Phrases with "unknown"

Robert Louis Stevenson It does not, perhaps, come out of him in work or exercise, yet he feels an enthusiasm of the blood unknown in more temperate climates. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Hardy The unknown woman came forward from the further side of the yard, and pondered awhile in hesitation. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Edith Wharton And when the door closed on the architect she was left face to face with the fact that her son, unknown to any one but herself, was using Darrow’s drawings to complete his work. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

Still, he was not altogether dissatisfied, as he thought he had discovered what had determined the unknown assassin to take the doctor’s life with such sudden haste. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Sigmund Freud I call bodily organs and processes by their technical names, and I tell these to the patient if they — the names, I meanhappen to be unknown to her. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

H.P. Lovecraft He had habitually slept at night beyond the ordinary time, and upon waking would often talk of unknown things in a manner so bizarre as to inspire fear even in the hearts of an unimaginative populace. Beyond the Wall of Sleep by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

Robert Louis Stevenson She considered him, the unknown, the speaker of an unknown tongue, the hero (as she placed him) of an unknown romance, the dweller upon unknown memories. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Mr. Malderton would patronise the great unknown by asking him to dinner. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Virginia Woolf I, mixed with an unknown Italian waiter — what am I? There is no stability in this world. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

William Makepeace Thackeray Barham chanted a Robin Hood ballad, and Cruikshank sang a burlesque ballad of Lord H——; and somebody, unknown to me, gave a capital imitation of a French showman. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

They decked their persons out to meet the unknown knights, a way fair maids have ever had. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Anna Katherine Green The unknown never went Travis’ way, and he couldn’t have gone the other without running into the arms of Correy; so he must have made use of the hidden door. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

But this extreme writer has been also the active inspirer of secret societies, the mysterious unknown Number One of desperate conspiracies suspected and unsuspected, matured or baffled. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Arthur Conan Doyle The unknown is up against us on every side. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Ivan Turgenev The gardener maintained that, a few instants after the shriek was heard in my mother’s room, he had seen a man, unknown to him, running through the bushes in the garden to the gate into the street. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Anatole France The postboys tell us that yonder is Montbard, a place utterly unknown to me. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Elizabeth Gaskell More than half their life is unknown to their fathers. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Victor Hugo It was the strange, unknown lady, she who had previously so troubled his thoughts; and his first tumultuous feelings about this woman returned, heated by the evil fire. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Wilkie Collins The woman who first gives life, light, and form to our shadowy conceptions of beauty, fills a void in our spiritual nature that has remained unknown to us till she appeared. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Ivan Turgenev Sanin answered at once; and as a wedding gift to the young girl, sent to ‘Mariana Slocum, from an unknown friend,’ a garnet cross, set in a magnificent pearl necklace. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

Algernon Blackwood They belonged together in the same unknown region. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Thomas Wolfe He was no voyager of unknown seas, no pioneer of western trails. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Arthur Machen Quick flames now quivered in the substance of his nerves, hints of mysteries, secrets of life passed trembling through his brain, unknown desires stung him. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

As she listened to their recital of future victories, she involuntarily sighed with an unknown sorrow. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Charles Dickens I cannot dine on shining brown patties, composed of unknown animals within, and offering to my view the device of an indigestible star-fish in leaden pie-crust without. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Then, in the old times, the timber had been cleared pretty nigh all round the place, so there was no chance of any one sneaking up unknown to people. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Robert Louis Stevenson The coble had been repaired, with two new thwarts and several patches of some rare and beautiful foreign wood, the name of it unknown to me. The Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ralph Waldo Emerson Trade was the strong man that broke it down, and raised a new and unknown power in its place. The Young American by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1844]

BUT what you’ll think very odd, the two sects that divide our whole nation of petticoats, are utterly unknown in this place. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

William Makepeace Thackeray The daughter took a fancy for the page, and the young persons were married unknown to his lordship. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

His “Mountain of Light” is a term wholly unknown to the Arabs, except so far as they would assign the term to any saintly place. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

F. Scott Fitzgerald And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Joseph Furphy He is an unknown and elusive quantity, merging insensibly into saint or scoundrel, sage or fool, man or blackleg. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

The only point unknown about it, is the captain's name and the state-cabin fares. A Brief Appraisal of the Greek Literature in its Foremost Pretensions by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

Abraham Merri Unlike in shape, their flame of vitality dimmer than the ovoids of the Disk’s golden zone, still I knew that they were even as those — ORGANS, organs of unknown senses, unknown potentialities. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

The only important wild productions pointed out to us were cardamoms, the oil palm (Elais Guincensis), and an unknown species of butter-nut. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

She was thinking all the time of her father’s unknown grief, and perhaps a little of the serious face and earnest voice which had that night revealed her Cousin Robert to her in a new character. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

D. H. Lawrence Gerald however was still less conscious than Birkin. They waited dimly, in a sort of not-being, for many uncounted, unknown minutes. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins It was very strange; but that unknown handwriting still occupied my thoughts: that wretched trifle absolutely took possession of my mind, at such a time as this; in such a position as mine was now. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

George Gissing Their talks were always broken off too soon, just when she began to get a glimpse of characteristics still unknown to her. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Algernon Blackwood Their laws of manifestation are unknown to us, and such glimpses are but glimpses useless and dangerous. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

D. H. Lawrence Inwardly she was hard and detached, and, unknown to herself, revengeful. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassan And this strange, unknown woman, whom he had accidentally met in a railway-carriage belonged to him; he had only to say to her: “I insist upon it. A Meeting by Guy de Maupassan

The authority of the sea and the tropics, the mystery that attends unknown sails, and the prestige of drifting music on moonlit waters gave it an anodynous charm. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Though no special training had been hers, none of the domestic arts were unknown to her. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

G. K. Chesterton Home was infinitely less dangerous as a dexterous swindler than he was as a bad or foolish man in possession of unknown or ill-comprehended powers. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

In 1851 he had spoken in the same vein of mixed humour and pathos on behalf of his clients, the poor actors, when, unknown to him, a little child of his own was lying dead at home. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Rudyard Kipling But, since a good many of the causes of things were unknown to him, he was rather astonished at some of the effects. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

H. G. Wells One saw the jumbled crystals thrust against each other, distorted by unknown pressures, clouded and stained by obscure infiltrations. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Victor Hugo Probably you are, unknown to yourself, a devil. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

An airy, lissom, subtle specimen of woman, whose very beauty was of an unknown order, causing as much inquiry as admiration. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

Our unknown operator was not preparing a skeleton as a museum specimen; he was dividing a body up into convenient sized portions for the purpose of conveying them to various ponds. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Richard Burton Everyone knows that ophthalmia is unknown in the Desert, and the people of Al-Hijaz, who live in an atmosphere of blaze and sand, seldom lose their sight. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

George Eliot It was the X-shire Gazette, and X-shire being a county not unknown to Mr. Freely, he felt some curiosity to glance over it, and especially over the advertisements. Brother Jacob by George Eliot [1864]

If her husband would only appear, she would settle an income on him, on condition he ceased to trouble her, but at present she was fighting in the dark with an unknown enemy. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

All that could be discovered was that Bowring had been shot by an unknown person who had failed to murder him by upsetting the motor-car. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

A state of society in which firearms had been unknown was a thing Cigarette had never heard of, and in which she would have contumeliously disbelieved if she had been told of it. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

George Gissing The teaching by which he partly lived was of a kind quite unknown to the respectable tutorial world. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

D. H. Lawrence More than that, the man, the lover, Bachmann, who was he, what was he? He alone of all men contained for her the unknown quantity which terrified her beyond her service. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Samuel Johnson Round us was a perpendicular rock, above us the distant sky, and below an unknown profundity of water. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Anthony Hope He seemed to be comparing what we told him with something already known to him but unknown to us. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

He was like a man who sails for a voyage on unknown seas, and neither he nor any other can tell whether he will ever return. Signa by Ouida

Henry Handel Richardson And he was overcome by a tremulous compassion with himself at the idea of wielding such power over an unknown multitude, at the latent nobility of mind and aim this power implied. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Robert Green Ingersoll No one infers a god from the simple, from the known, from what is understood, but from the complex, from the unknown and incomprehensible. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

Margaret Oliphant What business had he there? No link of connection existed between him and this little world of unknown people except herself. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

H. G. Wells He compared his unknown substance to oil in machinery. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

His scornful temperament, beguiled into action, suffered from failure in a subtle way unknown to men accustomed to grapple with the realities of common human enterprise. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Washington Irving His return was unknown except to one of the believers in ghosts, who concerted with him a trick to be played off on the opposite party. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Wilkie Collins He doubted the gentleman who had abstained from giving his name; he even distrusted the other unknown person who had written to Emily. She looked up. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

The general sterility of crossed species may safely be looked at, not as a special acquirement or endowment, but as incidental on changes of an unknown nature in their sexual elements. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

But it looks bad if it does happen to come out — so if the thing can disappear by means of a tramp or an unknown neighbour . War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

The travelers then comprehended that there must be some reason why the unknown preserved such a silence, and ceased to address themselves to him. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

The second was a Captain Somebody, a nondescript and humble follower of Marta’s, who clung to his glass of whisky and soda as being the only familiar object in an unknown terrain. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

George Eliot She could not help hoping a little in a certain awe she had observed herself to inspire, when she appeared, unknown and unexpected, in her religious dress. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It must have been the case, then, that the man in the waiting-room had, for some unknown reason, while I was busy with the other, ascended to the room of my resident patient. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

That woman was my humble little patient’s bitter but unknown enemy. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

Rudyard Kipling The soil was alive with wet and warmth, and the unknown trees — I was too sleepy to read the labels that some offensively energetic man has written — were wet and warm too. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Edith Wharton How often she had dreamed of dashing off down an unknown road with Christopher! Not that she was a woman to be awed by the conventions. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Rudyard Kipling While they hung thus, locked, an unknown destroyer rammed Shaitan aft, cutting off several feet of her stern an leaving her rudder jammed hard over. Destroyers at Jutland by Rudyard Kipling [1916]

Andrew Lang But anthropologists continually tell us, with truth, that the idea of death as a universal ordinance is unknown to the savage. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne He would never consent to admit that in that channel, with its fine sandy bed, just like the beach, which he had often crossed at low water, there could be an unknown rock. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Arthur Machen I walked along, hardly knowing where I was going or what I did there, but feeling impelled, as one sometimes is, to explore still further, with a vague idea of reaching some unknown goal. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

Sir Walter Scott An unknown but real friend of your lordship will speak in one word what you would not learn from flatterers in so many days, as should suffice for your utter ruin. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

It was obvious, not only from the furniture, but from the position of windows, doors, and fireplace, that this was an unknown room in an unknown house. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

There is an unknown quantity, an insoluble point, in them, which tantalizes the reader. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

D. H. Lawrence It was the unknown beauty which almost killed her. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Don’t they take people home?” “We can’t take the body of an unknown woman to an uninhabited bungalow. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

George Eliot She saw nothing at first but a face — a pure, pale face, with loving grey eyes, and it was quite unknown to her. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

H. G. Wells It was like peering into a gigantic glass hive, and it lay vertically below him with only a tough glass of unknown thickness to save him from a fall. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Henry Fielding And this I am convinced was true, from the humanity of the lady, though she was entirely unknown to me. Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon by Henry Fielding

Edith Wharton Was the writing known or unknown to her? Even that she could not guess. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He never varied his serve and with him a double fault was an unknown occurrence. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Anne Bronte She mentioned a common name, and an unknown and distant place of abode, but told me they were now on the Continent, and their present address was unknown to her. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Sir Walter Scott Thou art no Christian, Rebecca; and to thee are unknown those high feelings which swell the bosom of a noble maiden when her lover hath done some deed of emprize which sanctions his flame. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Gaston Leroux It is likely that, when I descended from my ladder, after having seen the unknown in Mademoiselle Stangerson’s chamber, Larsan had already finished what he was doing there. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

George Meredith This neighbourhood was unknown to Edward, and, after plunging about in one direction and another, he found that he had missed his way. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

It crowned a slight acclivity devoid of undergrowth and providing an unobstructed fire that would sweep the ground for an unknown distance in front. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

LEAR is, in any case, a plagiarism of an earlier and much better play, KING LEIR, by an unknown author, which Shakespeare stole and then ruined. Collected Essays by George Orwell

The door opened, and Nicholas was in an unknown land, compared with which the gooseberry garden was a stale delight, a mere material pleasure. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Wilkie Collins When she described my unknown neighbors, from one end of the county to the other, she took it for granted that I must be interested in them on account of their titles and their fortunes. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Andrew Lang But the happier she grew the deeper was her wonder at everything around her, and the more firmly she was persuaded that some great unknown power must be at the bottom of it all. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne Think, my friends, if the globe had been only an immense continent, the thousandth part of it would still be unknown to us, even in this nineteenth century. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Choir and anti-choir were filling fast with unknown voices. The English Mail-coach by Thomas De Quincey [1849]

Edith Wharton Hundreds of unknown readers had told him with unsparing detail all that his book had been to them. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

In her father’s house she had worked as hard as she worked now; but she had been free in those days, and the unknown future all before her, with its chances of happiness. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

David Hume This is placing nature in a situation quite unknown to him; and it is impossible for him to tell a priori what will result from it. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

Elizabeth Gaskell She wanted to go into an unhaunted dwelling in a free, unknown country — she felt as if it was her only chance of sanity. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

It was a piteous sight to see the beautiful features drawn and distorted, the lips so accustomed to command mouthing the broken syllables of an unknown tongue. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Wilkie Collins You have a claim — the strongest claim of any one — to know how I came here, unknown to my friends, and how it was that you found me fallen so low. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

H. Rider Haggard All the days and hours that she had spent in his company, had, unknown to herself, been mysteriously employed in preparing a habitation to receive it. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Cabaret, then almost unknown in England, is more important than cuisine, and the gourmet is a disappearing type. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Anne Bronte It seemed wrong that there should exist a secret understanding between my husband’s friend and me, unknown to him, of which he was the object. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

The unknown Kevin’s verdict had left a mark on him, it seemed; and he was entirely prepared to find a flaw in the so-complete dossier that had been handed to them. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Sir Walter Scott Giles Gosling himself was somewhat scandalized at the obstreperous nature of their mirth, especially as he involuntarily felt some respect for his unknown guest. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

D. H. Lawrence There we are two stark, unknown beings, two utterly strange creatures, I would want to approach you, and you me. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing She asked questions in rapid succession, and thus elicited an explanation of all the circumstances hitherto unknown to her. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Francis Bacon The quarrels, and divisions about religion, were evils unknown to the heathen. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Bram Stoker This was not very pleasant for me, just starting for an unknown place to meet an unknown man. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

George Eliot An’ it’s unknown the linen she made away with — Stott her name was. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Elizabeth Von Arnim When we were lighting our bedroom candles Minora began suddenly to speak in an unknown tongue. Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1898]

Jules Verne The unknown being whose influence had so effectually protected them, the man whom their imagination had endowed with supernatural powers, Captain Nemo, was no more. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Natives who, though living among the mountains but two days’ journey from the coast, had never seen the sea, hastened thither in bee-line, passing through unknown but not unfriendly country. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

William Hope Hodgson Then, at least, I should have known my danger, and been able to meet it; but to wait like this, through a whole night, picturing all kinds of unknown devilment, was to jeopardise one’s sanity. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Andrew Lang For example (for the sake of argument let us admit it), unknown and remote people and places may be seen and described by clairvoyance, or vue à distance. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

James Joyce An unknown solitary woman with a pale face walked through the room. Dubliners by James Joyce

Palaces were deserted, and the poor man dared at length, unreproved, intrude into the splendid apartments, whose very furniture and decorations were an unknown world to him. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

These refinements were unknown beyond the precincts of the palace and the castle. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

Gaston Leroux The writing on the envelope was entirely unknown to him. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Tell them that with the advent of Almah and Atam-or a new era begins for the Kosekin, in which every man may be as poor as he likes, and riches shall be unknown in the land. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Arnold Bennett Refined minds would have found the talk disgusting, but the sentiment of disgust seemed to be unknown to either of the wranglers. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

He had quietly arranged that the clocks should be put forward half an hour, unknown to Adela, and even to her brother. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

H. G. Wells And up and down the spiral galleries were scattered numerous moon people, pallid, faintly luminous beings, regarding our appearance or busied on unknown errands. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Anna Katherine Green Already her arms had gone out like those of a blind person loosed upon an unknown road. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

A vague hope whispered to each heart that this unknown protector was the woman he loved. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

George Gissing Hither Mrs. Ormonde drove from Victoria Station. The neighbourhood was unknown to her save by name. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

The remnants of furniture scattered through the various rooms were, during the night, piled one upon the other by unknown hands. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arthur Conan Doyle Between these little hills there darted great clouds of strange fish, many of them quite unknown to Science, exhibiting every shade of colour, but black and red predominating. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Andrew Lang Supposing Hone’s story to be true, it naturally conducts us to yet more unfamiliar, and therefore less credible dreams, in which the unknown past, present, or future is correctly revealed. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

The Weser estuary was on my starboard hand, but the whole place was a lee-shore and a mass of unknown banks — just look at them. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

E. F. Benson But Emily already was distilling drop by drop from the moor and from Tabby’s tales of fairies that finest ichor of all, feeding on a honey-dew unknown to the others. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Margrave accosted her in some language unknown to me. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

G. K. Chesterton But as he turned that corner, and saw the trees and the Moorish cupolas, he could have sworn that he was turning into an unknown Place de something or other in some foreign town. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Maria Edgeworth Miss Portman told her that the unknown would probably come half an hour earlier to the reading-party than any of the rest of the company. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

It was she who took all the necessary measures unknown to the Commandant. As it is, heaven be praised that it has all ended in this way. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Arthur Conan Doyle Some great dark mass passed us here, but whether swordfish or deep-sea shark, or monster of unknown breed, was more than we could determine. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

A crime has been committed by an unknown assassin, within a short distance of the principal streets of this great city, and is surrounded by an inpenetrable mystery. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Jules Verne Unless the “Bonadventure” fell in with some unknown current she would come exactly within sight of Tabor Island. As to the sea over which the vessel was then sailing, it was absolutely deserted. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

The thousand nameless endearments of childhood, its gaiety and its innocence, are alike unknown to them. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

William Dampier These islands are as yet probably unknown to the Dutch who, as I said before, endeavour to engross all the spice into their own hands. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

I can’t give a correct report of the debate, for it was held in a barbarous dialect of the Arabic unknown to my dragoman. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

E. T. A. Hoffmann It was soon the talk of the town that the lawyer Jonathan Engelbrecht had got entangled in the dangerous toils of the young unknown adventuress. Master Johannes Wacht by E. T. A. Hoffmann

H.P. Lovecraft No doubt it was absurd, but I kept ready for some unknown emergency; gripping in my right hand the revolver I had brought along, and holding the pocket flashlight in my left. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Henry Adams For years he had not dined out of his own house, and in public his face was as unknown as that of an extinct statesman. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

John Hill Burton The latter is an unknown quantity — the former presents us with the arithmetical results of the experienced pains deducted from the experienced pleasures. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

Gerard trudged on, dark, and wet, and in an unknown region. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

There is something in this world, which even while it gives an unknown grace to rough, and hard, and mean circumstances, contaminates the beauty and harmony of the noble and exalted. Lodore by Mary Shelley

The first, when Policeman Holthusen was killed on the park lands, and the second, only two nights gone, when the unknown man escaped, so easily, from the Vice-regal gardens. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

They argued the unknown from what they saw under their own eyes. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

George Gissing But it is true that I ought not to have given up the child to an unknown fate. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

He had read in some and looked at others; he had tried to search in them for the power which reposed there, and of which those Greek or English or unknown characters were sacramental symbols. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Wilkie Collins Supposing I was right, who was Miss Giles? Some Welsh friend of the doctor’s, unknown to me? Probably enough. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

He had not to tell of the massacre of the unfortunate prince, for the tragic event, which had occurred since his departure from the country, was still unknown to him. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Jack London The unknown had caught him at last. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

William Makepeace Thackeray May there not be some sphere unknown to us where it may have an existence? They say our words, once out of our lips, go travelling in omne oevum, reverberating for ever and ever. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Arnold Bennett The cook’s voice was unknown beyond the kitchen. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Victor Hugo It was like the appearance of an unknown planet. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Charles Stur Mr. Stuart informed me that they were very communicative; but their language was unknown to him. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Leon Trotsky The remarkable documents, “known exactly” to Kerensky in 1917 but still unknown to his readers in 1928, were never captured. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Robert Louis Stevenson But still his companion remained bowed over the block like a mourner on a tomb, or only raised himself to make absurd contortions and mysterious signs unknown to the vocabulary of the diver. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

She had appeared indeed but as a vision — a creature from another sphere, hastily gazing on an unknown world, and lost before they could mark more than that void came again, and she was gone. Lodore by Mary Shelley

I was horribly afraid, not only of unknown death, but of my impotence to play any manly part. Prester John by John Buchan

Andrew Lang Not that “illustrated” books of a certain class were by any means unknown before that period. The Library by Andrew Lang

Sinclair Lewis I may have ties that are entirely unknown to you. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Olaf Stapledon It is useless to postulate an unknown metaphysical entity. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Some other people unknown to the mother, young and with burning eyes, jostled her. Mother by Maksim Gorky

John Lewis Burckhard But even as a Frank he would have been more secure in the character of a mercantile adventurer, than in that of a physician, which is a profession quite unknown in these countries. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Benjamin Disraeli To return them to an unknown is out of my power, but it is not impossible that I may some day become acquainted with the donor. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Some unknown figure was coming out of the sea, the emissary of that Power we had been at grips with for three years. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Jacques Futrelle Special envoys now working in Mexico and Central and South America. Germany invited to join, but refuses as yet, giving, however, tacit support; attitude of Russia and Japan unknown to me. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

To her he was something new, unknown and strange. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

I was thus exposed to perpetual, and most vexatious interruptions from people whom I had often never seen, and whose names still oftener were unknown to me. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

G. K. Chesterton It showed an interest in the Bible unknown in the district, and a knowledge of that volume to which nobody else on Ludgate Hill could make any conspicuous claim. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

H.P. Lovecraf Thereafter I was more cautious with my incantations, for I had no wish to be cut off from my body and from the earth in unknown abysses whence I could never return . Fragments by H.P. Lovecraf

H. Rider Haggard With all this, she was extremely observant, and possessed, unknown to herself, great powers of mind, and great, though dormant, capacities for passion. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

D.H. Lawrence There was a remoteness about her, an estrangement between her and all natural daily things, as if she were of an unknown race that never can tell its own story. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Nathaniel Hawthorne One huge rock ascends in monumental shape, with a face like a giant’s tombstone, on which the veins resemble inscriptions, but in an unknown tongue. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Jules Verne When the head of police mentioned this name, the Grand Duke answered that it was not unknown to him. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Arthur Conan Doyle A child! Barrymore had said that our unknown was supplied by a boy. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Here was I, as fit as a hunter, consulting specialists and visiting unknown masseuses in North London, and all with no clear purpose. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Ida was indifferent to such petty details of life as unknown elderly gentlemen. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

John Locke So that, in short, the idea we have of spirit, compared with the idea we have of body, stands thus: the substance of spirits is unknown to us; and so is the substance of body equally unknown to us. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He is also suffering from a wound inflicted by an unknown assailant in Downing Street two days ago. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Abraham Merri In many bewildering forms, intent upon unknown activities directed toward unguessable ends, the composite, animate mechanisms labored. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

As to Pell, he was probably unknown at the distant station the groom drove him to. Getting Away by Ellen Wood [1871]

The unknown but doubtless easily-to-be-found man who had handed me her note could swear to that fact. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope The joys of such a moment are unknown to any but those who, like Souchey, have been driven by circumstances to sit at tables very ill supplied. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Virginia Woolf It ranged, too, very subtly and curiously, among almost unknown or unrecorded things; it lighted on small things and showed that perhaps they were not small after all. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

There was something so gloomy and sinister in the great loneliness of our surroundings, and it seemed to suggest to me tragedy of a mysterious and unknown kind. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

He lived in quiet comfort, at one of those rare old hostelries in Royal Street. He was found in his rooms, one morning, dead from unknown causes. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Victor Hugo No horrors equal those sobs, those laughs, those tricks of tumult, those inscrutable questions and answers, those appeals to unknown aid. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]