Phrases with "wonder"

Anthony Trollope I wonder what you’ll think of all this when the parson and his wife come up on future Sundays to dine with the Squire and his lady. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

G. K. Chesterton The point is that the white light had a sort of wonder in it, as if the world were as new as myself; but not that the world was anything but a real world. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

He lives the life of a well-to-do Society man-about-Town, but oh boy, on the quiet he runs a smart art business in Wardour Street. No wonder he couldn’t resist that valuable Corot painting. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Small wonder that he exclaims: ‘The greatest curse that can befall a father in England is to have a son gifted with a passion and a genius for high art. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

George Gissing The wonder was how such a man as Felix Dymes could give birth to such tender melody. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Thomas Hardy I wonder if I have change enough to pay my subscription. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Elizabeth Gaskell Only I wonder as Margaret is not come back. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Elizabeth Von Arnim I wonder what would happen to my children if I kept them in one hot room day and night for six months. The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1899]

Emily Dickinson I shall know why, when time is over, And I have ceased to wonder why; Christ will explain each separate anguish In the fair schoolroom of the sky. Poems by Emily Dickinson

H. G. Wells Mr. Parham in a state that was neither abject nor arrogant, a new Mr. Parham, puzzled and filled with wonder and dread, crossed the little bridge. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

So the Doctor went home to Mrs. Torvey, whom he charmed into good-humoured curiosity by the tale of wonder he had to relate. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

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

H. G. Wells I wonder if we shall get into a mess again when we are back in London. . Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

I shouldn’t wonder if he wasn’t dead. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

I wonder do we get old because we do things by reason instead of instinct?” “I don’t know,” said the boy, “everything gets old. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Theodore Dreiser He was beginning to wonder whether his father would discriminate in any way in the distribution of the property. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

John Galsworthy They made him wonder whether after all practical politicians were not too light-hearted, like the managers of music-halls who protected the Public carefully from their more tasteful selves. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Thomas Hardy I wonder you didn’t propose to take us before, Jack, and let us have a good look at her. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Charles Kingsley No wonder that in such a time, a genius like Burns should receive not only no guidance, but no finer appreciation. Burns and His School by Charles Kingsley

E. F. Benson As the cooling process went on she began to wonder whether it was worsted alone that had prompted her friend’s diabolical suggestion. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

H. G. Wells No wonder that, quite apart from their bad food and loathsome cooking, they coughed, spat, ached, went deaf and blind and feeble, in a continual alternation of lassitude and mutual irritation. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Sinclair Lewis I wonder if I could get one of the department-stores to let me put in a welfare-department with a nice rest-room and chintzes and wicker chairs and so on and so forth. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

I wonder if he is conscious of it. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Anthony Trollope Ha, ha, ha! I wonder what made you lay yourself down there. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Such stunning good fellows they were, too! I wonder whether I shall ever associate with gentlemen again? The chances are against it. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

George Gissing How ever you live on the few mouthfuls you eat is a wonder to me. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Never! Never! I remember with wonder the sort of dogged fierceness I displayed. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Thomas Paine You wonder that America does not rise in union with you to impose on herself a portion of your taxes and reduce herself to unconditional submission. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

E. Phillips Oppenheim I wonder how Henri would——” She flashed a glance and an interjection upon him which checked the words upon his lips. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Arthur Conan Doyle Is it a wonder that we should lay a trap for him, and that, having caught him, we should give him the same justice as he gave our comrades?’ ‘He is but a servant, I argued. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Anthony Trollope My wonder is, that I have not incurred more contempt from others because I have been a coward. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Ralph Waldo Emerson The wonder of Britain is this plenteous nature. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

A panther about to spring could not have looked more threatening, and the wonder was, that there were no more to observe this exciting by-play. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

I should almost have fancied that she had not perceived our presence, had I not observed her dark, sunken eyes once or twice turned up towards my face, with a dismal look of wonder and enquiry. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

John Galsworthy No wonder his father wanted to know what Bosinney meant, no wonder he was angry. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

But, fancy! Forty francs! I wonder how such an ugly man can be so jealous. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Henry James I wonder why she does n’t have something done to her teeth. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Jane Austen The card-table was then placed, and Elinor began to wonder at herself for having ever entertained a hope of finding time for conversation at the park. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

With so much irreparable damage done to the Great Temple, and with so much that was reparable calling for immediate attention, it is no wonder that these brick buildings were left to their fate. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

It was bright low sunshine, and the splendour of the jewelled armour of the Demons and their many-coloured kirtles and the plumes that were in their helms was a wonder to behold. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

James Joyce I wonder if there’s any likelihood of dinner this evening. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Andrew Lang The sorcerer had just closed his third wallet, and was beginning to wonder if he could carry away any more treasures when a low murmur as of a distant storm broke upon his ears. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

E. F. Benson He had only just time to wonder who these could possibly be when he guessed. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Oh, mistress, I wonder at you sitting there pretending. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Theodore Dreiser It’s a wonder it hasn’t occurred to some one else before. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

You begin to wonder whether you will ever get to the end — still more, how on earth you are going to get back. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

But only now did he realize how very glad he was to have escaped it, and (being Grant) began instantly to wonder whether after all he should have gone. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Geoffrey Chaucer Therwith in al this world no nyghtngale Ne koude, by an hondred thousand deel, Syngen so wonder myrily and weel. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

No wonder he was excited when he saw who arrived at the station last night. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Boyd. Like one by wonder reft of speech, I stood Pond’ring the mournful scene in pensive mood, As one that waits advice. Petrarch’s Triumphs by Petrarch

Arthur Conan Doyle No wonder that Ezra Girdlestone’s active business mind, and perhaps that of his father too, should speculate as to the disposal of the fortune of the dying man. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Henry Kingsley I wonder if we shall ever get to the bottom of this matter about the marriage. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Jane Austen She played accordingly; happy to have a new listener, and a listener who seemed so much obliged, so full of wonder at the performance, and who shewed herself not wanting in taste. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Elizabeth Gaskell It was long since she had ridden, and much wonder was excited by the sudden movement in kitchen and stable-yard. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Charles Dickens No blame, no wonder show’d there, No feeling could be told; Her voice was not less steady, Her manner not more cold. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

Edith Wharton Then the strange scent attracted her and she began to wonder what kind of spice was in the box. Kerfol by Edith Wharton [1916]

Andrew Lang The bride promised to be careful, but in a little while, when there was nothing left for her to do, she began to wonder what could be in the chest, which was opened by the key. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Algernon Blackwood It remains a wonder that he ever found his way. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

Henry David Thoreau The wonder is how they, how you and I, can live this slimy, beastly life, eating and drinking. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Robert Louis Stevenson I should not wonder but what I’ll end by re-writing it. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Tak thou good heed, ye shul seen wel with eye, That I wol do a wonder ere I go. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Henry James I dare say you see in him now much to pity and to wonder at. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

Henry James He had time, while he waited, to wonder whether Bellegarde had seen his sister since the evening before, and whether in this case he had spoken to her of their talk. The American by Henry James [1877]

Edith Wharton I wonder if that infernal skipper took in the launch’s awnings before he went home. The Choice by Edith Wharton [1916]

G. K. Chesterton I wonder what language he talked to Captain Blande in. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Robert Louis Stevenson One I discovered long afterwards to be the admirable opening of what will he do with it: it was no wonder I was pleased with that. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Algernon Blackwood The high wire netting could not keep out the wonder of the winter night that grew about him like a presence. The Glamour of the Snow by Algernon Blackwood

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]

Robert Louis Stevenson And just a knowledge of this, and a remembrance of those fortunate hours in which the bird has sung to us, that fills us with such wonder when we turn the pages of the realist. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

I wonder — ” “Pleasant dreams!” It was James Haskins again. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

E. Phillips Oppenheim I wonder whether these Chicago gangsters can afford to keep a real physician on the staff,” he chuckled. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Willa Cather That night when the Doctor came in to see Fanning, he threw his stethoscope on the bed and said wearily, “It’s a wonder that instrument doesn’t take root in my ears and grow there. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

George Meredith I wonder whether I may ask him to get me lodgings: a sitting-room and two bedrooms. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

George Gissing The wonder is that it has not been swept away, in obedience to the great law of traffic and the spirit of the time. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

John Galsworthy How pretty she looked! No wonder that young fellow was out of his mind about her. To Let by John Galsworthy

E. F. Benson Charlotte found this break exceedingly difficult to bridge over, and it is permissible to wonder whether there was not a change of plan at this point in the book. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Ford Madox Ford And Macmaster said conciliatorily: ‘Yes, I think I could rely on that!’ He added: ‘All the same I don’t wonder that . Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

The ends were sticking out, and you—” “I did all my possible to teach you a lesson! Ah, when young and beautiful ladies mix themselves with such matters, it is no wonder they make mistakes. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Robert Green Ingersoll How is that for dampness? No wonder they said the windows of the heavens were open. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

H. Rider Haggard I wonder what he is going to Madeira for? He has an interesting face. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

William Makepeace Thackeray Fortunati nimium!” “Sir,” said the old gentleman, “I did but my duty at a painful moment; and ’tis matter of wonder to me that men talk still, and glorify such a trifling matter. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

This was fiery stuff, stronger than their accustomed ale, so it was no wonder if soon their voices were loosed. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

H. G. Wells For a moment my wonder as to what he should be thinking about brings me near to a double self-forgetfulness. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

H. Rider Haggard But right in front of us was the wonder and glory of Milosis — the great staircase of the palace, the magnificence of which took our breath away. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Tobias Smolle What wonder that our villages are depopulated, and our farms in want of day-labourers? The abolition of small farms is but one cause of the decrease of population. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Jack London He was phlegmatic, stolid to such a degree that one could not but wonder how the Revolution had any meaning to him at all. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

How they dare do the impossible and virtually forbidden thing is a cause for wonder but not for legislation. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Rudyard Kipling He wandered into a bad set, and his little bill at Hamilton’s was a thing to wonder at. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Well, I’ll be damned! The cheek of him!” “You can keep my share of it,” growled Sam. “I shouldn’t wonder if it’s not poisoned. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Oscar Wilde ERNEST. I wonder do you really believe what you say? GILBERT. Why should you wonder? It is not merely in art that the body is the soul. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

But it was for the moment more interesting to wonder what her standards were. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Jack London He was a weak and inefficient-looking man, the lawyer, and at sight of him I did not wonder that Jackson’s case had been lost. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

E. T. A. Hoffmann He has never played before, at least since he has been in Paris; and so from all this you need not wonder at our being so greatly astounded when the old skin-flint appeared at your table. Gambler’s Luck by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Nor was the professor of drawing less inclined to wonder at his friend. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

What with Davidson’s warmth of heart and sociability, I used to wonder at his never marrying. Memories and Studies by William James

E. Phillips Oppenheim If he wanted to dance with a professional though, I wonder why on earth he didn’t choose the little one at the next table to us. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

And you, Monsieur George? Are you complex, with unexpected resistances and difficulties in your etre intime — your inner self? I wonder now. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Sinclair Lewis I hate to own up, but sometimes I wonder if I can get away with this traveling stunt. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

William Makepeace Thackeray No wonder the coachman resigned his wig, that the masters are insolvent, and the servants perish in this huge dreary out-at-elbow place. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

I wonder she did not fire, seeing she had a pistol. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

I shouldn’t wonder if you were quite happy. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

George Gissing I shouldn’t wonder if they think I’m trying to get him. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

Tobias Smolle Modesty, or diffidence, I have already said, is utterly unknown among them, and therefore I wonder there should be a term to express it in their language. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

We left Crabb Cot for Dyke Manor, carrying our wonder with us. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

No wonder Grimm was grim; and no wonder he was used to seek change of air. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

D. H. Lawrence It was new and oh, so delicate in its luminous wonder and fear. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Tobias Smolle The truth is, the poor captain had been so belaboured about the pate, that it was a wonder he remembered his own name. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Anne Bronte No wonder he should hunger and thirst to hear her sing. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

When a quarter of an hour had elapsed, and she was still insensible, I began to wonder what I should do. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Now I wonder whether I shall ever again feel thrills of the same potency as those that ran through me at that moment. Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1898]

Kate Chopin I wonder if I shall ever be stirred again as Mademoiselle Reisz’s playing moved me to-night. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Edith Wharton And I wonder if you won’t understand — if you won’t help me out this once . The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Anthony Trollope So I lit a cigar, and began to wonder whether I could survive the week. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

I shouldn’t wonder if the good fellow hadn’t been dozing. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Strangers were given to wonder how he got his commission. Major Parrifer by Ellen Wood [1868]

George MacDonald I wonder whether they are not glad because they are bad, or bad because they are not glad. Lilith by George MacDonald

Henry David Thoreau I wonder how much they have reaped. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Katherine Mansfield The wonder is the world is as good as it is. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Anthony Trollope I wonder how much money you’ve had from him altogether?” “What does the money signify? What does the money signify?” said Mrs. Jones, still wagging her head beneath her apron. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton Michael had no mind to wonder whether this solid astonished man, with the brown moustache and the nickel buttons, had also come on a flying ship. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Louisa May Alcott Mr. Dashwood had of course found it out very soon, but promised to be dumb, and for a wonder kept his word. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Arnold Bennett I wonder where those girls are?” He turned round and Hilda turned round. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I wonder who that fellow is whom he described. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Edith Wharton Yet, after all, what was there to wonder at? Nothing was changed in their respective situations. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

D. H. Lawrence No, what I wonder is why he feels guilty. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

And he had lost his own mystery and wonder for himself. Signa by Ouida

George Gissing No wonder the girl looked ill. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Algernon Blackwood The wonder and beauty of it swept me from head to foot. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

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]

Willa Cather I wonder whether it was because he had observed women so closely all his life. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Anna Katherine Green No wonder he paced the floor as the proceedings drew towards its close and the inevitable hour approached when a verdict must be rendered. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Anthony Trollope But I wonder whether — I suppose you’ll all be at home at Christmas?” “At home at Christmas? — of course we shall be at home. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence But no, they must trail them ten miles in a slow ambulance to Nottingham. It’s a crying shame! Oh, and the fuss he’ll make! I know he will! I wonder who’s with him. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

I wonder if I ever will wake up. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

I wonder what came to pass last autumn, when I was ill, and mamma’s head full of me. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Mrs. Harrington was nowhere to be seen, but as breakfast had been announced I did not wonder at this, nor at the absence of the elder son, who was doubtless engaged in doing the honors of the house. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing It’s a wonder she don’t kill herself. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Sinclair Lewis I wonder if you understand that in a secluded community like this every newcomer is on test? People cordial to her but watching her all the time. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

For the first time it occurred to him to wonder what had brought the young man to the North. He had not, presumably, engaged a first-class sleeping compartment just to drink himself insensible in. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Marie Corelli Now I wonder why we, who are mean and cunning and treacherous and hypocritical should have immortal souls, while horses and dogs who are faithful and kind and honest should be supposed to have none. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Bram Stoker I wonder what they make out of it. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

I wonder you were not relieved of them. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

My husband will begin to wonder what has become of me. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Kenneth Grahame Got any onions?” “I can’t fix my mind on anything but my washing,” said the barge-woman, “and I wonder you can be talking of rabbits, with such a joyful prospect before you. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

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

Virginia Woolf Many kings and queens had slept there — Elizabeth; James; Charles; George; Victoria; Edward; no wonder the sheet had a hole in it. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Anthony Trollope By George! when I think of it, I wonder at my own courage. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle He preserved through all his days a sense of the great wonder and mystery of life — the child sense which is so quickly dulled. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Frances Hodgson Burnett He did not even flutter his wings; he sat without stirring, and looked at Mary. “No wonder it is still,” she whispered again. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Jane Austen Mr. Knightley and Harriet Smith! — It was a union to distance every wonder of the kind. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Robert Louis Stevenson Click, click, click, the pecker is at work: I wonder what Herr P— says to Herr L-, — tests, tests, tests, nothing more. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Cease to be a daughter; go and be a wife!” “Red whiskers! I wonder what you mean, papa. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

And then I’d wonder if I was using that as an excuse for not going — funking, you know. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Alfred Ainger It is no wonder that the publisher in announcing a subsequent edition was able to boast that a book designed for young children had been found suitable for those of more advanced age. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The wonder of the book is its superior intelligence. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Sinclair Lewis Mr. Wrenn was beginning to wonder if they’d better go back to Chelmsford. Mist was dripping and blind and silent about them, weaving its heavy gray with the night. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

William Makepeace Thackeray I wonder how she could have given birth to so lovely a creature as her daughter. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Arthur Conan Doyle Sometimes I wonder if she has a guilty memory which haunts her, and sometimes I suspect Barrymore of being a domestic tyrant. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

He had just time to wonder what had occasioned it, when, to his amazement, he became aware of a little black figure passing swiftly along the corridor in the direction of the further wing. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Robert Louis Stevenson I wonder how many people have been inspired by this mad story, and how many battles have been actually won for England in the spirit thus engendered. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

D. H. Lawrence Well, I wonder where he is now? Probably rotted, poor devil. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James Of Paul Muniment he only thought to wonder whether he knew. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Edith Wharton She began to wonder nervously who the new-comers might be. Autres Temps . . . by Edith Wharton [1916]

Anthony Trollope It was a weary, melancholy household just then, that of Hurst Staple, and one may almost wonder that Bertram should have remained there; but still he did remain. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Henry Kingsley I wonder why he is dressed so shabbily. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Charles Dickens I wonder where it was, and when it was, that we exploded, blew into space somehow, a Parliamentary Train, with a crowd of heads and faces looking at us out of cages, and some hats waving. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Edith Wharton When she opened her door a wonder arrested her. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Nikolai Gogol The Cossacks stood with staring eyes and open mouths, as if rooted to the earth, not daring to move a hair, such terror did this wonder inspire in them. St John’s Eve by Nikolai Gogol

Arnold Bennett And she went on, in a tone that was only superficially casual, “I wonder the mother doesn’t come down to him!” Not ‘his’ mother —‘the’ mother. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

As if bound upon a great wheel, spinning round, with lives bound to it — no wonder he was giddy; the mist or the wheel had made him so. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

John Galsworthy I wonder if that advice was criminal, because for some reason or other I believe he’s going to take it. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

John Galsworthy Michael, muttering, “Cold-blooded fish!” hurried in the direction of Cork Street. ‘I wonder if the old chap would like to see me,’ he thought. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Elizabeth Gaskell He spoke his thoughts aloud: “I wonder if he will be grateful to me for this. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

William Morris Quoth the greyhead: My lady, we may not wonder if they be tarried for a few days; for this is an adventure on which they have gone, and many haps betide in such tales. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Francis Bacon And therefore it is no wonder if they and I do not think alike. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Nathaniel Hawthorne No, wonder that this change should have befallen her. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Anthony Trollope No wonder he lent me the pony!” “You must forget all that. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins I wonder what prevented me from finishing it?” The name of Zebedee, and the unfinished inscription on the knife, had appeared in every English newspaper. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

George Gissing I shouldn’t wonder if he’s as good as starved most days. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Jack London Small wonder I was slow of speech. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Elizabeth Gaskell There are rooks flying home to the elms in the Close. I wonder if they are the same that used to be there when I was a girl. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Sometimes I wonder if my father in the clearness of his new vision does not join them in their mirth. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Julian Hawthorne And yet — I wonder what that locket was after all! I don’t remember having ever noticed it amongst the stock before to-day. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

Master Harry. I wonder you hadn’t the thought. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Charles Kingsley I wonder at times that you do not all join, and use your combined influence on the Government.” “The Government? All a set of Whig traitors! Call themselves Conservative, or what they like. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

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

Thomas Hardy I wonder how you could think of bringing him here drunk like this!” ‘“But if — if he don’t come drunk he won’t come at all, sir!” she says, through her sobs. A Few Crusted Characters by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu By Heaven! when I think of it, I wonder how I kept my temper. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Elizabeth Gaskell All you have said and done since you came with Mr Bradshaw to Abermouth first, has only made me wonder how I ever could have loved you. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Edith Wharton The sense of unescapable isolation was all she could feel for the moment; then she began to wonder at the strangeness of its being Mr. Miles who had undertaken to perform this grim errand. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Edith Wharton At first I used to wonder what had put into that radiant head the detestable delusion that it held a brain. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

D. H. Lawrence She looked in wonder for a few moments. The Mortal Coil by D. H. Lawrence [1917]

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

Rudyard Kipling No wonder ——’ He stopped and laughed. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Theodore Dreiser I wonder you haven’t been directed to some one of these men before. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

William Hope Hodgson Ah, God! I wonder have any ever felt the horror of life that I have come to know? I am swathed in terror. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Radclyffe Hall I wonder why — I wonder how it happened. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

D. H. Lawrence She kissed it fervently, and said: ‘I wonder what mine will be like. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

John Galsworthy I wonder what Con and your mother will say to me. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

But no wonder Saxon did not find the knife. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume