Phrases with "unfamiliar"

Virginia Woolf Something unfamiliar in the pose of the silent figure, something still, solemn, significant about it, made her hold her breath. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

H. G. Wells Athwart these ran inscriptions horizontally and obliquely in an unfamiliar lettering. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Kate Chopin He was confronted by a good deal of French-to him an unfamiliar language. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Olaf Stapledon For, whether through the absence of obscuring air, or through my own increased sensitivity, or both, the sky had taken on an unfamiliar aspect. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

He felt that he and Jaikie were being pleasantly absorbed into an unfamiliar atmosphere. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

It was the household of a princess; but of a princess not unfamiliar with poverty. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

D. H. Lawrence She is a strange goddess to me, this Erycina Venus, and the west is strange and unfamiliar and a little fearful, be it Africa or be it America. Slowly at sunset we moved out of the harbour. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

George Gissing In speaking, she looked at him with eyes of unfamiliar expressiveness, and all the lines of her face had softened. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

H.P. Lovecraft Close to four the gale subsided as suddenly as it had begun, leaving the sand hills in new and unfamiliar shapes. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Could it be from that unfamiliar group on the stage? I will, Miss Saunders. I tell you I will! But, Miss Leilia, I don’t consider the newspapers proper for young ladies nowadays. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Arthur Morrison He was got up for his part as completely as circumstances would allow; grease was in his hair, his hat stood at an angle, and his face exhibited an unfamiliar polish, occasioned by a towel. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

F. Scott Fitzgerald I found the humidor on an unfamiliar table, with two stale, dry cigarettes inside. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald Daisy looked at Tom frowning, and an indefinable expression, at once definitely unfamiliar and vaguely recognizable, as if I had only heard it described in words, passed over Gatsby’s face. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

H. G. Wells She saw him calm and still, strangely unlike his habitual garrulous animation, an unfamiliar inflexibility. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

The attack, which was made upon an unknown position and across unfamiliar ground, was led by our brigade. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Edith Wharton As he did so he reeled off a succession of long titles, all too unfamiliar to Vance for his ear to hold them. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was a gray and unfamiliar look about his face. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Death has taken an unfair advantage; he has struck with an unfamiliar weapon; he has executed a new and disquieting stratagem. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Henry James He rambled at hazard for a couple of hours, finding at last that he had left the forest behind him and had wandered into an unfamiliar region. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

It was a cold March, and she was dressed in unfamiliar dark furs that suited her extremely and reinforced the delicate flush of her sweet face. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

The convention itself, if it is unfamiliar to us, is what fills our attention, so that we forget to look for the moving spirit behind. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

G. K. Chesterton I had never known it look so unfamiliar before. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

H. G. Wells I explored my face carefully and found unfamiliar contours on the left side. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Rather it was dread of an unfamiliar world in which he had no part. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

The Bishop droned on laboriously, mispronouncing words and repeating himself as if he were reading a catalogue of unfamiliar seeds. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

The presence of gentlemen is evidently an unfamiliar situation to you. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Henry Handel Richardson The late afternoon sun was shining in, in an unfamiliar way; outside were strange streets, strange noises, a strange white dust, the expanse of a big, strange city. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

The sun was still streaming across the room, but it seemed to him, as he looked at the familiar, unfamiliar face, that it was night already. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Abraham Merri Its contents were aromatic, unfamiliar but astonishingly effective, for as soon as they passed my lips I felt a surge of strength; consciousness was restored. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Abraham Merri Rising from cushioned couches, a woman and a man regarded us, half leaning over a long, low table of what seemed polished jet, laden with flowers and unfamiliar fruits. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

H. G. Wells And presently, amazed and amazing, we should happen on a man — no Swiss — dressed in unfamiliar clothing and speaking an unfamiliar speech. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

H. G. Wells I was very unfamiliar with natural things. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Olaf Stapledon This unfamiliar sky disturbed me with a sense of my increasing dissociation from my home. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Sigmund Freud The ancients, by the way, were not unfamiliar with the symbolic interpretation of the undisguised Oedipus dream (see O. Rank, Jahrb. ii, p. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

The sight of the crude, unfamiliar scraps of dropped lime in the gaping place where warmth should have been, increased the discomfort of the kitchen. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

H. G. Wells There were little Mozambique monkeys chattering in the thick-set trees beside the line and a quantity of unfamiliar birds and gaudy flowers amidst the abundant deep greenery. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Edgar Rice Burroughs What was that? His quick ear had caught a faint but unfamiliar sound. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

A pink-haunched monkey lopading across the road with a great show of prudence seemed to have strayed into an unfamiliar country, and the rustling twigs behind him made an episode of sound. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

It was only the postman’s knock, but the postman was an unfamiliar visitor in that house, and Mrs. Bunting started violently. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Olaf Stapledon When an unfamiliar bird appeared, he would throw all his plans to the winds to stalk and watch it. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

William Henry Hudson We had fruits, too, of unfamiliar flavors, and a confection of crushed nuts and honey. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

H. G. Wells And I dropped asleep at last in an unfamiliar bedroom hung with gaudily decorated texts, cursing myself for having wasted a day. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

H. G. Wells He shut his eyes tight, opened them, and sat looking about him, from one unfamiliar thing to another. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

No, there certainly was a peculiar taste, though it was not a strong one, and as she moved her tongue about to get its full flavour it struck her suddenly that it was not altogether an unfamiliar one. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Swallowing her humiliation, Luella obeyed orders while the nurse experimented, grumbling, with the unfamiliar stove. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Arnold Bennett In search of a lost handkerchief, they regained the Clayhanger premises by an unfamiliar side door. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Edith Wharton Odo cried out as though in answer to its call; but that moment the road turned a knoll and bent across rising ground toward an unfamiliar region. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

George Gissing A Voice bade her enter—to her surprise an unfamiliar voice. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

But you must not rely upon the fact that your face is unfamiliar to us. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

Where does Böhme come in?’ It was dusk, but light enough to see an unfamiliar craft, a torpedo-boat in fact, moored to stakes at one side. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She felt the depressing influence of Matthew’s words, the nearness of ugly and unfamiliar things. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

H. G. Wells I felt such a dread of unfamiliar shadows as I had not known even in childhood. The Croquet Player by H. G. Wells [1936]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Had he come up to her and said: “Let’s go along, you and I,” she would have answered: “Why not?”— at least it seemed so now, for she was still disembodied by an unfamiliar background. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

H.P. Lovecraft He would sometimes mutter an unfamiliar jargon, and chant in bizarre rhythms which chilled the listener with a sense of unexplainable terror. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

He had the appearance of just having entered the rooms for the first time, and everything seemed as unfamiliar and strange to him as to the mother. Mother by Maksim Gorky

After this followed three or four days of wearisome delay, in which the quiet of the darkened rooms seemed intolerable to John Treverton, to whom death was an unfamiliar horror. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

H. G. Wells But the idea of flight together, of the bright awakening in unfamiliar sunshine with none to come between them, had gripped them both. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Theodore Dreiser He was only acting a strange, unfamiliar part on the stage, this stage of life that he knew so well. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Nathaniel Hawthorne But, just as the crowd was about to separate them, the former spoke, in a voice not unfamiliar to Kenyon, though rendered remote and strange by the guilty veil through which it penetrated. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Kate Chopin When Melicent first met Grégoire, his peculiarities of speech, so unfamiliar to her, seemed to remove him at once from the possibility of her consideration. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Olaf Stapledon Its atmosphere was evidently less dense than ours, for the outlines of unfamiliar continents and oceans were very plainly visible. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

G. K. Chesterton But he had another half-formed impression struggling in this flood of unfamiliar things, and he brought it to the surface before it could vanish. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

At this hour there was an unfamiliar delicacy in the familiar scene, a freshness and purity of aspect — almost an unearthliness — as though you viewed it through a crystal dream. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

When he undertook to describe any novel or unfamiliar kind of manners, he spared no time or trouble in making a special study of his subject. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

F. Scott Fitzgerald An unfamiliar impatience settled on Dick; suddenly Nicole said: “It seemed too bad to leave Rosemary like that — do you suppose she’ll be all right?” “Of course. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The bravest of military heroes are not always equal to themselves as to their reputation; and fear, on some singular provocation, will find a lodgment in the most unfamiliar bosom. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Dressing herself rapidly, she walked out into the kitchen, and standing at the door asked: “Who’s there?” “I,” answered an unfamiliar voice. Mother by Maksim Gorky

H. G. Wells The idea will be so unfamiliar to us that for a time it will not occur to us that it is a system of beautiful objects at all. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

And there wild-flowers, whose chill hues the eye would have scarcely distinguished the day before, now glittered forth in blooms of unfamiliar beauty. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

H. G. Wells I looked like a special coloured supplement to Men’s Wear, or The Tailor and Cutter, Full Dress For Ceremonial Occasions. I had even the disconcerting sensations of an unfamiliar collar. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

H. G. Wells To that familiar end he came by an unfamiliar route, after his long, unsatisfying examination of social reform movements and social and political theories. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

H. G. Wells The studiously characteristic signature quivered and sprawled in an unfamiliar manner. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

H. G. Wells During those few crowded days of unfamiliar living Trafford accumulated a vast confused mass of thoughts and impressions. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

F. Scott Fitzgerald But when he entered his own office and saw his wife staring dismally out the window into the sunshine he clinched his hands, and his mouth moved in an unfamiliar shape. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

George Gissing No more entertaining companion during the long days of steamship life; no safer guide in unfamiliar lands. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

H. G. Wells An unfamiliar quality in her voice struck into him. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Sinclair Lewis He seemed to be in an unfamiliar and unwelcoming world, with its own cold tone and every sensation different from the secure world of daytime. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

They were very good cigarettes, very thick and well-packed, with an unfamiliar silkiness in the paper. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Arthur Conan Doyle Then they were aware of a strange step inside and of an unfamiliar voice. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Frances Hodgson Burnett It all forms part of a background and prevents one from feeling unfamiliar with customs. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Edith Wharton Like a traveller in unfamiliar regions she began to store for future guidance the minutest natural signs. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Kenneth Grahame This was the garden of my friend the circus-man, though I had never approached it before by a lawless gap, from this unfamiliar side. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

But when you go to the industrial North you are conscious, quite apart from the unfamiliar scenery, of entering a strange country. Collected Essays by George Orwell

He was acutely aware of being in an unfamiliar environment, to which he should have been hostile, but which as a matter of plain fact he enjoyed with trepidation. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

E. Phillips Oppenheim His nerves seemed tingling with unfamiliar forces. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Abraham Merri We accepted this as the explanation of the reactions we had experienced, hearing the unfamiliar sounds. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Radclyffe Hall The garden looked unfamiliar in the sunrise, like a well-known face that is suddenly transfigured. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Guy de Maupassant He no longer budged, trembling at all the slight and unfamiliar sounds that occur at night. Walter Schnaffs’ Adventure (L'Aventure de Walter Schnaffs) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He could hear soft and rapid breathing close at hand, caught a breath of unfamiliar but strangely delicate perfume. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Willa Cather The uniform was still an unfamiliar sight in July, 1917. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Thomas Hardy A stoutly built man stood on the doorstep, with an alien, unfamiliar air about his figure and bearing — an air which might have been called colonial by people of cosmopolitan experience. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

F. Scott Fitzgerald When he reached home his imagination had been teeming with high pitched, unfamiliar dreams. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

George Gissing A traitor now for his own ends, he found himself moving in no unfamiliar element, and, the irrevocable words once uttered, he thrilled with defiance of rebuke. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

H. G. Wells North, south, east, and west spread an identical monotony of unfamiliar forms. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

John Galsworthy There, quietly, in the isolation suited to his spirit, he could, if not enjoy, at least browse on a scene strikingly unfamiliar to him. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

There was something strange and unfamiliar about the river to-night. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Olaf Stapledon Now and then he would ask her to explain ideas that were unfamiliar to him, and she would try to reproduce the explanations that the true Victor had formerly, given to her. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Edith Wharton I must find something which would bring the matter closely enough home to surmount the unfamiliar medium. The Spark by Edith Wharton

Arnold Bennett Hilda could distinguish Mr. Cannon’s and Arthur Dayson’s; there was a third, unfamiliar to her. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

To an English youth, unfamiliar with the language and shy as only English youths can be, a conversation with that redoubtable old lady must have been a grim ordeal indeed. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

