Phrases with "unexpected"

Isabella Bird This is the only time that I have seen the one or the other in Persia, and it was like an unexpected meeting with dear friends. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

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

As he approached lake-level, however, he met an unexpected hindrance to his purpose. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

In 1845 they had an unexpected but most influential ally. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

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

Arthur Conan Doyle While the script was in the hands of the printer there came an epilogue of the most unexpected and sensational description. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

To me, who had hoped nothing from Moffat’s efforts, the substantial nature of the defence thus openly made manifest, brought reanimation and an unexpected confidence in the future. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Ivan Turgenev I was so taken aback by my father’s unexpected appearance that for the first moment I did not notice where he had come from or in what direction he disappeared. First Love by Ivan Turgenev

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]

When he suggested it to Julia she had agreed with unexpected readiness. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

H.P. Lovecraft Much was lost in the melee, for objects were thrown hastily down unexpected shafts, and betraying odours deadened by the sudden kindling of pungent incense. The Horror at Red Hook by H.P. Lovecraft [1925]

The student of history who has not been taught to expect the unexpected may justly boast himself inaccessible to the light. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

She closed her hard-working hand firmly over the unexpected present, and unmistakably smiled. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

But I have observed that in a queer way I have been sometimes prepared for them by my mind drifting into an unexpected mood. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Wilkie Collins My unexpected interview with Clara had calmed the turbulent sensations of the evening: but the fatal influence of the dark beauty remained with me still. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Miles Franklin I got into such a state of nervousness that I would jump at the opening of a door or an unexpected footfall. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

E. Phillips Oppenheim It is like the startled wailing of one of Dante’s spirits stepping into an unexpected hell. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Rudyard Kipling So with this war sudden tales come to light which reveal unsuspected activities in unexpected quarters. Tales of the Trade by Rudyard Kipling

I should have thought such a chance as a death as unexpected as my — as old Mr. Nowell’s would have made the fortune of a confidential clerk like you. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then he heard an unexpected sound,—the sound of her laughter, silvery, almost gay, as she came cautiously in, holding on to the wall. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Washington Irving This unexpected largess, with the occasional present of a cigar, won his heart completely. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Benjamin Disraeli My unexpected fortune at the Redoute, the first night, made me forget all my resolves, and has led to all this misery. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Jules Verne This unexpected drunkenness broke the monotony of the journey. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

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]

The beauties of Nature and the unexpected nobility of man under severe trial are sufficient justification for living, to my mind. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Charles Dickens With the last days of the old year came an unexpected chance of spending an evening with Marguerite, which Vendale resolved should be a chance of speaking privately to her as well. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

This joyful news, as unexpected as it was welcome, came opportunely to heighten the festivity and rejoicings at the wedding of the princesses. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

Victor Hugo You feel that you have not gained your equilibrium when an unexpected situation surges up under your feet. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Arthur Conan Doyle I was still standing with my hand upon the latch, gazing after my unexpected visitor, when I became aware of yet another dweller in the wilderness. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

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]

Still these young women sometimes go off the hooks in an unexpected way, and he may come into the reversion. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

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]

Ten days later we were in Kansas City where I was surprised by unexpected news. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Dominic’s mighty and inspired yell: “A plat ventre!” and also an unexpected roll to windward saved all our lives. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

The Monks rejoiced in the feigned Rosario’s unexpected recovery, and none of them suspected his real sex. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

The fire consumes the town, the foe commands; And armed hosts, an unexpected force, Break from the bowels of the fatal horse. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Wilkie Collins Some unexpected events have happened while I have been away. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

He was distracted by the old head-waiter at the Angel, who had known all the Ashby children and was shaken to the core, apparently, by Patrick’s unexpected return. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Walter Scott At this moment, his course of conduct was determined by an unexpected occurrence, of which it is necessary to trace the cause. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Ann Radcliffe Her unexpected death prevented any future meeting. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Jack London The oligarchs themselves were going through a remarkable and, it must be confessed, unexpected development. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

He began in a procrastinating manner, like a man taken unawares by a new and unexpected experience. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Feeling very sorry for her, I paid the man an unexpected visit, gave him a well-deserved thrashing, and practically took the letters from him by force. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

And it so happened that just then an unexpected opportunity occurred for one of those furious onslaughts so dear to his heart, with that weapon which he knew so well how to wield. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Like a man elated beyond measure by an unexpected happiness, he overflowed with good-will, amiability, and attentions. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

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]

George Meredith I was questioned by the baroness as to the cause of my father’s unexpected return. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

George Meredith I was madly anxious to thank her for the unexpected tenderness to my father. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Louisa May Alcott Tumultuous applause followed but received an unexpected check, for the cot bed, on which the dress circle was built, suddenly shut up and extinguished the enthusiastic audience. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

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]

G. K. Chesterton The ostensible cause of his removal was the unexpected reappearance of his two other acquaintances walking and talking laboriously along the way, with the black head bent close to the brown one. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim In the meantime, however, I am confronted with an unexpected difficulty. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Then the totally unexpected thing happened. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

All this, for which she had previously prepared herself, she underwent as quietly as possible; but something unexpected came on her. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

One was an unexpected letter from Francis. He wrote from Bournemouth saying that he had intended to send her a letter ‘weeks back’ but had been so closely occupied . Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

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]

H. G. Wells All these young women encouraged me to talk, because I said such unexpected things. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

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

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]

T. E. Lawrence They had an unexpected ally, for our cars, on their way to Azrak, had seen the enemy. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

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

H. G. Wells Amanda had revealed an unexpected gift for nicknames and pretty fancies. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

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]

Thomas Hardy If this meant business, the Baron (of whose arrival Jim had vaguely heard) was a new and unexpected customer. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

Arthur Conan Doyle Her next movement was as unexpected as it was spirited. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

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 unexpected tragedy had put his own affair entirely out of his head. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

George Gissing Cecily was more than ever unlike herself—whimsical, abstracted, nervous; she flushed at an unexpected sound, could not keep the same place for more than a few minutes. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

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]

Olaf Stapledon They have, however, exposed many unexpected snares of thought, many sources of ambiguity and false reasoning. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

He does at any rate mark an unexpected swing of the pendulum. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

George Meredith Upon that; unexpected by me, my—let me call him so once, forgive me!—lover came. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Persimmons tried to close the door and failed, until the other said “Push it at the bottom with your foot,” when he succeeded, for the door shut with an unexpected crash. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Andrew Lang She indulged in her strange contemplation but during very few seconds, then with extraordinary and unexpected speed for her weight and age she ran away with a terrific shriek and yell. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle But suddenly an unexpected and more urgent danger presented itself. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Units of the fleet will appear from all sorts of unexpected places. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

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

Edith Wharton Greer is a small hard-muscled youth, with pleasant manners, a sallow face, straight hemp-coloured hair and grey eyes of unexpected inwardness. Coming Home by Edith Wharton [1916]

Like some subtle unexpected spice in a masterly confection, a strange, profound, unworldly melancholy just permeates their most brilliant writings, and gives the last fine taste. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Her unexpected nearness made Peyrol draw a sharp breath through his teeth. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

I would do it myself were it not that a very corpulent and most unexpected pudding is claiming my present attention. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

H. Rider Haggard He was open-handed with his pity was George. Nor did he lack a sympathizer in these delicious moments of unexpected triumph. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Edith Wharton But her last words had touched an unexpected fibre in Odo. He looked at her with his unseeing visionary gaze. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

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

The arrangement with the Mayhews came to an unexpected and untimely end. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Ann Radcliffe They quitted the cave together; and Alleyn, in the joyful experience of unexpected deliverance, resolved never more to admit despair. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Virginia Woolf He was taken aback by the directness of the statement; he exclaimed as if an unexpected blow had struck him. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

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

Henry James He was not at any time what would be called a sociable man, and there is therefore nothing unexpected in the fact that he was fond of long walks in which he was not known to have had a companion. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

George Meredith Yet Beauchamp, when in the presence of his hostess, could see that he was both unexpected and unwelcome. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Henry Handel Richardson She had instinctively stemmed her hands against his shoulders; but, when she was alone, she stood just as he left her, her eyes still shut, letting the sensation subside, of rough, unexpected kisses. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

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]

Wilkie Collins The tidings brought by the cabman were of the most unexpected kind. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

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

After the first elation of relief, now and then a filmy shadow of Madame de la Rougierre would glide across the sunlight, and the remembrance of her menace return with an unexpected pang of fear. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

On the day succeeding Isabella’s unexpected visit, I had no opportunity of speaking to my master: he shunned conversation, and was fit for discussing nothing. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

H. G. Wells All sorts of complexes are imperfectly incorporated or not incorporated at all, and may run away with us in the most unexpected manner. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

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]

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]

Edith Wharton She sat in her boudoir, painfully oppressed by an hour of unexpected leisure. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Arnold Bennett As for him, he was so startled by unexpected phenomena that he did nothing for a moment — merely stood looking and feeling foolish. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Thomas Hardy With the handkerchief tumbled out a whole family of unexpected articles: a silver thimble; a photograph; a little purse; a scent-bottle; some loose halfpence; nine green gooseberries; a key. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

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

Guy de Maupassant Mesmer and some others have put us on an unexpected track, and especially within the last two or three years, we have arrived at really surprising results. Le Horla by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

George Meredith He caught the shock of unexpected intelligence apparently; faced about, gazed up, and cried: ‘You too! But I haven’t done here. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

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

F. Scott Fitzgerald What had he agreed to? All they had said rang and beat in his ear like an unexpected temperaturetomorrow at four o’clock on that corner. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They had paused at such an unexpected sight, and seemed to be deliberating in whispers whether or no they should proceed. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Wilkie Collins What did those words of unexpected sympathy mean? Was he laying a trap for her? Urged by that serious doubt, she questioned him more boldly. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

An incident, however, occurred, which disturbed these amicable relations in an unexpected way. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry James Before leaving London he had further mentioned that Mrs. Headway, on his going to take leave of her in Paris, had made another and rather an unexpected attack. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

If you say ‘nothing but the unexpected happens,’ the unexpected becomes what you expect. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Arthur Conan Doyle Lor’, it was a fine game! Half a ‘yard o’ print about his noble conduc’ in the newspapers, and maybe a leader about the British tar and unexpected emergencies. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

The careful searcher might detect, in the virgin soil, the first faint traces of an unexpected vein. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Olaf Stapledon I was in command of a company, and we had been left in a tight place during an unexpected German attack. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Suddenly, however, an unexpected incident opened up quite a new prospect to me. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Sir Frank Random has arrived back at the Fort. There!” “I know that,” was Miss Kendal’s unexpected reply. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Perhaps, on the whole, considering how excessively disagreeable and scriptural Charles can be, and what unexpected turns he can give to things, I had better say nothing to him at present. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

A circumstance, so unexpected that I can scarcely realise it yet, renders it imperative that I should seek a hiding-place elsewhere and without a moment’s delay. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

He thinks of them as inaccessible; and, catching an unexpected glimpse of them, they appear farther away, and therefore larger, than they really are — like objects in a fog. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Mr. Fletcher started back in so much haste as to come into sudden and unexpected contact with the stable wall. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Henry James He took no notice of her presence for some time, but this affected her as unexpected indulgence. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

I got an unexpected cheque for £300 yesterday and told several friends I was coming here today to give it a run. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Charles Stur The horses — ascend the hills — irresolution and retreat — horses reduced to great wantunexpected relief — try the desert to the N.e. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Heyst crossed over, and said with a slight bow, and in the manner of a prince addressing another prince on a private occasion: “What an unexpected pleasure. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

George Gissing A breeze from the north-west chased the blood to healthsome leaping, and caught the breath like an unexpected kiss. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

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]

This shortness of the arms is apparently due to their greater use, and is an unexpected result: but sailors chiefly use their arms in pulling, and not in supporting weights. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Henry Kingsley The whole business was too unexpected — he had not time to realize it. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Jules Verne It seemed as if the returning was to be accomplished as easily as the going, when an unexpected accident occurred which rendered the situation of the explorers very serious. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

Yes, it was the missing box of guineas, come to light in the same extraordinary and unexpected manner that it had come before, without having been (as may be said) truly lost. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

Jules Verne Sometimes they thought she was stopped for good; but an unexpected movement of the streams opened her a new passage, and she took advantage of it boldly. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Sidney Colvin Such at this time was Keats’s condition that the slightest shock unmanned him, and he could not bear the entrance of an unexpected person or stranger. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Samuel Johnson His page is always luminous, but never blazes in unexpected splendour. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

William Hope Hodgson Suddenly, from out of the surrounding darkness, there came a hail: “Schooner, ahoy!” The cry was so unexpected that I gave no immediate answer, because of my surprise. The Voice in the Night by William Hope Hodgson

Arthur Conan Doyle So they burst on to the plateau at the top, where an unexpected resistance checked them for an instant. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

E. F. Benson I had an unexpected guest to lunch to-day. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

H. G. Wells I do not see how men, save in the most unexpected emergency, can be content to accept such an artificial convention as modern patriotism for one moment. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle Already the ten champions had assembled in front of the prince to receive his award, when a harsh bugle call from the further end of the lists drew all eyes to a new and unexpected arrival. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

This unexpected diversion saved my life; but the exgroom was soon thrown back on the ground. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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]

The report of a cannon announced that something new and unexpected had taken place. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

William Henry Hudson Then, not knowing what else to do, I began to amuse myself by blowing on the whistle, and emitted a most shrill and piercing sound, which very soon produced an unexpected effect. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

Henry James Isabel was on the point of ringing to send a question to her room, when this purpose quickly yielded to an unexpected sound — the sound of low music proceeding apparently from the saloon. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The stark and unexpected miracle of a night fades out with the lingering death of the last stars and the premature birth of the first newsboys. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

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]

G. K. Chesterton But the shoulders of the Master only seemed to take on a new and unexpected angle of mockery as he strode away. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

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]

Thrown twice forward and twice backward, punched in his “wind” and damaged in his spine, the luckless novice receives four distinct shocks, each more violent and unexpected than the last. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

George Meredith The unexpected figure of Captain Bulsted on tiptoe, wearing the ceremonial depressed air of intruders on these occasions, distracted our attention for a moment. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

I passed her without a word and heard behind me the door of the studio close with an unexpected crash. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

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 There is one thing, however, which, at the present moment, seems of more vital importance to me, and I am sure, to all of us, than any unexpected and unofficial discussion of a political matter. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Arthur Conan Doyle Unless some entirely new and unexpected ones come to light I do not see what my client can hope for. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Henry Fielding He had not power to answer, but was so suddenly struck with this unexpected ill-natured turn I gave his behavior, that he stood amazed for some time, and then bowed and left me. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

Anthony Trollope The storm had come on with such unexpected quickness that there had been a general stampede to the summer-house. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith The artillerymen worked with great vigour, and were only obliged to desist by an unexpected order which arrived about two p. Correspondence from the seat of War in Italy by George Meredith [1866]

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]

His sudden and unexpected fall, so astonishing and so irreparably complete, is one of the strangest events of that still imperfectly comprehended time. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Then De Castel’s voice, unexpected in its renewed strength and ghastly self-possession, made us shudder inwardly. The Warrior’s Soul by Joseph Conrad [1916]

Then three totally unexpected things happened. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

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]

Jacques Futrelle The ambassador’s unexpected escape disarranged our plans; but he was taken out of the embassy by force the second time under your very eyes. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Guy de Maupassan And Matthew told us, with a mixture of humor and unexpected credulity, incredible stories of miracles. Father Matthew by Guy de Maupassan

John Galsworthy The dogs wag the same tails, lurk in the same unexpected spots, utter the same agonised yelps, and chase the same pigeons on the same lawns. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

George Gissing About midnight, when she was a little tired of the crush, and thought of going, there fell upon her ear a voice which startled and aroused her like an unexpected grasp. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Henry James It placed her, for Hyacinth, in an unexpected light, and made him feel that her awkward, aristocratic spinsterhood was the cover of tumultuous passions. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Guy de Maupassant With the crashing of the lamp a complete darkness spread over them; it was so prompt and unexpected that they were stunned by it as by some terrible event. The Olive Grove (Le Champ d'Oliviers) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

H. G. Wells This time there was no Peace Conference and no Peace Treaty. The Group had found an unexpected amount of support from the world of scientific men. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

All this, words, intonation, the glimpsed attitude of the man in the cuddy, had an unexpected character, a something friendly in it — propitiatory. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

So let me mention that just about the time when Wylder and I were filming the trunks of the old trees with wreaths of lingering perfume, Miss Rachel Lake had an unexpected visitor. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arnold Bennett Strange matters and unexpected faces had been descried from the little window, and more than one European detective had kept vigil there with the most eminently satisfactory results. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Bram Stoker Hark! The unexpected again! I am called. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

H. Rider Haggard As we went, suddenly, from all sorts of unexpected places, spears gleamed out in the moonlight, only to vanish again when we uttered the password. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

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

As unexpected as it was baffling. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

The unexpected presence of her companion of early days changed the tone of her mind and raised her spirits. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Henry James He looked at Littlemore slowly, beginning with his boots and travelling up as if to discover the reason of so unexpected a preference, and then, with no salutation to him, left the pair face to face. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

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

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]

The upper floors of Castle Gay are like a rabbit-warren—clusters of small rooms, tortuous passages on different levels, unexpected staircases, unlooked-for cul-desacs. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

The two emotions working with him led, however, to an unexpected if apparently unprofitable piece of news. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Jules Verne How long he had been buried in this stupor he knew not, but he was suddenly aroused from it by a strange, unexpected crackling sound. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

H. G. Wells It’s been like firing an unexpected pistol in a drawing-room. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Henry David Thoreau When visitors came in larger and unexpected numbers there was but the third chair for them all, but they generally economized the room by standing up. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Wilkie Collins On my unexpected entrance, Mrs. Sherwin started, and looked more timid than ever. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Margaret Oliphant Hamish only, who perhaps felt a responsibility as their sole possible defender, might have received with suspicion such an unexpected guest. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Andrew Lang At such an unexpected sight many men would have turned and run for their lives; but the little soldier, though he was so small, had a true soldier’s heart. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Agnese had, for some time, been contemplating a visit to her native village, and this unexpected non-appearance of the promised messenger, determined her upon taking such a step. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Sir Walter Scott These had less the appearance of regular soldiers than of individuals who had suddenly assumed arms from some pressing motive of unexpected emergency. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I chanced to look at him at an unexpected moment, and his appearance astonished me. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Andrew Lang He thought it would be easy enough to follow the path along which he had come, but somehow it was always branching off in unexpected directions. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Nathaniel Hawthorne At last, and always with an unexpected sensation, the bell turns in the steeple overhead and throws out an irregular clangor, jarring the tower to its foundation. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Sir Walter Scott The new and unexpected light which Mr. Oldbuck had thrown upon the melancholy history of his family had almost overpowered him. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

George Gissing But an unexpected refuge offered itself. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

From the idiot on his perch came an unexpected encouragement. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Rudyard Kipling He favoured no one — not even when the company sloven pulled the company cricket-match out of the fire with an unexpected forty-three at the last moment. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

The unexpected delay of the messengers could not be explained and occasioned some uneasiness. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

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