued somewhat abruptly: “As I was saying, we knew that we should have to use care in the matter of food. The Voice in the Night by William Hope Hodgson

Then I tried the Fulham Road, first to the west, then to the east, and in the end drove home to the flat as bold as brass. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Tossing about, she increased her feverish bewilderment to madness, and tore the pillow with her teeth; then raising herself up all burning, desired that I would open the window. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Wilkie Collins As the best excuse for himself that he could make, he gave her all the information that she could possibly wantthen tried again to pass on — and again in vain. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Anthony Trollope But if the land was to be given up without any rent, then he could see no injustice. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Gissing Robert Asquith was in the garden before breakfast next morning, with untroubled countenance, scrutinising objects in detail, now and then suppressing a tendency to give forth a note or two of song. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

M. P. Shiel We then set off by rail-train for London, and still there was no mention of any exposure of the miracles, as I saw on looking through the evening paper in the train. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

And then Nehemiah had struggled, and the rope had slipped, and so “help me God” no-one was more surprised than he to hear that the Jew was dead. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Anne Bronte He then took up one of the candles and relighted it by thrusting it into the fire. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Wilkie Collins Oh, Mary! Mary! Why has God taken you from me? Ah! why! why! why!’ Here, the murmurs died away; then began again, but more confusedly. Mr Wray’s Cash Box by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Willa Cather Just then Mrs. St. Peter came out into the garden and asked her husband if he wouldn’t bring his young friend in to lunch. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

How then would it end? He never had a doubt himself! Yet he sat there. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

T. E. Lawrence One came out a few steps in our direction, then hesitated. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Nathaniel Hawthorne She then continued: “Follow the path behind the cottage, that leads to the river-side. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

Olaf Stapledon She looked up, then down, then up again. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Jacques Futrelle Hastings joined him; they spoke together, then turned the corner. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

The important thing then becomes the size relationship between different elements of the book: assuming the paragraph is 1em, then every other element (heading, footnote, etc. The Design and Construction of eBooks by Steve Thomas [2015]

Robert Louis Stevenson A dog barked furiously in a courtyard as they went by; then the church clock struck two, and many domestic clocks followed or preceded it in piping tones. Providence and the Guitar by Robert Louis Stevenson

There was the sound of glasses falling, then a string of oaths, English, French, and for all I knew, Irish, rapped out in a loud drunken voice. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

And then the young man had found himself face to face with stern necessity, and in a hard, indifferent world that knew nothing of him and cared nothing for him. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Virginia Woolf Clara, thinking that her mother wanted her, came in; then went out again. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Arthur Machen And then the truth came down on him like a heavy hammer, and beat him down, and held him down — on the burning coals of his anguish. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

Arthur Conan Doyle Should I break this oath, then this signed confession may be used for my conviction in the police court. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

George Gissing Polly grew hot with anger, then subsided into mortification. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

When they were spread out, the old woman looked at the cards longer than she had looked for either Helen or Anna, then at the girl, then at the cards again. Our Visit by Ellen Wood

Henry James She held it there a moment and then she asked, “Do you know much about curiosities?” “About curiosities?” “About antiquities, the old gimcracks that people pay so much for today. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Wilkie Collins She looked at her father; then raised her eyes sadly to the ceiling, and said, “We can only pray for them, sir. The Dead Alive by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Elizabeth Gaskell They went, unobserved as they thought, to the great gallery-window, and looked out into the court-yard; then Theresa returned to her rooms. Crowley Castle by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Olaf Stapledon When Victor introduced her to Freud, she had reacted first with revulsion, then with an exciting sense of emancipation, and finally with mingled enthusiasm and suspicion. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Walter Scott The image of Freya then fell motionless to the ground, and the demon which had animated it fled yelling from the battered tenement. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She stopped at the sight of a figure seated on the wide white stairway of the formal entrancethen she saw that it was Luis Campion and that he was weeping. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Something must be done, and instinctively he looked at the MS. of the Survey of Organic Law which had laid so long neglected, then he walked over and picked it up. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

M. P. Shiel This then was to be her constant abode of gloom. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Edith Wharton He watched her in silence as the door swung open; then he said: “She has her nurse with her. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Edith Wharton Since then I don’t believe it’s ever been used but by the gipsies. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

And yet, even with these tight limits to the misery of a boundless discretion, permit me, liege Lady, with all loyalty, to submit—that now and then you prick with your pin the wrong man. Joan of Arc by Thomas De Quincey

