Phrases with "unless"

Anthony Trollope But not the less must the offspring of the washerwoman have had very much trouble on the subject of his birth, unless he has been, when young as well as when old, a very great man indeed. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling When I went to the back verandah Vixen had been washed snowy-white, and was very proud of herself, but the dog-boy would not touch Garm on any account unless I stood by. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

H. Rider Haggard You are going, unless I am mistaken, to speak to me about Mrs. Carr.” “Yes, it is about her. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Try and cheer her up, there’s a good boy, but don’t talk about your father unless she begins it. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

I don’t see what use Miss Cattledon is to her, unless it is to act as general refrigerator, but she gets a hundred a year salary and some of the old satins. Sophie Chalk by Ellen Wood [1869]

Wilkie Collins Pay no more visits to this house, unless they are visits to me. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Charles Dickens I took the name of Provis.” “Do you mean to keep that name?” “Why, yes, dear boy, it’s as good as anotherunless you’d like another. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

D. H. Lawrence The glow of beauty, like every other glow, dies down unless it is fed. Things by D. H. Lawrence [1928]

Jack London The oath left my lips in my excitement — the first, I do believe, in my life, unless “trouble it,” an expletive of my youth, be accounted an oath. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Anthony Trollope You see I can do nothing without money from her — and as for you, you see she won’t even let you stay in the house unless you marry old Campan at once. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing I don’t at all know why she’s coming, unless it is to see doctors. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Anthony Trollope She felt conscious that what she had done must do evil, unless she could so carry it on as to make it result in good. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim You needn’t believe me unless you like. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Anthony Hope I know nothing about your conscience; but this I know: the king’s dead, and the place is empty; and I don’t see what Almighty God sent you here for unless it was to fill it. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Arthur Conan Doyle I answer that along its entire length it runs through a deep cutting, and that, unless someone had been on the edge of that cutting, he could not have seen it. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Victor Hugo Stab, do not scratch, unless the pin be poisoned. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

E. T. A. Hoffmann To tell you the truth, I don’t know who there is who could beat you, unless it were René Cardillac, who, you know, is the first goldsmith in the world. Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Abraham Merri With blade and flame they will destroy us — these threeunless — ” “Unless?” he asked, fiercely. The Woman of the Wood by Abraham Merri

E. Phillips Oppenheim Of those interludes which are necessary to a human being, unless his system is to fall to pieces as dry dust, you have also seen something. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They will shoot unless you obey precisely. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Anthony Trollope You are not content with — thinking it, unless I tell you that it is so. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing In an assembly of well-dressed people, no one would have remarked Cecily’s attire, unless to praise its quiet distinction. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

And von Ravenheim now told himself that no man of Larose’s undoubted experience would ever sip any sparkling wine unless he were nervous and not thinking of what he was doing. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

D. H. Lawrence Morel was always in good spirits on Friday evening, unless the week’s earnings were small. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope He would never say a word to me unless I spoke to him. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope There she had sat speechless, unless when acknowledging by a low word of assent some expression of flattery from those around her. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins I refuse to be saved, unless he is saved with me. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Olaf Stapledon We are assuming, that is, that if certain events happen, certain other events will also happen, unless some contrary cause prevents them. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

I had no difficulty in picking out the big slab of chalk, but to my annoyance saw at once that I could not be sure if the wallet were there unless I lifted it up. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Jules Verne We have had our warning, and, unless our representations can induce them to yield their position, we must resign our hope. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

William Morris He said: “Do you remember, Florian, this day sixteen years ago? It is a long time, but I shall never forget it unless this night blots out its memory. The Hollow Land by William Morris [1856]

Anthony Trollope But come, make us a drop of something hot; a little drop will do yourself good; but it’s better not to take it before him, unless when he presses you. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins The upshot of it is that I have offended my gentleman, for the sake of my girl: which last is a luxury I can’t afford, unless I let the rooms again. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Edith Wharton He had fallen in love with her because she was, like himself, amused, unprejudiced and disenchanted; and he could not go on loving her unless she ceased to be all these things. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Besides, unless I had received a distinct impression of her passionless features, that strange feeling would hardly have been removed. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Anthony Trollope You are a man who, I suppose, never was out of London in June in your life, unless some race meeting was going on. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Anthony Trollope But with a governess, unless you mean to marry her, you should be more careful than with another girl, because you may do her such a world of mischief. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

D.H. Lawrence Death has no beauty in Italy, unless it be violent. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Arthur Conan Doyle Very likely he had spoken to him privately, and had threatened to expose him unless he voluntarily resigned his membership of the club, and promised not to play cards again. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Edith Wharton And this one’s told her she won’t get well unless she lays up and don’t do a thing about the house — not for months — ” He paused, his eyes wandering from her miserably. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

Walter Scott They themselves, in a case of so much delicacy, and in the absence of their principal partner, were determined to retain the originals, unless called to produce them in a court of justice. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

There is game, ibex and leopard, in these mountains; but the traveller, unless a man of leisure, must not expect to shoot or even to sight it. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Thomas Hardy Indeed, comparatively indifferent as Elizabeth-Jane was to dress, unless for some temporary whim or purpose, her eyes were arrested by the artistic perfection of the lady’s appearance. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Edith Wharton What my family can’t understand is that riotous living, unless it’s on the grand scale, appeals to me no more than getting drunk on cheap wine at a bistro. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Charles Kingsley He had visited her two or three times at Lucy’s house (how he found out Lucy’s existence she herself could never tell, unless from the Jesuits) before she agreed to go with him. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Henry James You needn’t bring the child at all, unless you like. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

John Locke Principles not innate, unless their ideas be innate. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

This was Saturday, and we were to be confined over the week-end, which is the usual practice; why, I do not know, unless it is from a vague feeling that Sunday merits something disagreeable. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins Mr. Franklin answered, “Not unless Lady Verinder desires it. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Theodore Dreiser I wouldn’t expect to be all in all to one man, unless he wanted me to be. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Abraham Merri My act, he told me in his sardonic fashion, was undoubtedly of perennial vitality; never again would science have such an opportunity in this region — unless I made up my mind to remain and rule. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Wilkie Collins The law doesn’t allow a married woman to call any thing her own — unless she has previously (with a lawyer’s help) made a bargain to that effect with her husband before marrying him. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

He’s one of them freytens a boo or a dobbies off Dardale Moss, that’s always astir wi’ the like after nightfall; unless — Lord save us! — he be the deaul himsel. The Dead Sexton by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

H. G. Wells Imagine it! The cheek of trying to run a world empire on blank ignorance and bluff! Cutting facts dead unless they wear the old school tie! ‘Don’t know you suh. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Thomas Hardy Mrs. Marchmill said that she liked the situation and the house; but, it being small, there would not be accommodation enough, unless she could have all the rooms. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

They who live to please — must find their enjoyments, their happiness, in pleasure! It is a trite, yet true remark, that we never do any thing well, unless we love it for its own sake. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Theodore Dreiser Some one else must be behind him and who else other than Mollenhauer, or Simpson, or possibly even Butler, though he doubted that, unless the triumvirate were secretly working together. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

But there were no mourners, unless old Mullet could be called one. Hardly Worth Telling by Ellen Wood [1870]

If he should ever cease to love me, I shall die of grief and despair, unless Heaven come to my assistance, unless Heaven does show pity upon me. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Anthony Trollope The reader, unless he be strongly impregnated with democratic feelings, when he begins to read Roman history finds himself wedded to the cause of these oligarchs. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

H. G. Wells His air of grave and responsible leadership was an immense delusion, for who can lead unless he be in motion? Never had a human being less stimulus for getting on to anywhere or anything. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Meal-time would frequently come and pass unheeded; so that, unless urgently reminded, he would neglect to take the requisite quantity of nourishment. Life of Sir Isaac Newton by N. W. Chittenden [1846]

Anthony Trollope There was no mode of escape, unless she would pass out through the door to the man who, as she knew, must still be there. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

That illness, from its peculiarity, makes it painful to me beyond words to hear him mentioned, unless in terms of respect and affection. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope I do believe that he never eats a good breakfast unless half-a-dozen new ‘suspects’ are reported by the early police in the morning; and I am not to call such a man a ‘disreputable jailer. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

