Phrases with "though"

Charles Dickens He also observedthough this was not much — that he never advanced within the distance of her at which he first placed himself: as though there were limits fixed between them. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Bram Stoker Even I am, though I own my own estate, which, though adjacent, is quite apart from Castra Regis. — Here we are now in new ground for you. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

M. P. Shiel So low had the gas been turned that, though I went peering quite half way up the nave, I could not say whether Langler was or was not there. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

H. Rider Haggard So even as a Queen should I have come, though I greatly fear the dark alone,’ and again she laughed and gave him a glance from her grey eyes. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Maria Edgeworth I refrained from giving the slightest intimation of them to my dear Helen, though she often led to this subject, and seemed vexed by my reserve. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

H.P. Lovecraft Once in a while it struck us that this patch bore an uncanny resemblance to a doubled-up human figure, though generally no such kinship existed, and often there was no whitish deposit whatever. The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

George Gissing Even Mrs. Hannaford, though a mother’s reasons set her against him, had felt this seductive quality in Olga’s lover, and liked though she could not approve of him. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Edith Wharton At first she used to come back shyly, tentatively, as though not sure of finding me; then she stayed longer and longer, till at last she became again the very air I breathed. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

His father, he said, was still living, though sixty-seven years old when he was born. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

For the most part the materials of the food were very bad, though the cooks knew how to serve it up in style. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Virginia Woolf But Isa, though she should have risen at the same moment that Mrs. Haines rose, sat on. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

I had some difficulty in persuading him to take in my name, though I could not get from him the nature of his objection. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Nikolai Gogol After playing two rubbers, he found another glass close to his hand which he drank off in the same way, though not without remarking: “It is really time for me to go, gentlemen. The Calash by Nikolai Gogol

Andrew Lang His wife might have been dead for all he seemed to care, though the queen still lived with the farmer, and the little prince had by this time grown up into a strong, handsome, and healthy youth. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton I often think that this blank thing is his real face, watching, though it cannot be watched. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

George Gissing I suppose it’s their mother as they take after, though their father he won’t own to it, an’ I don’t blame him for not speakin’ ill of her as is gone. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Robert Louis Stevenson And I am sorry for the plow; though I declare I pelief your own was the elder brother, and my heid still sings with it. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rudyard Kipling Even the Japanese cannot make their railway stations lovely, though they do their best. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Edith Wharton She waited a moment, as though to be sure he had no more to add; then she said: “But the Farlows DID know; they told me all about it when they sent her to me. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Arnold Bennett It seemed as though the world — the world, that is to say, of the Grand Babylon — was fully engaged in the solemn processes of digestion and small-talk. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Nor, though I retired early, could I succeed in getting either sleep or rest. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James In fact, however, it may be confided to the reader that Bernard was pricked in a tender place, though the resentment of vanity was not visible in his answer. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

John Galsworthy Ladies of the night talked together excitedly or spoke to policemen as though they had lost their profession. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Frances Hodgson Burnett But, though the small white face was always a touching sight, it was no whiter than usual and her breathing though low and very soft was regular. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Abbe Midon was not hungry, though it was two o’clock, and he had eaten nothing since the previous evening. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Lastly, though external evidence is here wanting, it cannot be doubted that Milton was acquainted with the Lucifer of the Dutch poet, Joost van den Vondel, which appeared in 1654. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

D. H. Lawrence Altogether he looked very spruce, though a little behind the fashions: very pink faced, though his blue eyes were bilious beneath: very much on the spot, although the spot was the wrong one. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Maria Edgeworth My amiable Gabrielle, I must be faithful to my promise of writing to you every week, though this place affords nothing new either in events or sentiment. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Thomas Hardy But, though Lizzy had not offered an explanation at the moment, the subject was brought forward by her at the next time of their meeting. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Edith Wharton The Duchess’s attitude was one of transport, as though heavenly airs fluttered her laces and the love-locks escaping from her coif. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Ivan Turgenev One cannot doubt about it, one cannot outwit it, though it does not always come in the same way. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Marjorie Bowen He felt far from civilization, though only. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Sir Thomas Browne Thy will be done, though in my own undoing. Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne [1643]

Arthur Conan Doyle In the second, my family, though of good repute, has never been wealthy, and I could not bring myself to take anything from the small income of my mother. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Andrew Lang By the light of the moon he presently perceived a splendid palace, but, though he rode twice round it, he could find no door. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Algernon Blackwood Neither the otter nor the boatman, for instance, received the honor of a single mention, though ordinarily these would have furnished discussion for the greater part of the evening. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

Wilkie Collins Let me take you to the table, dear; it may give way to your strength, though it will not to mine. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Robert Louis Stevenson Facing down the main thoroughfare — “Central Avenue,” as it was ticketed — I saw an open-air temple, with benches and sounding-board, as though for an orchestra. The Old Pacific Capital by Robert Louis Stevenson

Charles Dickens Not for its dreariness, though it is very dreary. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

Oliver Goldsmith Finding it impossible to resist, he reluctantly complied, though the wound he had received seemed, to me at least, to be dangerous. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

There is a fresco of the Crucifixion outside the Campo Santo at Fusio, in the Canton Ticino, done by a local artist, which, though far inferior to the work of Dedomenici, is still remarkable. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Bram Stoker He was an earnest, though mistaken man, and the results of his mistaken teaching were at variance with the trend of his kindly, godly life. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He stood with both feet planted upon the ground and he moved on to his toes and back on to his heels once or twice, as though to be sure that his stance was rigid. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Anthony Hope While in Paris I wrote to Antoinette, though I did not venture to call upon her. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Arthur Morrison The shutters were all up, though the door was open, and the only person visible was a very smudgy boy who was in the act of wheeling out a sack of coals. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

H. G. Wells He had for a moment a feeling as though he and his arm-chair and his little sitting-room were afloat in a vast space and then it all seemed to become firm and solid again. The Queer Story of Brownlow’s Newspaper by H. G. Wells [1932]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The style of his beauty, however, though a masculine style, did not at all commend itself to my taste. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

My predecessor, it seemed, had been in the habit of taking Pit End ‘from the other side’, the roads, though longer, being less hilly that way. Was it an illusion? by Amelia B. Edwards

There’s a bill —” here he stopped, as though conscious of having said too much. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Treat your friend, says the proverb, as though he were one day to become your enemy, and your enemy as though he were one day to become your friend. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

They said that I was making such a noise I’d scare all the fish away, though actually I was making about half as much noise as anyone else there. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Andrew Lang His logic was thin, though of a familiar description. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Then shall he mourn, if ever love had interest in his heart, and wish that he had not so accused her; yea, though he thought his accusation true. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

Jane Austen Mrs Croft, though neither tall nor fat, had a squareness, uprightness, and vigour of form, which gave importance to her person. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

William Henry Bragg When the screens were made of the thinnest Al leaf supported on fine Al wires, the secondary β rays in the chamber were reduced to a minimum, though they were far from being negligible. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Arthur Conan Doyle I never remember feeling tired by work, though idleness exhausts me completely. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

George Gissing Afterwards she must go to Farringdon Road Buildings, though never yet had she presented herself to Bob’s father. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Those Deyncourts are all too proud to show their feelings, though they have got them, too, somewhere. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Virginia Woolf I rather like him, she thought, stretching out in the cool sheets, though he twists his fingers. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

I suppose the water forced itself into them, though I wouldn’t have thought that possible, for they fitted into the cowl perfectly. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Here was one who in deportment and speech appeared to be a gentleman, though he looked a dull dog and spoke with a strong Scots accent. The Strange Adventure of Mr. Andrew Hawthorn by John Buchan [1932]

May I ask your attention?” The man was making a patent effort to appear friendly, though after a somewhat condescending manner. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

You need not be afraid of harming him: though I hate him as much as ever, he did me a good turn a short time since, that will make my conscience tender of breaking his neck. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Anthony Trollope Indeed I love her dearly, though I could never tell her so. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

The town came down upon him for it; though it let Chance alone, who was not the sort of man to be dictated to. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

William Makepeace Thackeray The enemy, who still pursued us, though not within shot, seeing us on the wall, one of them fired a random shot at us to no purpose. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

H. G. Wells It seemed as though it wasn’t a face, as though it must needs be a mask, a horror, a deformity, that would presently be disavowed or explained. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

But though I become a multimillionaire and Jaikie a prime minister, we will neither of us ever be half the man that Mr McCunn is. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

H. Rider Haggard George, having said grace, relapsed into moody silence, eating and drinking with gusto but in moderation, and savouring every sup of wine and morsel of food as though he regretted its departure. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

But though the face was the same, the expression was absolutely different. August Heat by W. F. Harvey

H. G. Wells And I was holding out stoutly, though convinced now by the contagion of their universal conviction that by doing so I was certainly and hopelessly damned. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

These are trifling instances, though it’s to no commander’s advantage to be suspected of ludicrous eccentricities. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

Abraham Merri He quivered under such shock of longing that it seemed as though his leaping heart must break beneath it. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Mellow and fluent though they be, the utterances are not indicative of gladsomeness nor of a sprightly disposition; nor are they songs. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Thomas Hardy The port still did a fair business in the Newfoundland trade, though not so much as formerly. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Olaf Stapledon Many true sceptics, though they profess to disbelieve in the objectivity of good and evil, would gladly believe, if intellectual honesty did not seem to forbid it. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

E. Phillips Oppenheim She was watching the bulge as though fascinated. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Francis Bacon Then he calleth them forth by one and by one, by name as he pleaseth, though seldom the order of age be inverted. The New Atlantis by Francis Bacon

Victor Hugo It was as though the punishment of the rack had ceased. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

George Eliot Nobody now complains of the result in this case, though far-sighted persons see the need to limit analogy by discrimination. Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot [1878]

Frances Hodgson Burnett London at the time, in common with other great capitals, felt itself rather final though priding itself on being much more fluid and adaptable than it had been fifty years previously. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Jack London This was living, though he did not know it. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Henry Handel Richardson For she had spent a topsy-turvy, though highly engrossing hour. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

He said firmly, though less easily than before: “Well, we must be getting on. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Bram Stoker He pointed with a sweeping gesture, as though calling Adam’s attention to the extent of the view. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

G. K. Chesterton Where men may not be dancin’, though the wheels may dance all day; And men may not be smokin’, but only chimneys may. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

He told himself that he had been let off fairly easily, though he winced considerably under the adulation of the Daily Mercury, and found himself breathing most freely when least was said about him. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

William Makepeace Thackeray And he said not a word to his family at home; but lived amongst them cheerful and tender, and calm, and loving; though he knew the night was at hand when he should see them and work no more. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Thomas Paine Viewed in this light, the pamphlet, though in some parts dexterously written, is an absurdity. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Anna Katherine Green Why, in doing so, he went for the third time through the gallery instead of through rooms J, H and I, he did not stop to inquire, though afterward he asked that question of himself more than once. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Gaston Leroux Act as though you had not noticed anything; do not speak of it to anyone whatever — and watch. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Willa Cather Oftener than we realize, it is for some moral quality, some ideal which he himself cherishes, though it may be little discernible in his behaviour in the world. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

Ford Madox Ford Leonora replied that showed he had an abominably selfish nature even though his actions might be perfectly correct. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Oscar Wilde I know the age better than you do, though you will prate about it so tediously. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Among the thin, grey-green leaves, far towards the end of a branch, the nest is fairly safe, though conspicuous. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Only trust me, Edna. Trust me! though it be for years. The Key of the Church by Ellen Wood [1875]

H. G. Wells Who would read a novel if we were permitted to write biography — all out? Here in this autobiography I am experimenting — though still very mildly, with biographical and auto-biographical matter. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Theodore Dreiser The feet, though small, were set flatly. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Elizabeth Gaskell She took no notice of my drawing back the curtain, though it made a rustling noise, and the rings grated a little on the rod. Two Fragments of Ghost Stories by Elizabeth Gaskell

This is, I believe, the pension of Dr. Frost?” The French accent, though that was slight, the French manners, the French turn of the words, told me who it was. Charles Van Rheyn by Ellen Wood [1875]

Richard Burton The Badawin sometimes, though rarely, use a table or kettledrum. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Even if she opened them — though what she could be doing on that lonely road I can’t imagine — even if she opened them and looked inside she would not know about my mother and me. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Arthur Conan Doyle I avoided his rush, though his sword-point was within an inch of my neck. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

This was no fire spreading from room to room, though his first thought was that the curtains had caught. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Elizabeth Gaskell It was not the habit of the place to go in either by these great gates or by the front door; the gates, indeed, were locked, as I found, though the door stood wide open. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

But suddenly he reined in his steed, uttered a cry, dropped his bridle, and grasping his horse’s mane with one hand pressed the other to his stomach as though he would tear out his very vitals. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Lely would have found him a fit subject, though he might have boggled at his lean hands. Fullcircle by John Buchan [1920]

John Galsworthy A statesman, though he knew that democracy, which made him a statesman, was ignorance personified. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

About noon we came in sight of the Amerrique range, which I recognised at once, and knew that we had reached the Juigalpa district, though still several leagues distant from the town. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Gaston Leroux The dyernick on guard out in the roadway also watched the young man through the bars of the gate in consternation, as though he thought him a fool. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

De Jarnac was not so confident, though perhaps more desperate. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Henry James It amused, it verily quite charmed him; and, by the same stroke, it amused, and even more, Alice Staverton, though perhaps charming her perceptibly less. The Jolly Corner by Henry James [1908]

I call it thieving because technically it is that, though it does no harm to anybody. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Elizabeth Gaskell These young persons — all of condition, though out of means — are my constant companions, and I strive to do my duty as a Christian lady towards them. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

She must love Joanna. Joanna wanted something, and, though she was afraid Joanna wouldn’t find it, she herself must try and love. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Nathaniel Hawthorne They were pleasant hours! I love to make the latest of them, though not altogether so delightful, loiter away as slowly as may be. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

George Gissing It was as though a man should turn to the glass, and behold the visage of a stranger. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

After all, though she was his pupil, and was getting as hardened and cynical as possible, he did not think it fair she should use his own weapons against himself. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

And altogether, Foscolo, though a cautious, is a candid admirer of our poet. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Mark Twain To speak the strict truth, however, our party seldom offend in that way, though we have men in the ship who never lose an opportunity to do it. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

So I set mysel to the wark o’ keepin’ him up a’ nicht, though I had nae hope in the matter. The Herd of Standlan by John Buchan

Edith Wharton I wanted to come back some day, though I didn’t know whether you’d ever have me. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Anthony Trollope The old priest took off his hat to Kate, and made a low bow, as though he should say — to the future Countess of Scroope I owe a very especial respect. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

He pressed upon the bell and the voices at once stopped, though the door still remained closed. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Anthony Trollope He never even in conversation alluded to Britannula, and spoke always of the dockyard at Devonport as though I had been familiar with its every corner. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Henry James They watched the procession, but no one heeded them, though every one was there so admittedly to see what was to be seen. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

But though she laughs about it now, I fancy she did not enjoy it so much at the time. Misplaced Affections by Guy Boothby

This was a sore subject with him, though I did not know why till much later. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Thomas Carlyle This, though not very precise, yet on so vague a matter is worth remembering: if well meditated, some meaning will gradually be found in it. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

That has turned up at Murford Haven, thirty miles from here; though how the man who stole Miss Eversleigh can have got there without leaving a single trace behind him is more than I can understand. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

The present dynasty belongs not to Fez, but to Morocco; though a dynasty of Shereefs, they are Shereefs of the south, and African blood flows in their veins. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

George Gissing He knew she hated him, and he was not backward in returning the sentiment, though constantly affecting a cheerful friendliness in his manner to her; after all, their union was but temporary. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

And now he was Yeudall, Lister & Yeudall — though a competent clerk kept anything too awful from happening. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

E. Phillips Oppenheim For a moment it seemed as though he would break through them. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

They are as alien to us as Mastrovin and Rosenbaum, though less hateful. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

George Meredith But they show us their way of solving the great problem, and we ought to thank them, though one or the other abominate us. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

The court made songs on the Parisians and the Parisians on the court; and the casualties, though not mortal, were painful, as are all wounds inflicted by the weapon of ridicule. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

H.P. Lovecraft Family organisation was not overstressed, though ties among persons of common descent were recognised, and the young were generally reared by their parents. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

George Meredith He spun round in her sight, though his demeanour was manfully rigid. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Till last year he had never been farther east than India, though he knew the Near and Middle East like a book, and he was full of his new experiences. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

To my eye these Salvation Army shelters, though clean, are far drearier than the worst of the common lodging-houses. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

E. Phillips Oppenheim White-capped waves rose one after another, as though to defy their progress. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Arthur Conan Doyle He bent his face over its mane and flogged at its neck with the slack of the bridle, as though he rode for very life. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Andrew Lang In war they do not wear skins, though Paris, in archer’s equipment, wears a pard’s skin (III. 17). Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

David Hume But though all kinds of government be improved in modern times, yet monarchical government seems to have made the greatest advances towards perfection. Of Civil Liberty by David Hume

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her eyes were seeking for his, a little distended, as though behind their sweetness there lay something of anxious doubt. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Rudyard Kipling Mr. Wardle hates natives, and the priest was more afraid of Mr. Wardle than of me, though we were both angry. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

He had pretended—she felt sure it was all pretence—to be so glad to see her again, though sometimes she caught him looking at her with cowed, miserable eyes. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Anthony Trollope And what had England to do with our laws? It was as though Russia were to turn upon the United States and declare that their Congress should be put down. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Bram Stoker Adam did so, and immediately shrank back as though his eyes had opened on pressing danger. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Francis Bacon And though there be many things in nature which are singular and unmatched, yet it devises for them parallels and conjugates and relatives which do not exist. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Robert Green Ingersoll Now, sometimes Mr. Swing talks as though he believed the Bible, and then he talks to me as though he didn’t believe the Bible. The day he made this sermon I think he did, just a little, believe it. On Skulls by Robert Green Ingersoll

Jack London White Fang did not run away, though he was allowed to remain loose, because he liked this new god. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

It was not urged against him, though many another, who manifested it in no greater degree, was less leniently judged. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

In they got, though with small hope of finding him there. Dickon the Devil by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Augustine Birrell The Duke of York, who took the command, was a keen sailor, though his unhappy notions as to patronage, and its exercise, were fatal to an efficient service. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

The men went out feebly to the farm-work, and the ploughing began, though the draught-oxen were so poor in condition that the work moved slowly. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It was certainly more roomy than the ordinary four-wheeled disgrace to London, and the fittings, though frayed, were of rich quality. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Willa Cather Our acquaintance seemed to have progressed measurably in my absence, though neither of us as yet knew the other’s name. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

Case of chivalry, I believe, though there are different versions. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Anthony Hope Rupert made as though to mount; then he suddenly turned to me: his left hand resting in his belt, his right outstretched: “Shake hands,” he said. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

John Donne Many good occasions slip away in long consultations; and it may be a degree of sloth, to be too long in mending nets, though that must be done. Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and severall steps in my Sicknes by John Donne

She is not my daughter, Valera. I tell you so frankly—but she is as dear to me as if she were, and her dowry will be the same as though she had been. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Andrew Lang He led the other horse, which, though saddled and bridled, was riderless, and on this horse the whole company wanted to compel Keane to get. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

George Meredith However, vengeance with the heavens! though they seem tardy. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Virginia Woolf In truth, he found himself curiously eager to make certain of her good sense, and accepted each fresh proof of it with satisfaction, as though it helped him to make up his mind about something. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Mary Webb Now she was awaiting Reddin. The dancing had not begun, though the tent was ready. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Gustave Flauber Others walked restlessly up and down; some were as pale as though they were awaiting their own execution. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

George Gissing It was as though the girl’s spirit had been materialized by Parisian influences; yet the look and words with which she ended did away with, or at least mitigated, that fear. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Baldwin Spencer There was nothing special about this, just the usual dancing, though this differed from that of the first in being more of the nature of an Irish Jig. Lastly there came the turtle. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

D. H. Lawrence Perhaps you can imagine it if you try, though no doubt you won’t trouble to use your imagination on my behalf. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Below, puffs of sand were breaking out of the plain in every direction, as though the plain were alive with invisible horsemen. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Anthony Trollope The night was piercing cold, though never so cold as had been that other night; and she was dismayed at the thought of wandering about in that desolate town. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Perhaps, though he was by no means sensitive, he felt the influence of the horrors that surrounded him, and which seemed more sinister than ever in the bleak light of morning. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

We know who did it, but don’t be frightened, John Lowry; we’ll never tell, though we are awful hard up, owing to our subscribers going back on us. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

And they speak of their proper nature, and salute men that go through the deserts, and speak to them as apertly as though it were a man. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

The search for him, however, had been only a half-hearted one as, though his body was never washed up, it was confidently believed he had been drowned. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Robert Louis Stevenson A king’s name is good enough for me, though I bear it plain and have the name of no farm-midden to clap to the hind-end of it. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Guy de Maupassan They walked together along the baroness’ avenue, talking of Christ and the apostles, the Virgin Mary and the Fathers of the Church as though they were personally acquainted with them. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Frances Hodgson Burnett Robin did not think she was like Andrews, though she did not in the least know why. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

It was much as though I had been gazing on a reflection in still water; that something had ruffled the surface, and all was broken up and obliterated. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Rudyard Kipling Then I clapped my hand before my mask lenses, for it was as though the floor of Heaven had been riddled and all the inconceivable blaze of suns in the making was poured through the manholes. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Edgar Rice Burroughs The Sagoths could not understand these seemingly paradoxical instructions, though their purpose was quite evident to me. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Florence Dixie The ostrich has decidedly the best of it, for Plata, though he struggles gamely, does not like the uphill work, and at every stride loses ground. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Anthony Trollope At the present moment, Peter Steinmarc and his cousin, though they had not actually quarrelled, were not on the most friendly terms. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

G. K. Chesterton But though Ouida was violent and weak where Mrs. Oliphant might have been mild and strong, her own triumphs were her own. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

The Burmese say the same — though no Burman was ever rude enough to say so to me. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Mr Brandon stayed on at the Mitre as though he meant to make it his home for good, and was evidently watching. Our First Term at Oxford by Ellen Wood [1873]

G. K. Chesterton And though we would not have them back again on any account, we feel that they are both beautiful, because we have drunk them dry. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Jack London It seemed as though some great cosmic thing lay dead. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Similar creatures had arisen before, notably in the United States, though we had not been without them here in England, and Roman Catholic countries had had their share. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Thomas Hardy She knelt down, and did her utmost to eradicate those impulses towards St. Cleeve which were inconsistent with her position as the wife of an absent man, though not unnatural in her as his victim. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

But, however, the scene was not so diverting, but I was glad to get rid of it, and be thrown into the little boat, though with some hazard of breaking my neck. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Ivan Turgenev She still felt ill at ease with Bazarov, though she had both told and assured herself that everything was forgotten. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

But we’l take no care when the weather proves fair, nor will we vex now though it rain; we’l banish all sorrow, and sing till to morrow, and Angle, and Angle again. The Compleat Angler by Izaac Walton [1653]

Sinclair Lewis But, just the same, it makes me feel’s though I believed in all sorts of things. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Leslie Stephen Reading these fond triflings we feel even now as though we were unjustifiably prying into the writer’s confidence. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was shameful! You treat me as though I were a child,” she sobs out hysterically. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

H.P. Lovecraft Above the waist it was semi-anthropomorphic; though its chest, where the dog’s rending paws still rested watchfully, had the leathery, reticulated hide of a crocodile or alligator. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

G. K. Chesterton It must be remembered that he had every natural tendency to be theatrical, though he lacked the essential lucidity. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]