Phrases with "unexpected"

T. E. Lawrence More cars had arrived from Egypt: Yenbo was emptied of its last soldiers and stores: and Sharraf himself had come up, with an unexpected unit, a new machine-gun company of amusing origin. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

H. G. Wells What were they asking for? They had been overtaken by unexpected things. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Mr. Ash’s language was strong in an unexpected place. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

But soon that mission and my motive for being in this place were somewhat vividly recalled to me by an unexpected action on this very young woman’s part. The Bronze Hand by Anna Katharine Green

It was as if a ponderous curtain had rolled up disclosing an unexpected Captain Giles. But it was only for a moment, just the time to let him add, “Precious little rest in life for anybody. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Henry Handel Richardson His hat had gone flying at the first unexpected plunge; he ought to return and look for it. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Walter Scott It was several months after Barak had returned to the interior of India, that Hartley was astonished by an unexpected rencounter. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

And our civilisation is so complex that the first result of an unexpected Advent would be to plunge it into chaos. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Bram Stoker I am rusty in my shorthand, see what unexpected prosperity does for us, so it may be as well to freshen it up again with an exercise anyhow. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Cortes, it is said, received, on this occasion, a support from an unexpected auxiliary. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Arthur Conan Doyle His tactics were excellent and took him in safety to the Thames. He came zigzagging up Channel at twenty-five knots, shooting off from his course at all sorts of unexpected angles. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Arthur Conan Doyle I knew it by the way he looked at unexpected strangers. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was Manda, her father, who gave me an explanation which was as unexpected as it was satisfying. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

This unexpected recovery was not seized by his father in a rational spirit, as affording a welcome opportunity of repairing the defects of a hitherto imperfect education. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Fires had taken to breaking out in altogether totally unexpected quarters and the railways and bridges had now to be guarded. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

George Gissing He became by degrees nervously sensitive to unusual noises; sometimes an unexpected touch when he was passing along the street would cause him to start violently. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

It’s like a windfall, like a godsend, like an unexpected piece of luck. Youth by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Appendix), have placed Lord Nelson’s connexion with Lady Hamilton in an unexpected light. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

Bishop Khrisanph l paid an unexpected visit to the school. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Gaston Leroux It was so unexpected and so uncalled for that those who knew nothing about the rumors looked at one another and asked what was happening. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Robert Louis Stevenson It is not possible to disentangle the different emotions, the pride, humility, pity and passion, which are excited by a look of happy love or an unexpected caress. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

G. K. Chesterton When the British had many unexpected failures and the Boers many unexpected successes, there was a change in the public temper, and less of optimism and indeed little but obstinacy. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

He stopped and put down the candle and the jug of beer on the dresser; he was a nervous old fellow, and any unexpected noise annoyed him. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

E. Phillips Oppenheim One meets him in the most unexpected places. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Arthur Conan Doyle The unexpected presence of the French army was first discovered at four in the morning of June 15. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

The unexpected march of events had converted him to the doctrine of fatalism. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Happiness is so wholesome; it invigorates and warms me into piety far more effectually than any amount of trials and griefs, and an unexpected pleasure is the surest means of bringing me to my knees. Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1898]

The even pulse of the Georgian office in the shadow of the plane trees was never quickened by unexpected news or untoward happenings. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Wilkie Collins An unexpected disappointment awaited me. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Even the Great Pyramid puzzles us with an unexpected sense of unlikeness. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Wilkie Collins Another unexpected revelation of the influence of their affliction on the natures of the blind, was waiting to enlighten me on those two points. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Theodore Dreiser Lester’s disappearance was a complete surprise; but she had learned in the last two or three years that her mother was very sensitive, and that she could hurt her in unexpected ways. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

It is always the unexpected that happens. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Sir Walter Scott Get home, write letters, and make friends as many and as fast as you can; there will speedily be unexpected guests on the coast of Suffolk, or my news from France has deceived me. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

But, now, having by the most unexpected chance come upon a man, she had found another way to escape from the world. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Instead, he tumbled into an unexpected quarrel. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins As for the question of money, if through some unexpected misfortune you became a bankrupt to-morrow, I would entreat you to consent to the marriage exactly as I entreat you now. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

The letter was a great, an unexpected blow. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

And then — the totally unexpected happened. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Jules Verne Judge Ribeiro was at first troubled about this unexpected revelation, but he soon recovered himself, and scrupulously considered the duties which the position imposed on him. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Nathaniel Hawthorne But unexpected evidence was forthcoming. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Ford Madox Ford An unexpected prior engagement is my line. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Thomas Hardy But don’t vex me about her, and make me do such an unexpected thing as regret the falseness. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Benjamin Disraeli The unexpected vacancies were filled by unexpected personages. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Anthony Trollope But he doubted the accuracy even of this, knowing that new and unexpected debts will always crop up when the day of settlement arrives. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

The only curiosity she had had about the affair was to know how Rouse took that unexpected announcement; she had even gone the length of asking Miss Lux on the way down to lunch. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Yet chance was then invading that quiet seclusion with an unexpected danger. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Sinclair Lewis Oh, dear, I did hope this would be a nice economical summer, and heaven knows I tried hard enough to make it so, but I didn’t expect the unexpected to unexpect quite so disastrously. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

It was old, with little flights of steps going up or down in unexpected places. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

George Gissing Such was the confusion introduced into her thoughts by this most unexpected proposition, that she was quite unable to reply at once. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Anthony Trollope A sudden half-hour with the Neroni was like falling into a pit, an evening spent with Eleanor like an unexpected ramble in some quiet fields of asphodel. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser To the Public — We regret to be obliged to announce that, owing to unexpected demands on us, our firm has been obliged to suspend payment. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Henry James Her unexpected insistence annoyed her visitor, and he was silent again, meeting her eyes with reserve and on the point of telling her that he didn’t like her tone. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Sinclair Lewis An unexpected number of the veterans who consulted him were Negroes, and Neil wondered uneasily if Ryan had sent them, and what Ryan had told them, and just how safe he was. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

I have memories, too, of his sudden unexpected charges into the tranquillity of the house, his hands and clothes intensively enriched. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Thomas Hardy Thereupon it was curious to note an unexpected effect. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Walter Scott The tears began already to start from Lucy’s blue eyes at viewing this unexpected and moving scene. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

George Gissing His companions were impressed; to Irene it was an unexpected revelation of character. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

I felt as if I, a thing of impurity, had been brought into sudden, unexpected contact with one who was wholly pure. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Olaf Stapledon The unexpected but all too familiar sight shocked him deeply. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

William Makepeace Thackeray But I will leave you, and prepare my sweet girl for this strange, this entirely unexpected visit. Mens Wives by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Then Mr. Sutherland remarked, with a suggestive glance at the vessel: “The young man who has found an unexpected passage on that vessel will not come back with the pilot. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

But he received an unexpected reply. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

Henry James The suggestion from another that she had a definite influence on Lord Warburton — this had given her the start that accompanies unexpected recognition. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Rudyard Kipling A little incident that came within my experience a while ago shows that that difficulty is always being raised by the most unexpected people all about the world. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

The curate, having turned the corner, and looked forward, as was his custom, towards the chapel, beheld an unexpected sight, and one he would not willingly have seen. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Any disappearance is a romantic thing, especially if it be unexpected and inexplicable. The Strange Adventure of Mr. Andrew Hawthorn by John Buchan [1932]

D. H. Lawrence She loved him for his quick, unexpected movements, like a young animal. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton She seemed to take their adventure as a matter of course, and to be neither in fear of unexpected encounters, nor (what was worse) unduly elated by their possibility. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Wilkie Collins The meanest insect, they say, has its use in this world — and why not Miss Jillgall? In half an hour more, an unexpected event raised my spirits. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Margaret Oliphant And this piece of news was so unexpected and startling that the Williamsons drove off with energy to spread it far and near. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