Rafael Sabatini A dozen men or more were assembled there, and their eyes considered him first with amazement and curiosity, then with sullen anger. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Sometimes it stopped for a few seconds, spread out and resettled its wings, then swelled its speckled breast and again burst into song. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

She was their one link with a vanished world which they now and then recalled with regret. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

D.H. Lawrence He would stay four or five years, then he would come home again to see his father — and his wife and child. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Mr. Challoner stared at him amazed, then slowly nodded his head. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

His eyes glided: voluptuously here and there, cruel and dreamy, Heyst checked a sudden movement, reflected for a while, then said: “You must wait a little. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

He was permitted to say farewell to his weeping family, and was then marched away into the darkness which swallowed him up forever. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Thomas Hardy Clym then went into the garden; and a thoughtful languor stole over Eustacia for the remainder of the afternoon, which her husband attributed to the heat of the weather. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Willa Cather He pictured her then very much as he did now; about her figure there gathered a luminous cloud, like dust, with soldiers in it . One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Guy de Maupassant Just then she was waiting, close against the wall, with a beating heart, trembling at the slightest sound, and when at length she heard somebody climbing up the wall, she very nearly ran away. What Was Really the Matter with Andrew (Le Mal d'André) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

They then laid the body in a tomb, and a sycamore tree grew round it and flourished over the grave. The Book of the Dead by E. A. Wallis Budge

Olaf Stapledon And then will not each little re-created spirit, having found this fulness and salvation, gladly sleep again for ever? In each of them what utterly dies is his separateness and his blindness. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

William Makepeace Thackeray They then tossed up which should mount guard. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Guy de Maupassan Since then the only incident in his life was when he moved, in 1868, because his landlord had tried to raise his rent. A Stroll by Guy de Maupassan

I then thought she was feigning sleep only, and that she was really watching me. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Bram Stoker We then waited whilst Lucy made her toilet for the night, and when she was in bed he came and himself fixed the wreath of garlic round her neck. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

My friend complained of my indifference, and I then openly told him the truth; that is to say, that his wife was too charming in every respect, for me to run the risk of seeing her too frequently. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

But then it was well known that thieves did not break through into banks and steal. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

The curling movement consequent on a single touch continues to increase for a considerable time, then ceases; after a few hours the tendril uncurls itself, and is again ready to act. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Chang then assured them of his own equal enjoyment, and hoped they would consider the resources of the music room and library wholly at their disposal throughout their stay. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Before long there was a particle of dry fibre or leaf that kindled to a tiny flame; then another was lit from that, and then another. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

H. G. Wells And if they were walking in the garden then on the contrary he would stop to deliver himself, and afterwards pick a flower or throw a pebble at a tree. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

H. G. Wells Mr. Plantagenet-Buchan hovered vaguely for a moment and then turned his face towards the front entrance. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Henry James I forget what florid description I then gave of it: to-day I have no reason not to confess that it had resided in the simple plea that the book was exquisite. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

William Godwin The contract was drawn out in authentic form, signed by the sorcerer, and attested with his blood, and was then carried away by the demon, to be produced again at the appointed time. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Arthur Conan Doyle This then must for every reason be our road. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Henry Handel Richardson She could not then know that, even for the squarest peg, the right hole may ultimately be found; seeming unfitness prove to be only another aspect of a peculiar and special fitness. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was no opportunity for Traske to reply, there was no opportunity just then for any one else in the room to say a word. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Tolstoy then recapitulates in a few paragraphs the theory of art which he had expressed at greater length elsewhere. Collected Essays by George Orwell

William Makepeace Thackeray She then made ready tbe pie; and, after eating and drinking heartily myself, I was just taking my leave of the young woman when we observed the giant coming through the castle-gates. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

These sighs and tears, which had at first distressed, then terrified Louis XIV., now irritated him. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

H. G. Wells For a moment Denton stood white and wild-eyed; then came a terrible faintness, and he sat before one of the little tables. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

H. G. Wells He might sit and think — about Stella? (And then he would be wanting her. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

G. K. Chesterton March could faintly see his figure crawling along under the shadow of the ridge, then he lost sight of it, and then he saw it again standing on another mound two hundred yards away. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Elizabeth Gaskell But then he felt stirring within him a force of enduring love which he believed to be unusual, and which seemed as if it must compel all things to his wish in the end. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