The form of a monodrama was unfamiliar to the public and has difficulties of its own. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Leon Trotsky First, an unfamiliar masculine voice, and then Seryozha’s voice: “I am here. My Life by Leon Trotsky

George Gissing When he raised his head Marian saw that he looked older, and she noticed — or fancied she did — that there was some unfamiliar peculiarity about his eyes. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He led the way into a great hall, as large as an armory and broken intermittently with busy sets and blinding rows of unfamiliar light. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Sinclair Lewis She was trying to feed her illusion of adventure by staring at unfamiliar houses . Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Message-sticks had been carried into unfamiliar country by nervous boys. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Guy de Maupassan All the terrible and unexpected events of the last two days, all these unfamiliar faces and houses struck dismay into his heart. The Beggar by Guy de Maupassan

H. G. Wells He seemed transported to some strange country, and would have felt no surprise if the old labourer he came upon leaning silently over a gate had addressed him in an unfamiliar tongue. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

H. G. Wells The sun, shining through the smoke that drove up from the tops of the trees, seemed blood red, and threw an unfamiliar lurid light upon everything. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

H. G. Wells At first my brain, like a dog in unfamiliar quarters, must turn itself round for a time or so before it lies down. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Arthur Morrison As she set it down she started and crouched, for now at last there was a step on the stair — an unfamiliar step. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Henry James Pansy after a moment came up to Madame Merle with her little manner of unfamiliar politeness. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Olaf Stapledon I took some pains to prepare him, leading his mind to ruminate in unfamiliar fields. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

This of itself, it has been suggested, shows that they were unfamiliar and uncongenial to Bacon; for a man reminds himself of what he is apt to forget. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Henry Handel Richardson Written always by a third person, in an unfamiliar hand . Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

H. G. Wells Marion wore the white raiment of a bride, white silk and satin, that did not suit her, that made her seem large and strange to me; she obtruded bows and unfamiliar contours. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

H. G. Wells It was all very puzzling, but apparently these people in unfamiliar dress knew what they were about. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

G. K. Chesterton Nothing wild or unfamiliar could have produced upon Turnbull such a nightmare impression as that ring of familiar faces. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

H. G. Wells Nothing suffers so much in translation as the freshness of an unfamiliar idea. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Leon Trotsky An hour or two later an unfamiliar voice in formed me over the telephone: “Adolph Abramovich has shot himself. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Not the smallest unfamiliar thing can happen but it is at once reported. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Sinclair Lewis It was a smart suit with lines unfamiliar to the dragging yellow and pink frocks of the town. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

John Galsworthy At breakfast next day he noticed that his mother had on an unfamiliar dress and was wearing her hat. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

F. Scott Fitzgerald As he passed through the side entrance an unfamiliar studio policeman stood in his way. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

Olaf Stapledon With perfect assurance I walked along the entirely unfamiliar marine parade. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

H.P. Lovecraft Even had its outlines been unfamiliar we would have desired it, but as we looked more closely we saw that it was not wholly unfamiliar. The Hound by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

Olaf Stapledon That a whole world of intelligent beings could be destroyed was not an unfamiliar idea to me; but there is a great difference between an abstract possibility and a concrete and inescapable danger. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Leon Trotsky Every new book brought with it new obstacles, such as unfamiliar words, unintelligible human relationships, and the vagueness and instability which separate fancy from reality. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Nathaniel Hawthorne Miriam was at first silent, being perhaps unfamiliar with the air and burden. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Sinclair Lewis Sometimes Paul came over in the evening with his violin, and even Zilla was silent as the lonely man who had lost his way and forever crept down unfamiliar roads spun out his dark soul in music. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing It was with an unfamiliar sense of Irritation and misgiving that he moved into the drawing-room. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Elizabeth Gaskell The rooms had a strange echoing sound in them — and the light came harshly and strongly in through the uncurtained windows — seeming already unfamiliar and strange. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

I remember discovering that the great brand was not unfamiliar to Miss Belsize, and even gathering that it was Raffles himself who had made it known to her. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Against the dull wainscot walls were pendent cases stored with grotesque unfamiliar mummies, seen imperfectly by the moon that shot through the window-panes, and the candle in the old woman’s hand. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Henry James There was an unfamiliar spark in his eye and a certain imperious alertness in his carriage. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Thomas Hardy Those unfamiliar constellations which, to the casual beholder, are at most a new arrangement of ordinary points of light, were to this professed astronomer, as to his brethren, a far greater matter. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

H. G. Wells We tear into the great spaces of the future and the turbines fall to talking in unfamiliar tongues. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

He was not unfamiliar with the word. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Ford Madox Ford He despised people who used works of reference; but the point of view had been so unfamiliar that his article had galled no one’s withers, except possibly Macmaster’s. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

H. G. Wells I had not realised what had been happening to the world, had not anticipated this startling vision of unfamiliar things. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

She sat up stiffly, and stared round the unfamiliar chamber, with the low sun slanting across the floor and creeping up the bottom of the door. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Arnold Bennett Something unfamiliar in the aspect of the breakfast-room as glimpsed through the open door from the hall, drew him within. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

George Gissing A man of method and routine, sedentary, with a strong dislike of unfamiliar surroundings, he could not be persuaded to try change of air. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

T. E. Lawrence They asked me with astonishment who were these Kings of Ghassan with the unfamiliar halls and pictures. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Sigmund Freud On the other hand, it seems that dreams of an infantile type reappear with especial frequency in adults who are transferred into the midst of unfamiliar conditions. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

We had just finished the first of the new cabinets and were labelling the drawers when an unfamiliar knock, of an almost apologetic softness, was executed on the small brass knocker of the inner door. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Ah, me!” When we reached the country club she melted like a chameleon into the — to me — unfamiliar crowd. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Arnold Bennett When the customary advice circular arrived from Birkinshaws, the name of ‘our Mr. Gerald Scales’ was replaced on it by another and an unfamiliar name. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Abraham Merri And now and then, on the wind, came a breath from virgin jungles, laden with unfamiliar odours, mysterious and menacing. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Edith Wharton It was perhaps her association with a world so unfamiliar and alluring that lent her for the moment her greatest charm. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Walter Besant These rude miners, these sturdy farmers, these rough fellows, with their strange speech unfamiliar to him, were his own people, not his serfs and slaves. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

George Gissing When Crewe was down there, don’t you think he tumbled to anything?’ Perplexed by unfamiliar slang, Nancy raised her eyes. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Arnold Bennett Through what scathing experience she must have passed! An unfamiliar and disconcerting mood gradually took complete possession of him. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

H. G. Wells They stand out, bound on strange missions of life and death, to the killing of men in unfamiliar lands. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Elizabeth Gaskell It was a strange and unfamiliar silence, and struck solemnly on Sylvia’s mind. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

For these two men had SEEN her, while to me she was only being “presented,” elusively, in vanishing words, in the shifting tones of an unfamiliar voice. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Edith Wharton Suddenly, at a calle-corner, unfamiliar and yet somehow known to her, Susy paused to stare about her with a laugh. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Henry Handel Richardson The doctor in him pricked up his ears at the now unfamiliar sound: it was like an old-time call to action — in the land of cruel accident and sudden death. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

George Elio It is a flexible imagination that can take such a leap as that, and an adroit tongue that can adapt its speech to so unfamiliar a position. The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton by George Elio

F. Scott Fitzgerald He looked around — his eyes met the glance of an unfamiliar clerk at the desk, then fell upon a flower from the morning’s marriage hesitating in the mouth of a brass cuspidor. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Reaching the ground, he set off in the direction of his father’s house, but it was a new and unfamiliar landscape he traversed. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He must have looked up at an unfamiliar sky through frightening leaves and shivered as he found what a grotesque thing a rose is and how raw the sunlight was upon the scarcely created grass. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Abraham Merri It held within it odd, unfamiliar gleams as of shifting mother-of-pearl. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

George Gissing It was a day of summer, and perhaps there fell upon the unfamiliar page, viewed with childish tremor, half apprehension and half delight, a mellow sunshine, which was to linger for ever in my mind. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

H. G. Wells All sorts of unfamiliar food and drink might be sprung upon us, for the dietary Jane had been brought up upon was scarcely less restricted than my own. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

He was an Eastern man, unfamiliar with the decent observances of social intercourse. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He rang the door-bell and an unfamiliar colored maid appeared. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

We have reached our home, we are settled in it; the early unfamiliar impressions are worn away. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Abraham Merri Great trees shadowed it, unfamiliar trees among whose glossy leaves blossomed in wreaths flowers pink and white as apple-blossoms. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

F. Scott Fitzgerald Wondering if he were sick I went over to find out — an unfamiliar butler with a villainous face squinted at me suspiciously from the door. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Olaf Stapledon Here unmistakably was vegetation, similar to ours in essential character, but quite unfamiliar in detail. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

E. Phillips Oppenheim Matthew was puzzled—the phrase was unfamiliar to him. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn Like them, Moore relied upon the charm of an exciting narrative, laid in unfamiliar scenes, and furnished with highly-coloured descriptive passages. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Abraham Merri Part truth, part illusion — the groping mind dazzled with light of unfamiliar truths and making pictures from half light and half shadow to help it understand. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

He knocked quickly, quite half a dozen times, and the knocking was as different from that of any of the maids as is an unfamiliar footstep from one you know quite well. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

M. R. James An unfamiliar word, or one that he thinks ought to be unfamiliar to you, he will usually spell — as c-o-b cob, and the like. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Sometimes they were filled with tears, and the girl’s voice trembled as she quickly uttered the unfamiliar words, running them into one another unintelligibly. In the World by Maksim Gorky

H. G. Wells All the old constellations had gone from the sky, however: that slow movement which is imperceptible in a hundred human lifetimes, had long since rearranged them in unfamiliar groupings. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

George Gissing For a wonder, the morning was fine, even sunny; a yellow patch glimmered on the worn carpet, and the grime of the window-panes was visible against an unfamiliar sky. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

He wore also a chastened, decorous aspect, which seemed unfamiliar to his mobile face, and rather ill suited to it. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

He was in a hard, unfamiliar world, in the grip of something which he feared and didn’t understand, in the charge of men who were in no way amenable to his persuasiveness. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

There were hundreds of mysterious and unfamiliar sounds great and small, significant of the unknown beast, reptile, and insect world which the jungle hides, and then silences. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

George Gissing For he had an unfamiliar surplus of energy to work off, and the buoyancy of his spirits could not find adequate play save in the open air and the sunshine. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

H. G. Wells And as the last patter of rain died away they heard an unfamiliar sound. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

H. G. Wells He tried to think of his press and its unfamiliar peculiarities . A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

H. G. Wells People would pass us in the twilight, and then more people; we should see they walked well and wore a graceful, unfamiliar dress, but more we should not distinguish. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Jordan and Tom and I got into the front seat of Gatsby’s car, Tom pushed the unfamiliar gears tentatively, and we shot off into the oppressive heat, leaving them out of sight behind. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

H. G. Wells But people, unfamiliar with such speculations as those of the younger Darwin, forget that the planets must ultimately fall back one by one into the parent body. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

William Hope Hodgson And she told the dream to me, and in the dream she had seen a tall, dark man, built very big, and dressed in unfamiliar clothing. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

A few minutes later — I have no recollection of the intermediate time — I found myself hurrying along an unfamiliar street as fast as I could walk. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Anyhow the names of Pat’s pictures would have been unfamiliar to her. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He went out to the open vestibule and sat down on a folding-chair, and the station slid away and the backs of unfamiliar buildings moved by. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Abraham Merri The taste was unfamiliar but delightful. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

He seemed like one who, having fallen victim to some powerful drug, awakens in unfamiliar and inexplicable surroundings. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

The only one unfamiliar piece of furniture was an old Indian cabinet; and my eye naturally fell on that. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Olaf Stapledon He beholds that strange thing’ himself’, with the surprise and awe which he felt when he encountered for the first time some unfamiliar beast of the forest. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

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

F. Scott Fitzgerald There were notes in her voice that order slaves around, that withered up Yankee captains, and then soft, wheedling notes that mingled in unfamiliar loveliness with the night. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Arnold Bennett An antique diaphanous shawl remained, which was unfamiliar to him. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

E. Phillips Oppenheim This was rather an unfamiliar Matthew. For a moment she prayed for Violet’s callousness. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]