William Harrison Ainsworth An interview, however, did take place between them, and in an unexpected manner. A Night's Adventure in Rome by William Harrison Ainsworth

Jules Verne But suddenly an unexpected incident occurred. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

The unexpected arrival of a rich uncle from America releases the Jobber ultimately from the tangle into which he has twisted himself. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Arnold Bennett Janet might have been a doctor who had informed him that he was suffering from an unexpected disease, and that an operation severe and perilous lay in front of him. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

He was quite willing to consider the unexpected luxury, and catching him by the mane I was soon upon his back and pressing him into my service. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

H. G. Wells Mother wept in gusts and was seized by tear-storms and went out of the room at unexpected moments. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Henry James The unexpected therefore broke for me when she fairly produced none. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

H. G. Wells In the car, however, Sir Bussy displayed an unexpected gratitude, and Mr. Parham realized his pessimism had been premature. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

My dear aunt’s influential acquaintances were producing an unexpected effect upon that young man. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Rook.” Instantly on the utterance of that name, there followed an unexpected result. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

W. H. Hudson I had just left tropical nature behind me across the Atlantic, and the unexpected meeting with a transcript of it in a dusty room in Bedford Square gave me a distinct shock. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Arthur Conan Doyle He developed an unexpected knowledge of electricity and of mechanics and spent much of his time working at the machinery which Scanlan, under his supervision, was now carefully piecing together. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Andrew Lang What an unexpected sight met his gaze! The Prince perceived a small room black with smoke, lit up feebly by a fire from which issued long blue flames. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry James They admired the fine Hogarths; there were uncanny, unexpected objects that Laura edged away from, that she would have preferred not to be in the room with. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Matthew, face to face with unexpected disaster, showed signs of collapse. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Willa Cather Five years ago, when he was sitting on the steps of the Denver State House and knew that nothing unexpected could ever happen to him . One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Ivan Turgenev Such unexpected amiability so struck me that I was simply dumb with amazement. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Edith Wharton The door was open again to opportunity, and he was of an age to greet the unexpected like a bride. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

This unexpected blow crushed him. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

From that day I never set eyes on the Fynes. As usual the unexpected happened to me. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Wilkie Collins Her unexpected absence did me amazing good. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Guy de Maupassant Meetings that are unexpected constitute the charm of traveling. A Humble Drama (Humble Drame) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

It was an unexpected check, and he was mourning over it in silence, when Father Absinthe, who had not ceased ferreting about, uttered a cry of surprise. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Frances Hodgson Burnett He had also a nice square face, and a warmly blue eye and knew all the latest steps and curves and unexpected swirls. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

A group of handsome young men — mere names now — a Jones, a Percy — he kept about him, half servants and half companions, and he found in their equivocal society an unexpected satisfaction. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Great skill is necessary to its satisfactory observance; if awkwardly performed the most unexpected and deplorable consequences sometimes ensue. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

In the stress of that utterly unexpected attack, Boots did not try to analyze its nature. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

George Gissing But Adela had found an unexpected relief in speaking thus openly; she was tempted to go further. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

He had just discovered an unexpected and, as it seemed to him, almost insurmountable difficulty. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Trollope The letter which had summoned harry to the parsonage had been from his mother, and had begged him to come to Clavering at once, as trouble had come upon them from an unexpected source. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim He often takes an unexpected journey if he hears of any transactions likely to be profitable. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

George Gissing Trouble was caused him by a dispute with one of the legatees, a poor kinsman who put an unexpected interpretation upon the item of the will which concerned him. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He telephones from the most unexpected places but he very seldom leaves an address. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Henry James The unexpected indeed had for Mrs. Rooth never been an insuperable element in things; it was her position in general to be too acquainted with all the passions for any crude surprise. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Jane Austen He had long made up his mind to Jane Fairfax’s going out as governess, and could talk of it cheerfully, but Mr. Knightley’s going to London had been an unexpected blow. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

