Phrases with "unexpectedly"

Jessy was about to reply, when one of the boys unexpectedly broke in, - ‘I know that Miss Helstone you have all been palavering about. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Thus unexpectedly reduced to the necessity of providing for himself, he procured a situation in a public office. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Thomas Hardy The gentleman expressed his wish to stay till the morning, explaining somewhat unnecessarily, considering that the house was an inn, that they had been unexpectedly benighted on their drive. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

A. E. W. Mason He dreaded the short interval before he could begin, lest some hindrance should unexpectedly occur and relegate him again to inactivity. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

H. G. Wells Then through the period of visits and departures, travel together, separations, he grew into something detached and admirable, a man curiously reminiscent of his father, unexpectedly different. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Edith Wharton I believe the novelist’s richest stuff is in the middle class, because it lies where its name says, exactly in the middle, and reaches out so excitingly and unexpectedly in both directions. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

He could not have known that his brother Edward would die unexpectedly at the early age of forty. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Wretched man; to go and shake gold in an innkeeper’s face!” The blow came so unexpectedly it staggered even Denys, accustomed as he was to sudden perils. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Most unexpectedly Michel's round and generally staring eyes blinked as if dazzled. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Coming on Robert unexpectedly she had not time to guard her expression, and the lighting of her whole face as she saw him made his heart turn over. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

His eyes had bulged at my new clothes and altered appearance, but I had explained things to him with a yarn about a rich cousin who had unexpectedly run up against me and acted the fairy prince. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Charles Dickens My state of mind regarding the pilfering from which I had been so unexpectedly exonerated did not impel me to frank disclosure; but I hope it had some dregs of good at the bottom of it. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Edith Wharton But though he was not sorry to stop writing he found himself unexpectedly oppressed by the weight of his leisure. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

His frown deepened, and he began to think of some effectual violence, when most unexpectedly she said in a firm voice, “Yes, I can,” and clutched the chair-back again. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

George Gissing On the following day, after their early dinner, Monica unexpectedly declared that she must go out. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Thomas Hardy Before Randolph left her that summer a letter arrived from Sam to inform her that he had been unexpectedly fortunate in obtaining the shop. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

E. Phillips Oppenheim The sunshine was unexpectedly warm. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Henry David Thoreau Commerce is unexpectedly confident and serene, alert, adventurous, and unwearied. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Guy de Maupassan A year afterwards she met the Brazilian unexpectedly at Lucca, with an insipid-looking, light-haired, thin Englishwoman on his arm. An Exotic Prince by Guy de Maupassan

The Neptun gunboat of H.M. the King of the Netherlands, commanded by an outraged and infuriated lieutenant, left the cove at an unexpectedly early hour. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

When you came in just now unexpectedly and kissed me, waves of heat swept over me: my womb moved inside me. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Sinclair Lewis But she was unexpectedly cheerful, and her dining-room, with its thin tablecloth on a long pine table, had the decency of clean bareness. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

I am not ashamed to say that coming so unexpectedly it startled me. David Garth’s Night-Watch by Ellen Wood [1869]

Ann Radcliffe The feelings of the Marquis, who, in a prosecution stimulated by revenge, had thus unexpectedly exposed his crimes to the public eye, and betrayed himself to justice, can only be imagined. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Frances Hodgson Burnett If you dance on a tight rope and the rope is unexpectedly withdrawn, where are you? You cannot continue dancing until the rope is restrung. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Thomas Hardy Manston still persisted in his suit, but with more of his former indirectness, now that he saw how unexpectedly well she stood an open attack. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He was in the midst of his day dream when Harry Gooddorf unexpectedly walked in. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

Sir Walter Scott But on this point they found Sir Dugald unexpectedly obstinate. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then a voice addressed him, unexpectedly near to his bedside—a familiar, silky, almost melodious voice, with a sneer underlying its smoothness. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Leon Trotsky The split came unexpectedly for all the members of the congress. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Gertrude Stein Hélène had her opinions, she did not for instance like Matisse. She said a frenchman should not stay unexpectedly to a meal particularly if he asked the servant beforehand what there was for dinner. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

And everything he arranged about the room he had chosen in such a way that anyone entering unexpectedly would get the idea at once that it was being occupied in a perfectly legitimate manner. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

In the light of the new hope that was thus unexpectedly held out to her, it did not seem so difficult. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Jules Verne It seemed, indeed, as though of all present Joam Garral was the only one whom this fearful thunderbolt, which had fallen so unexpectedly on his head, had failed to overwhelm. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Under the gathering twilight the town was unexpectedly attractive. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

The tapping had stopped as unexpectedly as it had begun, and there was a renewed moment of intolerable suspense; something like an additional turn of the racking screw. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Wilkie Collins I only know that she recovered from it, to all appearance, in an unexpectedly short time; that she suffered a fatal relapse, and that she died a lingering and a painful death. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

He hissed through his teeth in unexpectedly figurative style that it would take a lot to persuade him to “push under the head of a poor devil of a girl quite sufficiently plucky” — and snorted. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Sir Walter Scott Had not the arrival of the Grand Master been so unexpectedly sudden, he would have seen nothing at Templestowe which might have appeared to argue any relaxation of discipline. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Sir Walter Scott At this instant, Sir Duncan Campbell gave the word to charge, and thus unexpectedly made the attack at the very moment he seemed about to receive it. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

The name of Commarin, so unexpectedly pronounced, awakened in him the most sorrowful recollections, and tore open a wound but badly healed. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

If you were to disentangle the words we actually exchanged from my comments you would see that they were not so very many, including everything she had so unexpectedly told me of her story. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

H. G. Wells It was even unexpectedly hopeful. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

In the autumn, when the shores of the Kama were turning red, the leaves were taking a golden tinge, and the crosswise beams of the sun grew pallid, Yaakov unexpectedly left the boat. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Jules Verne Glenarvan was regretting this exceedingly, when he unexpectedly met with a singular justification of his rendering of the eventful document. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

The Chinaman unexpectedly put on a deprecatory expression, and said, after a marked pause: “Can do. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

I have had my warnings, but I made light of them, and the blow came unexpectedly at last. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

George Gissing Rodman, who had been spending an hour at the works, brought word that business pressed; a host of things had to be unexpectedly finished off and put in order. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

However, arriving at the Court, she very much regretted having given in, as the lawyer uncle had unexpectedly come upon a short visit. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Otherwise I shall have to play, and Harry Scarisbrooke is going to come in unexpectedly about nine-fifteen, and I particularly want to be free to talk to him while the others are playing. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Among other persons unexpectedly disturbed just now was our friend Captain Devereux. The letter reached him at night. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anna Katherine Green When this young lady fell so unexpectedly at your feet, was your first look at her or at the opposite gallery?” For an instant her eyes held his — something which did not often happen to him. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Henry Handel Richardson Hence her delight knew no bounds when John drove up unexpectedly late one afternoon, between a hard day’s personal canvassing and another of the innumerable dinners he had to eat his way through. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

George Eliot No other excuse was needed to Bardo and Romola than saying simply that he had been unexpectedly hindered: he felt confident their proud delicacy would inquire no farther. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Robert Louis Stevenson I have got unexpectedly to work again, and feel quite dandy. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Guy de Maupassant I shall say no more now, except to read some passages from the journal which we unexpectedly came upon in the drawer of an old secretary. A Divorce Case (Un cas de divorce) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

And then, glad to skate away from such thin ice: “What has happened to Beau and Innes?” “Beau’s people turned up unexpectedly and took them off to the theatre in Larborough,” Stewart said. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Lady Marley looked stupefied, Sir James was frowning hard, and Larose looked as if he had been unexpectedly brought up against a dead wall. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Jacques Futrelle It took the unexpectedly prosaic form of a violent sneeze, a vociferous outburst on a bench directly behind Mr. Grimm. Señorita Rodriguez jumped, then laughed nervously. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Charles Dickens The comrade of the Intercepted One also shrinking into his nest with similar discretion, Mr. Tetterby, when he paused for breath, found himself unexpectedly in a scene of peace. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain by Charles Dickens [1848]

Only the hunchback held his ground and shouted back in an unexpectedly strong voice: “You are the first man that has been on board her for years. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Just by blind chance it may be that our dream of vengeance is unexpectedly coming true. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Sir Walter Scott As he was about to turn his horse’s head to pursue his journey, Meg Merrilies, who had lagged behind the troop, unexpectedly presented herself. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was most unexpectedly disappointed. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Benjamin Disraeli She recalled her emotion at unexpectedly seeing his portrait when with her aunt, and her mortification when her mother deprived her of the poem which she sighed to read. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

D. H. Lawrence She turned to him, unexpectedly laughing. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells The effort was unexpectedly difficult, and it left him giddy and weak — and amazed. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am unexpectedly rewarded for my caution, and after a very brief inspection, I spring up and open the gate. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Thomas Hardy But why have you come so unexpectedly to repeat the question, when you only promised to come next Saturday? I thought I was to have plenty of time to consider. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Arnold Bennett Chirac returned as unexpectedly as he had gone; an expedition for his paper had occupied him. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Henry James They’ve all been unexpectedly charming. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

In the evening, after the free tea, Paddy unexpectedly earned another eighteenpence at ‘glimming’. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

George Meredith A touch of her old gladness made her smile when Captain Gambier unexpectedly appeared and walked across the dancers to sit beside her. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Thomas Hardy Roaming up and down, round and round, he at length heard a slight movement of the horse close at hand; and the sleeve of his overcoat unexpectedly caught his foot. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Seldom discommend any thing though never so bad, or do it but moderately, lest you be unexpectedly forced to an unhandsome retraction. Life of Sir Isaac Newton by N. W. Chittenden [1846]

E. F. Benson So, since the subject had so unexpectedly and profoundly deepened with this last remark, it was she who rather precipitately changed it now. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

H. G. Wells The boat bumped unexpectedly among the reeds, and the tall, fair-haired man disappeared suddenly, having apparently fallen back into the invisible part of the boat. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Within thirty days you will unexpectedly meet one whom you dearly love,” etc. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

George Gissing One morning Maud had been engaged for an hour, reading in the library, and was just rising to leave the room, when she was in turn visited unexpectedly by Helen, who walked softly into the room. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Dowson, whose entrance was almost unexpectedly prompt, required no orders. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

But apparently he remained serenely obtuse till the indignant author’s “Thou art the man” unexpectedly nailed him to the cross of his sin. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

H.P. Lovecraft Then unexpectedly my hands came upon a doorway, where hung a portal of stone, rough with strange chiselling. The Outsider by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

I need not recite the terms of the indenture in detail, but I think Aunt Judy found them unexpectedly liberal. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

The children had slid down so unexpectedly that they almost forgot their good manners, but as soon as Seumas Beg discovered that he was really in a room he removed his cap and stood up. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

G. K. Chesterton But within this feminine frame of hair his face was unexpectedly impudent, like a monkey’s. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Wilkie Collins He apologized for coming down in his working dress, and said everything that was civil and proper about the pleasure of unexpectedly seeing me again so soon. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

He said: “Louder!” In that oppressive air, Sara Wallingford could not easily obey, but she made an effort and her body unexpectedly responded. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

E. F. Benson The other day [we read] they all three accompanied by Mr. Smidt50 (of whom by the way I have grievous things to tell you) dropped or rather rushed in unexpectedly to tea. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Miles Franklin A ringer, whose wife had been unexpectedly confined, came for grannie when dinner was over, and the rest of us had a delightful musical evening. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Be close behind him as, one night, he returned home unexpectedly to find her in the arms of a head usher. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Marjorie Bowen To meet her unexpectedly was more in keeping with the idyll; and that it was, and always had been, a very perfect idyll my lord was now convinced. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

He might, indeed, easily have deemed it a distant sound of cars, unexpectedly coming to a stand. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Benjamin Disraeli The retirement of St. Barbe was the first brick out of the wall; now, which Endymion had not yet heard, the brother of Trenchard had most unexpectedly died, and that gentleman come into a good estate. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

H. G. Wells That curtain rose as unexpectedly as it fell. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Thomas Hardy Yet Phyllis was discovered even here by an admirer, and her hand most unexpectedly asked in marriage. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins It was understood at the inn that important business had unexpectedly called him south. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Wilkie Collins You are unexpectedly rich; and I am unexpectedly poor. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Guy de Maupassan She conjectured, hoped and doubted, suffered and wept for more than a year; then she suddenly went to the capital and appeared unexpectedly in his apartments. A Mesalliance by Guy de Maupassan

Thomas Hardy Cytherea’s mother had unexpectedly inherited a large fortune and estates in the west of England by the rapid fall of some intervening lives. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

T. E. Lawrence At dawn Joyce unexpectedly arrived. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Di had cured herself of this fault of late years, but it cropped up now and again, especially when he returned home unexpectedly as today, and found only mutton chops for dinner. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Benjamin Disraeli Sir Lucius knew too well the value of a good character to part very easily with that which he had so unexpectedly regained. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

H. G. Wells It was also unexpectedly difficult to express. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

M. R. James What he had done had proved so unexpectedly interesting that he determined to sacrifice a little more of the daylight on the morrow to archaeology. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

The man-of-war and the little tartane saw each other quite unexpectedly at a distance that was very little over a mile. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Wilkie Collins Any persons who have had a crushing burden lifted, unexpectedly and instantly, from off their minds, will know what I felt when I read the reply. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

It was directly afterwards that their prolonged efforts were unexpectedly successful; the fire dwindled, sank, and in a short time expired. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Topiltzen, confronted by an unexpectedly aggressive foe, tried to retreat, tripped over his own flowing mantle, and a moment later was clasped tight to Boots’ breast. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

E. Phillips Oppenheim A disaster in his family left Trowse unexpectedly poor. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Henry James It was a part of the impression that she was now only showing to the full, for this time she had verse to deal with and she made it unexpectedly exquisite. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Robert cast an unexpectedly kind thought to the louts who had provided the precedent, and so weighted his argument with example. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Vsevolod Krestovsky From one stage of misfortune to another she gradually fell into the deepest misery, and had become a poor old beggar in the streets when Count Kallash came so unexpectedly to her rescue. Knights of Industry by Vsevolod Krestovsky

I hoped we should have been alone, but two very old friends turned up unexpectedly today and I had to ask them to stay. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

George Gissing The allusion had come so unexpectedly that it caused him keen pleasure. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Edith Wharton Lily tore it open with shaking hands, and read Bertha Dorset’s name below the message: “Sailing unexpectedly tomorrow. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

He came down to the Priory suddenly and unexpectedly at a late hour one night, and walked straight to his mother’s room. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

Suddenly and quite unexpectedly the moon broke through. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

When things happen unexpectedly and the world-order which he has known begins to crumble, he feels somewhat differently about it. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

After a brief explanation therefore she got through to Frank, offered a tepid request, and came back feeling unexpectedly gloomy. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

You shall go back to your own people and your own God —— ” Stooping unexpectedly Biornson seized the surprised Irishman’s hand and gripped it hard. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

George Gissing Opening the front door, she came unexpectedly under two pairs of eyes. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Sometimes he would exclaim unexpectedly in a complaining tone, “Ah! if I only had a voice. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

I had not yet got over the shock of seeing how frightened she undoubtedly had been at first at finding herself so unexpectedly alone with me. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Is he afraid of the old lady returning unexpectedly and catching him?” I could not echo her laugh; I could not even smile; I could only pucker up my brows as if angry. The Hermit of ——— Street by Anna Katharine Green

He unexpectedly thought “This is death”, and knew himself weaken at the thought. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

George Gissing Mr. Lott—’ Charles met the eye of the timber-merchant, and was unexpectedly mute. The Riding-whip by George Gissing

ONE Saturday it unexpectedly rained all day long, and after dinner Captain Barker, hearing from Mrs. Bratt that I was at home, sent word to enquire if I would go in for a game of chess. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Wilkie Collins This tiresome person finds himself unexpectedly obliged to give up possession of his house. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

John Galsworthy She might be unexpectedly durable, and impermeable by outside things. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Arthur Conan Doyle I need not point out that the theory so unexpectedly sprung upon us may prove to be a very obvious device adopted by the friends of the prisoner in order to divert this inquiry. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Perhaps, as he sailed victoriously towards England, his wayward mind sank unexpectedly into an utterly incongruous mood. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

There was a pause, during which Lady Eversleigh recovered in some degree from the painful emotion caused by memories so unexpectedly evoked. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Jack London Were he not so terrible a man, I could sometimes feel sorry for him, as instance three mornings ago, when I went into his stateroom to fill his water-bottle and came unexpectedly upon him. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

H. G. Wells The evening was unexpectedly fine — only a few thin level bands of clouds at seven or eight thousand feet broke its luminous clarity. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

He enjoyed all the sensations of a man being unexpectedly hanged, and as such a man would grasp at the rope over his head, so his hands flew up to seize the thing above him. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

If the look in its porcine eyes went for anything, that musical director valued the “blessing of Penn” less than the permission to vacate an unexpectedly dangerous neighborhood. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Arthur Conan Doyle He had hoped that his wife might lure Sir Charles to his ruin, but here she proved unexpectedly independent. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Commiseration came to him from Court. The Cecils wrote polite letters, and Elizabeth was in an unexpectedly gentle mood. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

John Galsworthy Well! He looked a little like a devil, with his dark, clipped, pointed beard; a sleepy one though, and good-humoured, with fine eyes, unexpectedly intelligent. To Let by John Galsworthy

Charles Dickens Not to get up a mystery with these people, I resolved to announce in the morning that my uncle had unexpectedly come from the country. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

H. G. Wells She began it unexpectedly and apropos of nothing. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Oh — by-the-bye, it might interest you to know that I’ve been dining unexpectedly to-night at Major Poole’s. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

George Gissing Jane had taken her sewing; unexpectedly he addressed her. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

George Gissing On arriving at the gate he found himself unexpectedly challenged by armed men, who, though Italians, he at once suspected to be in the Gothic service. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Don’t be surprised if you meet me unexpectedly amongst the Yorkshire hills and wolds, and take care to follow suit with whatever cards you see me playing. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Anne Bronte Of course, I did not break my heart about that, though I often wondered how she was getting on; and when this last epistle so unexpectedly arrived, I was glad enough to receive it. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

Wilkie Collins She directed the servant to show her visitor into the drawing-room, and to say that she was unexpectedly engaged, but that Miss Roseberry would see the lady immediately. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Thomas Hardy The stillness was unexpectedly broken. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Wilkie Collins If Miss Verinder can be kept here till that time, I should wish to say two words to her — unexpectedly — before she goes. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Walter Besant I felt as if I had dropped unexpectedly into a fortune. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman I am thus explicit about it because it shows how unexpectedly strong was the impression made upon Ellador when she at last entered our civilization. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

In spite of the feelings which then agitated me, this company wherein I was thus unexpectedly thrown greatly impressed me. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

They craned their necks this way and that to see what the ladies were like and then, all suddenly, they looked at one another, as if unexpectedly they had opened a bad egg. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Henry James Then she finished her sentence unexpectedly —“You don’t know what my life with my great husband was. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

G. K. Chesterton In romantic literature the hero and heroine must indeed be happy, but they must also be unexpectedly happy. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Charles Dickens There was a small inn within sight, to which, it would seem, he had been directing his steps when so unexpectedly overtaken. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

George Gissing It appeared to Godwin that his brother had leapt in a few months to these heights of vulgar accomplishment; each separate revelation struck unexpectedly upon his nerves and severely tried his temper. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

He was sorry he had not seen her that evening, but he had had to go unexpectedly to Bendigo on business, and would not be back until the day after tomorrow. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Wilkie Collins Her color rose when she found herself unexpectedly in the presence of a dignified and decorated stranger. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

A long-pending lawsuit respecting the validity of a will, had been unexpectedly decided; and Mr. Joseph Tuggs was the possessor of twenty thousand pounds. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Wylder was surprised, puzzled, and a good deal incensed — that saucy craft had fired her shot so unexpectedly across his bows. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

We looked at him, then looked at one another with suspicious awe in our eyes, like men who come unexpectedly upon the scene of some mysterious disaster. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Wilkie Collins On the last day, an event happened; on the last day, the long deferred promise of the future unexpectedly began to dawn. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Leon Trotsky The Poland of Pilsudski came out of the war unexpectedly strengthened. My Life by Leon Trotsky

M. P. Shiel In his case the superstition, I fancy, arose from the fact that he found the writer’s (and the illustrator’s!) craft so unexpectedly easy. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A woman, in unexpectedly correct nurse’s uniform, presently mounted the stairs and entered the room. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Henry David Thoreau Sometimes he would come up unexpectedly on the opposite side of me, having apparently passed directly under the boat. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

George Gissing So Waymark fought it out, to the result of weariness; then plunged into his work again, and had regained very much his ordinary state of mind when Maud Enderby unexpectedly came before him. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Quite unexpectedly it loomed up as large and buoyant as ever. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Henry Handel Richardson She had unbuttoned two buttons and was at a third, when he looked up so unexpectedly that she was scared out of her senses, and fastened her dress again with all the haste she could. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Edith Wharton Before June was over a band of friends were basking with the Lansings on the Lido. Nick found himself unexpectedly disturbed by their arrival. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Robert Louis Stevenson Although it had been long desired, it was quite unexpectedly at last that my eyes rose above the summit. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Radclyffe Hall It was quite new to Stephen, that soft Southern drawl, and she found it unexpectedly pleasant. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Two rooms which had real floors, when thrown into one, broke our hearts by unexpectedly revealing different levels. In Praise of a Suffolk Cottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

We formed a long train, and I pitied the mistress of El Pilar, our next halting-place, upon whom such a regiment was about to be unexpectedly quartered. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

H. G. Wells It rendered the disguise he had chosen unexpectedly plausible, but it inflicted upon him a considerable amount of aesthetic conversation for which he was very imperfectly prepared. The Hammerpond Park Burglary by H. G. Wells [1894]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch The ground here showed a slight depression, and the soil proved unexpectedly deep and easy to work. Phoebus on Halzaphron by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

George Gissing Perhaps he would prefer to meet her unexpectedly — not a difficult thing in this little place, with its handful of residents and visitors. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Thomas Hardy Chance unexpectedly helped her in this difficulty. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Leon Trotsky Even in the very first days, I found myself unexpectedly in diplomatic negotiations with the Eiffel Tower! During the uprising, we had been too rushed to pay heed to the foreign radios. My Life by Leon Trotsky

H. G. Wells The old institution or monarchy had come out unexpectedly well in the light of the new regime. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

I was seized with sudden desires to help this person, to hinder that, forgetting that this life, which had so unexpectedly opened before me, had its existence only on paper. In the World by Maksim Gorky

A. E. W. Mason The great revulsion of joy which had come to him so unexpectedly had been too much for his exhausted body. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

H.P. Lovecraft One March night, however, we unexpectedly obtained a specimen which did not come from the potter’s field. Herbert West — Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

The mummy had disappeared from the Sailor’s Rest at Pierside some weeks ago, and now unexpectedly appeared in a lonely garden, surrounded by marshes. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

George Gissing Of a sudden, as unexpectedly to herself as to her companion, she broke silence. The Scrupulous Father by George Gissing

But his pleasure was destined to be cut short sooner than he desired, as Captain Hiram Hervey unexpectedly arrived. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

But in the end, unexpectedly and through no effort of his own, Gordon did get a job. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

After some time a man in an unexpectedly cheerful but also muffled tone, as though he had been trying to speak with his mouth shut, informed me, ‘Coming directly, sir,’ and vanished. Youth by Joseph Conrad [1898]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He arrived home unexpectedly early one night to find a note asking him to call in and report. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Andrew Lang A very nice girl was selected, but most unexpectedly the B.A. would not marry. Books and Bookmen by Andrew Lang

Washington Irving At Paris the party is unexpectedly joined by a Mr. Hickey, a bustling attorney, who is well acquainted with that metropolis and its environs, and insists on playing the cicerone on all occasions. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

When I came home that afternoon I found myself unexpectedly involved in a matter that for the remainder of the day at least, prevented me from further attending to the affair I had in hand. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing If he gained his own living, he must count himself lucky; nothing more difficult than for a man of his age and position, unexpectedly cut adrift, to find work and payment. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

George Gissing Michael Snowdon — to distinguish the old man by name from the son who thus unexpectedly returned to him — professed no formal religion. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Ivan Turgenev Madame Odintsov received him, not in the room where he had so unexpectedly declared his love to her, but in the drawing room. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Walter Besant It would be foolish to deny that I was greatly taken by the prospect which thus suddenly and unexpectedly opened out before my eyes. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

He had only just run up, and how it had happened that he and his men had arrived so unexpectedly upon the scene had come about in this way. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Walter Scott If I present this singular letter of Mr. Maxwell, with the contents of which I have become so unexpectedly acquainted, I shall only share his captivity. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman Finally Rebecca herself waxed unexpectedly loquacious. The Wind in the Rose-bush by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman [1903]