Phrases with "unconsciously"

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]

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

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]

Olaf Stapledon Consciously or unconsciously he seeks only an excuse for detachment from all desires except selfish desires. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

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

Algernon Blackwood The power she felt emanated unconsciously from him, and was used unconsciously. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

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

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

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

Wilkie Collins I had kept her hand in mine while I was speaking, and I must have pressed it unconsciously so hard as almost to hurt her. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

In moving, she had unconsciously brought the poor manuscript close to the candle; the leaves caught the flame; her own cap and hand burning first made her aware of the mischief done. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

George MacDonald When one crept into my bosom, unconsciously I clasped him there, and the rest lay close around me, the smaller nearer. Lilith by George MacDonald

D. H. Lawrence But one would have said she was repulsed, she found her task unconsciously repugnant. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope He’s one of those men who always unconsciously exaggerate what they have to say for the sake of the importance it gives them. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

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

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

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

Olaf Stapledon On the one hand were the universities, seats of culture and refinement, on the other the workers, unconsciously needing culture and refinement, starving for it, though unwittingly. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

These are the whimsies of the mass — the harmless follies by which they unconsciously endeavour to lighten the load of care which presses upon their existence. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

There was an armchair in the corner, but Janet unconsciously clung to the box, as the only familiar object in an unfamiliar world. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

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]

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]

Wilkie Collins I return the warning — the prophetic warning — which you unconsciously gave me in that past time. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

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]

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

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]

D. H. Lawrence Ursula seemed so peaceful and sufficient unto herself, sitting there unconsciously crooning her song, strong and unquestioned at the centre of her own universe. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

As it was, it had only the effect of unconsciously severing his train of thought and starting him alertly to his feet. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

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

Mrs. Gresley unconsciously drew in her feet. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

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

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]

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]

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

Ivan Turgenev Maria Nikolaevna was a very good listener; and moreover she seemed herself so frank, that she led others unconsciously on to frankness. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Kenyon’s genius, unconsciously wrought upon by Hilda’s influence, took a more delicate character than heretofore. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

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]

G. K. Chesterton But wherever there is conflict, crises come in which any soul, personal or racial, unconsciously turns on the world the most hateful of its hundred faces. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

William Makepeace Thackeray Poverty, illness, a humpback, may be rewards and conditions of good, as well as that bodily prosperity which all of us unconsciously set up for worship. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

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]

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

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]

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]

But here his mind drew unconsciously a droll distinction. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

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]

Wilkie Collins His capacity to preserve the harmless relations between them, depended mainly on the mute appeal which the girl’s ignorant innocence unconsciously addressed to him. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

H. G. Wells Quite unconsciously I grew fond of her. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

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

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]

Arnold Bennett Still, he had learnt that Saturn had a ring, and sometimes he unconsciously looked for it in the firmament, as for a tea-tray. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

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]

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

Maria Edgeworth Some ejaculation, which he unconsciously uttered, made Lady Isabel start. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

Frances Hodgson Burnett The idea of protecting themselves from suspicion had been unconsciously suggested to them first by the puzzled nurse and then by Dr. Craven himself. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

He stood a moment, and then feeling his way, like one half blind, left the room, unconsciously pushing aside Lady Newhaven whom both had forgotten. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

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]

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

I could only tell father on my knees, but I will do it if — if I must,” she faltered out, unconsciously repeating her former phrase. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

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]

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]

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 Wolfe Indeed, as one of her colleagues said: “Roberta never seems so happy and so unconsciously herself as when she is playing about in a nest of rattlesnakes. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

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]

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

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]

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]

Anthony Trollope He was no actor, but unconsciously he perceived her effort; and he resented it, unconsciously also, by short answers and an uninterested tone. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

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

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

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

The half acknowledged weakness in his nature unconsciously flung itself upon her strength, a strength which had been tried. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

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

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

Almost unconsciously I rose with him. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

The movement was sudden, and it was probably at this time she dropped the candle she had unconsciously held clenched in her hand till now. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

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. Moths in the Arc Light by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing Again he spoke as if unconsciously murmuring his thoughts: ‘Totila advances. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Florence Dixie He had moved away from the side-board, and as he did so he unconsciously muttered with an accent of surprise, “Sir Beaufort Plunger.” The boy retired. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

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]

How could the poor man compose such an ingenious piece of cryptography?” “If you mean, fake up that paper,” returned Frere, unconsciously dropping into prison slang, “I’ll tell you. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Victor Hugo This old and thoughtful outlaw unconsciously assumed the air of a pontiff. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

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

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

Theodore Dreiser With other personalities there is a chance, or force, that happily allies itself with them; or they quite unconsciously ally themselves with it, and find that there is a tide that bears them on. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

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]

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

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 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]

Thomas Hardy Yet it was all unconsciously said in words which betrayed a lingering tenderness of love at every unguarded turn. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

H. G. Wells Applause. “And so,” he said breaking unconsciously into English, “let us begin by burning these BEASTLY mortgages!” And with a noble and dramatic gesture Benham cast his handful on the fire. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

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]

Association of ideas had made him unconsciously expect to behold the jealous husband of Cornelia. How changed, how passion-worn and tarnished was the countenance that met his eyes. Lodore by Mary Shelley