H. G. Wells Then suddenly it turned parallel with the edge of a steep-walled gap, which came without warning, like the ha-ha of an English park, — turned with an unexpected abruptness. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Anthony Trollope But when she had learned the truth — a truth so unexpected — then such servitude became impossible to her. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

The Arab depôt now came into play to satisfy this sudden and unexpected call upon our store of cloths. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

George Gissing He reached the house, and his hand was on the bell, when an unexpected opening of the door presented Louis Warricombe just coming forth for a walk. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Henry Handel Richardson They ended it with an improvised lunch at the Kaiserpark; and it remained imprinted on their minds as an unexpected patch of colour, in an unending row of grey days, given up to duty. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Edith Wharton While she poured out the tale of Nat’s sudden celebrity, and its unexpected consequences, Susy marvelled and dreamed. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Sigmund Freud It gave me far greater pleasure to find by chance, in an unexpected quarter, a conception of the dream which is in complete agreement with the essence of my own. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Some clever person has said that it is always the unexpected that happens, and on a calm and dispassionate survey the world does appear mainly to one as a scene of miracles. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Thomas Hardy Sunday morning came, and complicated her previous emotions by bringing a new and unexpected shock to mingle with them. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

So they showed no surprise at my unexpected return. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Besides, it would have been difficult to account for my unexpected presence in the house at that hour. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Indeed, if the truth must be told, there was even a sort of distant haughtiness about her manner towards me, that was as unexpected as it was difficult to account for. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

H. G. Wells Now the spirit of romantic adventure slumbers in the most unexpected places, and I have already told you of our plump Author’s discontents. The Wild Asses of the Devil by H. G. Wells [1915]

Then the glorious unexpected happened. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Edith Wharton As his mind traversed the years between his marriage and this unexpected assumption of paternity, he saw, in the light of an overheated imagination, many signs of unwonted crassness. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Solness has been the irresistible sorcerer, through his good fortune, but he is not protected in his climacteric against this unexpected attack upon the senses. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Jules Verne At this time of the warm season all these trees were covered with verdure, and were an unexpected and refreshing sight to eyes so long accustomed to the rugged, barren polar landscape. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

It was all so unexpected and so strange that he was unable to realise that he was not the victim of some dreadful dream. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

After dinner I said something which, although it was spoken out loud, was said to myself, but which affected him in the most extraordinary and unexpected manner. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

H. G. Wells Life was glowing softly and warmly in him, and the unexpected could happen brightly, easily, and acceptably. The Queer Story of Brownlow’s Newspaper by H. G. Wells [1932]

Henry Kingsley In this terrible pass, after this unexpected move of the Major’s; he (the Devil, no other) began casting about for a scoundrel, by whose assistance he might turn the Major’s flank. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Charles Dickens If it could speak now, that spade, it would tell you of many an unexpected job that it and I have done together; but I forget ’em, for my memory’s a poor one. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Guy de Maupassant You cannot conceive what an unpleasant stab you feel in your breast at the announcement of an unexpected paternity of this kind. Woman’s Wiles (Rouerie) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

To see her was quite as unexpected as seeing a vision. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Henry James When she railed at this serviceable city and you asked her where she would prefer to reside, she returned some very unexpected answer. The American by Henry James [1877]

But he felt sure that Ivy, a “nice” woman, had no suspicion of how much he had been moved by that casual, unexpected touch. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Jules Verne The balloon, which had appeared as if it would never again rise, suddenly made an unexpected bound, after having been struck by a tremendous sea. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

H. G. Wells The Planetarium Club abounds in unexpected conversations. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Almost, he might not have been interested in what I was saying, instead of receiving, as he once told me afterwards, the most unexpected blow of his life. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

The light came slanting and yellow across the fields, and delicate unexpected colours sprang out in everything, as though some giant’s child had been let loose with a new paintbox. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Henry James And this extraordinary man had inconsistencies and unexpected lapses — lapses into flat veracity. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

Wilkie Collins For my own part I was so startled by the change in the Count’s face, so astounded at the entirely unexpected turn which events had taken, that I knew neither what to say or do next. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Henry James He was not too strong a man to be taken by surprise,—not so strong but that in the presence of an unexpected occasion his first movement was to look about for a little help. The Path Of Duty by Henry James [1884]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu It was not that small deposit that cheered him, but a curious and unexpected little note which he found there. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Her unexpected breath was on his cheek. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Willa Cather It came over him now that the unexpected favors of fortune, no matter how dazzling, do not mean very much to us. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

They had built so much upon obtaining the help of Larose, and his abrupt refusal struck at them both, and at the elder man especially, as a cruel and unexpected blow. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Thomas Hardy She walked round the outside of the listening throng, passing behind the lovers, whose movements had an unexpected fascination for her to-day. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Humbly desirous of being useful I joined him on deck, only to find that he scarcely noticed me, save as a new and unexpected obstacle in his round of activity. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Guy de Maupassan She faltered: “What in the world is the matter?” Julien then turned toward her, to try and get her on his side as a partner who has been cheated out of an unexpected fortune. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Jules Verne It appeared likely that Quiquendone would return to its habitual apathy, which that unexpected event had for a moment disturbed. Doctor Ox’s Experiment by Jules Verne [1874]

Edith Wharton Her reassurance had been fortified by the news she had heard at the Elling dinner — the published fact of Harmon B. Driscoll’s unexpected victory. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Edith Wharton Could it be that in her absence a visitor had been admitted? The possibility frightened her at first — then she welcomed it as an unexpected means of ridding herself of her tormentor. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Henry Adams Just as Brunnow predicted, Lord Palmerston made his rush at last, as unexpected as always, and more furiously than though still a private secretary of twenty-four. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

The unexpected suddenness of her movement startled Lingard, who stepped back. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Thus my sarcastic prophecy, that such a suggestion was sure to turn up, receives an unexpected fulfilment. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Olaf Stapledon Even sense-perception may reveal unexpected significance to him, significance of the essential nature of the universe. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Jules Verne Matters were in this unfortunate condition, and the club was threatened with approaching dissolution, when an unexpected circumstance occurred to prevent so deplorable a catastrophe. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

Jules Verne It was necessary carefully to study the unexpected and novel situation in which the agents of the Company now found themselves, and Hobson did so with his chart before him. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

There was James Ratcliffe, the complete householder, hating his unexpected publicity, rebelling against his connexion with such an unsavoury affair, but determined to do his duty as a citizen. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Andrew Lang This time it was a stout old woman in the dress of a peasant, who also was after a hare to provide a dinner for unexpected visitors. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Ivan Turgenev His mistress’s unexpected arrangement had clearly put him in a difficulty. Mumu by Ivan Turgenev

The duke looked at his friend, as if desirous to assist him to parry this unexpected blow. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Theodore Dreiser On arriving home, however, she was greeted by an unexpected reason for suspending action. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

The young man’s sudden demise in a railroad accident had left the Nagaina’s charter a useless asset of his estate, and the trustees had been delighted to receive Robinson’s unexpected offer. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Jules Verne Of unexpected obstacles there was little account; and with regard to foreseen difficulties, they were speedily disposed of. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

It was like riding a rogue; you had the same wary, strung-up feeling; the same satisfaction in avoiding an unexpected movement to destroy you. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

E. Phillips Oppenheim He himself, white and furious, was at a loss how to deal with an unexpected situation. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

As soon as Captain Ford had his glass before him and his cheroot lighted, Almayer asked for the explanation of his daughter’s unexpected arrival. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

She had been startled out of her friendly feeling by Mrs. Stobart’s unexpected attack. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

It was Wee Archie. This was so unexpected and so ridiculous that he sat down on the chair by his desk and began to laugh. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

The old woman had a secret hatred of this place, and the unexpected sounds made her hold her breath. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

A. E. W. Mason Ethne, however, by this time knew the man and his ingenuities; she was prepared for some such unexpected movement. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Sigmund Freud While I would be discussing the diagnosis of a case with Otto, Leopold would examine the child anew and make an unexpected contribution towards our decision. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was a terrible and unexpected one. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

As I turned the promontory I perceived a small neat town and a good harbour, which I entered, my heart bounding with joy at my unexpected escape. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Theodore Dreiser After that, to his, Cowperwood’s, surprise, unexpected pressure on great financial houses from unexpected directions had caused them to be not willingly but unfortunately severe with him. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Olaf Stapledon The end of the German power came in an unexpected manner, and through a strange mixture of psychological and economic causes. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells Their isolation seemed at times the strangest, the most unexpected of all the things that had happened since his awakening. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

John Ruskin We neither of us get one atom of pecuniary advantage on the whole transaction, but we both suffer unexpected inconvenience; my men get scurvy, and his cattle-truck runs off the rails. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

Sarah Orne Jewett Speech seemed to be a light and elegant accomplishment, and their unexpected acquaintance with its arts made them of new value to the listener. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle I knew that I had seen it somewhere in an unexpected context. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

H. G. Wells An embarrassed and miserable Prothero went slinking about the house distributing unexpected gold. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

H. G. Wells Beatrice was dressed very quietly in brown, with a simple but courageous broad-brimmed hat, and an unexpected quality of being grown-up and responsible. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

H. G. Wells The unexpected — almost excessively. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Henry James He had never thought of breakfast, and as he walked back to the house, attended by the inscrutable flunkey, this offer appeared a free, extravagant gift, unexpected and romantic. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

G. K. Chesterton His voice took unexpected turns and inflections, almost as if two men were speaking. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Jack London So unexpected was it, and so shrewdly managed, that Spitz was hurled backward and off his feet. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Wilkie Collins The unexpected recovery of the lost trace of Miss Silvester — there is no disguising it — seriously annoyed him. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Her prepossessions were of an unexpected kind. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

She seemed happy, and took her few poor dollars on Saturday nights with the flushed pleasure of a child that receives an unexpected donation. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

This unexpected circumstance brought back Richelieu’s former anxiety, and forced him in spite of himself once more to turn his eyes to the other side of the sea. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Edith Wharton This unexpected silence mortified him beyond reason, and though the next morning he saw a glorious cluster of yellow roses behind a florist’s window-pane, he left it there. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Gaston Leroux First, his left arm seized upon the quaint person of Mme. Giry and made her describe so unexpected a semicircle that she uttered a despairing cry. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Journalist and detective stood looking in mutual astonishment at so unexpected a result of Hopkins’s announcement. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

I got an unexpected offer of a very decent position abroad this morning; a kind of agency, that will be much better than the hand-to-mouth business I’ve been doing lately. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

George Gissing He had of late resumed his habit of parsimonious living, and every penny he could save was put aside in fear of unexpected calls upon him. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Goldwin Smith That which used to be specially called “wit,” the faculty of ingenious and unexpected combination, such as is shown in the similes of Hudibras, was possessed by Cowper in large measure. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

This was an unexpected adventure sure enough, and unpleasant as it was now, it promised to be still more unpleasant before it was concluded. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Thomas Hardy All was so strange and unexpected down there, that it made me unwell. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Still, the fact remained that they had scarcely exchanged a word for years, and Peter turned to receive his unexpected guest with a curiosity which he did not trouble wholly to conceal. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Edith Wharton The last act came with unexpected suddenness. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

He was up against the unexpected with a vengeance, and all his life’s training told him that he could only hope to baffle his adversary by neither admitting nor denying anything. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Arthur Conan Doyle Now and then there came sudden puffs of wind from the south-west — one of them so gusty and unexpected that it caught me napping and turned me half-round for an instant. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]