Phrases with "unfortunate"

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]

Edgar Allan Poe With the edge of this brace it appeared evident that the neck of my unfortunate friend had come precisely in contact. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

The unutterable deed was done, and the unfortunate wounded, without an exception, lay dead beside their slain companions. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Jules Verne Next minute the unfortunate beast leaped into the air, and fell down again completely ripped up. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

James Joyce We are an unfortunate priest-ridden race and always were and always will be till the end of the chapter. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

It’s the most unfortunate thing that could have happened!” said Mrs. Mullet dramatically. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Wilkie Collins He had a real affection for the unfortunate man’s wife, and he proved it generously. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

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

We shall first hear the intelligence from the other unfortunate towns, where they go to take up their quarters. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Washington Irving Many dismal tales were told about funeral trains, and mourning cries and wailings heard and seen about the great tree where the unfortunate Major Andre was taken, and which stood in the neighborhood. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

And Hareton has been cast out like an unfledged dunnock! The unfortunate lad is the only one in all this parish that does not guess how he has been cheated. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Sir Walter Scott The unfortunate Rebecca was conducted to the black chair placed near the pile. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Walter Scott The unfortunate prisoner, with impotent passion, strove with the guards betwixt whom she was placed. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

As, exhausted by the necessary labour, he lay flat on that stage of the spectral ascent, amid the poles and unroofed walls, he did not consider any future but unfortunate accident or fortunate death. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

I’m the wretched father of an unfortunate family; but I am very faithful, sir. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Jules Verne By the reporter’s advice the unfortunate man was taken to the hut. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

After our marriage I treated her always as an equal, and let her go her way; held her responsible for all the weak and ineffective and unfortunate things she said and did to me. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

There was only one creature who heard it without joy, and that was her unfortunate admirer. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Walter Scott The unfortunate young woman was visited by the fever incidental to her situation. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

How much worse for a woman, and one who has placed herself (by her own misconduct, I am far from denying that) in so unfortunate a position!” “In short, you support her?” I suggested. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Edward Bellamy Americans of the nineteenth century were as unfortunate in lacking an adequate provision for the one sort of need as for the other. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Another unfortunate thing happened, which brought a heap of abuse on my head. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

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]

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

Gladys, can you guess what I am going to say?” Once more she did not answer; but the unfortunate beetle, who had crawled unnoticed within reach of her foot, received his death-blow. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

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]

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]

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

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

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

Thomas Hardy But there now followed an unfortunate interval of wet weather, during which she was obliged to fall back upon her sovereigns. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

George Gissing Handsome girls, unfortunate enough to have brains to boot, do not cultivate the patient virtues in chambers of this description. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Jules Verne The unfortunate people, driven on with whips, or pushed on with lances, arranged themselves round the camp. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

The unfortunate young man had the courage of his desperate strait. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Wilkie Collins He afterward informed the English Minister that I had been so unfortunate as to try his temper: “Your new secretary irritates me, sir — he is a person in an offensively perfect state of health. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Anthony Trollope Lady Susanna had said an unfortunate word as to the unnecessary expense of four wax candles when they two were sitting alone in the drawing-room. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

D. H. Lawrence And the hunter says the unfortunate “has had an accident. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Anthony Trollope And, perhaps equally unfortunate for him, he had in his own possession a small fortune of some £500 a year. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Maria Edgeworth She has, indeed, an unfortunate susceptibility of temper, which makes her sometimes forget both politeness and justice: but, as you well know, her heart is excellent. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

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]

Charles Dickens The unfortunate locksmith wound his sash about him, girded on his sword, put on his cap, and walked out. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Voltaire’s dramatic efforts were hampered by one further unfortunate incapacity; he was almost completely devoid of the dramatic sense. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

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]

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

Margaret Oliphant Wild confusion, agitation, reproach, surrounded the unfortunate minister. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Wilkie Collins I appear to have arrived at an unfortunate time. The First Officer’s Confession by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Arthur Morrison Of course, Mr. Hardwick, you’ll do what seems right in your own eyes, and in any case not much harm will be done by the arrest beyond a terrible fright for that unfortunate family. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