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]

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]

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

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]

Andrew Lang A letter of February 9 unconsciously corroborates. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Kate Chopin But she had unconsciously formed an image of him in her mind. Short stories by Kate Chopin

Wilkie Collins Geoffrey’s manner made him — unconsciously to himself — readier than he might otherwise have been to consider Geoffrey as included in the general prohibition. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

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

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]

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]

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]

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

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

H. G. Wells Even Socialists who did not adhere textually to the propositions of Marx were carried unconsciously in the direction of his teaching. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

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

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]

Benjamin Disraeli He could only murmur out some broken syllables of devotion, and almost unconsciously found that he had quitted the chamber. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

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]

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

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

Ivan Turgenev Sanin went up to Gemma, unconsciously making each step shorter, and . The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

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

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]

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

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]

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

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]

Anthony Trollope Then he, too, had drawn himself up, had declared that Heathcote was an ignorant ass, and had unconsciously made up his mind to commence hostilities. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

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

Willa Cather I am so unconsciously thrifty!” She laughed as she looked about the room. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

Henry James But even then she stopped again in the middle of the room and stood there gazing at a remembered vision — that of her husband and Madame Merle unconsciously and familiarly associated. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

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]

When I found, then, that by running I might catch the train at Monteith, I ran, and so unconsciously laid myself open to suspicion. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Moreover, no philologist now supposes that any language has been deliberately invented; it has been slowly and unconsciously developed by many steps. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

He may do this methodically, or he may do it unconsciously by preserving the individuals most useful or pleasing to him without any intention of altering the breed. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

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]

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]

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]

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]

Jules Verne Unhappily for his master, as well as himself, his curiosity drew him unconsciously farther off than he intended to go. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

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

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

Charles Dickens My lady had, in our first interview, unconsciously overstated the accommodation of my pretty house. George Silvermans’s Explanation by Charles Dickens [1868]

It was much more likely unconsciously to be in order to use the principles of life. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

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

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

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

The book was sapping her strength like a vampire, and the Gresleys were evidently exhausting it still further by unconsciously strewing her path with difficulties. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

The Buddhists were Swedenborgians without knowing it, just as Swedenborg unconsciously was a Buddhist.” “I begin to understand. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

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]

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]

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

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]

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

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]

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]

Louisa May Alcott To Jo alone did the shy child tell her thoughts, and over her big harum-scarum sister Beth unconsciously exercised more influence than anyone in the family. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

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

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]

H. G. Wells Almost unconsciously she began to radiate herself at him and continued to do so for the rest of the evening whenever opportunity offered. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

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]

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]

It is difficult to be certain about anything except what you have seen with your own eyes, and consciously or unconsciously everyone writes as a partisan. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

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]

Victor Hugo He reached the end of the alley, entered another, then another, retracing almost unconsciously the road which he had taken some hours before. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

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

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]

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

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

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

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

G. K. Chesterton You see, the trouble is that, when a real event reminds us of a novel, we unconsciously think we know all about it, because we know all about the novel. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

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]

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

John Locke How, by habit, ideas of sensation are unconsciously changed into ideas of judgment. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

George Meredith She gave it unconsciously preference over the rest, and picked it up. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman In missing men we three visitors had naturally missed the larger part of life, and had unconsciously assumed that they must miss it too. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

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]

Benjamin Disraeli He looked around him with a distracted air, then gazed on the tranced form he held with a glance which would have penetrated her soul, and murmured unconsciously the wild word she had uttered. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

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]

A. E. W. Mason She goes to bed with her head full of Carmen Valeri, and she dreams not of Carmen Valeri, but of the man who is unconsciously associated with Carmen Valeri in her thoughts. The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A. E. W. Mason [1917]

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

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]

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]

George Gissing She would sit for hours with no companion save her thoughts, which were unconsciously led from phase to phase by the moving lights and shadows upon the sea, and the soft beauty of unstable clouds. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Sinclair Lewis She unconsciously waited for the bellboy to precede her into the elevator. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing He reflected, listening to the solemn music half unconsciously the while, and by degrees h eyes once more wandered to the fire, where the heat had no built up new forms. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Ivan Turgenev I responded as best I could, looking from time to time at Varia, and almost unconsciously giving a dejected and pensive expression to my features. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

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

H.P. Lovecraft Tillinghast was grinning repulsively at the revolver which I had almost unconsciously drawn, but from his expression I was sure he had seen and heard as much as I, if not a great deal more. From Beyond by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

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]

William Hope Hodgson I realised, then, that I had, in my agitation, unconsciously caught hold of the hot lamp-glass, and burnt my hand, badly. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

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]

Elizabeth Gaskell With such an engrossing subject it was, perhaps, no wonder that he unconsciously neglected his father; but it was none the less sad at the time, and to be regretted in its consequences. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

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

Wilkie Collins He recognized her by her figure, and by the attitude into which it unconsciously fell. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

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]

Perhaps, too, she trusted unconsciously in her prerogative. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

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

Olaf Stapledon In philosophy, for instance, whither their natural curiosity often led them, they could not make head or tail even of principles agreed upon or unconsciously assumed by all schools alike. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon