Phrases with "unconsciously"

Henry James It was so absolutely and so unconsciously what it was. Flickerbridge by Henry James [1902]

How unconsciously many habitual actions are performed, indeed not rarely in direct opposition to our conscious will! Yet they may be modified by the will or reason. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Anthony Trollope He unconsciously took up an apricot and ate it, and then he spoke out. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

As he took his place opposite to them in the carriage, he unconsciously assumed a cold blank stare, pulling nervously at his moustache, as was his habit in moments of discomposure. The Pleasure-Pilgrim by Ella D'Arcy [1895]

Elizabeth Gaskell Another minute and the countenances of both parents imperceptibly and unconsciously relaxed into pleasure as Sylvia came in. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Algernon Blackwood For what you do consciously you are learning, but what you do unconsciously you have learned before. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Theodore Dreiser Jennie stood rigid, staring into the wonder of this picture, her face white, her eyes wide, her hands unconsciously clasped, but one thought in her mind — they were taking his body away. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

D. H. Lawrence He took big mouthfuls, big bites, and ate unconsciously with the same abandon an animal gives to its food. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

These men, so young, sober, and clever, who went to jail with a smile, moved her, and she unconsciously felt for them the pitying affection of a mother. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope But her fancies had been all shattered into fragments; not a stone of her castles was standing; she had told herself unconsciously that there was no longer a circle and no need for a centre. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Caroline he had known from her childhood: unconsciously she was his ideal of a lady. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

G. K. Chesterton The arrangement was exactly that at which all such legislation is consciously or unconsciously aiming. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Anthony Trollope Reginald clearly understood by the contempt which she threw almost unconsciously into her words that she did not approve of her husband going out walking at such an hour. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Margaret Oliphant Vincent unconsciously observed the look, and was surprised and even alarmed by it, without knowing why. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Arnold Bennett And across the yard he had a momentary glimpse of those nude nocturnal forms, unconsciously attitudinizing in the bakehouse. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Rafael Sabatini Lorenzo himself may unconsciously have pointed the way out of this overwhelming peril when he demanded the name of the archer who had supplied the prisoner with the prison-breaking tools. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

George Eliot Dinah unconsciously opened her arms and stretched them out. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

I have often wondered at the instinctive wisdom of the precaution; unconsciously I was acting on what has been one of my guiding principles ever since. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

George Gissing An unconsciously reared edifice of hope collapsed about him, laid waste his life, left him standing in desolate revolt against fate. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Anthony Trollope She did not recognize any pleasure as coming to her from his arrival, but still there was something in his presence which was, unconsciously to herself, soothing to her feelings. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins In those few words she unconsciously gave me the key to her whole character: to that generous trust in others which, in her nature, grew innocently out of the sense of her own truth. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Wilkie Collins Dear Mr. Godfrey unconsciously assisted me in concealing what I was about from Rachel, by speaking composing words to her at the other end of the room. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

She looked at him through the distances, and as if unconsciously put a hand beneath her pillow. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Edith Wharton And my right to make that is simply the universal right of a man to enlighten a woman when he sees her unconsciously placed in a false position. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

G. K. Chesterton He was a big, fair, bull-necked young man, abounding in outward gestures, unconsciously flapping his gloves and flourishing his stick. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Anthony Trollope The squire had unconsciously come to entertain a profound respect for his brother’s widow. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence Gerald was held unconsciously by the other man. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

He had held it unconsciously in his utter abstraction to all things except the two speakers in the cottage. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

John Galsworthy Essentially an open-air person, of the quick and wiry, rather than the hefty, type, she observed unconsciously the shibboleths of sport. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Thomas Hardy True, great men were known to suffer from absence of mind, and Bishop Helmsdale, having a dim sense that he had entered by that door yesterday, might have unconsciously turned thitherward now. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Anthony Trollope All unconsciously she hastened her steps and became aware that the tears were streaming from her eyes. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Algernon Blackwood I began to whistle — a thing I always do unconsciously when utterly nonplussed — and purposely paid no attention to his words. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

Andrew Lang Still more often the dream is unconsciously cooked by the narrator into harmony with facts. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

That mild, pensive manner promised sympathy and understanding, and he unconsciously inclined to confide his thoughts and opinions to her, as well as the history of his youth. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

He rushed with bent head along the roads and unconsciously mounted towards the vast spaces of the moorlands, stretching under grey skies. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope And now the martyrdom through which she had passed in Bedford Square had changedunconsciously as regarded her own thoughts — but still had changed her feelings in regard to her cousin. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

F. Scott Fitzgerald Half unconsciously he turned a page — he caught sight of his name — it was a salary list: Dalyrimple Demming Donahoe Everett His eyes stopped — Everett. . Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

E. Phillips Oppenheim Almost unconsciously I sink on to my knees upon the coarse straw hassock. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Anthony Trollope He had become unconsciously connected with the lowest dregs of mankind, and would have to see his name mingled with theirs in the daily newspapers. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Simpering in a manner that unconsciously put me on my guard, she remarked: “You left us very suddenly yesterday, miss. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope Emily of a sudden drew herself up unconsciously — and then at once relaxed her features and smiled. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Benjamin Disraeli Venetia withdrew almost unconsciously a few paces from her mother. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Rudyard Kipling The world of the innocents abroad is a touching and unsophisticated place, and its very atmosphere urges the Anglo-Indian unconsciously to an extravagant mendacity. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Thomas Hardy All these preparations completed, she began to undress, her mind unconsciously drifting away to the contemplation of her late surprises. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Wilkie Collins As they became more and more excited, both Charlotte and Bervie ended in unconsciously raising their voices. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

The band played the wild eastern air of Weber introduced in Abon Hassan; its volatile notes gave wings to the feet of the dancers, while the lookers-on unconsciously beat time. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Algernon Blackwood I was aware that my mind had been at high tension the entire day, almost on guard — as though seeking unconsciously to protect itself. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Wilkie Collins She unconsciously recalled it to me when she spoke next. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

He mounted and returned to Bath. His thoughts were absent, and he unconsciously suffered the horse to direct its course whither it pleased. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Ardita and Carlyle stood up, and half unconsciously started toward each other. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Edith Wharton Like most women possessed of an abstract idea she had unconsciously personified the idea and made a religion of it; but it was a religion of charity and not of vindictiveness. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Anthony Trollope The little oil lamp which she held threw a timid fitful light into the gloom, and Linda looked up unconsciously into the darkness of the roof over her head. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Virginia Woolf Thus consciously she desired ‘our splendid Empire’; unconsciously she desired our splendid war. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Wilkie Collins The more evil I was doing in secret, evil to family ties and family principles, the more good was unconsciously returned to me by my family, through my sister’s hands. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

I believe rather that we may walk unconsciously in an atmosphere of crime, and breathe none the less freely. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Wilkie Collins There was his responsibility, and he unconsciously acted under it, exactly as he would have acted in a case of emergency with women and children on board his own ship. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Anthony Trollope The girls had unconsciously felt that the attempt was made, and had vigorously rebelled against it. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

George Eliot Mrs. Pullet sat down, lifting up her mantle carefully behind, before she answered — “She’s gone,” unconsciously using an impressive figure of rhetoric. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Almost unconsciously they hastened their steps. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Victor Hugo Gwynplaine thought that he had dismissed that image from his remembrance, and he found that it was still there; and she had put her mark in his brain, unconsciously guilty of a dream. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Anthony Trollope He has become a novelist, as another has become a poet, because he has in those walks abroad, unconsciously for the most part, been drawing in matter from all that he has seen and heard. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Still I fancy at times — do not be angry — that he does somehow or other bewitch her, unconsciously to herself; for she always knows when he is coming. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Algernon Blackwood Watch your own automatic activities — I mean what you do unconsciously without deliberate thinking. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Charles Lamb I came to them reeking from the steams of my late over-heated notions of companionship; and the slightest fuel which they unconsciously afforded, was sufficient to feed my old fires into a propensity. Confessions of a Drunkard by Charles Lamb [1813]

Anthony Trollope But she believed in both, and was unconsciously troubled at having her belief so varied. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence Almost unconsciously Lou mounted, set her face ahead, and was riding away. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Frances Hodgson Burnett Lights were most unconsciously thrown by Mrs. Gareth–Lawless herself. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Henry James The other member, by whose felt but unseized identity he had been haunted, was the unconsciously insolent form of guaranteed happiness he had just been engaged with. The Velvet Glove by Henry James [1909]

