Phrases with "wonder"

I wonder — I wonder about it all. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Benjamin Disraeli His wonder was not decreased in the evening, when the ‘Government Gazette’ appeared. The Voyage of Captain Popanilla by Benjamin Disraeli [1828]

It wasn’t till I was actually at the gate that it occurred to me to wonder whether the pool was still inside the grounds. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

In truth there was something to wonder at. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

William Makepeace Thackeray I wonder whether he paid his bill? Yes: his journey was just begun. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

I wonder if it was by her direction that the house was fired. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Rudyard Kipling The sun was clear, there was no wind, and we watched, the whole crew, stokers and all, in wonder and pity, but chiefly pity. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Theodore Dreiser I don’t wonder people complain. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

I wonder whether poor Eliza Floyd knew all or half the cruel things that were said of her. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

I began to wonder what I should do. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Rudyard Kipling The man begins to wonder about the people who built all this magnificence and he says: Earth’s grasp holdeth The mighty workmen Worn away; lorn away [geworen forloren] In the grip of the grave. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Algernon Blackwood He was breathless and giddy with the wonder of her words. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

D. H. Lawrence I wonder why I bother with him . Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Many present began, doubtless, to wonder for what Monsieur waited; as well they might. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Jonathan Swif I wonder I never write politics to you: I could make you the profoundest politician in all the lane. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Edith Wharton Ralph was too deep in his own troubles to waste any wonder over this anticlimax; but the frequent appearance of Moffatt’s name in the morning papers acted as an unconscious suggestion. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Andrew Lang It never even occurred to them to wonder what country they had reached. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Willa Cather She said if Thea stopped school she wouldn’t wonder if she could get pretty much all Wunsch’s class. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Margaret Oliphant I wonder if those boys have eaten all the scones,” Katie said, with the greatest simplicity, as she led Oona down-stairs. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Edith Wharton So it came about that the bill for the fancy-dress was still unpaid, and Undine left to wonder distractedly what had become of Van Degen’s money. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

E. F. Benson No wonder its manifestation was withdrawn. The Man Who Went Too Far by E. F. Benson

No wonder his people admired him. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

If it was anything like the strain I suffered under, I can’t wonder that she wished to be rid of me. Serapion by Francis Stevens

I crave thy forgiveness, and do wonder not that I found so stout a man against me. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Anthony Trollope God is good to us, and heals those wounds with a rapidity which seems to us impossible when we look forward, but which is regarded with very insufficient wonder when we look backward. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Robert Louis Stevenson I have heard her say she could wonder herself crazy over the human eyebrow. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing I shouldn’t wonder if they would let you keep out of their reach as long as it is necessary. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

If all were not — that, we think, were easy: there were no wonder then, no tax on ingenuity, nothing to be accounted for. Memories and Studies by William James

William Morris I wonder how long I can still feel thus, As though I watch’d for news, feel as I did Just half-an-hour ago, before this news. The Defence of Guenevere by William Morris [1858]

Dante Gabriel Rossetti Slowly their souls swam up again, through gleams Of watered light and dull drowned waifs of day; Till from some wonder of new woods and streams He woke, and wondered more: for there she lay. The House of Life by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Anthony Trollope I wonder whether he has come to knock us down and trample upon us with another speech. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Robert Green Ingersoll No wonder that he crawled groveling in the dust to the temple’s door, and there, in the insanity of despair, besought the deaf gods to hear his bitter cry of agony and fear. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Thus it was no wonder he wrestled valiantly with his aitches and fought like an old-time Crusader with his bad grammar. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Andrew Lang He wished himself at home, and instantly found himself there; but his parents were so amazed at the splendour of his apparel that their wonder never ceased. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Marie Corelli I used to sit among their cool green stems — thinking many thoughts, chief among which was a wonder why God had made my little mother so unhappy. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

And really one couldn’t wonder at it. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

D. H. Lawrence It had a wonder and a far-awayness, even here in the heart of Sydney. All the shibboleths of mankind are so trumpery. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Gourlay was alone with the wonder of the night. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Olaf Stapledon Personal anxiety was blotted out by wonder and admiration; for the sheer beauty of our planet surprised me. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Henry David Thoreau As I walked on the railroad causeway, I used to wonder at the halo of light around my shadow, and would fain fancy myself one of the elect. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Anthony Trollope I wonder why my aunt does not come. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

So there’s no wonder I feel rather weak. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Thomas Love Peacock MR. CHAINMAIL. I surmised as much: at the same time, the unusual melancholy of an in general most vivacious young lady made me wonder at your having acted so precipitately. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

I wonder you don’t go on the stage, Tonia. If you were ever so stupid at the trade your looks would get you a hearing and a salary. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

I wonder what they were made for. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

H. G. Wells I hang on to the railings, Stephen, and weep—I have to weep—and I wonder and wonder. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

It is twilight with us now, and will soon be starlight, and the hour and place of slumber, till the reveille sounds, and the day of wonder opens. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

I wonder if a ballet of Punishments would be any good? Sweeping out stables, and so forth. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

William Morris I heard talk amongst the men-at-arms of one whom they took; they said he was a wonder of sheer strength, and how that he cast their men about as though he were playing at ball. Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair by William Morris [1895]

It seemed to me that the very bundles grew larger and began to press upon me; it was all horrible, and I began to wonder if I was going to be left alone forever in that empty boat. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Lucy Maud Montgomery I wonder at Mrs. Alexander Spencer for doing it. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Anthony Trollope Poor Ralph, our Ralph, is a spendthrift, and I shouldn’t wonder if this one were to have the property after all. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Washington Irving I wonder you have not brought home another Moor as a housemate. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

A. E. W. Mason She began to wonder whether it would be so easy after all to quiet his suspicions now that he was blind; she began to realise that it might possibly on that very account be all the more difficult. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Henry James But before I had time to wonder at it she went on — ‘Shall you know him when you see him?’ ‘Perfectly, I think. The Patagonia by Henry James [1888]

E. F. Benson A rude woman I’ve always thought: I wonder Mr. Georgie can put up with her. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Henry James He’s too funny beside me in his comer; he looks like somebody, somebody foreign and famous, en exil; so that people wonder — it’s very amusing — whom I’m taking about. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

I have done what I believe to have been my solemn duty, yet I should scarcely wonder if I had rendered myself forever hateful to him. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

George Gissing You had bad luck with the daughter; shouldn’t wonder if the mother would suit you better, all said and done. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

E. F. Benson I guess he’s been getting well so quickly and smoothly that I have allowed myself to wonder whether it could be true, though, of course, I knew it was. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

I wonder whether-” He peered out through the door; nothing was happening. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Sometimes, as she felt and saw her tears fall slowly on her work, she would wonder how the excellent woman who had cut it out and arranged it for her, managed to be so equably serene in her solitude. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Bram Stoker More than once as we sat around the table, my eyes opened in wonder whether the whole of the past days had not been a dream. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Bram Stoker The new phases of things leave my mind in a state of wonder which allows no room for active thought. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

She was admitted, — and the surprise of her reverend host at this visit, equally unseasonable and unexpected, was exchanged for a deeper feeling of wonder and terror as she related the cause of it. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

John Galsworthy Your Uncle Lionel’s the only one of us who’s got any money — I wonder if he’d like to take it on for his week-ends. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Andrew Lang When, therefore, she saw her niece standing quietly before her mirror, Barbaik broke out: ‘So this is what you do when I am out in the fields! Ah! it is no wonder if the farm is ruined. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Joseph Furphy The white horse in the buggy, and Archie M— — Superintendent of the E—— Sunday School, with his girl! No wonder I had met so many people, and all going in the same direction. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

M. R. James Beg pardon, Master Henry, was you going to say something?’ ‘Yes, I was,’ said the Squire. ‘I wonder you haven’t told me all this before. A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James

Sinclair Lewis But I wonder about Chapter Twenty. Will there be the deuce to play? . Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

D. H. Lawrence The brat! The brat! He was such an actor, and so impudent, that I wavered between wonder and amusement and a great inclination to kick him up the steps. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Robert Louis Stevenson And as I think of him and of John, I wonder in what other country two such men would be found dwelling together, in a hamlet of some twenty cottages, in the woody fold of a green hill. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle I wonder that you do not correct her, my fair lord. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Anthony Trollope I wonder whether they are going to give us any tea. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton So I shouldn’t wonder if you saw all your old gentlemen’s heads knocked together after all. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

These days! Oh, these days! I wonder how anybody can . Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

I wonder the thing hasn’t occurred to some smart railroad man. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

I shall be glad to see the Signora and Richard once more; but Laura, Mr. Monckton,—I wonder whether they will be sorry to lose me. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Edith Wharton A motor — that never occurred to you? You wonder where I got the money, I suppose. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Benjamin Disraeli I wonder what the decoration will be? ‘Of a high class’— vague. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Marie Corelli Sylvie Hermenstein possesses a potent charm which few men can resist, and I should not wonder if you yourself had been occasionally conscious of it. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

It was the man who had tried to call for the sentry an hour back, and Pine had him out also; convictism beginning to wonder a little. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

I wonder what it’s worth now?” “Yes, but you and Father are worth more, too,” remarked Stella acutely. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

George Eliot When he saw the little thing again as she really was, as Adam’s wife, at work quite prosaically in her new home, he should perhaps wonder at the possibility of his past feelings. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

I wonder if, in this little matter, I’ve been counting my chickens before they’re hatched. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Sinclair Lewis But gosh, I wonder if I’m very intelligent? I don’t know if I really care so much for reading, except the comic strips. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

I wonder if I should have had the pluck to do so? In my own heart I like to think it possible. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Arthur Machen And the whole air and wonder of the ancient forest came back to him. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Edgar Allan Poe It was no wonder that his condition terrified-that it infected me. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

Robert Louis Stevenson When Villon journeyed (perhaps by the same pleasant valley) to his exile at Roussillon, I wonder if he had not something of the same appearance. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. F. Benson I wonder if he can make bisque soup. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

When the organist passed it was no wonder that I saw him: I had simply miscalculated the interval between his first and his second passing. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

D. H. Lawrence She clung to him, with a hiss of wonder that was almost awe, terror. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

E. Phillips Oppenheim She began to wonder whether this attractive companion of hers would invite her to dance. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Should I ever find perfection? Ten minutes later she had arranged the bed and we were seated in the sitting-room but to my wonder Jessie didn’t want to talk over our experience. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Anthony Trollope They wonder at the meekness with which England has endured the vauntings of the Northern States, and are endued with no such meekness of their own. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope I wonder they aren’t jealous. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

I wonder if this familiar of mine — I begin to detest the expression — will accuse me of endeavouring to make a case for myself if I say that I believe my madness to be a disease? I do believe it. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

He looks a fine type of man, and I don’t wonder old Lord Newsome accepted him as a son-in-law. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Edith Wharton Ah, happy artists! No wonder they were careless of other people’s wounds, when they were born with the power to heal their own so easily. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Kenneth Grahame No wonder the dragon seemed in a peaceful and contented mood; indeed, as the Boy approached he could hear the beast purring with a happy regularity. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

No wonder that scientists can think of no other principle of unity among them than their common appeal to men’s perverse propensity to superstition. Memories and Studies by William James

Henry James No wonder they couldn’t have met as if nothing had happened. The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle No wonder that the classic sport was attended now by those only who had nothing to lose. The Bully of Brocas Court by Arthur Conan Doyle

Robert Louis Stevenson You wonder whether it was so always; whether desire was always equally dull and spiritless, and possession equally cold. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

I wonder it hasn’t happened before. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Henry James But she showed nothing, and the wonder was that when he spoke she almost always listened. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

I wonder if they are expecting the murderer to come back and try to kill someone else. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

George Gissing I wonder I am not at this moment lying dead. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

It is no wonder that I have learned it by heart and it has taken a literary form . Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

We are fonder of him in the expansive moods when his naïve wonder at his own performances carries him into self-panegyric, which, not infrequently, we can endorse, though with some discount. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Lucy Maud Montgomery I wonder if Diana is to be my bosom friend. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Edith Wharton Is Blanca as much of a beauty as ever, Mr. Boyne? If that girl had more pep I wouldn’t wonder but what I could do something with her on the screen. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I don’t wonder at your imagination running away with you for a moment. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

No wonder people sneered at me and had no respect. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Anthony Trollope But I wonder whether he perceived also that I did envy everything. North America by Anthony Trollope

I do not know how long it was before I allowed the wonder and perplexity which this extraordinary disclosure aroused in me to express itself in words. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

There was the life of high thinking, of disinterested aims, of genuine enthusiasm, of genuine desire to delight and benefit mankind, by opening new paths to wonder and knowledge and power. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Sarah did not wonder at this in the least. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Joseph Furphy But I wonder how you failed to recognise me, considering that you heard my name. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

F. Scott Fitzgerald He remembered the last time he had seen her father, and he was glad the parents were not to be here to-night — they might wonder who he was. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Anthony Trollope I shouldn’t wonder if Rooper were to send his bill in to me. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

I wonder they weren’t torn to shreds. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Jane Austen We are very proud of the children, are not we, papa? I wonder which she will think the handsomest, Henry or John?” “Aye, I wonder which she will. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Sir Walter Scott I wonder if he’s looked out o’ the crib o’ him to gather up the bag o’ siller. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Charles Dickens And I wonder myself now, and I won’t suffer it. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

E. F. Benson I wonder if we shall recognise them. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

M. P. Shiel I wonder if any other soul is ever so pierced to the very quick by their bleakness? It isn’t over this earth alone that they sorrow to me, but over the despondence of moons that no glass ever spied. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

G. K. Chesterton He was well into the middle of it before Dalroy’s rage and wonder allowed him to follow the words. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

George Gissing There was a silence, then Mrs. Ormonde murmured: ‘I wonder whether she is in love with him?’ Annabel smiled, but said nothing. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

George Gissing I had some hopes — I wonder whether I ought to speak of it? You know Mr. Kirkwood?’ ‘Yes, indeed. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Wilkie Collins He waited at the window for a few moments; then left it suddenly, saying to himself: “I wonder the book don’t strike her dead!” Those were his only words of farewell. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

H. G. Wells I wonder how Stella would look and what she would say, if she found out in some roundabout fashion. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Anthony Trollope But come down, dear, else they’ll wonder where we are. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

No wonder Mr. Partington liked that kitchen so much that his wife, as she told them, could never get him to set foot in the parlour. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

James Joyce Still, I shouldn’t wonder if he did after all. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

We then struck the roughest of descents, down broken outcrops and chines of granite — no wonder that the women have such grand legs. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Andrew Lang How I should like to have some! I wonder to whom they belong?’ ‘To your Habogi,’ replied he; ‘and some day you shall have as much milk as you like, but we cannot stop now. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope I wonder what you and Heathcote would say about it?” “What Kate has to say is much more important,” replied the discreet sister. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope I wonder whether he is at home. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell Then there would arise a very natural wonder as to who was Osborne’s wife. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

She became his mistress, and caused a nine days’ wonder in Paris by remaining constant to him for six months. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Virginia Woolf I wonder if you realize, William, that I’ve never read even Shakespeare? It’s rather wonderful how I’ve kept it up all these years. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

H.P. Lovecraft But that fright was so mixed with wonder and alluring grotesqueness, that it was almost a pleasant sensation. The Lurking Fear by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

Rudyard Kipling I wonder what in the world he is. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

William Makepeace Thackeray No wonder there are so many children: the “Guide-book” (omniscient Mr. Murray!) says there are fifteen thousand paupers in the town, and we know how such multiply. Little Travels and Roadside Sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray [1844]

I wonder who that pretty creature is in my Lord Lavendale’s box, in a plain gray gown and a cherry-coloured hood? She is the finest woman—present company excepted—I have ogled for a decade. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

H. G. Wells I wonder what happened to the Zeppelin? . The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

But he saw no reason in the Archdeacon’s amusement, and began to wonder seriously whether Ludding’s blow had affected his mind. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Arthur Morrison He looks bad; wonder what’s up?” With that the door opened, and a servant-girl, in bonnet and shawl, emerged with her box, lifting and dragging it as best she might. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Henry Kingsley I wonder where Sam and Alice are?” “Oh, they are right enough,” said Halbert, laughing. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

George Eliot She’d a very tender way with her, Dinah had; I wonder if she could ha’ done any good. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Willa Cather At nine o’clock she looked up from her grammar to wonder what Bowers and Ottenburg were having to eat. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

George Gissing What did it matter? It would very soon be known why she had gone away, and to face for a moment the wonder of Sunday-clad villagers is not a grave trial. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Anthony Trollope What are they to live upon?’ ‘I wonder whether De Courcy could get him into some embassy?’ said the father. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

They were a wonder and a revelation, these lights. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

George Meredith I wonder whether girls have really an admonition of what is good for them while they are going their ways like destined machines?” “Almost all men are of flesh and blood,” said Merthyr softly. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Elizabeth Gaskell It was no wonder that the lookers-on were perplexed as to the state of affairs between Jemima and Mr Farquhar, for they too were sorely puzzled themselves at the sort of relationship between them. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

No wonder that Hawthorne betook himself to the solitude of his own chamber, and consoled himself like the philosopher who said, “When I am alone, then I am least alone. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Henry James She supplied him indeed with much to wonder about, so that he fitted, in his ignorance, a dozen high-flown theories to her apparent history. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Elizabeth Von Arnim This was what she was really like, must always have been like, beneath the wonder of her beauty. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Benjamin Disraeli I wonder how he will form his cabinet. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle I wonder if any friend would do as much for me!” I finished my toilet, swallowed a cup of coffee and sallied out. Crabbe’s Practice by Arthur Conan Doyle

Robert Green Ingersoll No wonder that he fell upon his trembling knees — that he built altars and reddened them even with his own blood. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Henry James I wonder you don’t do that yourself; you might let the shops to great advantage. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Theodore Dreiser They rode still farther, until suddenly remembering, he said: “I wonder what time it is. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells Most of us stare through the glass at them, wonder vaguely for a moment at that half-savage, half-animal past of our race, and pass on. The Grisly Folk by H. G. Wells [1921]

Anthony Trollope I wonder whether you’d cut a poor old woman like me, without a handle to her name. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Henry James She was puzzled by many things, but her brother’s disposition was a frequent source of wonder to her. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

M. R. James I wonder what that crucifix is that the young woman insisted on giving me? Last century, I suppose. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Henry Fielding You would not wonder at my emotion if you knew you had an adulteress and a murderer now standing before you. Amelia by Henry Fielding

So no wonder they blow cold on you. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Sinclair Lewis Sometimes I wonder if we’ve given up so much. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope I wonder whether you are untidy. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser He was wondering how she was to be persuaded — what appeal would move her to forsake Drouet. He began to wonder how far her affection for him would carry her. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Bram Stoker I wonder at how many lives he values a man, or if at only one. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Anthony Trollope We are driven to wonder that there should have been, at such a period and among such a people, aspirations so noble joined with so much vanity of expression. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

John Bunyan Faith. Pray what is he? Chr. His name is Talkative; he dwelleth in our Town: I wonder that you should be a stranger to him, only I consider that our Town is large. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

Henry James But he had another word for Charlotte. “I dine to-night with Mr. Verver. Have you any message?” The girl seemed to wonder a little. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Theodore Dreiser Now, however, when he was not doing well enough, he began to wonder what she was doing, how his children were getting along. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Adam Lindsay Gordon Eric: Now I wonder where he has gone! Hugo: Indeed, I have not the least idea; The man is certainly mad. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

I do wonder what Emma’s shoes were like on Thursday morning. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

No wonder that he was for a while silent, stunned, and bewildered. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

D. H. Lawrence You wonder how I have touched death. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

No wonder his poultry throve; no wonder there had been grumblings at Crabb Cot at the mysterious disappearance of the good grain. Reality or Delusion? by Ellen Wood [1868]

Sir Walter Scott I wonder women can hae the impudence to do sic things; but they are a’ for the red-coats. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Arthur Conan Doyle On I came for him, and I could see wonder changing to suspicion in his brown eyes as he looked at me and at my pony, and at my equipment. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

No wonder we’re angry at him having been done to death. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

George Gissing It’s turned against the wall, and I wonder I haven’t put my boot through it. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

I wonder if they’ll nail Starlight.’ ‘They can’t be well off it,’ says father. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Lewis Carroll I wonder what’ll become of my name when I go in? I shouldn’t like to lose it at all — because they’d have to give me another, and it would be almost certain to be an ugly one. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Andrew Lang Not that she forgot her husband, for she often thought of him and longed to show him her son, and in the night she would sometimes lie awake and wonder where he was. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Maria Edgeworth All these wild flowers, and even the weeds on the banks by the way-side, were to me matters of wonder and admiration. Lame Jervas by Maria Edgeworth

I wonder she is not yet off to Australia! She used always to be talking of it. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

Poor little girl, I wonder where she is. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

She came in presently, a real vision of loveliness, and I did not wonder that everyone there turned to look. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Anthony Trollope I wonder whether it’s too late, or whether there’s any antidote?’ Mrs Robarts did not always quite understand her sister-inlaw, and now she was a little at a loss. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

It was no wonder that one pinned a personality to a reign, forgetful that that personality had known and lived under other kings. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Henry Kingsley I wonder in what regiment? — could it be in yours, Mr. Hornby?” “The very last in which he would, I should say,” said Hornby, “if he wants to conceal himself. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Willa Cather She had begun to wonder whether he was one of those people who are always discontented; but whatever his disappointments were, he kept them locked in his own breast. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]