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]

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

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]

George Gissing A firm of brokers; unfortunate speculations; failure of another house—all the old story. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

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 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]

Arthur Conan Doyle At the same instant he fired, and the bullet which would have struck me passed through the heart of my unfortunate brother. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

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

Andrew Lang The unfortunate Etienne Dolet, perhaps the only publisher who was ever burned, used an ominous device, a trunk of a tree, with the axe struck into it. Books and Bookmen by Andrew Lang

There was only one, instead of three or four cooks; and the unfortunate had to fill a total of one hundred and thirty-five mouths, the crew included, three times a day. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Indeed, it was almost mesmeric, the effect which this giggling ruffian had produced upon the unfortunate linguist, for he could not speak of him save with trembling hands and a blanched cheek. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Edith Wharton He understood now that, at the moment of selling the letters, he had viewed the transaction solely as it affected himself: as an unfortunate blemish on an otherwise presentable record. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

E. Nesbi It began by saying what an unfortunate but worthy boy Peter was, then it went on: He had an engine that he loved With all his heart and soul, And if he had a wish on earth It was to keep it whole. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Sinclair Lewis But an unfortunate misunderstanding came up. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

He who is unfortunate enough to be wounded by a poisoned arrow from Macoushia had better not depend upon the common antidotes for a cure. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Charles Stur About sunset an unfortunate emu came to water, and unconsciously approached us so near that Flood shot it with his fusee. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Anthony Trollope Poor girl! She had no idea how severely the unfortunate letter had already been discussed. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Maria Edgeworth I certainly gave her some cause for displeasure that unfortunate evening; for as Olivia has strong passions and exquisite sensibility, I should not have been so abrupt. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

A long course of snubbing and neglect; his days spent in the kitchen, and his nights in the turn-up bedstead, had completely broken the little spirit that the unfortunate volunteer had ever possessed. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Arthur Conan Doyle War had broken out, the regiment was mustered, and the unfortunate student, to his own utter dismay, was kept under arms until the conclusion of hostilities. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

George Gissing Those who are so unfortunate as to represent the retarding forces in the life of man, I can only infinitely pity them. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle Beside this chair, and still grasping one of its legs, lay the unfortunate tenant of the house. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Wilkie Collins Here were these unfortunate people in a scrape on one side; and Magdalen, on the other, mad to act. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

M. R. James I don’t know if you looked at that book of Karswell’s which my unfortunate brother reviewed. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

To everyone but Gretorex, Ivy constantly mentioned her husband’s unfortunate condition, and expressed some measure of anxiety. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Away — away — away with you! Hallo! hallo!” and so saying they threw themselves upon the unfortunate Doctor, and, raising him in their arms, whisked him away like a whirlwind. Signor Formica by E. T. A. Hoffmann [1820]

They met in the Rue d’Angoulême, and the unfortunate Richelieu was stabbed to the heart, and instantly expired. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

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]

Edgar Rice Burroughs They took their meals in his cabin, as they had before the unfortunate occurrence; but the captain was careful to see that his duties never permitted him to eat at the same time. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Wilkie Collins But it will be more to my present purpose to announce for the benefit of unfortunate people who have not yet read the Memoirs, that Oily was, as a matter of course, a delightful and incessant talker. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu And at last he remarked — “Your uncle Arthur, my unfortunate brother, had a great natural talent for speaking. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

H.P. Lovecraft That it could not come from any known myth or romance was made especially clear by the fact that the unfortunate lunatic expressed himself only in his own simple manner. Beyond the Wall of Sleep by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

The struggle did not last long; and the unfortunate chief, uncertain on whom he could rely, surrendered with all his force, — those only excepted who had already deserted to the enemy. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Anthony Trollope It was that unfortunate Trumpington Wood.’ ‘How he will hate me. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

The unfortunate lady remains at the Pig and Tinder-box, and up to this time is reported in a very precarious state. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

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

Maria Edgeworth I forgot to mention, that the unfortunate girl’s maiden name was St. Pierre, my lady: but her Christian name, which was rather an out o’ the way name, I quite forget. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

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]

Theodore Dreiser That she had not been put to shame and made to feel her unfortunate position, seemed remarkable. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Arthur Conan Doyle The Lord St. Simon marriage, and its curious termination, have long ceased to be a subject of interest in those exalted circles in which the unfortunate bridegroom moves. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Wilkie Collins Anonymous lettersunfortunate woman — sad state of society. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Hawthorne was naturally delighted at the result of the election; unfortunate as it afterwards proved for his country. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

The unfortunate man must have died before he was thrown into the water. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Walter Scott Administering then a strong composing draught, and causing a servant to sleep in the room, he watched the unfortunate man till dawn of morning. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

Where were you when the lights failed?” “Oh, in the same place, in that little room, sir, and it was most unfortunate as I found I had got no matches on me. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Charles Dickens It was in vain to be a Rhadamanthus with the bells, and if an unfortunate bell rang without leave, to have it down inexorably and silence it. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

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

H. G. Wells The unfortunate man emerged again into the boy’s field of vision, hatless and streaming with water, and screaming! Never before had the boy heard screams from a man. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Benjamin Disraeli What can I do?’ The unfortunate Doctor placed Venetia in a reclining posture, and hurried to a brook that was nigh, and brought water in his hand to sprinkle on her. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Fanny Fern She was just departing, when one of the sub-clerks, whom the unfortunate Skiddy had once snubbed, whispered a word in her ear, the effect of which was instantaneous. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

The unfortunate mule’s pack-saddle was transferred to Kearny’s pony, and we again took up the march. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [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]

Anthony Trollope The man is made to be unfortunate enough, and the evil which he does is apparent. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

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]

Beverley was so unfortunate as to exist before the date of the above petition: and suffered the consequences. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

The good old Man had lost his Wife: He had no Children but this unfortunate Daughter, of whom He had received no news for almost fourteen years. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Ford Madox Ford Tietjens said: ‘Not, I suppose, sir, any more unfortunate than any other unit working under a dual control for supplies . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

She had heard it said that oftentimes, under the influence of some dire calamity, unfortunate men have suddenly lost their reason entirely; and she was wondering if her father had become insane. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

The unfortunate part of it was that we neither of us knew how or where to begin. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Leslie Stephen If Pope erred, he was certainly unfortunate in the objects of his youthful hero-worship. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Radclyffe Hall But something in Wanda’s poor efforts to keep sober, in her very dependence, was deeply appealing, so that Stephen would put aside her work, feeling loath to desert the unfortunate creature. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

He had desired a son, and I think he never thoroughly forgave me my unfortunate sex. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wilkie Collins The unfortunate girl was placed at once in solitary confinement. The Poisoned Meal by Wilkie Collins [1858]

Jules Verne He divided the one thousand pounds that remained between Passepartout and the unfortunate Fix, against whom he cherished no grudge. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

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

The unfortunate elector not only suffered in the ear, but was also obliged to make an abject apology, and to kiss the offender’s feet before he was re-admitted to communion. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Wilkie Collins I am grieved to think that I was so unfortunate as to offend you, last night. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Walter Scott Be it enough to say, that the unfortunate young man fell a victim to the guilt of his step-mother, Fausta, and that he disdained to exculpate himself from a charge so gross and so erroneous. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

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

Well-dressed, and a black moustache!” “He was a college man, had been at Oxford,” debated the unfortunate pater, sitting on a chair in awful doubt. Mrs. Todhetley’s Earrings by Ellen Wood [1873]

Robert Louis Stevenson There seemed a great concourse of people, but they had rather an unfortunate day for them at the tent, as it rained a good deal. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope In the meantime his chapel was of course deserted, and the unfortunate man was left penniless in the world. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens I was found guilty; yes, I, the most innocent and unfortunate young man breathing, and sentenced to seven years’ transportation! I can recal the awful scene vividly to memory now. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

Algernon Blackwood He held himself under fine control, facing silently and without complaint the terrible facts he honestly believed himself to have been unfortunate enough to discover. The Man Who Found Out by Algernon Blackwood

I may have expressed myself in an unfortunate manner. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

The unfortunate horses had now been two days and nights without water, and could not feed; being so short-hobbled, they were almost in sight of the camp in the morning. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

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

Benjamin Disraeli I am the most unfortunate of men; I was not born to be a villain. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Anthony Trollope The lady was the most unfortunate of human beings — or would have been but for that consolation which she must have in the constancy of her old lover. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle An unfortunate quarrel between our pepper-pots marked the outset of our new stage. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Anthony Trollope Her unfortunate affliction precluded her from all hope of levanting with a lover. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

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

Anthony Trollope Many women, having received their lessons in walking from a less eligible instructor, do move in this way, and such women this unfortunate little lady has been instructed to copy. North America by Anthony Trollope

Ford Madox Ford He must tell her that he suffered from an unfortunate — a miserable — complaint . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Anthony Trollope That unfortunate allusion to a miserable exile at Boulogne had completed the work which the former plaints had commenced, and had driven her to a resolution to separate herself from him altogether. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith That is why I warn you of being most unfortunate if you are a sensational whipster. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The police did not seem to think his dogging and watching the unfortunate little fellow really meant more than this. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

I have been unfortunate in a speculation that promised well. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Anatole France M. d’Asterac guessed it and said: “Gentlemen, this is only an attempt, and may seem to you an unfortunate one. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Goldwin Smith But nothing could express my rapture when Wolfe made the conquest of Quebec.” The “Delia” to whom Cowper wrote verses was his cousin Theodora, with whom he had an unfortunate love affair. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

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

It was literally blown to pieces by the fatal hurricane in which the unfortunate governor and his lady lost their lives. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

G. K. Chesterton She felt a sort of sad friendship go out in a sympathetic wave towards this strong, successful and unfortunate man-as towards something deaf or blind. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

T. E. Lawrence Fahad would not hear of my resting quietly outside his tent, but with the reckless equality of the desert men urged me into an unfortunate place inside among his own vermin. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Anthony Trollope She was very hospitable to him, pressing him to eat; but even in doing that she made repeated little references to his present unfortunate state. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell But I am sorry mamma still looks upon me as “an encumbrance,” as the advertisements in The Times always call us unfortunate children. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Edward Jenner In the year 1791 the cow-pox broke out at another farm where he then lived as a servant, and he became affected with it a second time; and in the year 1794 he was so unfortunate as to catch it again. On Vaccination Against Smallpox by Edward Jenner

Perhaps Anne divined that Janet had been told all about her unfortunate love affair. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Maria Edgeworth These unfortunate people, separated from their friends, their home, and their native country, were compelled to continue their labours for the profit and for the glory of their conqueror. The Prussian Vase by Maria Edgeworth

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]

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]

You do not know, perhaps, what a character that man bore in his own state, the life he led, his excesses, his constant crimes, his tyranny over his unfortunate subjects. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

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]

They were not obliged to make any note of the attitude in which they found the body, since the unfortunate man, who was still alive when the police entered the cabin, had been moved before he expired. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Arnold Bennett And his hand, wandering in his pockets, touched that unfortunate report which stated that he had lost one place during the term. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Edith Wharton But illuminated by the phrase “an unfortunate attachment” the theory towered up, distinct and immovable, like some high landmark by which travellers shape their course. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It is the most unfortunate thing that I did not myself go to the police. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Ford Madox Ford But only to come on several lots of Tommies standing round unfortunate objects who were either trembling with fear and wet and sweat, or panting with their nice little run . A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Ann Radcliffe La Motte now turned his eyes upon his unfortunate companion, who, pale and exhausted, leaned for support against the wall. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

But if anyone who listens to me thinks me guilty of the death I was so unfortunate as to have witnessed, he will be doing me a wrong which Agatha Webb would be the first to condemn. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope But Charley could not wait for months; before one month was over he would probably be laid up in some vile limbo, an unfortunate poor prisoner at the suit of an iron-hearted tailor. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Maria Edgeworth The unfortunate Princess Rhezzia loved her husband tenderly, but was doomed to this fate by a vile enchanter. The Modern Griselda by Maria Edgeworth

Gaston Leroux The unfortunate officer had received a bullet at the back of the head just after he had plunged into the Neva from the rear of the Trebassof datcha and started to swim across. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Jules Verne He was just in time; the two mountains came together with a tremendous crash, crushing the unfortunate animal. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Jules Verne He turned toward J. T. Maston. The unfortunate man, imprudently leaning over the metal tube, had disappeared in the immense telescope. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

John Locke The examples of particular injustice, or oppression of here and there an unfortunate man, moves them not. Second Treatise of Civil Government by John Locke [1690]

The unfortunate lovers are no less ridiculous. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Theodore Dreiser It had been an unfortunate day with him, but now he took his fate with a touch of philosophy. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

It was, perhaps, unfortunate that the main struggle of the Romantic controversy should have been centred in the theatre. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

It is unfortunate that the decision as to the post-mortem was only finally arrived at this morning. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Henry James It was all very well to have an unfortunate temperament; there was nothing so unfortunate as to have, for practical purposes, nothing else. The Coxon Fund by Henry James [1894]

Watkin Tench The same suspicious dread of our approach, and the same scenes of vengeance acted on unfortunate stragglers, continued to prevail. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Anthony Trollope Oh, what an unfortunate wretch I am! Everything that touches me comes to grief. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

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]

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]

Willa Cather She tried to give good fortune to an unfortunate man, un miserable; that was her mistake. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

William Makepeace Thackeray Gray pursued his unfortunate guest with the most queer and outrageous description of his struggles, misery, and poverty. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

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]

E. F. Benson New companies had been floated with insufficient capital, and many unfortunate shareholders were ruined. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

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]

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]

Save for the thud of blows, the crash of broken boat seats, or an occasional splash when some unfortunate descended into the spirit of Tonathiu, there was not a sound. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Thomas Paine The states of Holland are an unfortunate instance of the effects of individual sovereignty. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

That is an unfortunate deficiency; but no one can doubt that Johnson has made up for it, and that his wit has saved all. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

And then it came to him, on the other side of the account, that it might not be such an unfortunate thing after all. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Charles Dickens Upon my unfortunate townsman all these incidents accumulated with playful effect. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

I am the most unfortunate of men. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Sir Richard Burton Whereupon, determining to do the lad die, he heaped up the earth over him by gramarye to the end that the unfortunate might perish, reflecting that “The live man hath no murtherer. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

The unfortunate child had been born and brought up in poverty. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

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]

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

Oliver Goldsmith The new performer advanced at last, and let parents think of my sensations by their own, when I found it was my unfortunate son. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Arthur Conan Doyle The carpenter ran out and found the unfortunate fellow with his arm broken and his face horribly mutilated. A True Story of the Tragedy of “Flowery Land” by Arthur Conan Doyle

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

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle Poor Jack! He was certainly unfortunate that day. Our Derby Sweepstakes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Henry Fielding And now, madam, the most unfortunate accident came first into my head. Amelia by Henry Fielding

We are only thrashing the whole thing out so that it may point a lesson to anyone who may one day find themselves in the same unfortunate circumstances. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

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]

It was an unfortunate affair, taking one thing with another. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Perhaps we may meet again some day, and I may not be so unfortunate as my father. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

F. Scott Fitzgerald But to offset that unfortunate occurrence Bernice had several signal successes to her credit. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Trollope But it has been an unfortunate mistake altogether. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope