Phrases with "would"

F. Scott Fitzgerald I think that he would have acknowledged anything now, without reserve, but he wanted to talk about Daisy. She was the first “nice” girl he had ever known. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Wilkie Collins It was, of course, impossible to decide whether the doctor would be able to relieve that doubt. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Edith Wharton Since her talk with Ally she had felt sure that Harney was engaged to Annabel Balch, and that the process of “settling things” would involve the breaking of this tie. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Henry James Ray Limbert at all events would certainly never escape; but one could make believe for him, make believe very hard — an undertaking in which at first Mr. Bousefield was visibly a blessing. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Arthur Conan Doyle Santos and Watto came to the Norwegian carpenter’s whetstone to sharpen their knives, explaining to him as they did so that they would soon use them on his throat. A True Story of the Tragedy of “Flowery Land” by Arthur Conan Doyle

Herman Melville By a curious coincidence, as each point was recalled, the black wizards of Ashantee would strike up with their hatchets, as in ominous comment on the white stranger’s thoughts. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

Sinclair Lewis The three were worth, as masquerade costumes, six shillings altogether, but anyone with fancies about sanitation would have demanded five pounds to touch them. Let’s Play King by Sinclair Lewis

Willa Cather It had always grown tall and green here ever since Niel could remember; the Captain would never let it be cut until the weeds were mowed in the fall. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

H. G. Wells And besides — at first I thought this would be rather fine. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

H.P. Lovecraft Kuranes had previously entered that abyss only at night, and wondered what it would look like by day; so he watched anxiously as the column approached its brink. Celephaïs by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

Rudyard Kipling Bus! Will the Sirdar take the tale of clay? And yet, were twenty men to be crushed by their own carelessness in the pit, these same impassive workers would scatter like panic-stricken horses. The Giridih Coal-Fields by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

H. G. Wells Who would have thought of that in 1831? Revolutions in human life, when they begin to come, can come very fast. The Queer Story of Brownlow’s Newspaper by H. G. Wells [1932]

Ivan Turgenev The summer came on; he would sometimes take his gun, put on his knapsack, and set off as if he were going shooting. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Edgar Allan Poe It was clear, therefore, that you would not fall to combine the ideas of Orion and Chantilly. That you did combine them I say by the character of the smile which passed over your lips. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

F. Scott Fitzgerald She would tell her friends this story — it would sort of go with the picture, if the picture was any good, which she now doubted. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then, the next night, he walked down Philmore Street, and shied the package onto the lawn so that it would be near the door. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Guy de Maupassant I knew quite well that he would come prowling round me, quite close to me, so close that I might perhaps be able to touch him, to seize him. Le Horla by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

Guy de Maupassant She would find dogs under the stove, in the ice box, in the coal bin, and they would steal everything they came across. Mademoiselle Cocotte by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

How would he like it, if some rich and powerful man came down on his place and turned him out?” “Major Parrifer can’t be turned out of his, Johnny. It is his own. Major Parrifer by Ellen Wood [1868]

G. K. Chesterton He would constantly repeat whole phrases word for word in the same sentence, rather than risk ambiguity by abbreviation. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Arthur Morrison He had never spoken to the man, he said — indeed, nobody in the place outside Ranworth would have anything to do with him. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Wilkie Collins What would my surviving relatives and associates in England say, if they could see me now? I have heard of them at different times and through various channels. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Had he been playing the role of lover, a guilty conscience would have made him more sensitive to Le Mesurier’s uncordial attitude. The Web of Maya by Ella D'Arcy [1895]

Francis Bacon Nor again, if he had fixed his observation and thought on the manufacture of wool and cotton, would he ever by such means have discovered the nature of the silkworm or of silk. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

From a mere account of the subject matter of Tropic of Cancer most people would probably assume it to be no more than a bit of naughty-naughty left over from the twenties. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

I’ve left them out, because I don’t want outsiders altering the Little Story. (Reads.) “One would have thought that ought to suffice; but not so. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

H. G. Wells It would never do to let them know the truth of the case, of course, and so I represent myself as having been waylaid and gagged upon the beach. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Henry James I was of course an ass,” Marcher went on; “but I would rather know from you just the sort of ass I was than — from the moment you have something in your mind — not know anything. The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James [1903]

H. G. Wells How Dean Inge would have enjoyed all this!” “To an infidel of his stamp, no doubt, it would seem most enjoyable,” said Father Amerton a little incoherently. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

I was within a hair’s breadth of the last opportunity for pronouncement, and I found with humiliation that probably I would have nothing to say. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

H. G. Wells And yet, he would have been happier under a different name. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Pu Songling He would have liked to awaken his companions, but the fear of being made fun of prevented him. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

Elizabeth Gaskell He would have been drowned but for Mr Bellingham. I thought once they would both have been swept away by the current, it was so strong. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Elizabeth Gaskell She stood by in some anxiety till, after bite and sup, the colour returned to Mr Holdsworth’s face, and he would fain have made us some laughing apologies for the fright he had given us. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau If there were no different interests, the common interest would be barely felt, as it would encounter no obstacle; all would go on of its own accord, and politics would cease to be an art. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jack London Thenceforward he would be unafraid of them except when they bore in their hands their arrows, spears, and clubs. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

H. G. Wells They would not pay so much per cent if they could see you now, Sire. But they do not know. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Charles Dickens Some of them, if they could stand among us at this moment, would not believe we were the same creatures; would not believe that what they saw and heard was real, and we COULD forget them so. The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens [1845]

D. H. Lawrence She would not be a man any more, an independent woman with a man’s responsibility. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith Tinman would insist on Fellingham’s taking a glass. The House on the Beach by George Meredith [1877]

The berserkir were said to work themselves up into a state of frenzy, in which a demoniacal power came over them, impelling them to acts from which in their sober senses they would have recoiled. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Charles Dickens Why do you follow me like a silent ghost?” “It was not,” returned the lady, in a low voice, “that I would not speak, but that I could not when I tried. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

G. K. Chesterton I told them I would be let out. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Had Mrs. Todhetley gone heartily into the proposal at once, Tod would have thrown cold water on it. Roger Monk by Ellen Wood [1868]

Oh dear! I wish God would let me live a few years over again! I’d try and be different. Chandler & Chandler by Ellen Wood [1875]

Guy de Maupassant And this odor is a perfume, when it would be a stench if it came from other animals. My Twenty-Five Days (Mes Vingt-cinq Jours) by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

Thomas Hardy To shake off the fascination she resolved to go on, although it would be necessary to pass him as he played. The Fiddler of the Reels by Thomas Hardy [1893]

Henry James In the end her divine voice would crack, screaming to foreign ears and antipodal barbarians, and her clever manner would lose all quality, simplified to a few unmistakable knock-down dodges. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Arthur Morrison There was a large gas meter abutting on the street, and probably an explosion there would prove tremendously effective, putting the lights out everywhere, and attracting great attention in the papers. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Rudyard Kipling The Englishman would have given something for their company at that hour. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Charles Dickens I got the Major to say that we were not going away at present and that I would come back to-morrow and watch a bit by the bedside. Mrs. Lirriper’s Legacy by Charles Dickens [1864]

Rudyard Kipling There is ransom and loot past the counting of man on her seaboard alone — plunder that would enrich a nation — and she has neither a navy nor half a dozen first-class ports to guard the whole. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Nor did I seek to delay him (for if my plans miscarried, Sabugal would assuredly be no place for him). The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

William Makepeace Thackeray Matilda, what shall we do with it?” “La, ma’am, I wish you would arrange the business yourself. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

H. G. Wells It would develop a premature orthodoxy, it would cease almost at once to be creative, and it would begin to form a crust of tradition. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

She rewarded him for his immediate consent by treating him to a different description of how she would have it made, three nights in the week. At Twickenham by Ella D'Arcy [1897]

H. G. Wells It is a bargain, it is a social contract, to do as we would be done by and to repress our extravagant egotisms in return for reciprocal concessions. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Henry James He would spend all his time with Mrs. Churchley till they were married, and then Mrs. Churchley would spend all her time with him. The Marriages by Henry James [1891]

She had signed a promissory note which she was unable to meet; the bailiffs were in the house, and all her goods would be sold. Captain Burle by Émile Zola

Jane Austen He is absolutely miserable about you, and jealous to such a degree of De Courcy that it would be highly unadvisable for them to meet at present. Lady Susan by Jane Austen [1794]

Had his invectives been levelled against the soldiery only he would have been safe enough, but he inveighed against ecclesiastics. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He would not keep in any one place; he could only live travelling; he had been many things. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Gethryn would not go home yet. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

D.H. Lawrence So the dead, heavy body drops forward, sags, as if it would tear away and fall under its own weight. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

If you will so far confide in me I would ask you to relate to me your story. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

I shall move heaven and earth! What! Burle, Colonel Burle’s son, condemned for theft! That cannot be! I would sooner burn down the town. Captain Burle by Émile Zola

F. Scott Fitzgerald He knew ‘The Rat’ was to touch off an explosion in which he himself was killed but Pat had watched such scenes and was certain he would be in no slightest danger. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

Guy de Maupassant For he would tell me everything — he simply could not hold his tongue — it was impossible. The Mask (Le Masque) by Guy de Maupassant [1889]

H.P. Lovecraft I would find him in the study at the left of the front hall — the room where the blinds were shut. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Henry James For what there would have been to do THE EMPIRE, the great newspaper, was there to look to; but it was no new misfortune that there were delicate situations in which THE EMPIRE broke down. The Coxon Fund by Henry James [1894]

Edith Wharton I’m sure that’s what Jim would have approved. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

Jules Verne Dr. Clawbonny, whose kindness and caresses would have tamed a tiger, tried in vain to win the good graces of the dog; he lost his time and his pains. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

H. G. Wells The world of entomologists waited breathlessly for the rejoinder from Pawkins. He would try one, for Pawkins had always been game. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

And the only person I said a syllable to was Anna. I knew it would be safe: and I dare say you would have done the same in my place. The Game Finished by Ellen Wood [1869]

He announced that from now on the Sunday-morning Meetings would come to an end. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

H. G. Wells And in a place of public exhibition he would not have discovered himself naked. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Algernon Blackwood He would willingly have stopped his ears and closed his eyes, had he dared. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

Thomas Paine You were known and dreaded abroad; and it would have been wise in you to have suffered the world to have slept undisturbed under that idea. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

What a good thing it would be for you if you did!’ Hailsham laughed outright. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

G. K. Chesterton He would have stared still more doubtfully if he had been told that it all went into her prayers. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Guy de Maupassant When they had got a little distance off, he would join them, and then he would have his revenge, yes, he would have his revenge! It was certainly not too soon, after twenty-three years of suffering. Monsieur Parent by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

Sinclair Lewis He couldn’t very well say to an office boy: “Will you tell the young lady in the blue dress that the man across the street is here?” That would be ridiculous. Moths in the Arc Light by Sinclair Lewis

John Lewis Burckhard To European artillery, however, it would appear an insignificant fort. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Sidney Colvin I would sooner be a wild deer, than a girl under the dominion of the Kirk; and I would sooner be a wild hog, than be the occasion of a poor creature’s penance before those execrable elders. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Mother nagged at me for being idle, and the old man said he would cut my soul out of my body rather than let me go to sea. To-morrow by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Oscar Wilde I do wish General Boulanger would keep quiet. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Oscar Wilde [1887]

This would suffer him to sleep in peace to the hour of seven, which was indulgence indeed to one who habitually rose at five. Comedy in the Full Moon by John Buchan

Jules Verne Shandon still said nothing, but an attentive observer would have noticed his lips curl with a cruel smile. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Arthur Conan Doyle He had it in his head that the affair had been exaggerated, and that it would blow over as suddenly as it had sprung up. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

She said that after all the time she had been going there, it would be very mean for her to be married anywhere else, and with the love that I saw in her eyes I could refuse her nothing. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Robert Burns O for a spunk o’ Allan’s glee, Or Fergusson’s, the bauld and slee, Or bright Lapraik’s, my friend to be, If I can hit it! That would be lear eneugh for me, If I could get it. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

William Cowper Then what were left of roughness in the grain Of British natures, wanting its excuse That it belongs to freemen, would disgust And shock me. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Mr. Harley said he would extinguish it in the afternoon, and lock up the house, but still he felt a curiosity to see whether all was safe. Three Hundred Years Hence by Mary Griffith

E. Phillips Oppenheim No nation in the world would dream of attacking Germany, nor has Germany the slightest intention of imperilling her coming supremacy amongst the nations by such crude methods as military enterprise. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Francis Bacon So that it may be conjectured that a dense and compact mass, at a great distance from the earth, would hang like the earth itself and not fall unless thrust down. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Perhaps he would never have determined on such decisive measures had not something wholly unexpected taken place. The General’s Will by Vera Jelihovsky

Elizabeth Gaskell So Lois was right in feeling that her aunt would dislike any speech of marriage between Manasseh and herself. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Nikolai Gogol He shut himself up alone in his room, would order no food, and devoted himself entirely to his work. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

Julian Hawthorne But at a certain hour of the evening he would arise and walk with noiseless steps to the door of a darkened chamber. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

H. G. Wells Though they evidently felt ashamed of themselves, every now and then I would come upon one or another running on toes and finger-tips, and quite unable to recover the vertical attitude. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Henry James Waterville had tried to imagine what it would be; while his friend had embarked for New York without telling him how, in the event, he had resisted Mrs. Headway’s attack. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Shall we seek it? We would be much better there than in a lane, where we could be seen and disturbed. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

Henry James However, it was all the better if there was an element that would make tutorship absorbing: he had perhaps taken too much for granted it would only disgust him. The Pupil by Henry James [1891]

H. G. Wells And if the Cavorite itself hadn’t been loose and so got sucked up the chimney, does it occur to you what would have happened?” I thought. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Edgar Wallace But I don’t know where he would find it. Planetoid 127 by Edgar Wallace [1927]

Watkin Tench To proceed on a narrow, confined scale, in a country of the extensive limits we possess, would be unpardonable: extent of empire demands grandeur of design. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

Ivan Turgenev Aratov did not think about the approaching night, and was not afraid of it: he was sure he would pass an excellent night. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

John Galsworthy On this particular morning the thought which gathered rapid momentum was that if he became ill, at his age not improbable, he would not see her. Indian Summer of a Forsyte by John Galsworthy

Edgar Allan Poe My eyes are large and gray; and although, in fact they are weak a very inconvenient degree, still no defect in this regard would be suspected from their appearance. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

Guy de Maupassan What should he do now? If he got into another carriage it would look as if he were running away. A Meeting by Guy de Maupassan

Charles Dickens It became clear to the whole barracks that Private Richard Doubledick would very soon be flogged. The Seven Poor Travellers by Charles Dickens [1854]

H. G. Wells She tried to get him to make remarks about those places to see if he would say “come up” to them instead of “go down” — she knew that was how you told a ‘Varsity man. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Ann would have gone off a mile in some opposite direction, but old Jones’s orders to all the witnesses of the former day, to appear again, had been peremptory. Abel Crew by Ellen Wood [1874]

H.P. Lovecraft Warren would never tell me just what was in that book. The Statement of Randolph Carter by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

H. G. Wells It would centralise mentally but perhaps not physically. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

I certainly never expected it so soon, or that it would take this form. Seeing Life by Ellen Wood [1871]

Jones! Let him put his face outside those gates now and he would see what they would show him. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

H. G. Wells This would be a practical job of primary importance in our political regeneration. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

D. H. Lawrence Germany would beat France, occupy her lands, march down and invade Italy. Best then join the war whilst the enemy was only invading somebody else’s territory. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Anna Katherine Green To be found by him now, without a domino, and in the position of listener, would be any thing but desirable. X Y Z by Anna Katherine Green

H. G. Wells It would be wasting our opportunities not to do so. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

He was chuckling at me just now when I said they would embrace each other in a moral sense. An Unpleasant Predicament by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1861]

Elizabeth Gaskell But before I went, cousin Holman made me promise that I would come back on the Saturday following and spend Sunday with them; when I should see something of ‘the minister’. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Other charms, other temptations, would have been requisite for me. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

I could not forfeit papa’s love, Mary.’ ‘It would be a hard thing if you were to do that for the sake of a stranger, dear. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

Julian Hawthorne My nerves were trained to steadiness by a good deal of gymnastic experience; but it would have needed a strong inducement to get me across that beam on foot. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

Charles Dudley Warner George says he would not part with him for all Tripoli,’” etc. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Arthur Morrison I was to proceed as far as King’s Cross in this cab, Dorrington had arranged, and there he would overtake me in a swift hansom. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

G. K. Chesterton Hence he seemed to take it for granted that the Victorian compromise would last; while Dickens (who knew his Jones and Brown) had already guessed that it would not. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Edgar Allan Poe Had any of the bindings been recently meddled with, it would have been utterly impossible that the fact should have escaped observation. The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe

After he had eaten, he would come back and see how Homer was. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Baldwin Spencer It has not, apparently, struck them that a string, run through the fold and tied round the waist, would save them a good deal of trouble. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

The warrior on his steed settled himself in his saddle, and fiercely his red eyes he reeled about; bent his thick brows, shining green; and waved his beard, awaiting whoso would rise. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

Arthur Conan Doyle Had I my time again, I would do even so and more, save only for this fatal gift of eternal life. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Abraham Merri Catapults I knew them to be and around each swarmed a knot of soldiers, fixing the great stones in place, drawing back the thick ropes that, loosened, would hurl forth the projectiles. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Henry James Mrs. Nettlepoint replied that it would probably be freezing cold, and her son murmured that he would go and try the drawing-room balcony and report upon it. The Patagonia by Henry James [1888]

It would be refreshing to meet a gentleman. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

He would come here; he would confront his enemy on his bed of sickness. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James Of course she would be at my wedding? It was even to be hoped that he would. The Way it Came by Henry James [1896]

Henry James What he would have liked to say had he been able to work out his thought to the end was: “I see, I see. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

Wilkie Collins Even if I could dwell on my sorrows with the eloquence of a practised writer, some obstinate inner reluctance would persist in holding me dumb. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

G. K. Chesterton We could easily excuse the contemporary critic for not admiring melodramas and adventure stories, and Punch and Judy, if he would admit that it was a slight deficiency in his artistic sensibilities. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

But one of the young men called out: ‘Where is that country he is singing about? Mind yourself, Oona, it is a long way off, you might be a long time on the road before you would reach to it. Stories of Red Hanrahan by William Butler Yeats [1905]

The most cursory observer could not but recognize power and character in the head; yet one would scarcely have guessed it to be the power of a poet, the character of a prophet. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Guy de Maupassan How then, could any of them claim to be her master? It would have been the same as wishing to have the sole right of baking their bread in the common oven, in which the whole village baked. La Morillonne by Guy de Maupassan

H. G. Wells I would have swum out to it, but something — a cold, vague fear — kept me back. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle I would that I had acted upon my impulse, but it would only have postponed the inevitable tragedy. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Henry James It would be worth fighting, for a man who had it in him, with youth and talent on his side. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

If any one would wish to purchase a cheap dog, we would sell this beast. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Robert Green Ingersoll He stated, however, that it would be much more appropriate for the lion to commence first. On Hell by Robert Green Ingersoll

George Meredith From dust, of him abhorred, He would be snatched by Grace discovering worth. Poems and Lyrics of the Joy of Earth by George Meredith [1883]

Rudyard Kipling To the stables the Englishman accordingly went, knowing beforehand what he would find, and wondering whether the Sirkar’s ‘big horses’ were meant to get mounts for Rajput sowars. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Henry James I had also a vision of the letter I would presently address to Mr. Pinhorn, breaking, as it were, with Mr. Pinhorn. Of course, however, the next minute the voice of The Empire was in my ears. The Death of the Lion by Henry James [1894]

W. H. Hudson But I would not remain at the rancho; at the risk of my life I returned to Yala, and all through that dark solitary ride I was incessantly crying out to God to have mercy on me. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

H.P. Lovecraft It was not fear of those four missing others — for all too well did we suspect they would do no harm again. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Charles Dickens A vow was entered into, between the colonel and myself, that we would cut them out on the following Wednesday when walking two and two. A Holiday Romance by Charles Dickens [1868]

When Clemens called me to the stand I would go, not to testify, but to confess. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Sir Walter Scott I hope the gentlemen have not kept all the policy to themselves; and there is one associate that I would gladly admit to our counsel. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

H. G. Wells At times I would turn and listen; and presently I had half persuaded myself that my pursuer had abandoned the chase, or was a mere creation of my disordered imagination. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

The engineer was persuaded that far richer deposits of mineral wealth than had yet been detected, would be found in a new shaft that had been commenced under his operations. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman White cottages and larger buildings climbed and nestled along the sunny slopes as on the cliffs at Capri. It was a place one would go far to see. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Anthony Hope I smiled to think how surprised George Featherly would have been to know that she and I had been fellow travellers for so long. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Daniel Defoe The first abuse I would have reformed is, that servants should be restrained from throwing themselves out of place on every idle vagary. Everybody’s business is nobody’s business by Daniel Defoe [1725]

But why our predicaments and perplexities might not be theoretical here as well as narrowly practical, I wish that our critics would explain. The Meaning of Truth by William James

No assistance could possibly reach us; even with powerful engines and incessant labor it would take a month to clear the tunnel. The Death of Olivier Becaille by Émile Zola

And when he was thus chosen, he would assay if he might trust in them or no, and whether they would be obeissant to him or no. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

No wise peasant would fall asleep under its low cliff, for he who sleeps here may wake “silly,” the “good people” having carried off his soul. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

E. T. A. Hoffmann However strong and healthy the old man, now seventy years of age, might feel, he was yet quite assured that a helping hand would prove beneficial to him in his business. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Jacques Futrelle I have no desire to injure you, still less do I intend that you shall injure me; and it would be needless for either of us to make a personal matter of it. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Daniel Defoe From hence it comes to pass, that such winds as in those days would have passed for storms, are called only a fresh gale, or blowing hard. The Storm by Daniel Defoe [1704]

Robert Louis Stevenson To add to this evil, the co-boose or cooking-place being upon deck, it would not have been possible to have cooked for so large a company in the event of bad weather. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope He ought to have persevered, and then he would have been near them. Hunting Sketches by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassan Now, every evening before leaving, he would look at his white mustache and bald head in the same mirror. A Stroll by Guy de Maupassan

Edgar Allan Poe But a deadly pallor, overspreading her face, had proved to me that my exertions to reassure her would be fruitless. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe For a long time he would eat nothing but thistles; but of this idea we soon cured him by insisting upon his eating nothing else. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

Andrew Lang If he killed the moose he would be saved, if he did not he would die. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

William Henry Bragg It would be very difficult to decide on the present evidence whether such a thing ever occurs : and perhaps it is unnecessary to force a decision as yet. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Olaf Stapledon I would not have it otherwise. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

It would make a breach which nothing could heal. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

Jules Verne Between Barbicane’s proposition and its realization no true Yankee would have allowed even the semblance of a difficulty to be possible. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

Charles Dudley Warner It was only on the third day that he was enabled to withstand the temptations of the cupboard; but it was still a question whether he would hold out until the spell was broken. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

I know mine would if she had lived. A Hunt by Moonlight by Ellen Wood [1868]

Rudyard Kipling He said he could not stay for tea because he had promised his mother to come home for it, and she would most probably be waiting for him now at the Lodge door. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

One of the ship’s boys (we had two), impressed by the weirdness of the scene, wept as if his heart would break. Youth by Joseph Conrad [1898]

He was under the belief that a live “debil-debil” would be worth more as a curio than “two fella white cockatoo. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

It would offer a unique example of the nature of the human mind placed in circumstances which we have never known, and influenced by manners and religious opinions, the complete opposite of ours. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Often, when with others he would lie in the deep meadows by the river on some hot summer’s day, his fancies would take a curious colour. The Far Islands by John Buchan [1899]

The total income from four editions of a poem like Brand, in the conditions of Northern literary life forty years ago, would not much exceed £100. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

At such times a close scrutiny of the hand would have disclosed in the palm the hilt of a poniard, the blade of which lay along the wrist, hidden in the sleeve. The Fourth Estate by Ambrose Bierce

Andrew Lang Bayle quoted this fellow in a note, and ye all steal the tattle one from another in your dull manner, and know not whence it comes, nor even that Bayle would none of it and mocked its author. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

Alphonse Daudet Then would he return to breakfast in the morning at the hotel, receive the felicitations of the natives, and hire a cart to bring in the quarry. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

Oscar Wilde ERNEST. Well, now that you have settled that the critic has at his disposal all objective forms, I wish you would tell me what are the qualities that should characterise the true critic. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Arthur Machen Her voice, often enough, would be heard at the Quill door, vomiting venom at her husband’s address; and he, poor man, would tremble and go forth, lest some worse thing might happen. The Islington Mystery by Arthur Machen

William Morris He said, “Unbind her, Florian.” They did so, she raised her face, and glared defiance at us all, as though she would die queenly after all. The Hollow Land by William Morris [1856]

Charles Dickens In a few clear words, Maitre Voigt explained the routine of the office, and the duties Obenreizer would be expected to perform. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Arthur Conan Doyle One would think he was a demi-god to hear the way in which you talk of him. The Winning Shot by Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle The walls of his chest seemed to thrill and quiver as a frail building would do inside when some powerful engine was at work. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

David Hume The bill of a banker, who is broke, or gold in a desert island, would otherwise be full as valuable. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

Daniel Defoe There was no allowance made for inns and ale-houses, seeing it would be frequent that those who kept public-houses of any sort would likewise have some other employment to carry on. From London to Land’s End by Daniel Defoe

One never knew what would be the next thing he would say or do. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]