H. G. Wells We may have to accept sovietisation à la Russe quite soon unless we can produce a better collectivisation. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Jean-Jacques Rousseau All that it has once declared itself to will it wills always, unless it revokes its declaration. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Charles Dickens If she were sitting in the church, they perhaps might peep in softly at the open door; but they never spoke to her, unless she rose and went to speak to them. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It’s a bad town unless you’re on top of it. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

D. H. Lawrence None of the men got killed unless they had a presentiment — like that, you know . Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

The alliance is of little use to Russia unless French capitalism is strong, therefore Communist policy in France has got to be anti-revolutionary. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

But he could hear nothing, unless it was the shutting down of a window, a loud sneeze, or the rattling of coals as they were put on the fire. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

You will not easily get rid of him; unless you let him see that you understand and despise him. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Anthony Trollope A man shall serve till he is sixty before he is entitled to a pensionunless his health fail him. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

But the profound melancholy which possessed him, from whatever cause it arose, necessarily chilled the native freedom of his demeanor, unless when it was revived by strength of friendship or of love. The Avenger by Thomas de Quincey

Nathaniel Hawthorne Hollingsworth hardly said a word, unless when repeatedly and pertinaciously addressed. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Then I thought that unless I spoke I should certainly go crazy, for my head was beginning to swim at the strange cooing noise. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

Anthony Trollope But to Mistletoe I will not go, unless you are to be there. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens Mrs Varden was seldom very Protestant at meals, unless it happened that they were underdone, or overdone, or indeed that anything occurred to put her out of humour. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Jack London He studied her, his eyes rarely leaving her face unless to follow the movements of her hands or shoulders. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

M. P. Shiel And yet—and yet—even of this we began by acquitting him unless we could discover, as I said, some strong, adequate, altogether irresistible motive for such complicity. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

Anthony Trollope He could see and could appreciate better things, and could long for them; but he could not attain to anything better unless he were to alter altogether his mode of life. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Tobias Smolle But of that right I cannot avail myself, while I remain at the mercy of a brutal miscreant, in whose house I am enclosed, unless you contribute your assistance. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Anthony Trollope She heard nothing throughout the day from the police; and she made up her mind that, unless she were stopped by the police, she would go to Scotland on the day but one following. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Jane Austen I know your disposition, Lizzy. I know that you could be neither happy nor respectable, unless you truly esteemed your husband; unless you looked up to him as a superior. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

The second must be — unless the Powers elect to drop the Polish question either under the cover of vague assurances or without any disguise whatever. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Sinclair Lewis I’m going seven thousand miles away, and I can’t stand it, unless — I’m going to kiss you, there under the grape arbor!” His fingers slipped under her elbow. Speed by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope And he seldom began any conversation with Hugh unless he had some point to gain — an advance of money to ask, or some favor to beg in the way of shooting, or the loan of a horse. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Henry Fielding You must consider, therefore, madam, what chance you have of redeeming him; unless you chuse, as perhaps some wives would, that he should lie all his life in prison. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Guy de Maupassant He no longer ventured even to think, reflect and reason with himself, unless he had guarded himself against her looks and insinuations, by locking himself in. Monsieur Parent by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

What would you have? One understandsunless one is incapable of understanding anything under the sun. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

It would be louder then, he thought, unless his senses were lulled and dulled. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Abraham Merri Like her there, or burn — unless — ” Suddenly she threw white arms around McKay's neck. The Woman of the Wood by Abraham Merri

Anthony Trollope He never wants to say anything unless he has got something to say. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Sir Rupert was not very seriously injured, but he was suffering from concussion and shock, two of his ribs were broken and his wrist sprained, unless perhaps one of the small bones was displaced. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Guy de Maupassan And when a fresh caprice came into our hearts, we were not slow in getting rid of the last loverunless we kept both of them. The Love of Long Ago by Guy de Maupassan

Edward Bellamy I began to feel that unless some help should come I was about to lose my mind. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Bronislaw Malinowski In general none but the husband had any matrimonial “rights over the wife, and the jealousy made him take good care she was not interfered with, unless he was a consenting party. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Anthony Trollope But such obligations here in England go for very little, unless they are supported by reason. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

But I’m damned if he seems to, unless the Stone’s gone wrong. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Virginia Woolf Soon I fail, unless talked to. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Anthony Trollope Who has courage to remain away from church when staying at the clergyman’s house? No one ever; unless it be the clergyman’s wife, or perhaps an independent self-willed daughter. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Elizabeth Gaskell But unless you follow a little sheep-track, which seems to end at a gray piece of rock, you may come within a stone’s throw of the chimneys and never see them. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

William Cowper And now she roams The dreary waste; there spends the livelong day, And there, unless when charity forbids, The livelong night. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Thomas Wolfe He kept his head down or averted most of the time, and did not speak unless the woman spoke to him. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Francis Bacon But natural and experimental history is so various and diffuse that it confounds and distracts the understanding, unless it be ranged and presented to view in a suitable order. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Henry Fielding She was so kind as to say that all stations of life were equal to her, unless as one afforded her more of my company than another. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Ford Madox Ford They would not send him home before he had a disaster because, unless he were in disgrace, he would be a thorn in their sides: whereas if he were disgraced no one much would listen to him. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Rudyard Kipling Those young animals wouldn’t have thought of it unless he’d put it into their heads. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

If Hugh would come and slip his arm through Adela’s and take her away! But Hugh could not save him unless he wanted the thing that was Hugh’s, and not this other thing. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Anthony Trollope She felt that were she Augusta Gresham, no Mr Moffat, let his wealth be what it might, should win her hand unless he too could tell of family honours and a line of ancestors. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Any woman would—confound the young fellow! But all ‘s right yet if we get to Harwich in time; unless . Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Anthony Trollope Nothing, I think, could make him angry, unless the word repentance were mentioned to him. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

M. R. James You must have — no, you only had what I had yesterdayunless you had tea at that wretched club house: did you?’ ‘No, no; nothing but a cup of tea and some bread and butter. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Charles Dickens I always like ’em to faint, unless they’re very tender and composed. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Jules Verne It was impossible to go on till this tremendous shower was over, unless the travelers wished to be stoned. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

I think, unless you have something very particular to say to me, I had better take my muddy habit off your carpet. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

But birth and virtue, unless [attended] with substance, is viler than sea weed. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Do you all agree to this?”—All cried, “We do!”—“Then,” says I, “whoever neglects his duty, unless through sickness, or by leave of the governor, shall work a double week. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

The romance was written, but had to be revised, the least pleasant portion of an author’s duties — unless he chooses to make the index himself. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Anthony Trollope I shall make no attempt to raise the money elsewhere, unless I find that my father will not help me. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

They have been gone more than an hour, and, unless we start at once, we shall be too late to take him before they run him to earth. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

E. F. Benson Georgie would never have stood for the Council unless she had urged him, and it was a nasty defeat which, it was hoped, might do the Mayor good. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Here the difficulty would be extreme, unless the successive variations were from the first sexually limited on both sides, and then there would be no difficulty. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Bram Stoker There must be no tears now, unless it may be that God will let them fall in gladness. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Wilkie Collins Fourthly, and lastly, That no person need think of applying for this situation unless he could furnish the most unexceptionable references to character and abilities. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

H. Rider Haggard She had determined that she would not marry him unless she was certain that he loved her, and to this resolution, as yet, she firmly held. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Rudyard Kipling There’s a very heavy freight-traffic in wood and provisions for the big towns, and there’s a local traffic that you can have no idea of unless you’ve watched it. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Thomas Hardy It was the act of a madman to take her life in a manner so easy of discovery, unless there were far more reason for the crime than any that Manston could possibly have. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Edith Wharton Even Garnett’s services received little recognition, unless he found them sufficiently compensated by the new look in Hermione’s eyes. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Steele Rudd But unless you were dancing you couldn’t stay inside, because the floor broke up, and talk about dust! — before morning the room was like a drafting-yard. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

George Borrow Antonio. — Brother, do you know what brings me hither? Myself. — I cannot tell, unless it be to wish me a happy journey: I am not gypsy enough to interpret the thoughts of other people. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

E. Phillips Oppenheim In a few years’ time, unless accidents happen, the country will have to reckon with him. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

My offer doesna hold, you understand, unless you deliver the cheese at Skeighan Station. Do you accept the condition?” “Oh yes,” said Irrendavie, “I’m willing to agree to that. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Jacques Futrelle It is coming, gentlemen, it is coming, just as inevitably as that night follows day, unless you stop it. The Diamond Master by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Thomas Hardy There was no change whatever in them, unless it were that a certain light of interest kindled by her question turned to complete and blank indifference. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Maria Edgeworth The march of intellect was not a favourite march with him, unless the step were perfectly kept, and all in good time. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Walter Besant All day long they spent in the Press Yard, unless at meals; at ten o’clock they were locked in their rooms, where sometimes two or three had to sleep on the same bed, until eight in the morning. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

George Meredith No heaven can be for me—I see none, only torture, unless I have your word, Clara. I trust it. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Anthony Trollope He don’t know how to live, unless he’s got a woman to help him. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Objects elevated even by a decayed world have their magnetism for us unless we nerve the mind to wakeful repulsion. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Why he was going here he wasn’t a bit clear, unless — which seemed silly — it were on the chance of seeing the lion again. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Someone might be on the hill, but then this howe was on a remote side where few ever came, unless their duty brought them. The Keeper of Cademuir by John Buchan [1894]

Thomas Hobbes I have shown already, in the last chapter, that the kingdom of Christ is not of this world: therefore neither can his ministers, unless they be kings, require obedience in his name. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Well might Catherine deem that heaven would be a land of exile to her, unless with her mortal body she cast away her moral character also. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

I can hardly credit the tale, unless it might have been Mr. Alfred Apse, whom the family didn’t think much of. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

H. Rider Haggard I will go with thee across the desert and over the mountains, unless perchance I fall to the ground on the way, my father. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

In what way it is utilized I cannot say, unless they meet one another in the dark, and recognize their confreres by the scent. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Wilkie Collins Zack announced the approaching arrival of the supper-tray; and warned “Hercules” to cover up his neck and shoulders immediately, unless he wished to frighten the housemaid out of her wits. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Walter Scott You ought not, therefore, to think of his faults, unless it be to forgive them. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Anthony Trollope Every blessing was at the feet of the young heir; but every blessing was not enough, unless Clara Desmond was also added. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

No villagers ever came up to the farm, or were likely to, unless perhaps in a body and animated with hostile intentions. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

And yet that would not be happiness, unless Maulevrier were to come and stay with them every autumn. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle I don’t want you to commit yourself too far unless you are sure. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Anthony Trollope A man because he had been Quæstor was not, necessarily, one having influence, unless he belonged to some great family. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Edith Wharton He suspected her of thinking — not unnaturally — that in a city there was no object in going out unless you had money for shopping or the movies. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Anthony Trollope He couldn’t very well be Privy Seal, unless they do make him a peer. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope We couldn’t get so much as soap for house-washing, unless Mrs. Blake had stood by us and let us have her soap. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

G. K. Chesterton It runs through the inmost complications of divinity, in that we cannot conceive that Christ in the wilderness was truly pure, unless we also conceive that he desired to sin. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Anthony Trollope He knew that he must become the victim of his Amelia, unless he could find some friendly knight to do battle in his favour; and then again he thought of his mother. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

There was no help, unless she could be something other, and there was no power in her to be anything other. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Anthony Trollope Upon the whole I don’t see what a fellow is to do unless he kills something. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

I could push the wallet between the stones of the wall, and no one would find it, unless they had been told where to look for it. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Arthur Conan Doyle Our friend’s title, his fortune, his age, his character, and his appearance are all in his favour, and I know nothing against him unless it be this dark fate which runs in his family. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Certainly my heart and mind were full enough not to waste looks on a commonplace stranger unless there had been some such overpowering reason. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Charles Dickens What took place? Was any king present? Answer, William.’ I said No, unless disguised as Great-uncle Chopper. ‘Any queen?’ There had been no queen that I knew of at our house. A Holiday Romance by Charles Dickens [1868]

H. G. Wells I’ve ‘eard it’s unlucky to take clo’es off of ’em unless they got white bones. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Rudyard Kipling You’re sure you know nothing about Skroelings?’ ‘Not unless he’s been entered for the Liverpool Handicap.’ He nodded and disappeared in the crowd. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

William Makepeace Thackeray It was impossible, unless the convive sat as a centre-piece in the middle, to put another guest at that table. A Little Dinner at Timmins’s by William Makepeace Thackeray [1848]

Wilkie Collins It ended in my flatly declining to mention the subject to Laura, unless she first approached it of her own accord. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Henry Kingsley Master Charles. If I did there would be mischief, unless it was one of two. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

So far as I have an opportunity of judging, the lash is never bestowed unless merited. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Washington Irving When published, I shall take some method of conveying it to you, unless you may think it dear of the postage, which may amount to four or five shillings. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Wilkie Collins He did not anticipate the cruel necessity of placing the Minister under restraint — unless some new provocation led to a new outbreak. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Willa Cather But she’ll never sell ’em all, unless she can get the saloons to take ’em. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

Rudyard Kipling In the Palace-gardens there is even a greater stillness than that about the courts, and here nothing of the West, unless a critical soul might take exception to the lamp-posts. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

R. D. Blackmore At least you will promise me that, I hope? Unless, of course, unless you find the memories too painful. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

But, unless I found him, how could I carry out my promise of writing to Lady Bevere? I told Miss Deveen of my dilemma. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

He stated that, unless an expedition was sent, he would resign. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Jules Verne We shall have to limit ourselves to the barest quantities of food, unless our guns should procure us anything. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

H. G. Wells You cannot understand anything about it unless you understand that. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Wilkie Collins I saw that she would take the matter into her own hands again unless I interfered; and I went to the place. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Other nations have been called thin-skinned, but the citizens of the Union have, apparently, no skins at all; they wince if a breeze blows over them, unless it be tempered with adulation. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle I was convinced that, unless they were under some restraint, they would have managed to communicate with my sister or myself. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

But, unless we are to suppose that Mr. Dombey hated his daughter from the first, the disfavour shown by him on her account to young Walter Gay remains without adequate explanation. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Wilkie Collins I can’t tell you what I want to tell you unless I refer to the rector’s wife. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu She, Miss Sheckleton, could not, unless a favourable opening presented, well invite a conversation on the matter. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Anthony Trollope There was no sending backwards or forwards of food or of clothes — unless it might be when some special delicacy was sent in if a boy were unwell. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy Does not that content you?” “Not unless you are my wife without regret. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

William Morris For the rest, unless again we have a very elaborate scheme of decoration, I think dividing it once, making it into two spaces is enough. Hopes and Fears for Art by William Morris [1882]

A waistcoat of yours has been particularly inquired for, Mr. Hargraves. It’s a chocolate waistcoat, with yellow stripes and brass buttons, unless I’m very much mistaken. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Edith Wharton On one only a few charcoal strokes hinted at a head — unless indeed it were a landscape? The more French looked the less intelligible it became — the mere first stammer of an unuttered message. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Anthony Trollope I should not have asked unless I had been quite sure. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Wilkie Collins The grand secret, in dealing with a woman, is to take her as you take a cat, by the scruff of the neck —” “I can’t face her — unless you will help me by breaking the thing to her first. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

He could not honestly say that in any sense he loved these others, unless indeed love were partly a process of willing good to them. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

What, he wondered, was Alison doing? Enduring the same misery? Not yet — though that would come unless he could bestir himself. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

F. Scott Fitzgerald His forty-five differed from his forty by a like margin, unless one mention a slight deafness in his left ear. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

O ye who believe! devour not your property amongst yourselves vainly, unless it be a merchandise by mutual consent. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

John Galsworthy Was that child very bad?” “Won’t live the day out, unless they operate. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

H.P. Lovecraft Having taken the fortified places at the foot of the mountains, their way now lay open to the plateau, unless every citizen could resist with the strength of ten men. Polaris by H.P. Lovecraft [1918]