Phrases with "though"

He was annoyed at the liberty taken by Jaikie with his surname, though he realised the reason for it. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

They were an elderly woman, of decent appearance, though evidently poor, and a boy of about fourteen or fifteen. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

H.P. Lovecraft He agreed to a policy of great quiet, though insisting on a prolongation of his extreme privacy. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

I find myself in such a strange confusion and depression of spirits that I have not strength enough even to make my will, though I perceive by many warnings I have no continuing city here. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

But though I went to bed to sleep, and was sufficiently romantic to hope that I should dream of the future I was to spend with Alie, I was destined to be disappointed. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Frances Hodgson Burnett It was as though he were still dancing and he almost felt something warm and light in his arm and saw a little head of dark silk near his breast. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

H. G. Wells I am learning the history of the Ages Of Confusion, and they say your world is still in an Age of Confusion. It is just as though you came to us out of the past — out of history. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

In point of fact, he had never spent a night in the trenches quite so thoroughly unpleasant, though doubtless many others had. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Anthony Trollope It is the same with the young man, though he would be more prone even than she to reject the suspicion of such tutorship. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Your suspicions are right, though your terrors are unfounded. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Guy de Maupassan But you do not understand me, and many other women will also not understand me, and think me stupid, though that matters very little to me. Words of Love by Guy de Maupassan

Duffham repeated his conjecture as to poison; and Mrs. Reed, all topsy-turvy though she was, three-parts bereft of her senses, resented the implication almost angrily. Hester Reed’s Pills by Ellen Wood [1874]

Anthony Trollope And though it is much to be a nobleman, it is more to be a gentleman. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

It may seem that I am exaggerating, though no one who has been down an old-fashioned pit (most of the pits in England are old-fashioned) and actually gone as far as the coal face, is likely to say so. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

John Morley His estate was a feudal seigniory in the district of Gex, on the very frontier of Switzerland, but in France, though enjoying immunity from French taxation. Voltaire by John Morley

E. Phillips Oppenheim Violet was looking fixedly out of the window of the taxicab, as though interested in watching the crowds upon the street. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Elizabeth Von Arnim No, she was merely flustered; though of course even to be flustered seemed to him, a man of Courts, yet another great pity. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Edith Wharton It came to him that they were the first words of endearment he had heard her speak, and their rareness gave them a magic quality of reassurance, as though no danger could strike through such a shield. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

She knew that prince in the midst of his nobles; though meanly habited. Hudibras by Samuel Butler [1663-1668]

There was not a sound — no whisper of life, as though she were alone and lost in that stony country of which she had heard, where madmen go looking for gold and spurn the find. To-morrow by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Jules Verne Several days passed, and Master Zacharius, though almost dead, rose from his bed and returned to active life under a supernatural excitement. Master Zacharius by Jules Verne [1874]

Charles Kingsley He failed, though he failed nobly. Grots and Groves by Charles Kingsley

Herman Melville But though the crimson curtain of the stern-window near him that moment fluttered against his pale cheek, Don Benito seemed to have even less welcome for the breeze than the calm. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

Edmund Burke The House of Commons, too, though not necessarily, yet in fact, is always so composed, in the far greater part. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Two months’ provisions had been brought; the steamer called weekly, so that we did not contemplate famine, though thriftiness was imperative. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

D. H. Lawrence Then, though the routine was the same, everywhere was a sense of loss, and of change. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

In this instance, I did look further, fortunately, though in doing so I was compelled to notice that the bowler was not lifted in answer to my salutation. An impossible ideal by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Tiny’s eyes had never been lifted from the endless race of white water, now rising as though to their feet, now sinking from under them as the steamer labored end on to the wind. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Leon Trotsky We made the crossing safely, though not without exciting moments. My Life by Leon Trotsky

A tall vegetable intended by nature to serve as a penal apparatus, though through a miscarriage of justice most trees bear only a negligible fruit, or none at all. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

This was the first of the burdens that he took upon himself without thought of reward, and so is worthy of special mention, though it never won the fame of his factory legislation. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Let me see — it’s a common name enough, though the gentleman is a baronight. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Likely enough that if he were inside his own body his senses would be lulled, though how he got there or how he would get out. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Ivan Turgenev It was a good road, but the driver, though he had four horses harnessed abreast, hitched on another, alongside of them. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

His dress, though not mean, was rude, neglected, and disordered. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Jack London Hans promptly snubbed with the rope, as though Buck were a boat. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

William Makepeace Thackeray How nobly those inverted commas, those italics, those capitals, bring out the writer’s wit and relieve the eye! They are as good as jokes, though you mayn’t quite perceive the point. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Jules Verne The sun had already reached the eastern horizon, and just as though it were crossing the ecliptic under the tropics, it sank like a cannon ball into the sea. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

I said as little as possible about this, for G.H.Q. did not encourage divisional generals to practise such methods, though there was one famous army commander who made a hobby of them. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

These roots therefore seem to be true twiners, though they use their powers to descend, instead of to ascend like twining plants. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

David Hume The reason of this distinction is obvious, though I must acknowledge, that parties are seldom found pure and unmixed, either of the one kind or the other. Of Parties in general by David Hume

Since then, though the dreams continue, he is never lost in them. A Mystery by Ellen Wood [1882]

And now summer was waning, though it was summer still. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Oscar Wilde So they played on very gently and just touching the cords of the zithers with their long pointed nails, and their heads began to nod as though they were falling asleep. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

The bonds of reason, though iron-strong, are easily burst through; but those of folly, though lithe and frail as the rushes by a stream, defy the stoutest heart to snap them asunder. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Virginia Woolf For though many instincts are held more or less in common by both sexes, to fight has always been the man’s habit, not the woman’s. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle There were no marks, then, though the night was a wet one? The chain of events is certainly one of extraordinary interest. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

George Gissing Had he said a good book and a good horse—but he was too wise for that, though the measure of truth in the phrase would have been larger. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Sometimes the caracara extended its scarlet blossoms from branch to branch, and gave the tree the appearance as though it had been hung with garlands. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

William Morris They made no resistance, though they might have done so, as they had now a considerable body of men who were quite prepared for extremities. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

Edgar Rice Burroughs You called me by name at the cottage, but I do not seem to recall yours, though there is something very familiar about you. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

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]

The contradiction is obvious; but there can be little doubt that, though Browne has, as it were, extorted a personal homage, Mr. Gosse’s real sympathies lie on the other side. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

What were the derivations? She had a vague feeling that the sentence suggested Lord Arglay himself as the centre though she knew he would have been the first to mock at the ascription. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Thomas Hardy She is homesickthough Brussels must be an attractive place enough. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

M. R. James This I had for the moment forgotten, though I had remembered to carry the letter with me to my room. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Abraham Merri He nodded to Sigurd. As though it had been a signal prearranged, the Viking’s arms were instantly around Kenton. Strong as he had grown, Kenton could not break their grip. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Henry James That was the great reason — ” “Why those fiends took him in so long? No doubt, though his indifference must have been awful. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

Andrew Lang All his language was picked, though not with affectation. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling They mocked him and his tears, which was the same as though they had mocked the Regiment. Then Attar Singh returned to the Regiment, and laid this last trouble before Rutton Singh, the eldest brother. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Late afternoon many returned, though not, I think, the full company. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

But the really surprising thing was the almost complete lack of religious inscriptions on the gravestones, though they all dated from before the revolution. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

She told me, the two girls at her feet were her daughters, though she appeared too young to be their mother. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Jules Verne They were forced to come to a halt early in the evening, though the road was illumined by a splendid Aurora Borealis; for they could not put one foot before the other. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Arthur Conan Doyle Such suppositions, though not to be entirely dismissed, are, as it seems to me, far-fetched and remote. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Nikolai Gogol It seemed as though all joined in a silent hymn to the divine work. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

Robert Louis Stevenson Her novels, though they attained and merited a certain popularity both in France and England, are a measure only of her courage. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Benjamin Disraeli She smiled, and slightly blushed, as if she felt the awkwardness of her remark, though too late. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

George Gissing She was conscious of it, though lying with all but palsied faculties. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Jack London Things were quieter in the rifle pit, because all had had water, though strong upon us was the problem of how the next water was to be procured. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

I doot he tell’t ye a lee, though it’s no for me to juidge him. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Jules Verne One oyster has been mentioned, though I allow myself to doubt it, as having contained no less than a hundred and fifty sharks. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Arthur Conan Doyle I sprang to the rescue, and the two of us managed to throw Sir Thomas to the ground, though he made his teeth meet in my shoulder. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Edith Wharton All were as bare as the room, though already prepared for future splendours by the hand from which the brush had dropped so abruptly. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Under this impression they drew the sword and rushed on as though in lawful war, and divided the spoils of victory in the scale of justice. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Rudyard Kipling Then I will tell thee more, Friend of all the World, though in the telling I lend thee my head. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

H. G. Wells One man I approached — he was, I perceived, a neighbour of mine, though I did not know his name — and accosted. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

The season seems to have been too damp for the night-jars, though quite to the taste of all species of pigeons. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

She was in reality satisfied with her marriage on the whole, though she was wiping away a few natural tears at this moment. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

I have judged several persons in this way, and still judge them so, though the world has come to very different opinions. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

George Elio Poor man, poor man! It had like to ha’ killed him when she died, though he niver gev way, but went on ridin’ about and preachin’. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

That same second something happened to me, though I really don’t know what. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Robert Louis Stevenson It was not stationary; but passed from one window to another, as though some one were reviewing the different apartments with a lamp or candle. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

What could have made her behave like that? She had seen him lying bloody and in pain, and she had walked past him as though he had been a dead dog. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins It was enough — though nothing appeared: it was enough — though superstitions of all sorts were unworthy of a reasonable being — to shake her fell purpose, for the time. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

George Gissing She stood in a humble attitude, and Emmeline, though pierced with vexation, had no choice but to hold out a welcoming hand. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

To my surprise, the natives who were with me would not touch his flesh, though pressed by me to “n’yam n’yam,” or to eat. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Edith Wharton The brothers of Undine’s friends all pronounced him “great,” though he had fits of uncouthness that made the young women slower in admitting him to favour. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Maria Edgeworth I was transported to Botany, though innocent. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Baldwin Spencer There are two kinds of single barbed spears, though to a certain extent they merge into one another. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

William Morris Straightway Godmar’s head, As though it hung on strong wires, turn’d Most sharply round, and his face burn’d. The Defence of Guenevere by William Morris [1858]

George Gissing As a matter of fact she had her father’s best traits, though Mrs. Glover frequently thanked goodness that in character she by no means resembled him. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Leslie Stephen And he is in proportion less efficient as a partizan, though more amusing. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Edith Wharton Rich though he was, he had never been openhanded; but nothing was too fine for his wife, in the way of silks or gems or linen, or whatever else she fancied. Kerfol by Edith Wharton [1916]

John Lewis Burckhard There are no ruins of any kind near the springs; but the hill over them seems to have been built upon, though nothing now is visible. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

But though I had him at a disadvantage, he proved no easy capture. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Jules Verne Paddy O’Moore consented, though he would regret the loss of his excellent servant. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Robert Louis Stevenson He carried a red bundle, though not so red as his cheeks; and he shook this menacingly in the air with one hand, while the other stole behind him to the region of the kidneys. Across the Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson

I shall have some company, though the drove have gone to the Stewarts’ in a hope of getting asked to supper — which but a few of them can realise in her mean lodgings. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Rudyard Kipling I had been singin’ to them to keep ’em quiet there, For the lower deck is the dangerousest, requirin’ constant care, An’ give to me as the strongest man, though used to drink and swear. The Seven Seas by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

To judge from the quantity of vegetation, it would appear that water is nearer the surface here than elsewhere, though there was none of any importance to be seen. Journal of Adventures in Somali Land by John Hanning Speke [1864]

The day was perfect, though rather too warm for climbing, and we had frequent rests among the olive-trees, with delightfully discursive talks on all things under the sun. My Fascinating Friend by William Archer

The authorities, too, smell a rat, as though a cold wind were blowing on them from the peasants. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope It seems as though I were certainly leaving for ever a place that has always been distasteful to me. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

He broke inward across the meadow, and still the voice of Damaris sounded to guide him, though what she was to do when he came she did not know. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Samuel Johnson The episcopal cities of Scotland, I believe, generally fell with their churches, though some of them have since recovered by a situation convenient for commerce. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

H. G. Wells It had a curious effect, as though it was not moving at all and the halo was. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

George Gissing That she alone was in the room gave him no surprise, though it irritated him and inflamed his impatience. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Bram Stoker All this, though the stress of campaigning may have blunted some of the conventional susceptibility of womanhood. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Guy de Maupassan But all her being, caressed by the breeze, filled with the fragrance of spring, was disturbed as though in response to some invisible and tender appeal. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

It looked at first sight as though Spain were suffering from a plague of initials. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Margaret Oliphant You are a paladin in some things, though in others only a Dissenting minister. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Edith Wharton He had supposed her to be asleep, and the sound of her voice had startled him, though she was given to abrupt explosions of speech after long intervals of secretive silence. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

The trees on the rocks are in bloom and vigour, though their roots are half bared and many of them bruised and broken by the rushing waters. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

However, though bound by their weird, his people are extraordinarily various in their aspect and doings. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Sinclair Lewis Has a little income thoughguess his folks were pretty well fixed. The Willow Walk by Sinclair Lewis

He was fundamentally mad, though not perhaps completely; which of course made him all the greater, I won’t say danger but, nuisance. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Andrew Lang So she took a very strong cord of silk, which she had prepared by the robber’s advice, and this time, though the prince pulled and tugged with all his might, he could not break the cord. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

His interest in the progress of his age was profound, though it did not often take shape in visible form. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Wilkie Collins These considerations, though they did not strike me at the time, occurred to me later in the day, and altered my opinion to a certain extent. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

The Lord Mayor’s coachman says so, Philip of Macedon. Looks from here, Philip of Macedon, as though I’d have to get busy. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

I saw it in his face when he rose to his feet, and he had no hope, for we had never failed in our attempts, and the house, though strongly built, was easily assailable. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

Willa Cather Poor Frank does, even now, I think; though he’s got himself in such a tangle that for a long time his love has been bitterer than his hate. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

But at the sound of the key in the lock, though very faint, a lady’s maid, rather young and pretty, with a bold pair of eyes, ran toward him. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Walter Scott Redgauntlet, my friend, I will not blame you for the circumstances in which I find myself, though I am at once placed in danger, and rendered contemptible. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Sinclair Lewis It looked to Elmer as though Frank would be able to stay on at Dorchester Congregational and thus defy Elmer as the spiritual and moral leader of the city. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Henry James A man ought to care for something else, though I don’t know exactly what. The American by Henry James [1877]

An expression of agony came into his face, and he seized the dead man by the shoulders and shook him as though mere violence could bring him to life. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Lo! the poor humorist, whose tortured mind See jokes in crowds, though still to gloom inclined — Whose simple appetite, untaught to stray, His brains, renewed by night, consumes by day. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

He talked of various things, and she felt as much at her ease (as she told me that same evening) as though she had been talking with me. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

Jack London Again he awakened, a little later, though it seemed hours to him. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Bram Stoker Lady Arabella’s icy nature was not so deeply stirred, though she was in a seething passion. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Sinclair Lewis The clerk added “So quaint,” as though it rimed with amusing. Things by Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis Hard fellow to catch, though — always chasing around on some phony business or other. The Hack Driver by Sinclair Lewis

G. K. Chesterton We have no tradition in English literature which would justify us in calling a comedy heroic, though there was once a poet who called a comedy divine. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

James Joyce He recited jerks of verse with odd glances at the text: — Weep no more, woful shepherds, weep no more For Lycidas, your sorrow, is not dead, Sunk though he be beneath the watery floor . Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

William Hope Hodgson The fellows were a bit excited in a sort of subdued way; though I am inclined to think there was far more curiosity and, perhaps, a certain consciousness of the strangeness of it all. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

E. Phillips Oppenheim His companion, as though automatically, followed his example. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

George Meredith But even dumplings, though they resist so doggedly for a space, do ultimately submit to the majestic march of Time, and move. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

All at once over that man’s face there came an expression of horror and incredulity, as though he had seen a crack open out in the firmament. To-morrow by Joseph Conrad [1902]

For, though I should have liked total isolation best, I, of course, found that there was a sediment of unfortunates like myself, who, unlike me, viewed the situation in a most prosaic light. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

And you would never guess; no, not though you had tried from then till Midsummer; what they were whispering about, as though scared out of their seven senses. David Garth’s Ghost by Ellen Wood [1871]

H. G. Wells Both these men, Thunderclap and Bendigo, had an air of really wanting new policies for the country, though they were essentially crazy policies. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He glanced around the room for a moment or two, as though interested in the people. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Olaf Stapledon Both saint and revolutionary agree to this; though they propose very different methods of creating it. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Thus dry ground bears thyme, though it is naturally hot. Symposiacs by Plutarch

This scene is still reduplicated in a majority of English homes, though not in so many as before the war. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

As its name imports, it has some wood, though not much, for the Rangitata back country is very bare of timber. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Miles Franklin You will draw away as though I were a snake when you hear. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was only a slight one, the quick snapping of a twig and the rustling of dead leaves, as though a light footstep had parsed over them. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Walter Scott The neighbourhood of two nations having different laws, though united in government, still leads to a multitude of transgressions on the Border, and extreme difficulty in apprehending delinquents. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Virginia Woolf I should like to think that he had enough, though I don’t in the least want him to be rich. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Jules Verne The hours passed, and the lighter shades now announced the approach of day, though it was not yet light. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Charles Dickens The bright fire crackled and sparkled, rose and fell, as though it joined the dance itself, in right good fellowship. The Battle of Life by Charles Dickens [1846]

Andrew Lang In five minutes such a grunting and a puffing was heard, and columns of water rose into the air, though he could not tell what had made them. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Benjamin Disraeli Cadurcis, though so young, was gifted with an innate fastidiousness, that made him shrink from a rude woman. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

They now started on a course of eager, though benevolent, rivalry which was eminently to the advantage of each of them. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Leo Tolstoy It had seemed to him quite natural, as though he were feeling sorry for himself. Alyosha the Pot by Leo Tolstoy

It was just possible that Gustave might have fallen in love with some Parisian damsel, though his letters gave no hint of any such calamity. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Finally — this is the objective, though it may never quite be reached — you will get an aeroplane whose pilot needs no more skill or courage than a baby needs in its perambulator. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

William Morris So I put my hand into my waistcoat-pocket, and said, “How much?” though still with the uncomfortable feeling that perhaps I was offering money to a gentleman. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

William Morris We had quite a little feast that evening, partly in my honour, and partly, I suspect, though nothing was said about it, in honour of Dick and Clara coming together again. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

Mark Twain We shall remember something of pleasant France; and something also of Paris, though it flashed upon us a splendid meteor, and was gone again, we hardly knew how or where. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

H. G. Wells Every one speaks of climbing as though it were bliss unspeakable. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Victor Hugo The issue may be found, though it be invisible. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

William Makepeace Thackeray In front of Carlisle Bridge, and not in the least crowded, though in the midst of Sackville Street, stands Nelson upon a stone-pillar. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Thomas Hardy By an extraordinary effort he succeeded at last, though not until they had got far back again from the fatal door. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Once or twice he heard me, for I saw him stop short, a blot of black and orange in the sombre woods; but he always started on again, hurrying at times as though the dead might grow impatient. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Wilkie Collins He was poor enough himself, as I heard from his servant, but well connected — a gentleman by birth and education, though his manners were so free. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Yet, though I tried to teach him the alphabet, he never got beyond “F,” which he always pronounced “if. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Terry was the strongest of us, though I was wiry and had good staying power, and Jeff was a great sprinter and hurdler, but I can tell you those old ladies gave us cards and spades. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

George Gissing After much pacing about the room, he came to a stand before his clay masterpiece, and stared at it as though the dull eyes fascinated him. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing Long after midnight he entered a narrow byway, which the pale moon showed to be decent, though not inviting. A Poor Gentleman by George Gissing

It was curiously alluring, though not exactly beautiful. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Her hands were laid on the arms of the chair, and hands more delicate and shapely I have never seen, though they had also the suggestion of a furious power, like the talons of a bird of prey. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Very likely he did, though I don’t suppose he was ever on terms of familiarity with a ship’s bunker. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Rudyard Kipling It had never occurred to me, though we had many times discussed reading and prize-competitions as a diversion, that Mr. Shaynor ever read Keats, or could quote him at all appositely. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

George Gissing I suppose it is necessary to speak of the matter to your husband, though I wish that could be avoided. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

He stood as though he were dumb and blind, and now and again he beat terribly on his breast with his closed fist, as though he would kill that within him which should be dead and could not die. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

But still, though I love Joanna dearly, I cannot shut my eyes entirely to the Lorraine element of “asperity” in her nature. Joan of Arc by Thomas De Quincey

Henry James It left her visibly perplexedthough even the perplexed Cornelia was still the exceedingly pointed; but he had come to her aid after another turn. Crapy Cornelia by Henry James [1909]

George Gissing His throat was parched and constricted; his eyes dazzled, so that he could see nothing; his limbs were mere automatic mechanism; he felt as though some one had set his ears on fire. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Robert Louis Stevenson As for Mr. Somerset, I am very ready to have an explanation; for the whole affair, though costly, was eminently humorous. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

It was as though they were in paradise and I’d got to join them. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

E. F. Benson Not Charlotte, who understood her motives, though she thought her choice of subject morbid, but Emily. . Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Guy de Maupassant It seemed to me as though I were looking into her soul, just as I had into Monsieur Chantal’s; that I was looking right from one end to the other of this humble life, so simple and devoted. Mademoiselle Perle by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Another lay across his breast, but he had been able to shrink a little away from it so that it no longer oppressed him, though it was immovable. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

She did not say anything at the breakfast-table, though Anna sat upon thorns lest she should: Helen was so apt to speak upon impulse. Helen’s Curate by Ellen Wood [1877]

Incredible though it was, it seemed as if this one-time Chief Inspector of the Criminal Investigation Department must be the murderer. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

I’ve heard of a master paying in illness, though it’s not many of ’em as would, but I’ve never knowed ’em pay for holidays. Dick Mitchel by Ellen Wood [1870]

Marjorie Bowen It was a folding door, opening in the middle, firmly bolted from the inside, and appeared as hopeless as the great entrance to the suite within the palace, though unguarded. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

George Gissing Too late he recognised his error, though he tried not to admit it. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

John Lewis Burckhard Glass beads (Kherraz ﺯﺮﺧ) have not the same currency here as they have in Abyssinia and Darfour, though they are constantly seen in the market. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Guy de Maupassant In a second it seemed to me as though it were all over with me! I felt that a veil had been torn from my eyes and that I was going to make a horrible and heartrending discovery. Farewell! (Growing Old) (Adieu!) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

Sinclair Lewis He did not enjoy the dance, though she waltzed easily and himself not too badly. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Just for a minute I stood in the parlour where I was, feeling as though I had had a shower of ice thrown down upon me and might never be warm again. Margaret Rymer by Ellen Wood [1875]

William Makepeace Thackeray Thimble-rig too obtained somewhat, though in a humble way. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Charles Dickens You have seen my works many a time, though it’s fifty thousand to one if you have seen me. Somebody’s Luggage by Charles Dickens [1862]

Rudyard Kipling When the gentle buzz of the unseen city died out, it seemed as though the bund were the very Swordwide Bridge that runs, as every one knows, between this world and the next. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Rudyard Kipling The better classes own their broughams and barouches; the worse can shoulder an Englishman into the kennel and talk to him as though he were a cook. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]