Willa Cather We took it in unconsciously and unthinkingly perhaps, but we could not escape it. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

Perhaps the Calvinism of my father’s preaching had unconsciously taken grip of my soul. Prester John by John Buchan

I dare say I am compelled — unconsciously compelled — now to write volume after volume, as in past years I was compelled to go to sea voyage after voyage. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

H. G. Wells The lilies came into sight, dreaming under a rich green shade on a limpid pool of brown water, water that slept and brimmed over as it were, unconsciously into a cool splash and ripple of escape. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Anthony Trollope She looked timidly into Rachel’s face and unconsciously construed into their true meaning those lines which formed themselves on the girl’s brow and over her eyes. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

It was natural that the man who had made such rare discoveries should unconsciously magnify their merits to his own eyes and to those of others. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

All unconsciously she cast this crowning spell on Alfred, and he adored her. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

George Gissing She moved towards the door, hesitated, looked about her with unconsciously appealing eyes. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu But even from himself the utter selfishness, which toned a character passionate and impetuous enough to simulate quite unconsciously the graces of magnanimity and tenderness, was hidden. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Something in this young man, unconsciously to yourself, revives that forgotten train of meditative ideas. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

If one’s mind is ransacked with perpetual worry——” “Racked with perpetual worry,” interrupted Mr. Delorane, unconsciously correcting her mistake. A Mystery by Ellen Wood [1882]

George Gissing Cecily’s eyes wandered unconsciously over the paintings and other objects about her. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Arnold Bennett She was so disturbed that she had unconsciously reversed the customary order of the toilette. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

As, in her excitement, she had unconsciously pressed it upwards, the panel had certainly moved. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Frances Hodgson Burnett And now—: “Oh! please don’t be unhappy! If I could only keep you from being unhappy—until it is over!” she broke out all unconsciously one day. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

What vain hope was this that he had cherished unconsciously that she could help him. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Nathaniel Hawthorne All the younger portion of the inhabitants unconsciously ascribed a sort of aged immortality to Grandsir Dolliver’s infirm and reverend presence. The Dolliver Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1876]

Olaf Stapledon Because they are unconsciously and without effort virtuous, they have never had to pass through the saint's agony of heart-searching and self-discipline. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Thomas Hardy When they emerged upon the esplanade, the August moon was shining across the sea from the direction of St. Aldhelm’s Head. Bob unconsciously loitered, and turned towards the pier. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Wilkie Collins The inbred nobility of the woman’s nature answered the call which the man had unconsciously made on it. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Wilkie Collins The want of a master is their great unknown want; the possession of a master is — unconsciously to themselves — the only possible completion of their lives. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Never does this unconsciously mournful expression exist, but it is a sure index of sorrow and suffering; but Mr. Carlyle understood it not. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Frances Hodgson Burnett It was actually true that he had so far had no boyish love affairs because he had all unconsciously been in love with the beautiful completeness of her. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

The doctor was now engrossed in the reading of his book, and his interest in it was so great that he was puffing unconsciously upon a cigar that long since had gone dead and cold. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Thomas Hardy He unconsciously hoped that it was at least not entirely so here. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Zona Gale She was so little and so beautiful and so unconsciously appealing that when Prince Tabnit and Cassyrus and the rest of the court entered, it is doubtful if an eye left Olivia, to homage them. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Thomas Carlyle In this way had the Arabs lived for long ages, unnoticed by the world; a people of great qualities, unconsciously waiting for the day when they should become notable to all the world. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Arnold Bennett Astonishing with what liquid tenderness she turned and looked back on that hard, fighting, exhausting life in Paris! For, even if she had unconsciously liked it, she had never enjoyed it. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Victor Hugo The Gwynplaine of long ago had been transformed, by degrees, unconsciously in a mysterious growth. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Wilkie Collins He was evidently meditating about something, for he soon began to talk to himself — being, like most men who have passed much of their time in solitude, unconsciously in the habit of thinking aloud. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Anthony Trollope He tells you of it unconsciously in every tone of his voice. North America by Anthony Trollope

The spectator of so many points, all made the most of, unconsciously felt with a sense of oppres- sion that everything that could be done had been done. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Anthony Trollope She had wanted,—had unconsciously wanted,—some touch of romance from her father to satisfy the condition in which she found herself. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Anthony Trollope She had perceived, or perhaps had unconsciously felt, on the occasion of his former coming, that the visit had not been made simply from motives of civility. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence But when William went to Nottingham, and was not so much at home, the mother made a companion of Paul. The latter was unconsciously jealous of his brother, and William was jealous of him. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

And his chief’s face brightened unconsciously in his presence. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Edith Wharton She realized now that, as she sat in the restaurant, she had unconsciously arrived at a final decision. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Algernon Blackwood Almost unconsciously I gave it utterance: “Through the channel of a body?” I asked, and my voice was lower than his own. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Theodore Dreiser How were you to stop it? Cowperwood, in approaching Edward Malia Butler, had been unconsciously let in on this atmosphere of erratic and unsatisfactory speculation without really knowing it. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Arthur Schopenhauer Accordingly, any quality of mind or character that is genuine and lasting, is originally unconscious; and it is only when unconsciously brought into play that it makes a profound impression. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

There was something in the silence surrounding him which seemed to go to his heart; for his free right hand rose unconsciously to his breast, and clung there. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Bram Stoker The effort succeeded, for an instant he unconsciously relapsed into his old servile manner, bent low before me, and actually fawned upon me as he replied. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

She no doubt felt that she might impose the terms; she had unconsciously the sense of greater sacrifice, and knew that she had been mistress of the situation long before he was aware of it. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Anthony Trollope Such a caution as that received is not easily given even between a mother and a child, and is especially difficult when the mother is unconsciously aware of her child’s superiority to herself. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Arnold Bennett Janet was there, exquisitely welcoming, unconsciously pouring balm from her eyes. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

So good of you!’ His voice, in uttering these conventional phrases, fell at once into the false measure of society; and Herrick unconsciously followed the example. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

I mean, an accurate picture of what the courtyard is like; so we unconsciously treated it as something that was finished with. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Thomas Wolfe Miss Roberta Heilprinn missed no artifice of that almost unconsciously deceptive innocence. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Arnold Bennett Where on earth have you been?” She interrogated her daughter with an upward gaze, frigid and unconsciously hostile, through her gold-rimmed glasses. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

We strolled to the opposite side of the street, unconsciously hoping that luck might bring another cab with the right man in it. Helen Whitney’s Wedding by Ellen Wood [1877]

Wilkie Collins I cannot affect to hide from you what my sister has unconsciously shown to me. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Wilkie Collins She had surprised and shocked him, not only by what she said, but by what she unconsciously suggested. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Guy de Maupassant Almost unconsciously he asked: “Were they happy?” The young man sneered. The Olive Grove (Le Champ d'Oliviers) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

Joseph Furphy I began to blame myself for not having gone straight on when Archie unconsciously gave me my longitude. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Wilkie Collins In doing so, I unconsciously employed one of the phrases which the lawyer had used to me during my first interview with him. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

He kept his eyes fixed straight before him, yet almost unconsciously he took in every detail of the tall and graceful figure. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

D. H. Lawrence And if ever a man was gone in sheer desire, it was Percy, as he pressed the woman’s lithe form against his body, and seemed unconsciously to envelop her, unaware of everything else. The Blue Moccasins by D. H. Lawrence [1928]

His cheek rested upon his hand; and, with his face a little raised, and his eyes wildly staring before him, he seemed to be unconsciously intent on counting the chinks in the opposite wall. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

H. G. Wells We are all consciously or unconsciously adapting ourselves to a single common world. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Olaf Stapledon He unconsciously assumed that thinking must be the act of something other than itself, namely a thinker. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

We had left our accompanying caravan far behind us; and now I perceived that the storm had made me unconsciously deviate from my intended route. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope There grew up unconsciously a feeling of security against attack which was distasteful to these gentlemen, and was in itself perhaps a little dangerous. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Marjorie Bowen At first keenly anxious, straining for every sound, as time went on, unconsciously they grew more at ease, and Conrad beguiled Tomaso with his talk. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

H. G. Wells It seemed at once quite fresh to him and one that he had always unconsciously entertained. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Mrs. Gaskell All that remained to be discovered was the Captain’s infinite kindness of heart, and the various modes in which, unconsciously to himself, he manifested it. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Mary Webb She was one of nature’s opiates, and she administered herself unconsciously to everyone who saw much of her. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

G. K. Chesterton He was a gentleman, and a very handsome man, and could not help unconsciously wearing even his preposterous robe as it should be worn. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Virginia Woolf So she righted herself after the shock of the event, and quite unconsciously and incongruously, used the branches of the elm trees outside to help her to stabilise her position. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I know you won’t deceive us, Mr. Verney,” said Miss Sheckleton, with an imploring look, and laying her hand unconsciously upon his arm. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

D. H. Lawrence She still looked for him unconsciously when she went towards the wood. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing So busy were his thoughts that he unconsciously passed the door of the house in which he lived, and had to turn when the roar of a train passing over the archway reminded him where he was. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Andrew Lang Their first thought was to reward the frog, who had unconsciously been the means of curing them of their misfortunes. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

No sooner was he in than a constable who, unconsciously to himself, had been observing his movements with suspicious eyes, came and found him on the premises. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Arthur Conan Doyle As I advanced he unconsciously aided me by pulling up his horse, so that I had a fine start of the vedettes. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Taken to all the ceremonial corroborees, and believed to be sleeping, they were unconsciously schooled into their place in the tribe. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Helen Zimmern It is not the least skillful part of this clever tale that it is told as an autobiography, the hero himself both consciously and unconsciously dissecting his foibles. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Ivan Turgenev It is hard to say how this came about; perhaps because unconsciously she felt in Bazarov the absence of anything aristocratic, of all that superiority which at once attracts and overawes. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

G. K. Chesterton He certainly looked rather incomplete; standing in that room with a stoop and a scowl, which were none the less sullen if they were unconsciously sullen. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Anthony Trollope From the very first she is dressing herself unconsciously in the mirror of a man’s eyes. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Thomas Hardy His bitter disappointment at finding Elizabeth-Jane to be none of his, and himself a childless man, had left an emotional void in Henchard that he unconsciously craved to fill. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

F. Scott Fitzgerald Half unconsciously he took a step out from the stag line in her direction, and hesitated. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George Gissing Mr. Marsh is rather too stout for his years, and I should think very self-indulgent; whenever his wife looks at him, he unconsciously falls into the attitude of one who is accustomed to snuff incense. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Walter Crane By such devices a child learns to associate line and form, unconsciously and step by step defining form in the use of, or pursuit of, line. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

Henry James His faculty of enjoyment was so large, so unconsciously eager, that it may be said of it that it had a permanent advance upon embarrassment and sorrow. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Edith Wharton During this exchange of words the two speakers had drifted unconsciously toward one of the benches. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Andrew Lang Almost unconsciously he opened it, and a purple vapour came pouring out. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Virginia Woolf His mind relaxed its tension, and seemed to be giving out now what it had taken in unconsciously at the time. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

I should be, unconsciously to myself, under a mesmeric influence, conveyed to me from a distance by a human being who had acquired power over me by previous rapport. The Haunted and the Haunters by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1859]

G. K. Chesterton As a child, Wayne had half unconsciously compared them with the spears in pictures of Lancelot and St. George, and had grown up under the shadow of the graphic association. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Elizabeth Gaskell The watching, which Ruth felt was ever upon her, made her unconsciously shiver, as you would if you saw that the passionless eyes of the dead were visibly gazing upon you. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

The men were smoking their pipes and the women unconsciously smiling with pleasure. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Thomas Hardy He had traversed the greater part of this depression, and was climbing the western acclivity, when, pausing for breath, he unconsciously looked back. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope He sat there by the bedside, resting his hands on his knees and gazing unconsciously at the counterpane. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Aaron had declared to himself over and over again that that face was sweet to look upon, and had unconsciously promised to himself certain delights in talking and perhaps walking with the owner of it. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Mistaking the hard stare her mistress was unconsciously giving her for one of displeasure, she hastened to excuse herself. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Anthony Trollope She had, in some sort, unconsciously clung to her old love, till he to whom she had plighted her new troth was in adversity — and then all was changed. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

It was a slim, graceful figure; and watching it come Lucy realised that she had unconsciously pictured the South American plump and over-ripe. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Great progress in our intimacy brought about unconsciously by our enthusiastic interest in the matter of our discourse and, in the moments of silence, by the sympathetic current of our thoughts. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Jules Verne Thus they almost unconsciously descended this ravine, which even in broad daylight would have been considered impracticable. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

D. H. Lawrence Her children moved unconsciously together, in a nearer group, at the dreadful command in her voice. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

He smiled, unconsciously to himself, and, scarcely knowing that he did so, quickened his pace at every step. The Tragedy in the Palazzo Bardello by Amelia B. Edwards

But it was Father Heslop’s own theory that most people who came were unconsciously running away from life, and they found what their imaginations prepared for them. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

H.P. Lovecraft How any dream — or scrap of unconsciously absorbed legend — could have taught me a detail so minute, so intricate, and so complex, I did not attempt to explain to myself. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Theodore Dreiser By the God in heaven, I don’t know what has got into my children! “I don’t know how it is,” he went on, unconsciously commiserating himself. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

His training forbade this lurking hostility to enter his active mind; consciously he ruled out Stephen, unconsciously he lay in ambushed expectation. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

H.P. Lovecraft Later a queer boldness and recklessness came into my demeanour, till I unconsciously grew to possess the bearing of a man of the world despite my lifelong seclusion. The Tomb (Jun 1917) by H.P. Lovecraft [1917]

To-morrow it would assert itself; unconsciously she put off paying attention to it until then. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Edith Wharton Mrs. Spragg’s maternal apprehensions unconsciously escaped in her next words. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Virginia Woolf But they combine — they combine unconsciously together. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

George Meredith It is done more or less at any meeting of men and men; and men and women who love not are perpetually doing it, unconsciously or sensibly. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Sinclair Lewis Who wouldn’t be? Maybe unconsciously he even likes her TOO much. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Robert Louis Stevenson O fy ‘divine Clarinda!’ “ I suspect, although quite unconsciously on the part of the lady, who was bent on his redemption, they but used the favourite subject as a stalking-horse. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Hope At last I began to gain on him; for he, occupied with his search, unconsciously slackened his pace. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Julian Hawthorne If she were not disturbed, she might possibly retire as quietly and unconsciously as she had come. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

His eyes were unconsciously stern; those of the girl seemed to quail before them. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Thomas Hardy All this feigning was most distasteful to Graye. The riddle having been solved, he unconsciously assumed his natural look before she had withdrawn her face. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Thomas Hardy Tess and Clare unconsciously studied each other, ever balanced on the edge of a passion, yet apparently keeping out of it. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

The mass of the people, in the nineties as now, were anti-militarist, bored by the Empire, and only unconsciously patriotic. Rudyard Kipling by George Orwell [1942]

Sinclair Lewis She unconsciously smiled at him as she went through. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

He was an impressible young man, and he had been unconsciously falling deeper in love with Lady Mabel every day during the last three months. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

The Duke and Mornington, in their respective hours of vigil before the sacred vessel, had endeavoured unconsciously to recapture some of their previous emotion. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Sinclair Lewis He sat primly lounging in the big chair by the window, smoking a panetela and unconsciously gazing at the building across the street. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Theodore Dreiser The most ridiculous grimaces were purposely or unconsciously indulged in. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Benjamin Disraeli Lady Aphrodite, who was proud of her previous acquaintance, however slight, with the most distinguished girl in London, and eager to improve it, unconsciously assisted their operations. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Wilkie Collins Once again, “Jezebel’s Daughter” unconsciously touched Jezebel’s heart with the light of her purity and her goodness. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Andrew Lang He goes on: ‘Being thus bound up like an Egyptian mummy’ (Carver unconsciously making my point), ‘the seer was lifted into the chest-like enclosure. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

The minister gave out a hymn; the voices began it; the great beast of revelation that stood there moved again, and as Richardson unconsciously moved also he felt his arm caught from behind. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Thomas Hardy I have never seen any more beautiful!” “Nor have I, miss,” said Marty, dryly, unconsciously stroking her crown. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Mark Twain Not PRIMARILY for the object’s sake, but for ITS OWN. When its object is happy IT is happy — and that is what it is unconsciously after. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

I simply say that your whole attitude toward me would be unconsciously modified, and you couldn’t help it. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

D. H. Lawrence Then she sank unconsciously to sleep. The Mortal Coil by D. H. Lawrence [1917]

One day I had come unconsciously and without purpose into Oxford Street. My troubled thoughts were suddenly broken in upon by the solicitations of a beggar. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu