Phrases with "would"

Any miracles, to which Joanna might treat the grim D. Ds. after that, would go to the wrong side of her little account in the clerical books. Joan of Arc by Thomas De Quincey

D. H. Lawrence She would be a splendid woman to look at, having just enough of Jewish blood to enrich her comeliness into beauty. The Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

Olaf Stapledon It would be well that these agitators should be critical of the existing imperial governments, condemning them as but feeble embodiments of the truth. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Elizabeth Gaskell My landlord brought me a meal which he had cooked himself: of what it was composed he would not say, but it was most excellent, and with every mouthful I seemed to gain strength. The Poor Clare by Elizabeth Gaskell [1856]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I would give twenty years of my life to prove it. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Catherine Helen Spence Why, at best, it would be fifty-two to one. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Edith Wharton She was uncertain how long his ambition would sustain him in the face of failure. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

George Meredith Why, do you mean to tell me that you would have cared for those drawings of mine when marching?’ ‘I think so, I say I think so,’ remarked the General seriously. The Case of General Ople and Lady Camper by George Meredith [1877]

In fact, he had no intention of speaking them, or of taking on Tom, much as he would have liked to do it. Chandler & Chandler by Ellen Wood [1875]

Edith Wharton In every pulse of her rigid body she was aware of the welcome his eyes and lips would give her; but something kept her from moving. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

William Makepeace Thackeray In all her actions, motions, thoughts, I would wager there is the same calm grace and harmony. The Kickleburys on the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1851]

Benjamin Disraeli He would then describe, in the most glowing language, the domestic happiness which he enjoyed in his native isle. The Voyage of Captain Popanilla by Benjamin Disraeli [1828]

There were odd moments when Frank, in spite of himself, would look back at those seven years; and he did not at all like the retrospect. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

Rudyard Kipling On a black wooden throne, comfortably cushioned in green leather, sits Sir Steuart Bayley, Ruler of Bengal. The rest are all great men, or else they would not be there. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Robert Louis Stevenson If I were sleeping heavily, it was the bold blue that struck me awake; if more lightly, then I would come to myself in that earlier and fairier fight. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edith Wharton The sense that she might say something rash at any moment was positively exhilarating: if she had thrown her arms about him at the station he would not have given a thought to his crumpled dignity. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

H. G. Wells It is doubtful in a world of rising needs and standards if many people would want to live in manifestly old houses, any more than they would want to live in old clothes. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Arthur Machen I told her I would give her a shilling if she would let this man scratch her. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

Thought that if he had a knife or something he would cut his throat, and be done with it. The Partner by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Rudyard Kipling Now Vixen-baba would have jumped through the window, and that Great Dog would have slain me with his muzzled mouth. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Balzac often proceeded in bursts of enthusiasm, flashes of illumination, and in a few nights would map out the entire scenario of a whole novel. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Nevertheless, I must confess that it would give me a certain satisfaction to discover the calling of that young lady. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Jules Verne Perhaps he would there learn the name of the shipwrecked schooner to succour which Louis and the sailors had sacrificed themselves. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

E. Phillips Oppenheim On Friday we spoke of the heat and he asked me if I would like to spend the week-end down here as his guest. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Lord B. and I are excellent friends; and were I reduced to poverty, or were I a writer who had no claim to a higher position than I possess, I would freely ask him any favour. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Then suddenly she got on to the fact that if I was to go fishing the set-out-that I’d need, rod and reel and so forth, would cost round about a quid. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

G. K. Chesterton But I tell you what, you never would have caught me if I hadn’t come here myself, to see they didn’t ill treat you and to make sure everything was as comfortable as it could be. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

H.P. Lovecraft The solution had to be differently compounded for different types — what would serve for guinea-pigs would not serve for human beings, and different human specimens required large modifications. Herbert West — Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

David Hume A man finding a watch or any other machine in a desert island, would conclude that there had once been men in that island. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

Oscar Wilde It would be quite impossible to sleep, with such a noise going on outside the bedrooms. The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde [1887]

Andrew Lang The Dragon was now so near that in a couple of springs he would be over the frontier. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

E. Phillips Oppenheim It is my belief that Delamoir would have gone to the gallows sooner than have given it up. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

I love you, and I would marry you to-night, but you want a home of your own. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

It would be purely for my own aggrandisement if I went, and not for any matter of duty. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

Horace Walpole Ricardo, my grandfather, was his chamberlain — I would draw a veil over my ancestor’s crimes — but it is in vain! Alfonso died by poison. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

Henry James The only indication he gave was on my saying after breakfast that I should go over again to see our friends and my appearing to take for granted he would be glad to come too. Louisa Pallant by Henry James [1888]

A capital defect it would be if these could not be gathered silently from Lamb’s works themselves. Charles Lamb by Thomas De Quincey

F. Scott Fitzgerald He had a vague but very assured conviction that Mr. Macy’s innermost soul would have abetted and approved. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Charlotte Perkins Gilman I should think it would have materially lowered the average. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

George Elio They cried because mamma was ill and papa looked so unhappy; but they thought, perhaps next week things would be as they used to be again. The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton by George Elio

It would amuse him to see her. Captain Burle by Émile Zola

H. G. Wells He made as if he would pursue the Invisible Man downstairs. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

D. H. Lawrence How he would love it—how they would all love it, if England were ruined. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

D. H. Lawrence But in a minute her mouth would open, her mind would flicker awake, and with her insatiable greed for life, other people’s life, she would start on her quest for every detail. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

Maria Edgeworth His master desired that he would set about the essay early in the morning; but his eagerness for his friend Henry’s fame was such, that he sat up above half the night hard at work at it. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

William Morris When the knight heard that, he said to the chaplain that within half a year he would set about the crossing of the sea, and so swore to him. Old French Romances by William Morris [1896]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn And much his subjects were enchanted,— As well all Lama’s subjects may be, And would have giv’n their heads, if wanted, To make tee-totums for the baby. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

I would not listen to them; only promised her that I would tell nothing, would be true for ever and a day. Caramel Cottage by Ellen Wood [1885]

The people who make excursion trips are not those likely to know him, or of whom he would be afraid. Over the Water by Ellen Wood [1871]

Henry James He would then have to confess in all humility that this was not what the good old man wanted, but I should be all the more there as a salutary specimen. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Charles Dickens As to our marriage; would my people acknowledge it at home?’ ‘Or would my people acknowledge ours?’ said the bride of Tinkling. Again the two warriors exchanged stony glances. A Holiday Romance by Charles Dickens [1868]

None of the authors whom I read at all displaced him in my devotion, and I could not have believed that any other poet would ever be so much to me. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

He thought, he hoped, that, once John was back with his studies and his companions, he would recover tone and be as well as ever. At Whitney Hall by Ellen Wood [1872]

Henry Fielding JONATHAN. I revile only the wicked ones, if any such are, which cannot affect you, who, if men were preferred in the church by merit only, would have long since been a bishop. The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild The Great by Henry Fielding

It stood to reason that the child would be an encumbrance to him. Crabb Ravine by Ellen Wood [1869]

Wilkie Collins The slow-match was twisted round it about a third of the way down, and therefore the flame would he about two hours reaching it. Blow Up with the Brig! by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Elizabeth Gaskell Folk did say he had loved my young mistress; but that, because she knew that his father would object, she would never listen to him, and married Mr. Esthwaite; but I don’t know. The Old Nurse’s Story by Elizabeth Gaskell [1852]

There it was easy walking, and he would get on quickly; but now he might take his time. The Keeper of Cademuir by John Buchan [1894]

To a listener it would have sounded like the murmur of a pleading lover. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

He would feel, whichever way he decided, that he was now thinking truly. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

It would mean — Well, I prefer not to do it. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

William Makepeace Thackeray She ought to be shown in a room by herself; and, indeed, would occupy a moderate-sized one with her person and adornments. The Kickleburys on the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1851]

It was said that he used to beat her when he had been drinking, and that sometimes, when he went to fair or market, he would lock her up for the whole day in a room at the top of the house. In the Confessional by Amelia B. Edwards

Unless you come willingly, I would better make my flight alone. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

Henry James The case was worse with the Major — nothing I could do would keep HIM down, so that he became useful only for the representation of brawny giants. The Real Thing by Henry James [1892]

E. T. A. Hoffmann The old gentleman would allow no one to attend him but me; and it was to me alone that he looked for all amusement and every cheerful diversion. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

G. K. Chesterton If he had said it of my wife, you English would yourselves have pardoned me for beating him like a dog in the market place. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

He would have written as truthful and as melancholy a book if he had lived to-day. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

D. H. Lawrence And invisible suns would go with him. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

Ralph Waldo Emerson I would not degrade myself by casting about in my memory for a thought, nor by waiting for one. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Robert Green Ingersoll The man who would not recant was not forgiven. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

G. K. Chesterton He was simply an ordinary citizen with ordinary views; and if you had told him so he would have taken it as an ordinary compliment. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Arthur Morrison He would give them to understand that he had complete evidence of the whole swindle. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

A twelvemonth’s rest for him! What would become of them? Failing his salary, they would have no means whatever of living. Breaking Down by Ellen Wood [1872]

Rudyard Kipling It was a trap to catch all childhood, for on such a day, I argued, the children would not be far off. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

You would not attempt to escape; you would wait for the reassembling of the inquest. Abel Crew by Ellen Wood [1874]

Charles Dickens Bessy would either do field work, or attend to the cows, the shippon, or chum, or make cheese; she did all well, no longer merrily, but with something of stern cleverness. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

Rudyard Kipling Every time such transpired, our Gunnery Lootenant would say somethin’ sarcastic about Government stores, an’ the old man fair howled. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Jack London He had lived all his life in London, save for five years, when, in 1878, he saw foreign service in India. Of course he would eat; so would the girl. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

There has prevailed a strong sense that the admission of women to the privileges of the higher learning (as to the Eleusianin mysteries) would be derogatory to the dignity of the learned craft. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Ten to one it would occur to nobody else, and last of all to Armour himself. An impossible ideal by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

G. K. Chesterton He would have been called handsome, but that a certain indefinable air of his nose being too big for his face, and his feet for his legs, gave him a look of awkwardness and extreme youth. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Charles Kingsley They would recoil with horror if they were told they were so many Iscariots, betraying Truth with a kiss. Science by Charles Kingsley

H.P. Lovecraft After man there would be the mighty beetle civilisation, the bodies of whose members the cream of the Great Race would seize when the monstrous doom overtook the elder world. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Henry James There are things which if I had had to tell them — well, would have stopped me off here altogether. The Coxon Fund by Henry James [1894]

A broken arm would not cause him to hide himself—and that’s what he must have been doing. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

Thomas Hardy It would be an excellent home for the little girl — of that he was positive — if she had not already found such a home. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

H. G. Wells In fields where wide varieties of method and opinion existed, he would find, not casual summaries of opinions, hut very carefully chosen and correlated statements and arguments. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She would sit up; I know exactly how she would sit up, and then the terror would flash into her face, and she would cower down. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

The sight of a smashed head, of a throat cut, of a gaping gunshot wound, would have been an inexpressible relief. The Inn of the Two Witches by Joseph Conrad [1913]

John Locke For I would fain know what substance exists, that has not something in it which manifestly baffles our understandings. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Elizabeth Gaskell Why, my dinner would never be ready, and your sad face would take away my appetite if it were. Bessy’s Troubles at Home by Elizabeth Gaskell [1852]

Anatole France Afraid, and with reason, that they would produce between them children as clumsy as themselves, terrestrial and heavy, he forbade them, under severest penalties, to approach each other. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Elizabeth Gaskell I will answer for it, the Detective Police would have ascertained every fact relating to it in a week. Disappearances by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

G. K. Chesterton It was not merely that everybody believed that nothing would happen; it was also that everybody believed that anything happening was even duller than nothing happening. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Robert Louis Stevenson So Macewen said, and I wish you would be careful how you answer. The Misadventures of John Nicholson by Robert Louis Stevenson

Or he would tell the Sankers that King looked delicate: poor lame King, who was to die ere another year had flown. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

He wished with all his heart that Mayne would stop, would talk of something else, would let him get away. The Pleasure-Pilgrim by Ella D'Arcy [1895]

George Gissing If I had offered him my card, as I thought of doing, I dare say his tone would have changed. A Capitalist by George Gissing

Abraham Merri At any rate the numbers against us would be lessened. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Arthur Conan Doyle A spiritual brotherhood would be a more fitting term. A Night Among the Nihilists by Arthur Conan Doyle

Baldwin Spencer If they were to go near to it their fingers would break. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Edith Wharton Durand had the feeling that they all — except perhaps Lord Beausedge — had a great deal to say to him, but that it would be very slow in coming to the surface. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

G. K. Chesterton He opened his mouth and shut his eyes and saw what the Age of Reason would give him. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

H.P. Lovecraft But memory never died, and the high-priests said that the city would rise again when the stars were right. The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

Guy de Maupassant She would then say to her husband in the evening: “I have been through the boulevards to-day. Forgiveness (Le Pardon) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Foul Play and Hard Cash would be good books to send to a soldier enduring the miseries of trench warfare, for instance. Charles Reade by George Orwell [1940]

She would have a child in the spring. The Hand on the Latch by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

George Gissing With Mrs. Clover he would communicate when the facts of the strange story were made plain; not yet a while. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Alfred Ainger There had been two persons in the world for whom he would have wished to live—Coleridge and his sister Mary. The latter was now for the greater part of each year worse than dead to him. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Kate Chopin Mrs. Dawson politely hoped that Hosmer would not leave before Jack came home; it would distress Jack beyond everything to return and find that he had missed an old friend whom he thought so much of. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Staley Fleming did not, or he would perhaps not have sprung to his feet as the night wind brought in through the open window the long wailing howl of a distant dog. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Henry James The most Flora might achieve would be that he wouldn’t marry some one else. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

It would not do to kill him, you know. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

He would never go without that. Wolfe Barrington’s Taming by Ellen Wood [1870]

Though he remembered her first thing next morning, it was to smile wisely and determine he would not meet her again. Irremediable by Ella D'Arcy [1894]

George Eliot Presently a cheering idea occurred to him: after so large a breakfast, Jacob would be sure to go to sleep in the cart; you see at once that David meant to seize his bundle, jump out, and be free. Brother Jacob by George Eliot [1864]

You would ask a good deal more than that, you know. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

D. H. Lawrence He knew, with the cold misery of hopelessness, that he would be turned out of the army. The Mortal Coil by D. H. Lawrence [1917]

The success of German discipline deeply impressed him, and he thought that the day had probably dawned which would be fatal to all revolt and “liberal rebellion” for the future. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Charles Dickens Father, with his shoulders rounded, would sit quiet on a three-legged stool, looking at the empty grate, until she would pluck the stool from under him, and bid him go bring some money home. George Silvermans’s Explanation by Charles Dickens [1868]

Robert Louis Stevenson All the better if the like were going on in every second room; the Land would only look the more inviting. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

D. H. Lawrence He would have expressed his opinion, whatever it might be, in an: “Oh, ay, he’s got plenty to say, and he’ll keep on saying it — but, hang it all . A Modern Lover by D. H. Lawrence [1933]

Henry James You know he is like the schoolmaster in Goldsmith’s “Deserted Village” — “e’en though vanquished, he would argue still. A Bundle of Letters by Henry James [1879]

Also Professor Braddock, who is so anxious to recover it, would not have allowed it to remain here. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Charles Dickens In a moment it would break out, a constellation of gas. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

Virginia Woolf Good luck to you!” and then, “What’s your pleasure?” for though Moggridge would pluck his rose for her, that’s done, that’s over. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

Charles Dickens And that no Post-Office Order to any amount, given to a Begging-Letter Writer for the quieting of an uneasy breast, would be presentable on the Last Great Day as anything towards it. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

It would seem at first sight that the result of such an unremitting struggle to attain the beautiful in dress should be a gradual approach to artistic perfection. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Henry James I could n’t imagine how it would help him, but I would do it as I would do anything else he asked me. The Path Of Duty by Henry James [1884]

Upon this, Theodora would treat them in the most shameful way, while he, pretending not to understand what was going on, would shamelessly confiscate their entire property. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

Virginia Woolf Suppose she saw that daisy, it would change. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Rudyard Kipling Let them cease the tortures and Campbell would never lift hand against them. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

He assured me by every means in his power that I was entirely welcome to them, that it would give him untold pleasure to provide for my every want. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Nay, without this law Of mandom, ye would perish,—beast by beast Devouring,—tree by tree, with strangling roots And trunks set tuskwise. A Drama of Exile by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1844]

Yet the loss of a thousand pounds would break half the world, and seriously cripple nine-tenths of the remaining half. Sir Julian Garve by Ella D'Arcy [1897]

H. G. Wells And all who disobey his orders he must kill, and kill all who would defend them. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Marjorie Bowen The dim-walled staircase revealed nothing but more dust, yet this would serve as a peg for ill-humor to hang on, so Florence pouted. Florence Flannery by Marjorie Bowen

Henry James The young men, her companions, gazed at her and grinned: I could see there were very few moments of the day at which young men, these or others, would not be so occupied. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

William Hope Hodgson I wondered whether, being so ignorant of the form it would assume, I could stop it by joining Tom on the yard? This thought came as I stared up at the royal. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Wilkie Collins He says, sir, he thinks he’s nigh to his latter end, and he would like, if convenient, to see you before he goes. The Devil’s Spectacles by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Rudyard Kipling On the other hand, he would not press drink upon a Babu were he never so friendly, nor would he invite him to meat. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Elizabeth Gaskell They do say that her obstinate refusal to go with him to London was the cause of their first quarrel; but such fierce, strong wills would quarrel the first day of their wedded life. Morton Hall by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

G. K. Chesterton I would like —” His voice ended in a cry, and he reeled back a step, with his hands to his eyes, as he had done in those streets twenty years before. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Gustave Flauber Felicite would show him out very politely and say: “You have had enough for this time, Monsieur de Gremanville! Hoping to see you again!” and would close the door. A Simple Soul by Gustave Flauber

His bearing was wholly respectful; and yet some instinct had seemed to warn me that while I was in his near neighbourhood it would be just as well that I should be upon my guard. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

Rudyard Kipling As I left the Halls at Lumley, rose the vision of a comely Maid last season worshipped dumbly, watched with fervor from afar; And I wondered idly, blindly, if the maid would greet me kindly. Departmental Ditties and other verses by Rudyard Kipling [1886]

Had a poet been inspired to pen just similes concerning her favour, he would have likened her full, clear eyes, with their white-encircled, gray irises, to moonflowers. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Olaf Stapledon What matter? Such a difference would be eternally insignificant for us, since it would be for ever indiscernible. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

William Makepeace Thackeray If I were a Belgian, I would not care one single fig about politics. Little Travels and Roadside Sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray [1844]

Worthless as it is in itself, it would buy everything I possess, and almost my soul to-night. The Bronze Hand by Anna Katharine Green

Louis Pasteur Under these conditions the fermentation of sugar is extremely languid: the ratio obtained is very nearly the same that ordinary fungoid growths would give. The physiological theory of fermentation by Louis Pasteur

Abraham Merri What she meant, Ventnor, is that it would follow her. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Ivan Turgenev If he had stayed up and remained on his legs, he would certainly have begun thinking about Gemma, and he was for some reason . The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

Swoons and screaming would only hinder us. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Andrew Lang But though he took Count Bougars prisoner, his father would not keep his word, nor let him have one word or two with Nicolette, and one kiss. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

Guy de Maupassant The vanguard would take him for a scout, for some bold and sly trooper who had set off alone to reconnoitre, and they would fire at him. Walter Schnaffs’ Adventure (L'Aventure de Walter Schnaffs) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Jules Verne For this reason: in the month of January it would become so cold that it would be impossible to venture out without peril of life. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Here is the place to offer a brief remark, which, perhaps, would not very well lend itself for insertion later. Master Johannes Wacht by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Virginia Woolf She would get out her sewing; he would read his newspaper; the canary would scatter them impartially with seed. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Guy de Maupassant So I said to myself: This cannot last, I must have a divorce! But how? for it is not very easy? I tried to make him beat me, but he would not. Saved ! (Sauvée) by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

Edith Wharton The reminder of Cedarledge would once have doubled their beauty; now it made her shut her eyes sharply, in the inner recoil from all the name brought back. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Mr. Brandon insisting upon the money; Pell vowing that he had it not, and could not and would not give so much as a ten-pound note of it. Over the Water by Ellen Wood [1871]

But I did not like to sit down when so many older persons were standing, and I would not take the chair. Hester Reed’s Pills by Ellen Wood [1874]

Arthur Machen I would have cried out, but I couldn’t make a sound. The Children of the Pool by Arthur Machen

Now it would give him strength, and it was no sin to cherish the spark of life. At the Article of Death by John Buchan

Yet I would not insist too keenly on this condition. Murder considered as one of the Fine Arts by Thomas de Quincey [1827]

John Galsworthy He would see what The Times said about it tomorrow, but probably it would turn out a storm in a tea-cup. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

There hadn’t been a hitch, and never would have been if that old Bishop hadn’t run all those miles barefoot over hot sand and taken us unawares. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Robert Green Ingersoll I would rather let them advance a little easier. On Skulls by Robert Green Ingersoll

It is also noticeable that most of the writers in this group have a certain tenderness for the Catholic Church, though not usually of a kind that an orthodox Catholic would accept. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

Thomas Love Peacock But every man, without exception, would willingly effect a very material change in his relative situation to other individuals. Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock

E. Phillips Oppenheim I would not willingly be without my memories of that moment, nay, I would not part with them for any treasure that the world could yield, or man’s invention suggest. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Andrew Lang To the poet of the “Iliad,” the psychology of the wooing would have seemed a simple matter. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Ivan Turgenev She sent to the surgery, though, for the medicine, which Aratov would not take, in spite of her entreaties. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

H.P. Lovecraft If it came before Arkham I would stop off there and so I asked the agent to tell me something about it. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

D. H. Lawrence You are a ghoul, you are a strange genie from the underworld! — And he would secretly invoke the holy names, to shield him. Mother and Daughter by D. H. Lawrence [1929]

William Hope Hodgson It would be impossible for him to get away from the ship before dark. Captain Gault by William Hope Hodgson

Ivan Turgenev I would gladly have stopped there altogether, it seemed . First Love by Ivan Turgenev

Reed said to his wife that he would take the little girls out a bit to keep the place quiet. Major Parrifer by Ellen Wood [1868]

Once more Domingo would have pleaded with me, but again I shook him off, and, mounting, dashed off on my errand, which was truly one of life and death. The Lady of the Island by Guy Boothby

H. G. Wells Anyone, I tell you, would have flung himself upon that research. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

I said that any decision he might come to would be more tolerable than this prolonged suspense. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

But he would have neither kiss nor welcome from them, and went on his way to the bardic mansion, where the best of good living was always to be had. Irish Fairy Tales by edited by W. B. Yeats

Jack London We had to get rid of him, and we couldn’t give him away, for that would have been suspicious. Lost Face by Jack London

Rudyard Kipling Moreover, at parting she would have had me take a fi-farang [five franc] note for expenses on the road. The Eyes of Asia by Rudyard Kipling [1918]

Why did they not dispatch me at once? What object could there be in postponing the catastrophe which would expedite their own safety. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Robert Louis Stevenson Busy as he was, he would find time to warn Alick of an approaching officer, or even to tell him that the coast was clear, and he might slip off and smoke a pipe in safety. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

This question of what truth would be like if it did exist, belongs obviously to a purely speculative field of inquiry. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Elizabeth Gaskell While she helped him to take off the wet garments which he would never have had energy enough to remove of himself, Ellis was busy preparing food, and mixing a great tumbler of spirits and hot water. The Doom of the Griffiths by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Henry James He would have gone for a week to the sea — he would have gone to Brighton; but Mrs. Bracken had to be finished — Mrs. Bracken was so soon to sail. Flickerbridge by Henry James [1902]

Edith Wharton Aspire to Horace —! Well, it was all rather puzzling, or would have been if it had been interesting enough to be worth puzzling over. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Edith Wharton Had their speech been articulate their language would have been incomprehensible; and even that far-off murmur of meaning pressed intolerably on Claudia’s nerves. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Duncan Rothwell had written to Messrs. Cleaver and Caxton from Liverpool, where he had taken rooms, as it would seem, for the special purpose of communicating with them. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

Robert Louis Stevenson But as soon as my eyelids touched, that subtle glue leaped between them, and they would no more come separate. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

G. K. Chesterton But as for saints and relics and things, I fear I’m a bit of a Voltairian; what you would call a skeptic. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Not that it would have answered any end if I did tell. The Syllabub Feast by Ellen Wood [1875]

She would have starved but for me. The Lowest Rung by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

Thomas Paine Did it ensure a race of good and wise men it would have the seal of divine authority, but as it opens a door to the foolish, the wicked, and the improper, it hath in it the nature of oppression. Common Sense by Thomas Paine [1776]

Guy de Maupassan Then, when the little one was asleep, he would bend over him and sob. The Child by Guy de Maupassan