After saying this he lowered his eyes, signed rapidly two single sheets of paper, and only then laid down his pen, and sat well back, directing an inquiring gaze at his renowned subordinate. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

G. K. Chesterton And then Gahagan broke out again: “I was better than I seemed. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Andrew Lang There then arose at Oxford, out of old French, and old oak, and old china, a “school” or “movement. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Benjamin Disraeli First came a band of young children strewing flowers, then followed four stout boys carrying a large purple and white banner. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

D. H. Lawrence The engine birred! then birred! again more fiercely, and started. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

They then attacked each other, sword in hand. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Bold, strong, and forceful to a point, and then — then with a streak of weakness in him that would give him in a lightning flash completely over to panic and to fear. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Since no one had yet missed him, then it could not have been a rendezvous. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

For alternatively if any one of those who were bound to regard them as enemies should seize on the Type she had, then his object would be achieved. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Thomas Hardy Turning, he saw over the prostrate columns another figure; then before he was aware, another was at hand on the right, under a trilithon, and another on the left. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Benjamin Disraeli And then he looked at his watch; and he looked at his watch every five minutes for the next hour. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Of a sudden they began to move, slowly and then with a rush, thundering, with faces full of hate. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Andrew Lang Thus an amateur can have a good deal of sport by bidding for a book till it reaches its proper value, and by then leaving in the lurch the professionals who combine to “run him up. The Library by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells But then people were so apt to miss the point if it was Greek or unhackneyed. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

H. G. Wells The distaste for the war throughout the world was enormous, if not in its opening phases, then certainly before the second year was reached. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Henry James He looked for the softest place and then flung himself down on the grass; he lay there for a long time, thinking of many things. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Anthony Trollope One had been absolutely expelled by the brethren, and was now a vagabond in the country, turning up now and then at Boolabong and demanding food. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

F. Scott Fitzgerald He was too near to her to do more than repeat “Poor little Dot. Poor little Dot.” “And then what?” she demanded wearily. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Mark Twain And then there came, mingling with his half-formed dreams, a most melancholy caterwauling. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Until then Lady Hake says she can provide you with sleeping accommodation. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

George Gissing I don’t mean here, sir, to the Pig and Whistle, but to Woodbury Manor. Father saw it in the newspaper, and since then he’s had no rest, day or night. The Pig and Whistle by George Gissing

E. Phillips Oppenheim Every now and then he is my husband again, then he goes. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

And then we are chided for being coarse. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Elizabeth Gaskell The girls kept calling upon him as if he were even then present among us. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Then he was up again, running faster than ever, then the dogs were gaining on him again. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

Olaf Stapledon But then his left hand rose and gently stroked the raised fist, soothing it downwards, until it subsided into quietness. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

G. K. Chesterton The path through the dark wood that lay just beyond the farm began like a lane and then seemed to go up like a ladder. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

If Nils, then those nearer and dearer than Nils — Roberta — But there I halted and cringed back. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Edith Wharton He waited a moment, shifting his position nervously; then he said, with a touch of irritability: “You acknowledge the agreement?” The question went through her like a shock. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

But if it is conceded that I had done my devoir as an Australian explorer, then I am satisfied. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Elizabeth Gaskell But still every now and then she opened her hand to see if the paper were yet there. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Arthur Conan Doyle If you are here, then it follows that Mr. Sherlock Holmes is interesting himself in the matter, and I am naturally curious to know what view he may take. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Wilkie Collins For a moment, her face lighted up softly with a radiant smile — then the strange preoccupied expression flowed over her again, like shadow over a light. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Attwater slowly put his gun under his arm, then his hands in his pockets. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Edgar Rice Burroughs And then he did a foolish thing, for as I leaped back to gain a second in which to calm the shock of the wound he rushed after me and tried to clinch. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Anton Chekhov First a big shawl fell on the ground, then a hood, then a white knitted kerchief. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

G. K. Chesterton Men who had loved each other and then fought each other; men who had fought each other and then loved each other, together made a mixed but monstrous sense of momentousness. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Jacques Futrelle For a time Mr. Schultze studied the Orloff duplicate, then passed it along to the experts. The Diamond Master by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Jules Verne The manufacture is then complete. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

It was all right before the baby came because then I could work steady and then bills were paid but when I stopped everything went sliding backward. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

Lewis Carroll The Walrus and the Carpenter Walked on a mile or so, And then they rested on a rock Conveniently low: And all the little Oysters stood And waited in a row. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Olaf Stapledon I guess you’ve guessed that it’s concerned with the ugly waitress, the superbly beautiful Maggie.” He then plunged into his story; but I shall not attempt to report it in his words. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Ralph Waldo Emerson If you please to plant yourself on the side of Fate, and say, Fate is all; then we say, a part of Fate is the freedom of man. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

George Gissing How noble you are!—but then I always knew that. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Charles Dickens I had been afraid until then to say a word about the play. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Then suddenly in the middle of it all I heard the roll of wheels, they came closer and closer, then they stopped, the gates were thrown open, and a second or two later the van rolled into the yard. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Jacques Futrelle If Miss Thorne had returned, then Prince Benedetto d’Abruzzi, who held absolute power to sign the compact for Italy, France and Spain, had also returned. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

And then a bugle sounded, an instrument not generally used in circuses. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Rafael Sabatini He eyed the fellow a moment in silence, then he laughed. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Such then was the man whom Fate had ordained should first receive the wandering spirit of Mr. Montague Mackerel Twiggs. The archdeacon had been walking majestically along. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Anthony Trollope There were not above ten among us who had then reached any Fixed Period; and not above twenty others who could be said to be approaching it. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Only then Authority must control his own mental and physical irritations a little better. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

He gallantly placed the pots, one on the right, the other on the left of Gervaise’s glass; then bending over and kissing her, he said: “I had forgotten you, my lamb. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

I might have “found sermons” in all this greatness (if I had I should surely have slept), but such was not then my way. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Jules Verne I then began an attentive examination of our cell. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Charles Dickens The hymn was then sung, in good time and tune and unison, and its effect was very striking. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

He threw the flashlight through the open door, which was then carefully closed, fastened, and screwed up. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I then took the night train to Newcastle. I transacted some business there and caught the three o’clock back this afternoon. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

He watched the carriage to the end of the street, then started toward his own quarter, but after a step or two hesitated, stopped, and finally turned away in the opposite direction. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

And then Tildy rather hoped that he would not shoot at her, for she was always loyal to Aileen; and she did not want to overshadow her friend. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Guy de Maupassan But, like everybody else, we die, and then — then these letters are found! Who finds them? The husband. Our Letters by Guy de Maupassan

Olaf Stapledon She hesitated, then said, “A very long time, in fact about ten years. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

E. Phillips Oppenheim The solicitor gave an order, then went in search of the telephone box. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Edith Wharton But as the years passed, and he began to understand about our little boys — well, then he was thankful she was gone. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Anatole France But he dwelt far from the Court, in that peaceful obscurity which then veiled all save that on which the king bestowed his glance. The Seven Wives of Bluebeard by Anatole France [1920]

H. G. Wells For everyone in Utopia who is sane enough to benefit, study and training last until twenty; then comes the travel year, and many are still students until twenty-four or twenty-five. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Henry James He was kept in sight while remaining himself — as regards the essence of his position — sightless, and his only recourse then was in abrupt turns, rapid recoveries of ground. The Jolly Corner by Henry James [1908]

Andrew Lang Youri listened to the clang with a spasm of fear in his heart; then the desperate position he was in gave him courage. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

E. F. Benson Dawn broke, hueless at first; then it grew dove-coloured, then the flaming pageant of light spread over the sky. Caterpillars by E. F. Benson

Frances Hodgson Burnett And then the front door bell rang. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Her father saw us meet without any evident anxiety; and if he was as complacent to Orrin when he was here, then Orrin had a chance to touch her hand. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Machen And then beyond and farther still, undiscovered hills, grey bands of cloud, and the steep pale height of the heaven. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

D. H. Lawrence He sat staring out of the window; then the old, hurt look came on his face. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

At last my eyes were cheered by the sight of a meadow and a fence; then we were on a little byroad; and soon the fir-woods and cornlands of Allercleuch were plain before us. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

Anton Chekhov I tell you what, you go to her, it is not more than half a mile from here; if she gives you a note, then I. . The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

Theodore Dreiser Carrie came to the door and saw him, then retreated. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

And then the dismal monotonous walk recommenced, until, exhausted, he regained the chamber and his bed, his domicile by choice. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

George Berkeley But then our sensations, be they never so vivid and distinct, are nevertheless ideas, that is, they exist in the mind, or are perceived by it, as truly as the ideas of its own framing. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

Oscar Wilde But then one regrets the loss even of one’s worst habits. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

The Maker then ruled human kind, as here and now. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

William Makepeace Thackeray And then I took down the pistols, which were always kept bright and well oiled, and put some fresh flints I had into the locks, and got balls and powder ready against the Captain should come. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Thomas Hardy It happened on a spring evening, and she who now and for many years had filled that first wife’s place was then parlour-maid in the parson’s house. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

E. F. Benson Since then she had not been aware of their existence. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Rudyard Kipling If someone duly authorized would only take delivery of them the Great Game might play itself for aught he then cared. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Olaf Stapledon If in none of these manners came the end of the world, then inevitably, though perhaps not till the latter days of the galaxy, it must come in another way. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

I wish he could sell the gold and become rich for then I could go back to Yian where all the gardens are sweet and the river flows under the thousand bridges. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

I thought it was perhaps striking her then for the first time that I was more than casually interested in her niece. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

You saw that he had gone out on the same boat with her? Sorrell must have made up his mind then that he would shoot her and commit suicide. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

He hesitated a moment and then went on quickly. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

H. G. Wells She turned back to the mound again; then she saw something in the darkness near the stake, and peering distinguished a jackal. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Frances, with eagerness, examined it first; then she gave it to me — still, however, pushing her little face close to mine, and seeking in my eyes what I thought of the portrait. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

The eldest of the three then helped in arranging their baskets in the rack, but the middle sister took motherly charge of the youngest, whom she at once explained to us as enferma. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

He seated himself in one of the high-backed chairs, his vacant eyes staring at the chair opposite; then his lips began to move quickly, as if he were addressing some one. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Jack London And then had come Balatta. In the first shade, where the savannah yielded to the dense mountain jungle, he had collapsed to die. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Walter Scott Berwine then arranged in due order the females of the household, and, having seen that each was engaged with her own proper task, sat herself down to ply the spindle and distaff. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

I try to recall my then impressions of my uncle’s character. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Sometimes they are lazy and indifferent and will not be disturbed though the boat may clink and chatter as it passes, and the then easygoing man disposes of them. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman Sophia threw it open, then she looked at Miss Stark. On the pegs hung the schoolteacher’s own garments in ordinary array. The Southwest Chamber by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Gordon watched his own development, first with surprise, then with amusement, and finally with a kind of horror. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Edith Wharton She then wrote out a cheque for Trenor, and placing it, without an accompanying word, in an envelope inscribed with his name, laid the two letters side by side on her desk. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Francis Bacon But then they did not provide helps for the sense and understanding, as I have done, but simply took away all their authority; which is quite a different thing — almost the reverse. The Great Instauration by Francis Bacon [1620]

If it was not, then it was a gown of some different material. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle But if they move rapidly, have musical instruments, and so forth, then it is impossible to talk of “thought-forms,” a term which suggests something vague and intangible. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Henry Handel Richardson But it was half-past nine, then ten, then half-past; it struck eleven, the best of the day was passing, and still Marina did not come. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

People now and then get a feeling in their bones that something bad is going to happen. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

But then country people are always late. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

There was a moment’s silence and then the Inspector rapped out sharply. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

At first I used to try and throw my soul into the bullocks’ souls, so as to divine if possible what they would be likely to have done, and would then ride off ten miles in the wrong direction. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

And then there were other objections. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

We stripped that off, then another, and another, and yet another. In Praise of a Suffolk Cottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Might I venture to suggest that your Majesty should have your claws removed, and your teeth extracted, then we would gladly consider your proposal again. The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs. Includes A Short History of the Aesopic Fable

And then he made the finest, neatest little speech I ever listened to. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Olaf Stapledon Each of us, or rather both of us together, “woke up” now and then to be this superior spirit. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Jane Austen So then he was monstrous happy, and talked on some time about what they should do, and they agreed he should take orders directly, and they must wait to be married till he got a living. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

And then Parfit was washing up the dishes in the scullery. The Beast with Five Fingers by W. F. Harvey

He then for some time tried poetry, but without any distinct success except occasionally in Southern Passages and Pictures (1839). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Andrew Lang When he had lost two of his heads the magic power over the two princesses had been removed, and when the blacksmith had killed the horrible dog, then he too had been set free. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang