Phrases with "uncertain"

D. H. Lawrence He stood, uncertain in balance, gazing upon her. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Obviously, it is to the interest of these men to make laws which shall be uncertain and perplexing — to confuse and darken legislation as much as they can. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

Wilkie Collins An uncertain reader, who wants to be told whether he had better declare his feelings frankly and honourably at once. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

H. G. Wells Given a cause then tradition speaks with an uncertain voice. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

D. H. Lawrence I wondered that he found such satisfaction in his image, seeing that there was a gap in his chin, and an uncertain moth-eaten appearance in one cheek. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Gaskell While he still kept silence, uncertain what to say best fitted to induce her to listen to him, she said softly: “Are you better, sir? — are you very much hurt?” “Not very much; I am better. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Arthur Conan Doyle Between each of these bars of uncertain light was an interval of darkness. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Ford Madox Ford Why had the Vatican not protested with no uncertain voice about the abominations practised on the Belgian Catholics? . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Henry James This morning Mr. Sloane is better; feeble and uncertain in mind, but unmistakably on the rise. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

He wore spectacles, and had an uncertain manner. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Sir Walter Scott When this singular figure entered the apartment, she cast her eyes on Nigel, and paused, as if uncertain whether to advance or retreat. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Amid the strings his fingers stray’d, And an uncertain warbling made, And oft he shook his hoary head. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It accused him in no uncertain terms of having seduced her daughter, who had been at her mother’s side during the crucial stage of the illness. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

But all that Mr. Spedding’s industry and profound interest in the subject has brought together throws but an uncertain light on Bacon’s long disappointment. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She saw his cheap overcoat, of which the velvet collar was already bare, his linen frayed and only moderately clean, his boots thick and clumsy, over which his trousers hung in uncertain folds. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Anna Katherine Green I cannot face an uncertain separation. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Charles Dickens Mrs Varden was a lady of what is commonly called an uncertain temper — a phrase which being interpreted signifies a temper tolerably certain to make everybody more or less uncomfortable. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Virginia Woolf It was an uncertain day, with passing shadows and darting rays of bright sunshine. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

He looked at it stupidly for a moment, and then with an uncertain glance at me, folded it with what seemed to me exaggerated care and placed it in his bosom. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

John Locke For whilst they stick in words of undetermined and uncertain signification, they are unable to distinguish true from false, certain from probable, consistent from inconsistent, in their own opinions. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Robert Louis Stevenson And thou, faded Future, uncertain and frail, As I cherish thy light in each draught, His lamp is not more to the miner — their sail Is not more to the crew on the raft. New Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson

The child moved his little hands, making wild, uncertain gestures. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

And there we all stood, uncertain what to do, the dinner hovering in mid-air like Mahomet’s coffin, and not to be eaten. Robert Ashton’s Wedding-day by Ellen Wood [1870]

Walter Scott He went with fear and reluctance, uncertain how he might be received. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

George Gissing The latter he felt to be unlikely; sometimes there was a pressure of her hands as their lips just touched, the indication, he believed, of feeling held in restraint for uncertain reasons. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

He saw the figure of a woman moving a way from the pavement before the hotel very slowly, with a languid, uncertain step. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Gissing What a splendid thing it is to be of an independent character! I had rather be a self-reliant coal-heaver than a millionaire of uncertain will. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Andrew Lang At the bottom the king found a narrow grassy ledge by the brink of the stream, across which the light from a rude lantern in the mount of a cave shed a broad beam of uncertain light. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Algernon Blackwood It drew forward into the zone of uncertain light where fire and shadows mingled, not ten feet away; then halted, staring at them fixedly. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

Wilkie Collins I stood looking down it, uncertain which way to take next, and while I looked I saw on one thorny branch some fragments of fringe from a woman’s shawl. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

It is a weakness of inferior minds when it is not the cunning device of those who, uncertain of their talent, would seek to add lustre to it by the authority of a school. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

The Press in no uncertain tones voiced the matter, too, but it was given to the Times of Adelaide first to take the matter up openly in the way the public wished. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

H. G. Wells This suggests pretty clearly a delayed and uncertain medical attendance and rough conditions, and it points us to still better possibilities. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

H.P. Lovecraft He sensed an intrusion, and rebuffed his visitor in no uncertain way; till Malone withdrew disgusted, and turned to other channels of information. The Horror at Red Hook by H.P. Lovecraft [1925]

Arthur Machen A horrible music, and the exultation of discordant voices, swelled in his ears, and he saw an uncertain tossing crowd of dusky figures that circled and leapt before him. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Victor Hugo Layers of mist sank down upon the now uncertain light. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

George Gissing Ultimately a gloomy street was entered, and after slow, uncertain advancing, they stopped. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Arthur Machen He lay still, half-stunned, for a moment, and then rising unsteadily, he looked desperately into the darkness before him, uncertain and bewildered. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Theodore Dreiser At the same time, she would not delay to inflict any injury, big or little, which would wound the object of her revenge and still leave him uncertain as to the source of the evil. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells All intellectuals are flimsy and uncertain people. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

H.P. Lovecraft He was, West nervously said, a congenial stranger whom we had met at some downtown bar of uncertain location. Herbert West — Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

Viewed from a distance and by so uncertain a light, it looked exactly like a volcanic cone of perhaps a couple of hundred feet in height. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Jane Austen He was nice in his eating, uncertain in his hours; fond of his child, though affecting to slight it; and idled away the mornings at billiards, which ought to have been devoted to business. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Near old Antandros, and at Ida’s foot, The timber of the sacred groves we cut, And build our fleet; uncertain yet to find What place the gods for our repose assign’d. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Edmund Burke Now some low, confused, uncertain sounds, leave us in the same fearful anxiety concerning their causes, that no light, or an uncertain light, does concerning the objects that surround us. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

Arthur Conan Doyle The stars shone cold and bright, while a half-moon bathed the whole scene in a soft, uncertain light. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Jane Austen Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in F. W. “I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Henry James He must tack in approaching so uncertain a coast. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

This substitution of chicanery in place of devastation takes place only in an uncertain degree. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

George Gissing She seemed even yet to be uncertain as to his intention, and her dark eyes viewed him curiously and askance. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

The people are harassed by a vexatious and uncertain system of fees and taxes, calculated to engender ill feeling, and things connected with the administration seem somewhat “mixed. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

H. G. Wells As that number increased, the more and more advisable did it become to put your cards on the table and risk the complex uncertain protection of the patent law. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Walter Scott But all knowledge to be got from her is so uncertain and indirect, that I could not collect any farther circumstances. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You will understand, though—you will be able to decipher this faint, uncertain handwriting, and you will forgive me if it tires you. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

As they came deeper under the hills the path was so rough and uncertain that David let him pick his own way. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

He has an uncertain temper, and is not favourably disposed towards his rider. Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. Bird [1894]

She seemed to have what she most wanted in the world lying at her feet, and she was dreadfully uncertain in her more reflective moments whether she really wanted to stretch out her hand and take it. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

Rudyard Kipling His speech, now, was often clouded and uncertain — the result of the ‘liver-tonics’; and his face came to look like old vellum. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

When she got her nephew on the phone he refused in no uncertain manner to accept the week-end invitation. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

D. H. Lawrence But now that it was a serious matter, she seemed uncertain and clumsy in her stroke, it was difficult to paddle swiftly. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

John Locke Scarce possible that God should engrave principles in words of uncertain meaning. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Ascanius young, and eager of his game, Soon bent his bow, uncertain in his aim; But the dire fiend the fatal arrow guides, Which pierc’d his bowels thro’ his panting sides. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Algernon Blackwood He apparently was looking across in our direction, but the distance was too great and the light too uncertain for us to make out very plainly what he was about. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

Into this dim uncertain light came Roderick and Vixen, through the deep stone archway which opened from the shrubbery into the stable-yard, and which was solid enough for the gate of a fortified town. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Theodore Dreiser Now Letty did depend upon Lester. It was something, in so shifty and uncertain a world, to be near so fixed and determined a quantity as this bear-man. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope My position is so uncertain that I cannot do without it. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Gissing Then she opened the door, and with uncertain step went out into the passage. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

George Gissing Mrs Peak’s silence after Andrew’s departure made it uncertain how she regarded the obligation of kindred, and in any such matter as this the boy was far too sensitive to risk giving pain. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Walter Scott Sir John de Walton himself seemed in some degree uncertain what might now be his best course. Castle Dangerous by Walter Scott [1832]

H.P. Lovecraft With hidden powers of uncertain extent apparently at his disposal, Curwen was not a man who could safely be warned to leave town. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

George Meredith I have a line, and I am uncertain of the run of the line. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Walter Scott They seemed to whisper together, as if uncertain what to do next. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

I doubt if I can do any good now, especially as Karolides is uncertain about his plans. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Was she wearing school clothes on her holiday?” For the first time Mrs. Wynn looked doubtfully at him; uncertain of his motive in asking. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Arthur Conan Doyle So moved was the young clerk by these mute appeals, that he came forth from the trees and crossed the meadow, uncertain what to do, and yet loth to hold back from one who might need his aid. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

George Gissing The sisters hoped she would return to Lavender Hill with her news, but that was left uncertain — by Monica herself purposely. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

William Hope Hodgson And lo! there came a time when I waked, and did be freed of uncertain burdenings and peculiar woes and that still haze through which great achings did come constant upon me. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Thomas Hardy She lived with her father, who called himself an accountant, the daughter, however, keeping a little stationery-shop as a supplemental provision for the gaps of his somewhat uncertain business. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

The uncertain light and the vapors prevented his seeing across it, but he heard the brutes splashing around beyond. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

D. H. Lawrence The garden and fields beyond the brook were closed in uncertain darkness. The Odour of Chrysanthemums by D. H. Lawrence

Benjamin Disraeli Now he is ever toiling, with an uncertain prospect of annual relaxation, and living hardly. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Willa Cather When Everett alighted from the train he walked down the platform and stopped at the track crossing, uncertain as to what direction he should take to reach a hotel. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

William Shakespeare My love is as a fever longing still, For that which longer nurseth the disease; Feeding on that which doth preserve the ill, The uncertain sickly appetite to please. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Formerly, life used to happen somewhere in the distance, remote from where she was, uncertain for whom and for what. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Bram Stoker The poor man’s breathing came in uncertain gasps. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Edith Wharton Lita, in spite of her soft curled-up attitudes, was not only a tireless dancer but a brilliant if uncertain tennis-player, and an adventurous rider to hounds. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Rudyard Kipling They have elected to take their chance with time to come; but the records of the Institution and the Orphan Fund will tell you that their descendants have to take certain or uncertain chances now. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

H. G. Wells The prize in this imaginative game was an ideal being, the clubman, the man about town; but it always seemed uncertain whether he had been found. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

D.H. Lawrence There was something blowsy and uncertain and hesitating about the women in particular, which made one at once notice them. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

But she paused uncertain whether to pretend that in effect she did not owe him anything, or to admit that she did. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

H.P. Lovecraft The uncertain bridge now before me was posted with a warning sign, but I took the risk and crossed again to the south bank where traces of life reappeared. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Daniel Defoe Here his trumpet yielded an uncertain sound for some ages, and like what he was, and according to what he practised from the beginning, he delivered out falsehood and delusion by retail. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

Those first attempts are not faltering or uncertain in expression. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

All my sure confidence left me in a flash, and I felt as humble and uncertain as before I had been confident and proud. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Edith Wharton After a while the track they were following forked, and he pulled up the horse, as if uncertain of the way. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

George Gissing Rhoda’s week at the seashore was spoilt by uncertain weather. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Richard Hakluy Countries new explored, where commodity is to be looked for, do better accord with a new name given by the explorers than an uncertain name by a doubtful author. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

Arthur Conan Doyle Where the path ran down a great stone had been fixed in the centre of the brook, but it was too far from the bank for her aged and uncertain feet. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

M. P. Shiel It left me uncertain whether he had addressed to me an exclamation of conviction, or a simple question. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

George Gissing Why didn’t I come? Why didn’t I come?’ There was a footstep in the passage, a slow, uncertain step; then the door moved a little. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu When he saw her he recoiled, as a man might who had all but trod upon a snake; and these two people gazed at one another with a strange, uncertain scowl. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Augustine Birrell Up to the last Monk seems to have remained uncertain what to do. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Theodore Dreiser These uncertain phases of affection could become very trying at times. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Henry Handel Richardson Mahony prepared to state the object of his visit in no uncertain terms. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

F. Scott Fitzgerald The train came to an uncertain stop, and the sun and the poles and the trees faded, and his universe rocked itself slowly back to its old usualness, with Anthony Patch in the centre. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Her face was white; her eyes had in them an uncertain terror. Reality or Delusion? by Ellen Wood [1868]

Theodore Dreiser Aileen looked at him with clear, questioning, uncertain eyes. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Brat, uncertain of the quality of that silence, turned to the shelves and began to consider the books. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Rudyard Kipling Goes out with an uncertain smile. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

My own security was so uncertain that I was like a man almost hemmed in by the onrush of some fierce forest fire. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Richard Burton Then loud, scattered “Amins” (Amens) and volleys of “Labbayk” exploded at uncertain intervals[. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Arthur Conan Doyle The officers and men at the other faces were glancing nervously to the rear, uncertain what was going on, and unable to take help to their comrades without breaking the formation. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

The surgeon looked round the room, and then fumbled in his pockets for his spectacles, without the aid of which the outside world presented itself to him under a blurred and uncertain aspect. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Daniel Defoe For we find no danger in our shores, no uncertain wavering in our tides, no frightful gulfs, no horrid monsters, but what the bold mariner has made familiar to him. The Storm by Daniel Defoe [1704]

Sir Walter Scott The Colonel rung for Barnes to desire that the persons who came in the carriage might be shown into a separate room, being altogether uncertain whom it might contain. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

The child was gonehappy being! She thought she could never be sufficiently thankful that it was released from the uncertain future — therefore she had not his support to think of. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Charles Dickens But he soon became uncertain of the spot, and could only say it was thereabouts, he thought, and these alterations were confusing. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

I had kept the gang uncertain what part I meant to play, and I had taken the measure of Troth. A bit of a ruffian as I have said, but not altogether a rogue. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Willa Cather But I remember them all as flooded by the rich indolence of a full moon, or a half-moon set in uncertain blue. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

H. G. Wells Parload stood at the open window, opera-glass in hand, and sought and found and was uncertain about and lost again, the new comet. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

And then it came again, that loud, tremulous, uncertain double knock; not a knock, so the listener told herself, that boded any good. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Edith Wharton A vague flutter within, indicative of whispers and uncertain movements, was followed by the slipping of the bolt, and a middle-aged woman looked out. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Arthur Conan Doyle Ryder stood glaring with a drawn face, uncertain whether to claim or to disown it. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

I could not but remember how he had led me into my first felony, by means of a trick, while yet uncertain whether he could trust me or not. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

E. F. Benson Then, urged to proceed, she went down the steps with astonishing alacrity, but paused in the hall as if uncertain where to go next. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

George Gissing It all depends on—on uncertain things. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

He was a bow-legged man of uncertain height, with sparse, faded hair on his face and head, and faded eyes. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Arthur Conan Doyle I paused for a moment, uncertain what I should do. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Sinclair Lewis If we were really engaged, if I could only be sure that I had you to do things for, then maybe I wouldn’t be so uncertain and so jealous. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Victor Hugo Peerage was born in France; the date is uncertain — under Charlemagne, says the legend; under Robert le Sage, says history, and history is not more to be relied on than legend. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Victor Hugo The brasier dwindled to the snuff of a candle; then nothing; more but a weak, uncertain flutter. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Louisa May Alcott I felt I ought to do it, for life is uncertain and I don’t want any ill feeling over my tomb. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

George Gissing Godwin, bo-oy, ‘ow much longer’ll it be before you’re out of you’re time over there?’ ‘It’s uncertain — I can’t say. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Ann Radcliffe The uncertain sounds that Vivaldi had fancied he heard, were now more audible, and he distinguished, with inexpressible horror, that they were uttered by persons suffering. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

It seemed likely, though, that the flight must already have exhausted a good deal of the gasoline; though that again depended on uncertain factors. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

George Gissing With an uncertain voice, she made known her business. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Deeply sunken beneath these, glowed in the obscure light a pair of eyes of uncertain color, but obviously enough too small. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Anthony Trollope It is uncertain even yet whether he will not be tried before a jury. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

It was too much like the Chinaman’s device of burning down his house to obtain a poor dish of roast pig — uncertain whether in the end he might not find a mere mass of cinders. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was still uncertain about it when Mrs. Thorpe-Satchell reappeared. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

This dismal news, not from uncertain fame, But sad spectators, to the hero came: His friends upon the brink of ruin stand, Unless reliev’d by his victorious hand. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

The lover (who is to a great extent a replica of the masterful mill-owner in Shirley) is uncertain and impersonal: and the minor characters are null. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

He stood still for a few seconds till he was breathing more normally and had become more conscious of his surroundings; then, feeling slightly uncertain of his balance, he sat down again. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

I was just going to have a glass of toddy—a grand thing for these uncertain April nights. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

George Gissing But no sooner had he departed, after luncheon, than she went to her dressing-room, and began to make slow, uncertain preparations for leaving home herself. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Arthur Conan Doyle The assistant, looking after him, saw him rolling, with an uncertain step, down the street, until a friend met him, and they walked on arm in arm. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Well, why not free it still? You and I are philosophers, we know that life after all is an uncertain thing. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

The minute structure of the viscera lay in the mists of an uncertain microscopic vision. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In fact, the batteries which had been established the evening before had but a weak and uncertain aim, on account of their position. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Charles Stur These flats extend to uncertain distances from the river, and vary in breadth from a quarter of a mile to two miles or more. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

F. Scott Fitzgerald He turned and saw an individual of uncertain age standing in the doorway. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Longfellow, Emerson, Lowell and Whittier had spoken with no uncertain sound, protesting against what they considered a great national evil. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

She ceased on an uncertain note. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Arthur Machen She had looked out into the silvery uncertain night in order that she might experience the sense that for her these things no longer existed. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

William Hope Hodgson And all did dance and made a strange and uncertain light within the great Gorge; yet was it a peaceful thing unto my spirit that there was truly light, as you shall understand. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

And then, as Mrs. Bunting sat there thinking these painful thoughts, there suddenly came to the front door the sound of a loud, tremulous, uncertain double knock. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Theodore Dreiser Another time he drew her to his knee, and told her of his life at Washington. Always now he had a caress and a kiss for her, but it was still in a tentative, uncertain way. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Ford Madox Ford But it was very annoying to be uncertain whether that pocket-book was packed or not. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Wilkie Collins An uncertain marriage-law is a national calamity. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

John Locke Till a man doth this in the primary and original notions of things, he builds upon floating and uncertain principles, and will often find himself at a loss. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Theodore Dreiser Not understanding, she felt diffident and uncertain of herself in certain presences. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

The daylight made things distinguishable in a wan, uncertain way, throughout the room. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

H. G. Wells It leaves us inconsistent and uncertain amidst these unavoidable problems. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Theodore Dreiser And was their financial state, then, as uncertain as her mother indicated? In this crisis some of her previous social experiences became significant. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

But my plan was unsettled, and I wandered many hours round the confines of the town, uncertain what path I should pursue. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Then they sauntered towards the carriage, he offering a formal hand to help her down the uncertain steps, she gracefully accepting it. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Charles Dickens The men and boys were playing at cricket on the green; and as the other folks were looking on, they wandered up and down, uncertain where to seek a humble lodging. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Walsingham worked underground; Leicester, with all his gorgeousness, is dim to us — an uncertain personage, bending to every wind; the Lord Chancellor Hatton danced, and that is all we know of him. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Henry James He hasn’t broached the question sooner because their return was uncertain — seemed in fact for the present impossible. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

A tentative, uncertain intimacy was springing up between us two. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Edith Wharton Waiting for Lorry was always an uncertain affair, but Halo seldom had any engagements, and her unoccupied hours weighed on her less heavily away from home. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Charles Dickens As he gazed upon her, uncertain what to do or where to turn, the shutters flew open. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

George Gissing She grew more and more uncertain as to her real thoughts and desires. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

E. F. Benson But all this week she had been a little uneasy about him; he had seemed nervous, easily startled, uncertain of himself. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

This guide I found in the most fickle and uncertain of the elements. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Walter Scott The stranger paused, as if uncertain whether he should demand or assay entrance. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Night had fallen, and the moon’s calm radiance and the twinkling stars mingled with the pale fires that hedged that mountain top in an uncertain light. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

He talked a little disjointedly, with the uncertain swaying of a shadow on his thoughts, as if the light of his mind had flickered like an expiring lamp. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

The rapid purification of Milton’s taste will be best perceived by comparing L’Allegro and Il Penseroso of uncertain date, but written after 1632, with the Ode on the Nativity, written 1629. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Marshall gazed around him with an uncertain air. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

H. G. Wells It wilted a little during the World War, but revived again very hopefully in the decade of hectic and uncertain expansion that followed. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

George Eliot The double suffering of certain and uncertain sorrow had begun to shake the strong man. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Anthony Trollope There is a distressing habitual humility in many unmarried ladies of an uncertain age, which at the first blush tells the tale against them which they are so painfully anxious to leave untold. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

James Joyce Am I a father? If I were? Shrunken uncertain hand. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Charles Dickens I found the room reeling round in an uncertain way, like a labouring, humming-top. The Holly-Tree by Charles Dickens [1855]

Sinclair Lewis The lines are broken and uncertain of direction; often instead of rising they sink in wavering scrawls; and the colors are watery blue and pink and the dim gray of rubbed pencil marks. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Maria Edgeworth Alas! how different! Why had not I such a friend, such a mother as yours, early to direct my uncertain steps, and to educate me to happiness? I might have been ——. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Edith Wharton Turrets and balconies showed in uncertain glimpses through layer on layer of overlapping lilac fringes. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Austria, traditionally unaggressive whenever her hand is not forced, ruled by a dynasty of uncertain future, weakened by her duality, can only speak to her in an uncertain, bilingual phrase. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is an uncertain game, and one never knows the finish till the last card is played. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Algernon Blackwood And, in his despair and abandonment, he called upon it, and called with no uncertain accents. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

George Gissing She knew not what to say to him, uncertain of her own desires and of what lay before her. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

The trivial and uncertain notions of the black boy who was the first to tell it, and by theatrical gestures to illustrate its verities, became more and more indistinct. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

His eyes, large and black as the deepest night, shone with no varying and uncertain lustre. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

They didn’t understand raw men, ill-trained men, uncertain minds, and intelligent women; and these are the things that matter in England. . The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Charles Dickens That I am too old?” said Mr. Lorry. “Unsettled weather, a long journey, uncertain means of travelling, a disorganised country, a city that may not be even safe for you. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

George Gissing He was distressed by an uneasy fear, a dread of an uncertain kind, which made him turn sick at heart. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Bram Stoker England had declared in no uncertain voice in favour of Protestantism, and the whole forces of Rome were arrayed against her. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Andrew Lang Colonel Elliot, we saw, is uncertain whether to attribute stanza xii. Sir Walter Scott and the Border Minstrelsy by Andrew Lang [1910]

George Gissing I felt it to be so uncertain whether you would come. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]