Phrases with "unfortunate"

It is really very unfortunate that you are not the Egeria of M. Fouquet; you might now show him the source whence he could obtain the millions which the king asked him for yesterday. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Jack London And at the same time were arrested all socialist Congressmen in Washington, including the unfortunate Simpson, who lay ill with typhoid fever in his hotel. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

I have been unfortunate in my choice of words if I have conveyed the impression that I do. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Ann Radcliffe He had been twice married, and the unfortunate women subjected to his power, had fallen victims to the slow but corroding hand of sorrow. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Lady Morgan The weight of the fish pressed down the spring; the cord vibrated; the bell rung; and the unfortunate captive thus taken suffered martyrdom, by being placed on a fire alive. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

If I am so unfortunate as to bury my poor mother, and yet have the good fortune to have my prayers heard for you, I hope we may live most of our remaining days together. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

George Gissing On arriving in town he went straight to the abode of his friend Gresham, in the neighbourhood of Regent’s Park, but was so unfortunate as to find Mr. Gresham and his daughter from home. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George Borrow Who but a man who could read Runes on a teapot, would have received an unfortunate wayfarer as you have received me?’ ‘Well,’ said the old man, ‘let us hope that all is for the best. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Edith Wharton People left him to his sorrow as a man is left to an incurable habit, an unfortunate tie: they ignored it, or looked over its head if they happened to catch a glimpse of it at his elbow. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Thomas Hardy He has an unfortunate manner, and doesn’t try to make people like him if they don’t wish to do it of their own accord. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

In the general rejoicings the unfortunate affair of the banknotes was forgotten. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

Anthony Trollope There had been to her an absence of intellectual charm in the habits and manners of Kingsbury Crescent which she had regarded as unfortunate and depressing. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne Yes, everything! And assuredly my listeners must have thought that they had upon their hands an unfortunate whose reason had not returned with his consciousness. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Lady Morgan The unfortunate lover of Glorvina fancied he gave a reluctant compliance to the proposal which coincided but too closely with the secret desires of his soul. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

Jack London It is unfortunate we haven’t plenty of ammunition, but I think, anyway, that they suffer less from being clubbed than from being all shot up. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Many attempts were made to induce the unfortunate women to confess their guilt; but in vain, and they were both hanged. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Wilkie Collins The unfortunate Mill, who was tried after me, with a mere dry-eyed barrister to defend him, was hanged. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Ten of the Spaniards were wounded, when they succeeded in retrieving the unfortunate cavalier from his assailants, but in so disastrous a plight that he died on the following day. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Wilkie Collins The unfortunate girl might stoop, on her side, to use the weapons of deception against her enemies, and might defame her own character by pleading pregnancy. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Ford Madox Ford He brightened up to add: ‘But you must admit you’re unfortunate . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

John Galsworthy I was under the impression that you had, and have had all along, a “free hand”; for I do not recollect that any suggestions I have been so unfortunate as to make have met with your approval. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

E. F. Benson It was due now, and though it would be unfortunate if it arrived before Saturday, it was quite easy to smile away her peremptory manner, and say that Withers had not told her. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

While the bushrangers were completing this, McGuffin was left standing alone, and Rashleigh saw the unfortunate girl who was to marry him come out of the house with a knife in her hand. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Anthony Trollope But no circumstance in his career had been so unfortunate for him as this affection. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

The bearers moved swiftly on, and the unfortunate Ione was soon borne from the sight of her weeping handmaids. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Henry James They were imposed upon you by circumstances, by unfortunate associations, and you accepted them as you would have accepted any other burden, on account of the sweetness of your nature. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

You saw the unfortunate youth who interfered about Paolo. He was lashed to madness. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Of unfortunate propensities he had quite sufficient, besides this, to bring him to poverty. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Edgar Rice Burroughs It would be unfortunate should anything of that sort happen now that I am so nearly ready to depart. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Jules Verne Sleep forsook the unfortunate men, and their eyes grew wild and haggard. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Jules Verne Benito and Manoel were before him, Benito looking dreadfully pale, and Manoel supporting him, for the unfortunate young man had hardly strength to support himself. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Wilkie Collins If we can help you in any way to assist your unfortunate country-woman, pray believe that our services are at your disposal. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Guy de Maupassan Loiseau made three unfortunate remarks. Boule de Suif by Guy de Maupassan

Ford Madox Ford As often as not he palmed Macmaster off as a fair, average player on some other unfortunate fair, average stranger. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

It was an unfortunate accident. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Arthur Machen The unfortunate child, it would appear, had been left by the scoundrel in the black dark of the forest, at some distance from the path she must have taken on her way home. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

Lupin’s opinion of ’Xmas. Lupin’s unfortunate engagement is on again. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Anthony Trollope The idea that I was the unfortunate owner of unappreciated genius never troubled me. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Wilkie Collins Before I was so unfortunate as to meet with Mr. Tenbruggen, I obtained a chance of employment in a public Institution, on condition that I included a clergyman among my references. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

George Gissing An unfortunate necessity, seeing that his expenses increased and were likely to do so. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Profiting by my unfortunate experience, I will, in the future, be as timid as I have been bold; and she will be hard to please if she is not flattered by this triumph of her beauty. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Arthur Conan Doyle As to the knife, it might well be thrown far from the unfortunate man as he fell. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Walter Scott As he had been in Holland after the battle of Bothwell, he was probably accessory to the scheme of invasion, which the unfortunate earl of Argyle was then meditating. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Lady Morgan Mr. Clendinning affected the tone of regret and condolence, with some appropriate suppositions of what his lord would feel when he learnt the unfortunate circumstance. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

Anthony Trollope He was, he was sure, quite right as to that theory about Cæsar’s wife, even though, from the unfortunate position of circumstances, he could not dilate upon it at the present moment. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Jane Austen This unfortunate affair will, I fear, prevent my sister’s having the pleasure of seeing you at Pemberley to-day. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

George Meredith She has always insisted that you have an unfortunate nose. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

William Makepeace Thackeray The unfortunate man did not answer, but when the support of Ulick’s arm was withdrawn from his back, groaned once more, and fell backwards. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

John Stuart Mill The more we descend in the scale of humanity, the intenser it is; and most of all in those who are not, and can never expect to be, raised above anyone except an unfortunate wife and children. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Anthony Trollope Captain Fooks and Lieutenant Cox went in to their breakfast, and the unfortunate father followed them. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Wilkie Collins A far more terrible expiation of his offence awaited the unfortunate priest. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Wilkie Collins The unfortunate man was to all appearance dead. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Sir Walter Scott He applied at the Castle where his unfortunate friend was confined, but was refused admittance. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Jules Verne A gigantic shadow appeared just above the unfortunate diver. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Nothing could have been more unfortunate than that in this crisis of his career he should have fallen into intimacy with those hard-headed but coarse-minded men. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Henry James Its having come apart makes an unfortunate difference for its beauty, its artistic value, but none for anything else. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Henry Lawson It got to be pretty comfortable, so long as we kept those unfortunate legs of ours straight and didn’t move round much. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Anthony Trollope The poor young woman with her infant was a nameless, unfortunate creature. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

I was, at my mother’s death, employed in an office from which I was shortly after ignominiously ejected, owing to a difference of opinion I was so unfortunate as to have with the senior clerk. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

H. G. Wells There I said something unfortunate for my uncle, something that was to wipe out all possibility of a gardener’s career for me. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Walter Scott But the Dwarf Peter is so unfortunate an adviser, that all his counsels, though producing success in the immediate results, are in the issue attended with mishap and with guilt. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

E. T. A. Hoffmann They did more — they forced their way into the holy sanctuaries, and relentlessly murdered their unfortunate foes whom terror had driven to seek refuge there. Signor Formica by E. T. A. Hoffmann [1820]

F. Scott Fitzgerald ROSALIND: The unfortunate part is that the only men who interest me at all are the totally ineligible ones. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

E. Phillips Oppenheim But is that quite nice of you, Mr. Sabin, to call my husband an unfortunate man?” “I cannot conceive,” he said slowly, “greater misery than to have possessed and lost you. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Arthur Machen Let’s see; to-night is Saturday. You took this unfortunate walk of yours a couple of nights ago; on Thursday night. The Children of the Pool by Arthur Machen

Anthony Trollope Your mother was unfortunate in much, not in everything; but the world, which is very often stern in such matters, never judged her to have disgraced herself. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Joseph Furphy It is not to be mentioned in comparison with other losses which you have been unfortunate enough to sustain, yet it appears to be your chief grievance. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Anthony Trollope The Master and Lady Chiltern, Spooner and Mrs Spooner, Maule, and Mrs Maule, Phineas Finn, and host of others condoled with the unfortunate young man because he had not seen the good thing yesterday. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

I went for a short walk, cursing the world at large, sometimes feeling horribly sorry for that unfortunate father, sometimes getting angry because he had tried to mix me up in his affairs. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Maria Edgeworth Even though this might save him from the fate of the man who was in Sicily, still he considered it as unfortunate to have lost so much of his natural enthusiasm. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

The unfortunate man was feeling very nervous and uneasy—afraid lest he had been too precipitate in his wooing, for Bubbles frightened as well as fascinated him. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

G. K. Chesterton This unfortunate man, Alan Nadoway, had always been a ne’er-do-well and a burden and disgrace to his family. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

The unfortunate part of it was that in returning to his cab he had encountered an acquaintance both of his own and of the spendthrift soldier, and had been greeted evidently in the latter capacity. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Henry Handel Richardson Then came that unfortunate evening at ERNANI. It’s no use asking ME, Mary, how the muddle occurred. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Nellie Bly The unfortunate is always suspended in a public place, where magistrates watch so that no one may release him. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

For the sake of his family he felt that it was his unfortunate duty to obey the Prime Minister; and, shuddering with horror, he constructed the Government offices in a strictly Renaissance style. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

E. Phillips Oppenheim I cannot but believe that it would be far better for Lady Dominey to have some one with her unconnected with this unfortunate chapter of your past. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Perhaps she was unfortunate in her coadjutors, but, in reality, the responsibility for the failure must lie with Victoria herself. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

People who knew Lord Stafford say that my brother-in-law has a look of that great, unfortunate man — sacrificed to stem the rising flood of rebellion, and sacrificed in vain. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

A part of the rope had fallen with the unfortunate baron, and it was evident that the remaining fragments tied together would not be long enough to reach to the base of the rock. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

It was you who rode off at the moment I had that unfortunate difference with the gentleman you speak of. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

But he lost his wife, and was unfortunate in other ways, and the end was very sad indeed. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

Andrew Lang This is unfortunate for one school of theorists. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

Arthur Morrison Their only real bad quality was an unfortunate knack of bearing malice, and a certain savage vindictiveness towards such persons as they chose to consider their enemies. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Now the Jew refuses to buy leeches except at his own price, whilst every unfortunate trader is obliged to sell to him and to him only. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

G. K. Chesterton It is unfortunate that we shall not probably be able to exchange our experiences, because, as it most annoyingly happens, we shall probably both be dead. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

The unfortunate young man, racked with ague, was overcome by a sudden despair. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Anthony Trollope But there arose certain quibbles and questions, all of which Jack had at his fingers’-ends, by the strength of which the unfortunate young man was trounced. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Don’t tell me about her becoming an old maid, because at her time of life she has been so unfortunate as to come across a false-hearted man like that. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon Afterwards, of course my unfortunate husband was bitterly ashamed of himself, and I think he would have stuck the knife in his own gizzard if I had not taken it from him. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Henry James I’ve an unfortunate taste for poetic fitness. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

You referred a moment ago to my unfortunate friends; you say they were the engineers of their own misfortunes. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Leslie Stephen He argued with an unfortunate friend of Boswell’s, whose mind, it appears, had been poisoned by Hume, and who was, moreover, rash enough to undertake the defence of principles of political equality. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Ann Radcliffe I was so unfortunate as to attract the admiration of the Marquis Marinelli, and he applied to my father. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Tobias Smolle Being favoured with a private audience, “When I tell you,” said he, “that my name is Renaldo Count de Melvil, you will know me to be the most unfortunate of men. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

You have a right to any little fact I may have picked up in my unfortunate visit, and there is one which I failed to find included in any account of the murder. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Virginia Woolf Ah, but my poor, unfortunate woman, do play the game — do, for all our sakes, conceal it! As if she heard me, she looked up, shifted slightly in her seat and sighed. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

D. H. Lawrence In the end she was mollified, and even tender and motherly in her feelings towards the unfortunate family. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Robert Louis Stevenson Now, this is an unfortunate circumstance, which it seems to me might readily be rectified. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson Some months ago, we had — you will pardon my referring to it, it is absolutely necessary — but we had an unfortunate difference as to facts. The Story of a Lie by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle If I changed clothes with him, then Dr. Aloysius Lana would be found lying dead in his study, and there would be an end of an unfortunate fellow, and of a blighted career. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Anthony Trollope The tumble did not scare her at all, as others coming after the unfortunate one had succeeded. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Thomas Hardy He is the son of an unfortunate gentleman who was formerly curate here — a Mr. St. Cleeve.’ ‘I never saw a handsomer young man in my life,’ said the Bishop. Lady Constantine blushed. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

The unfortunate man, he could not doubt, was the brave old soldier who had spoken to Lacheneur. “Naturally,” pursued M. Laugeron, “the two officers examined the body of the dead man. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

The unfortunate woman would neither recognise nor understand you. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

The next day seemed likely to be as unfortunate as the first. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Henry Handel Richardson Richard, Mary knew, would be fuming inwardly at such tactlessness; and her own discomfiture was so acute that she trebled the warmth of her manner towards the unfortunate man. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Jules Verne After dressing the unfortunate man’s wounds, I readjusted the bandages on his head, and turned to Captain Nemo. “What caused this wound?” I asked. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Virginia Woolf That fact interested her more than the campaign on behalf of unfortunate women which Evelyn was once more beginning to describe. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

I was over in Sutherlandtown for the first time since my illness, and having some curiosity about my unfortunate but honest debtor, went to the hotel and asked to see the room in which he died. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

That star which shines once in the life of every man, which shone for Job and Iris, the most unfortunate of the Jews and the poorest of the Greeks, is come at last to shine on me. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Having for some short time contemplated in silence this unfortunate man whom after all he could but esteem and admire, Lecoq turned to his old companion: “What did he do on the way?” he asked. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

When Madame Durski first came to England she was so unfortunate as to fall into the hands of evil counsellors. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Walter Scott Do not let my fair readers do Josiah more than justice, or suppose that, like Beltenebros in the desert, he remained for years the victim of an unfortunate and misplaced passion. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

Arthur Conan Doyle Most suggestive of all, the sinister wooden cage was stained with blood-marks, and its unfortunate occupant had disappeared. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

You see the thing from here: unfortunate visit to Europe, followed by unfortunate acquaintance with sham foreign count, who has a lovely daughter. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

And so it would have gone on but for an unfortunate occurrence. Wolfe Barrington’s Taming by Ellen Wood [1870]

By the light of the candles Dericka saw a pile of dried bracken and grass in one corner, which, as she guessed, served her unfortunate father for a bed. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Jane Austen Sir John had dropped hints of past injuries and disappointments, which justified her belief of his being an unfortunate man, and she regarded him with respect and compassion. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Jules Verne The unfortunate man rolled over the side of the raft and instantly disappeared. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Kate Chopin She and her younger sister, Janet, had quarreled a good deal through force of unfortunate habit. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

These unfortunate cases happen now and then,” sighed he, “showing us how powerless we really are. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Charles Dickens The unfortunate Queen Catherine was by this time dead; and the King was by this time as tired of his second Queen as he had been of his first. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

She only knew the Philistines of Scripture, an unfortunate people who seem always to have been in the wrong. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

If chance favors you, you will be at liberty to continue your infamies, but at any rate I shall have done my best to rid two unfortunate women of your presence. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

H. G. Wells The unfortunate creature was seen to fall suddenly and roll about on the pathway, struggling violently, as it appeared to the spectators, with some invisible assailant. The Chronic Argonauts by H. G. Wells [1888]

I was so unfortunate as to make my appearance in our common sitting-room five minutes after my patron. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Anthony Trollope The unfortunate father was beginning to know the son, and to feel that his son would become his master. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Bronislaw Malinowski It is unnecessary to insist on the bewilderment, but the polemical mood in which our informants always approached the problem of relationship and family has had its unfortunate consequences. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Jane Austen Sometimes she could believe Willoughby to be as unfortunate and as innocent as herself, and at others, lost every consolation in the impossibility of acquitting him. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

The unfortunate Seton received several visits from the elector, who used every art of persuasion to make him divulge his secret. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

They say the same thing at the Old Bailey, and the unfortunate victims derive as much comfort from the assurance in the one case as in the other. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Wilkie Collins I know that five-feet-eight of female flesh and blood, when accompanied by an olive complexion, black eyes, and raven hair, is synonymous with strong passions and an unfortunate destiny. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Soon after, the little money I had vanished in an unfortunate enterprise, and life began to promise ill, both for myself and for my growing children. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Lord Mount Severn’s reply was an unfortunate one: his opinion was, that it had, he said; and that Isabel ought to feel grateful to him for his generosity. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Anthony Trollope Poor Cairo! unfortunate Cairo! “It is about played out!” said its citizen to me. North America by Anthony Trollope

William Makepeace Thackeray It is an unhappy, luckless organization which will be perpetually fault-finding, and in the midst of a grand concert of music will persist only in hearing that unfortunate fiddle out of tune. Little Travels and Roadside Sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray [1844]

Karl Philipp Moritz From this astonishing height the unfortunate man cast down his eyes, whilst the threatening point of the rock hung over him, with tottering masses of earth. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

Charles Dickens I might have been an unfortunate little bull in a Spanish arena, I got so smartingly touched up by these moral goads. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Wilkie Collins But, as matters actually stand, my unfortunate wife’s imbecility may, in her present position, lead to consequences which we none of us foresee. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Anthony Trollope Point after point he explained to her, showing the unfortunate ingenuity with which his uncle Jonathan had contrived to confuse his affairs, and Margaret attempted to appear concerned. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Anthony Trollope And then it’s so unfortunate that he should have seen the man in the grey coat; I hope he won’t have to resign. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

H. Rider Haggard They keep their virtue for those who are impoverished, or for their unfortunate relations. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Charles Dickens She was just the same age that my own daughter would have been, if her pretty head had not fell down upon my shoulder that unfortunate night. Doctor Marigold by Charles Dickens [1865]

Arthur Conan Doyle The unfortunate creature’s tongue seemed hardly to have been moistened in it before it gave a convulsive shiver in every limb, and lay as rigid and lifeless as if it had been struck by lightning. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

It was some mistake on his part; he was blundering, and I had an intuition that the blunder was of an odious, of an unfortunate nature. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Maria Edgeworth Though I have said little about him, Mr. Mackenzie, I have a great regard for my unfortunate ward. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

It was certainly an unfortunate coincidence that he should have paid his visit on this tragic anniversary. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Elizabeth Gaskell I have heard her allude to an unfortunate cook, who used at times to spoil the porridge, but who, she said, was soon dismissed. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Anne Bronte He was inordinately fond of them for so young a creature, and, remembering my unfortunate father as well as his, I dreaded the consequences of such a taste. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Oliver Goldsmith We were all perfectly satisfied with his performance; but an unfortunate circumstance had not occurred till the picture was finished, which now struck us with dismay. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Charles Dickens Does it seem as long as that to you, Mrs Quilp?’ ‘Yes, I think it seems full three years, Quilp,’ was the unfortunate reply. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Walter Scott The unfortunate knight spoke at intervals, when the syncope would permit him, and his words, so far as intelligible, partook of his affected and conceited, yet not ungenerous character. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Bronislaw Malinowski The first, that of Collins, stating the existence of a crude form of marriage by capture runs thus: “These unfortunate victims [the wives] of lust and cruelty . The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Robert Louis Stevenson It was a heavy stroke for this unfortunate couple. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle A saw was brought, and one of the occupants of the house, Samuel Hawkin, showed great gallantry in an attempt to free the unfortunate man. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You and I will have, alas! to see less of one another, Dominey. In many ways it is unfortunate that we have not been able to keep England out of this for a few more months. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

James Joyce What was it that stood in his way? His unfortunate timidity He wished to vindicate himself in some way, to assert his manhood. Dubliners by James Joyce

Walter Besant I told him that, so far as I could learn, the Earl had no hint or suspicion of it either, and that, for his own sake, his friends were well pleased that he had not joined that unfortunate enterprise. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Sinclair Lewis It distinctly isn’t wasting time and spiritual devotion over things you can’t use — just because you happen to be so unfortunate as to own ’em. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Jules Verne My unfortunate crew all perished, except Bob Learce and Joe Bell, who with myself managed to reach shore after twenty unsuccessful attempts. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Walter Scott These unfortunate Samuels were condemned at Huntingdon, before Mr. Justice Fenner, 4th April, 1593. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

H. G. Wells The unfortunate young man needed extreme quiet. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Arthur Conan Doyle The unfortunate lady has not the money, and there are none of her people in whom she could confide. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

I have a friend, a capital fellow, who was so unfortunate as to attract such a woman, and who finally yielded to her persuasions and married her. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Arthur Conan Doyle The more we heard of the fight from the soldiers and others, the more clear it became that, but for the most unfortunate accidents, there was every chance that our night attack might have succeeded. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Andrew Lang So ended these unfortunate lovers, whom not even the Mermaid could help, because all the magic power had been lost with the diamond sword. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Rafael Sabatini The unfortunate director was so crushed by the affair that for a time he hardly dared to show himself. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Rafael Sabatini Expound to the full the accidental circumstances of which throughout you have been the unfortunate victim. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

She visualised the country inn where the inquest on that poor, unfortunate creature had been held. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

George Meredith It may be unfortunate that I have the ideal in my head. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

George Eliot It was an unfortunate business altogether, but there was no use in making it worse than it was by imaginary exaggerations and forebodings of evil that might never come. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

I must not omit to notice a strange collection of human monsters, dwarfs, and other unfortunate persons, in whose organisation Nature had capriciously deviated from her regular laws. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I fear that there is no doubt that he committed an unprovoked assault last night upon that unfortunate keeper. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Henry Fielding Hence I accounted for the truth of an observation I had often made on earth, that nothing is more fortunate than handsome men, nor more unfortunate than handsome women. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Your papa’s attorneys think they can gain nothing by worrying him, and it is so unfortunate just now. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Jules Verne A sort of irresistible pity led him towards the unfortunate man, and he touched his arm lightly. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Whether things would have come that evening to the startling pass they did but for an unfortunate remark made in thoughtless fun, not in malice, I cannot tell. In Later Years by Ellen Wood [1887]

Sir Walter Scott His unfortunate daughter went up to his body, and had even the courage to remove the sheet which had been decently disposed over it. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Sir Walter Scott The terrified menials, after overcoming the alarm to which they had been subjected, sought their unfortunate mistress in every direction, but she was nowhere to be found. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

George Gissing I think I am justified in saying that that time had arrived, that death interposed at an unfortunate moment as regards such plans. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Andrew Lang When Sabatella, for that was the name of the peasant’s wife, saw the little beast, she sighed deeply and said, ‘Even the snakes have their brood; I alone am unfortunate and have no children. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope And I need not point out to you how very little that would be a matter of regret to me but for the hold you have upon my unfortunate son. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Since an unfortunate infant must be brought into the world and set adrift, the haven of its grandmother and its Aunt Emma and its Aunt Alice certainly seemed providential. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Next morning he hears the magician, too honest by half, inquiring at the front door, with much expression of condolence, for the unfortunate young man who had lost his ropes’ in his own ‘zenana. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Henry Fielding Murphy went on with his business, and thrived very well, till he happened to make an unfortunate slip, in which he was detected by a brother of the same calling. Amelia by Henry Fielding

E. Phillips Oppenheim By a combination of unfortunate events, I became the only possible protector of a deformed lad and a girl in pinafores. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

At this point the narrative of my unfortunate friend, Mr. Graves of St Chad’s, breaks off abruptly. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

Anatole France Bluebeard was uniformly unfortunate in these various games, at which he lost large sums every night. The Seven Wives of Bluebeard by Anatole France [1920]

Walter Scott But, in the best actions of that monarch, there seems to have been an unfortunate tincture of that meanness, so visible on the present occasion. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Anthony Trollope You have been aware how great is the friendship I have felt for the unfortunate gentleman whose career is in question, and for the lady who bears his name. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

She wanted sympathy upon this point; it was a very insignificant point, the Bride’s personal beauty; but as yet it seemed to be the only redeeming feature in Alfred’s unfortunate marriage. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Gaston Leroux The Persian had seen the poor, unfortunate Erik for the last time. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Jules Verne Never, in the whole universe, had a merchant met with such reverses; never had such a pitiable series of losses befallen an unfortunate man. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was always his endeavour, poor soul, to keep us clear of the curse which had fallen upon his own unfortunate head. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

Andrew Lang All this filled Labakan’s proud heart with rapture, whilst the unfortunate Omar followed in silent rage and despair. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope You see Lord Ballindine was refused I may say he was refused before we heard about that poor boy’s unfortunate death. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope And now, my dear, let you and I have a few words about this unfortunate affair. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson Thither was our unfortunate conducted, and there he was bidden to empty forth the contents of his pockets. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Washington Irving The vengeance of Sidi Abu Said was only to be satisfied by the blood of his rival, and the unfortunate Ahmed was beheaded at Malaga, in the month Jumadi, in the year 559 of the Hegira (April, 1164). The Alhambra by Washington Irving