Phrases with "unexpectedly"

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]

Charles Kingsley But to hear the same, and even loftier words, from the lips of the curate, whom she had made her toy, almost her butt, was to have them brought down unexpectedly and painfully to her own level. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

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]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu He took fire — the situation aiding quite unexpectedly — and the flame was real. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Olaf Stapledon We shall not forget seeing her, when it was over, her head turbaned in bandages, so weak, so white, so unexpectedly beautiful; and still herself. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Henry Handel Richardson A day or two later, on unexpectedly entering her bedroom, she found Lilith Gordon and another girl at her wardrobe. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry James My first step had been unexpectedly rapid, but there was no appearance that it would be followed by a second. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

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]

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

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]

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]

Arthur Machen An uncle died, and proved unexpectedly generous. The Inmost Light by Arthur Machen

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

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]

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

Arnold Bennett And the incalculable woman with a single gesture had most unexpectedly annihilated the unpleasant past and its consequences. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

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]

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]

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]

Wilkie Collins Mr. Keller, descending to the hall in his impatience for the arrival of the doctor, found himself unexpectedly confronted by Mrs. Wagner’s crazy attendant. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Walter Scott One of her mother’s new machinations unexpectedly furnished her with the means of ascertaining what she most desired to know. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

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

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]

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]

John Galsworthy Her eyes were as pretty as ever — that cornflower blue wore well; and their fringing was unexpectedly dark with such chestnut hair. Over the River by John Galsworthy

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

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

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

Elizabeth Von Arnim Our friendship nearly came to an end over the goose-girl, so unexpectedly inflaming did the subject turn out to be. The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1899]

As yet we had no suspicion whose was the body thus unexpectedly discovered. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Mark Twain I had long had a desire to travel and see the world, and now Circumstance had most kindly and unexpectedly hurled me upon the platform and furnished me the means. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

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]

Then suddenly he was stung in the arm, and the pain broke so unexpectedly into his dream that he heard himself cry out. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

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]

Agile men of cylindrical figure, who sprang unexpectedly out of meek-looking boxes, with a supernatural fierceness in their crimson cheeks and fur-whiskers. The Wondersmith by Fitz James O’Brien

But as he was about to refuse two men placed their hands on his shoulders so unexpectedly and so suddenly that his knees bent under him on the pavement. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

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

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]

Mrs. Marston, in her own room, reviewed the agitating scene through which she had just been so unexpectedly carried. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

He had friends in this country, however, who made attempts to break up the disastrous condition into which he had so unexpectedly come. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Thomas Carlyle Fraternity, in other countries, has gone on, till it found itself unexpectedly manipulating guillotines by its chosen Robespierres, and become a fraternity like Cain’s. Latter-Day Pamphlets by Thomas Carlyle

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

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

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

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

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

Jules Verne His lot was cast, whatever his fate might be; there was no going back for him! And Joam Dacosta rose from beneath the blow which had so unexpectedly struck him. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

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]

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]

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

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]

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

Sir Walter Scott It could not be discerned from Miss Bertram’s manner that she founded exulting hopes upon the prospect thus unexpectedly opening before her. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

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

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

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]

Virginia Woolf Instead there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

H. G. Wells The night was unexpectedly dark; to me, walking out of the lighted passage of my cousins’ house, it seemed indeed black, and it was as hot and close as the day. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

George Gissing And thus it happened on that day of the quarrel between Heliodora and Muscula, wherein Galla unexpectedly found herself involved. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

You did not find me yesterday, Ivan Petrovitch, because I was suddenly and quite unexpectedly called away to a death-bed. A Novel in Nine Letters by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1847]

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]

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]

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

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

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]

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

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

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

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

William Hope Hodgson The sight was so unexpectedly grand and eerie; though this latter quality came more upon me later. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

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]

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

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]

And unexpectedly he looked stern, too. The Tale by Joseph Conrad [1917]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Edith Wharton She reached the door, pushed it — and it unexpectedly resisted. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

George Gissing When at length he reached Aesernia, and there unexpectedly met with Venantius, he fell from his horse like a dying man. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

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

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]

Henry James She was resolved to assume nothing, for Osmond had a way of unexpectedly turning her assumptions against her. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

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

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]

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]

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]

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

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]

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

The fellow was unexpectedly vulgar, heavy, and impudently unintelligent. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

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

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]

Ivan Turgenev This unexpectedly rapid fulfilment of my secret desires both delighted and appalled me. First Love by Ivan Turgenev

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

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

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]

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]

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]

Thomas Carlyle Withal, unexpectedly enough, this Knox has a vein of drollery in him; which I like much, in combination with his other qualities. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

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

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]

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

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]

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

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]

If Queen Victoria were to drop in unexpectedly to luncheon, my aunt would be as cool as one of her own early cucumbers, and would insist on showing the Queen her stables, and possibly her pigs. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

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

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

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]

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim The Baron had returned to the German Embassy unexpectedly before going to Arlington Street, and Felix had caught him there. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

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]

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

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]

Nathaniel Hawthorne In these encounters, he appears to great advantage, from his happy faculty of turning little incidents, unexpectedly occurring, to his own account. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

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]

I want you to go down now—straight from here—to Brookbend Cottage. Tell your sister that your leave is unexpectedly cut short and that you sail tomorrow. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

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]

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

Sir Walter Scott I was an early friend of your father, and chanced to be in the house of Ellangowan, as unexpectedly as you are now in mine, upon the very night in which you were born. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

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]

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

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]

Tobias Smolle The fond parent, whose affection shoots even to a sense of pain, feels not half such transport, when he unexpectedly retrieves a darling child from the engulfing billows or devouring flame. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

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

H. G. Wells And then she wrote less effusively, and in her letter she asked point-blank, “Have you seen Mr. Snooks?” Fanny’s letter was unexpectedly satisfactory. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

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]

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

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

D. H. Lawrence Maggie said that love was the flower of life, and blossomed unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it was found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Most unexpectedly she betrayed a ridiculous consternation, but only for a moment. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Thomas Hardy Grace was thus unexpectedly worsted in her encounter with her old friend. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

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

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]

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]

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]

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]

Thomas Hardy I want to make a confession to you, Love.” This, from him, so unexpectedly apposite, had the effect upon her of a Providential interposition. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

He laid the revolver on the table-desk, handy to his right hand in case he should require it unexpectedly at any time. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

As stated above, when Lecoq entered M. Segmuller’s room the latter was busy studying the case which had so unexpectedly fallen into his hands. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

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

All unexpectedly a most distressing rumour set in; and though none knew whence it arose, a conviction of its truth took the parish by storm. The Curate of St. Matthew’s by Ellen Wood [1879]

All was forgotten in the moment’s rapture — in her delight at hearing so unexpectedly sounding in her ears, what seemed to her, in her excitement, the very music of the spheres. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Appearing unexpectedly in so many widely-separated places, they became known as “The Shadow Band” and many ineffectual attempts were made to trap them. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Bram Stoker Inquiry, however, showed her friends that the whole thing was a hoax — possibly worked by some revengeful rival of the man whose happiness had been so unexpectedly deferred. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

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]

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]

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]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Haven passed into the room, and, for a moment, he was conscious of an unexpectedly poignant surge of emotion. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

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

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

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

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

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

George Gissing Though the complications of Alma’s character puzzled her exceedingly, she knew how to smooth over the trouble which had so unexpectedly arisen. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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 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

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

Sinclair Lewis The heavy back door was guarded by an unexpectedly expensive modern lock. The Willow Walk by Sinclair Lewis

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]

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]

Her hand came up, clutched, missed, for the cat slithered aside snarling, and then, as her hand came down on the golden table, crouched again, and was unexpectedly caught by its neck. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

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

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

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

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]

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

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

George Eliot She ran down from the loggia, with her hands pressed against her ears, and was hurrying across the ante-chamber, when she was startled by unexpectedly meeting her husband, who was coming to seek her. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

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

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

No inquiry took place into such occurrences, but these blows fell unexpectedly upon everyone, and no one helped the fallen. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

Captain Ellis (a fierce sort of fairy) had produced a command out of a drawer almost as unexpectedly as in a fairy tale. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

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]

A day or two after this, chance most unexpectedly provided our adventurer and some others with several hearty meals which proved most acceptable to them. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

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]

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]

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

Walter Scott The colder European remained unaltered in posture and aspect; yet he, doubtless, was also engaged in subduing the angry feelings which had been so unexpectedly awakened. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

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]

Alphonse Daudet Nigh him, in the dry part of the rivulet-bed, the Tarasconian unexpectedly heard the sound of steps and of pebbles rolling. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

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]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Here was an unexpectedly good chance to get this unwelcome orphan off her hands, and she did not even feel grateful for it. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Now it might be supposed I was only too glad to toss off my clothes and climb into the bed I had so unexpectedly acquired a right to. The Two Householders by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]