Phrases with "wrong"

Henry James But as, for you, from such a woman, there will always be something to be got, my remark’s not a wrong to her. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

I may be wrong —” “Oh no!” said Miss Kimpsey. “But Elfrida’s reading has always been very general. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Thomas Hughes I am as sorry as any man to see folk fighting the wrong people and the wrong things, but I’d a deal sooner see them doing that, than that they should have no fight in them. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

William Morris Belike I did myself wrong to suffer thee to waste these three or four months of thy thrall’s work, since for nought but thrall’s work shalt thou ever be meet. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Anthony Trollope For myself I think that the Southerners have been wrong in their hopes, and that those of the North have been wrong in their fears. North America by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was something wrong with Félice— therefore there was something wrong with the world. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Wilkie Collins A mere guess, you will say, and more likely to be wrong than right. Love's Random Shot by Wilkie Collins [1884]

G. K. Chesterton This is indeed the chief tragedy of publishers: that they may easily refuse at the same moment the wrong manuscript and the right man. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle Something has gone wrong with you. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

G. K. Chesterton If he begins giving people black eyes or bloody scars, those things will be remembered in quite another way, whether he was right or wrong in the quarrel. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Something had gone wrong — in his own eyes he had lost a shred of dignity; in an unpremeditated yet significant encounter he had been completely defeated. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Mark Twain It seems to have been just the funeral for Stephen, and even at this far-distant day it is matter of just regret that by an indiscretion the wrong man got it. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Morgan Robertson It’s done me good to meet a man like you; and — say, old man, you won’t take it wrong from me, will you? It’s none o’ my business, but you’re too all-fired good a man to drink. The Wreck of the Titan by Morgan Robertson

Henry James Nothing could ever undo the wrong or cure the pain that Morris had inflicted on her, and nothing could ever make her feel towards her father as she felt in her younger years. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

You’re all run down, that’s what’s wrong with you; you’re all nerves, like Jemimar; you’ve got to brace up good and be yourself again, and then we’ll talk. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Mr. Moore himself hates nobody; he only wants to do his duty, and maintain his rights: you are wrong to talk so!’ ‘I talk as I think. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

This is the first prison I ever visited, therefore I can compare it with no other; but the system must be wrong which makes no distinctions between different degrees of crime. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

The wrong which he found so hard to forgive was not her wrong against him, but that other and more fatal wrong against herself. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

G. K. Chesterton Everything is ugly and discreditable, except the facts; everything is wrong about him, except that he has done no wrong. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Wilkie Collins It might have been something wrong in the operation, or it might have been something wrong in the man. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

F. Scott Fitzgerald But, as always, they were sorry for each other for the wrong things at the wrong times. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Anthony Trollope But it can’t be wrong that she should be happy now, when things are so bright all around her. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence She cycled slowly, a little afraid of taking the wrong lane, in the vast maze of stone fences. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

Jane Austen She was very wrong in singling me out as she did; I can safely say that every advance to intimacy began on her side. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Anthony Trollope Plantagenet is wrong in saying that I shall regret it. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy My suspicions took a wrong direction. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Anthony Trollope Oh, Frederic!” That morning she had promised that she would call him Frederic. Even Daniel could not think it wrong that she should call her cousin by his Christian name. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

F. Scott Fitzgerald Something’s wrong with me, Edith. There’s something left me. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I will bring you to my feet — yes, to my feet; and you shall beseech my pardon for the wicked wrong you have done me. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Charles Dickens From my point of view, he was the wrong twin all the time, and only externally like the Wemmick of Walworth. We took our leave early, and left together. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Margaret Oliphant She was so fortunate as to meet—Miss Forrester.” It seemed to him a wrong against which he was ready to cry out to earth and heaven that he should have to call her by that formal name. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

I do not know what is wrong with that place, nor with the master of it, but that something is wrong I am sure as sure can be. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Already there are countless people who would think it scandalous to falsify a scientific textbook, but would see nothing wrong in falsifying an historical fact. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope I think, Lady Lovel, that you will do wrong to refuse my request. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

When we meet again may it be on equal terms once more, the heavy sin blotted out, the grievous wrong expiated. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

Sir Walter Scott Godfather, you do me wrong — and no less wrong to this young nobleman. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

You’ve got the wrong number,” and the phone went dead at once. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

James Payn He is wrong there, for I shall die. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

He proceeded:— ‘Something wrong I have done, and I want the clue. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Willa Cather He wanted to prove to himself the wrong he felt. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

No instance of noble revenge that ever I heard of seems so effective, if considered as applied to a noble-minded wrong doer, or in any case as so pathetic. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

He’d do all we wanted no doubt in the way of money and powers — and he’d do it wrong and mess the place for ever. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Anthony Trollope I must not be understood as saying that every Senator and Representative who takes his pay is wrong in taking it. North America by Anthony Trollope

Leon Trotsky It is wrong to say, as some do, that the October revolution does not recognize any obligations: its own obligations the revolution recognizes to the full. My Life by Leon Trotsky

There the avenger of wrong need seldom want for perilous adventure and the occasion for quelling the oppressor. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

She looked as if stricken in a vital part; he saw from her face that there was something wrong—very wrong indeed. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Anne Bronte This must be my fault as much as theirs that wrong me. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

I thought I hated her; but now, at the moment of losing her, I forget every wrong she has done me, only to remember her tenderness. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Trollope But something of that madness left him which had come from a deep sense of injury, both as to the letter and as to the borough, and he began to feel that he had been wrong about the horsewhip. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But that previous wrong adds so much difficulty to the path — a difficulty which increases in tremendous ratio, till a man at last is choked in his struggling, and is drowned beneath the waters. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope She knew all the details of his circumstances, and told herself that the man would be wrong to marry without any other means than those he at present possessed. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

E. F. Benson So glad she’s wrong about it. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Much wrong have I done, but love pure and disinterested is in my heart, and I shall be repaid. Lodore by Mary Shelley

G. K. Chesterton It may be wrong for it to stop—it may be right—it may be all sorts of things. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

George Gissing But you’re wrong when you say I should ever speak of it again. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

David Hume Common interest and utility beget infallibly a standard of right and wrong among the parties concerned. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

Charles Dickens I dunnot mean for to wrong him, but thou must get a fair share for the money. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

It is really very wrong to allow a girl to roam about in that way. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

George Eliot I’ve seen pretty clear, ever since I could cast up a sum, as you can never do what’s wrong without breeding sin and trouble more than you can ever see. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

A soft, indestructible automaton provided by nature to be kicked when things go wrong in the domestic circle. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

D. H. Lawrence No, after that, I’d like you to tell me what’s wrong with Australia.” “I’m sure I don’t know,” said Somers, “Probably nothing at all. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

The wrong done by this deluded testator shall be repaired before his ashes are carried to their resting-place. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

It was the wrong place, the wind caught it too fiercely, there was not sun enough, the soil was too resolutely stubborn. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Thomas Hardy Your blunders and misfortunes may have been a sorrow to you, but they have been a wrong to me. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Jane Austen We must look to her one fault, and remember that she had done a wrong thing in consenting to the engagement, to bear that she should have been in such a state of punishment. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Mark Twain Their father grew uneasy at their long absence, and sent Joseph, his favorite, to see if any thing had gone wrong with them. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Edith Wharton And if you try charging ’em less, they say: “Hell, what’s wrong with the book for it to sell so cheap? Not an hour’s reading in it, most likely. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Jacques Futrelle That shooting, as you know, was done by Prince d’Abruzzi, so almost from the beginning my plans went wrong because of the assumption of authority by the prince. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Arthur Conan Doyle Perhaps, after all, Jim Horscroft had been right and I had been wrong about taking him to West Inch. When I got back he looked as though he had been born and bred in the steading. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Anthony Trollope If I have done you any wrong I ask your pardon. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

William Morris If I am wrong in saying this, you know well I am only saying what is widely thought, nay widely said too, for that matter. Hopes and Fears for Art by William Morris [1882]

There must be something very wrong going on in the instrument of logic if it turns out such conclusions from such premises. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Arthur Conan Doyle It’s wrong — it’s all wrong — I’ll swear that it’s wrong. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

John Morley The thought of wrong or misery moved him less to pity for the victim than to anger against the cause. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Anthony Trollope But I think she always loved Oswald. She refused him again and again, because she thought it wrong to run a great risk, but I knew she would never marry anyone else. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy So that it would be wrong for me to join you. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Ford Madox Ford As a matter of fact, I believe that she was wrong and that Luther only stopped, as it were, for lunch, in order to evade pursuit. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Marie Corelli I did a wrong — I seek to make amends. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Anthony Trollope Among the tenants and the servants at Llanfeare there was a general feeling that something wrong had been done. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She used the wrong Magic until she made him beat her. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

He saw that things went wrong — that nothing was done “with a will”; and in his attempt to remedy the difficulty by severity he made everything worse. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Arthur Conan Doyle As to poor Lestrade’s discovery, it was simply a blind intended to put the police upon a wrong track, by suggesting Socialism and secret societies. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Julian Hawthorne My dear papa did not do wrong himself; but there were people connected with him who did, and made the blame seem to be his. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

Anthony Trollope He had convinced me that there was something wrong in the details of my system; but not, — when I came to argue the matter with myself, — that the system itself was at fault. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Mary Webb He had wronged her as deeply as one human being can wrong another. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Hence the extraordinary blunders, and final wrong head, into which men spoiled by ambition usually fall. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

John Locke But men in love with their opinions may not only suppose what is in question, but allege wrong matter of fact. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Oscar Wilde You never say a moral thing, and you never do a wrong thing. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Thomas Paine From wrong measures they got into wrong time, and have now completed the circle of absurdity by closing it upon themselves. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Edith Wharton The wrong set’s like fly-paper: once you’re in it you can pull and pull, but you’ll never get out of it again. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

He was one who “doubted clouds would break,” who dreamed, since “right was worsted, wrong would triumph. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Thomas Hardy Right kind or wrong kind — he has called her his, and must abide by it. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

I felt deeply repentant for all what I had done which was wrong and trusted in God Almighty to strengthen my heart and mind; and to forsake all that is bad and follow all that is virtuous and right. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

G. K. Chesterton I fancied at first there was something wrong about that bit of scaffolding round the door; but I soon saw it was far too low and small for anybody to climb up to the window by it. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Anthony Trollope But I am wrong to trouble you with all this. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Ugh! that woman, wrong way up. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Baldwin Spencer Each Ngaidjan knows which is the right lubra to enter, and will not go into a wrong one. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Anthony Trollope I was, in truth, wrong to think that so great a reform could be brought to perfection within the days of the first reformers. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

There was something wrong about the images, the house, the very wind; cat and storm howled together, and the old woman suddenly shrieked, “He’s over you, he’s over you. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

But it would be doing a wrong to one of the greatest achievements of the human will, if one dwelt too much, or too wholly, upon this gloomy ideal. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

She, Lucy, had been wrong last time when she had tried to save Henrietta suffering by dropping the little red book into the water; this time she must do her duty. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

D. H. Lawrence No sense of wrong or sin; he was troubled by no conscience in that respect. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

William Makepeace Thackeray It is wrong to swear, I know; but sometimes it relieves one so much. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

The wrong only began after she became your wife. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Sinclair Lewis As a matter fact, I hear you’re more than just ‘slightly’ in wrong with them. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Henry James She seemed to have sunk under her wrong and to quiver with her pain. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Abraham Merri But you are wrong in your theory of the development of the Angiospermae from Cycadeoidea dacotensis. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Thomas Hardy I want to right the wrong I have done you before I die. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope Everything had gone wrong with him. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Thomas Hardy I know I may be wrong — I know I can’t logically, or religiously, defend my concession to such a wish of hers, or harmonize it with the doctrines I was brought up in. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Hope It would probably be wrong to carry any such plan into effect. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Arthur Conan Doyle If you show us what is wrong we shall soon set it right ourselves. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Too awful if he had made for the wrong woman. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

You forget that this self-abandonment, and extravagant grief would be wrong in any one; and, if nothing else, the display is unbecoming in you. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Anthony Trollope Of course I know it would be wrong that I should have an opinion. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

John Galsworthy Had he gone the wrong way to work? Suddenly he gulped, and said: “Give us a chance, constable; I’m right on my bones. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

H. G. Wells Are we to tolerate even a temporary revival of the old system? In the name of reason, why? If their brains have got into the wrong grooves — well, we can make fresh brains. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Robert Green Ingersoll It was thought wrong for a child to laugh upon this holy day. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman It seemed to her that something was wrong with it. The Southwest Chamber by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Much better hang wrong fellow than no fellow,’ he added, unconsciously quoting. Burmese Days by George Orwell

All has gone wrong with me of late. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Willa Cather The moment that quivering passion of hatred and wrong leaped into her voice, he had taken the big shears left by the tinner and cut the insulated wire behind the desk. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

H. G. Wells See! I did a little thing, a wrong thing, once. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Elizabeth Von Arnim And yet how wrong to feel that, she rebuked herself, and how presumptuous. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Anthony Trollope Then we were married, and I found how wrong I had been. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

George Gissing Mr. John Waghorn had not been altogether wrong when he said that Helen did not look so well as she had once done, and as the year drew to a close she continued to grow paler. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Anthony Trollope One wrong thing I did, and it is the only thing that I do not regret. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope If I thought I had done wrong in the matter I would beg your pardon. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Ivan Turgenev If anything goes wrong you just tell me. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

As long as Edward was alive no wrong was being done anyone. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Welsh names are difficult to spell; the pater’s pen put L for Y, or X for Z, something of that sort; and the letter went to a wrong town altogether, and finally came back to him unopened. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

H.P. Lovecraft At first we could not precisely say what was wrong with the formerly crystal-pure air, but after a few seconds our memories reacted only too definitely. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Once we thought we had discovered our man, only to find, after wasting a precious hour, that the clerk’s description was altogether a wrong one, and that he resembled Hayle in no sort of way. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

H. G. Wells And, of course, the little doctor — what was his name?” “Smithers?” “Smithers it was — was quite wrong in trying to fetch him round too soon, according to all accounts. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Anthony Trollope She had not been wrong in regard to Tom — except in calling him a lout; but whether wrong or right she had been most unfortunate. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton She feared to be associated with “the wrong people,” and scented a shade of disrespect in every amicable advance. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Henry Kingsley And next morning everything went wrong again. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

I thought it would be a wrong to him to let anyone know how low he had fallen. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Thomas Hardy However, I may be wrong in attributing causes: my father simply says that Charles and Caroline have as good a chance of being happy as other people. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

H. G. Wells Everybody wrong and nobody right. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Elizabeth Gaskell She wakened up in the morning with a dull sense of something being wrong — the world was out of joint, and, if she were born to set it right, she did not know how to do it. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

A little enjoyment—then for them is grievous woe! For those who are Jews we have forbidden what we have narrated to thee before 18; we did not wrong them, but it was themselves they wronged. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Anthony Trollope If you do not think it wrong I should like still to keep that lock of your hair, to remind me of my first love — and, as I think, my only one. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But after what occurred it would be wrong that you should go away at once. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Thomas Hardy What before mid ha’ been a wrong desire is now a holy wish!’ The scales fell from Swithin St. Cleeve’s eyes as he heard the words of his neighbours. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Anthony Trollope It is dreadful to have to depend on a fool,—to have to trust to a man who cannot tell wrong from right. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

William Henry Bragg The inference is that it has been wrong to suppose the ionisation to be uniform along the track ; it must increase as the α particle slows down. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Sinclair Lewis He’s only twenty-three, but he can be as wonderful and wrong as if he were ninety. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells I saw nothing wrong with them to begin with. The Croquet Player by H. G. Wells [1936]

Anthony Trollope She had resolved — whether right or wrong — still, with a strong mind and a great purpose, that she would not be turned from her way, and when she arose in the morning she was resolved again. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser Carrie got a wrong idea of it. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

George Eliot He had long made up his mind that it would be wrong as well as foolish for him to marry a blooming young girl, so long as he had no other prospect than that of growing poverty with a growing family. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

James Joyce For if the shorth of your skorth falls down to his knees pray how wrong will he look till he rises? Not before Gravesend is commuted. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Anthony Trollope You can write to me at present here, and nothing wrong will come of it. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne The murderers had no doubt hoped, by dragging their victim to a distance, that the police would be put on a wrong scent in their first inquiries. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Trollope He was a man who would at once make up his mind that the world was wrong when the world condemned him, and who would not in compliance with any argument allow himself to be so. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Nobody will suspect, and so you will be saved from doing, what I really and truly believe to be, a wrong act. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Anthony Trollope She would have been a fine creature had she been educated, but she had not been educated, and consequently her ideas were ill-formed, and her abilities were exercised in a wrong direction. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

While he punishes himself for an idle word, he is not likely to go wrong in greater matters. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

If he knew someone that deserved punishment for wrong done him or his, he tried to haunt him and let others alone. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Something wrong to eat, eh? You’re a fool, sir — another damn fool, sir. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

John Galsworthy Over by St. Paul’s he stands, and there’s no money in it; and we do so want to get out to Australia. I know he’s very nervy, and gets wrong with people. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

E. Phillips Oppenheim There’s Von Hern going the wrong way!” he exclaimed, in a tone of annoyance. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

I hope I did right; it was not wrong bringing them here? I ought to have asked. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

George Meredith But when necessity for rest had gone, she clung to the luxury still, and sitting bent forward, with her hands about her knees, she began to brood over tumbled images of a wrong done to her. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Thomas Hardy You are a child to me, Tess, not to know how very proper it is to write to your mother at such a time, and how wrong it would be in me to object. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope He is travelling altogether in a wrong direction, and is putting everybody concerned with him in immense trouble. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Nathaniel Hawthorne And now, rather than have had this grievous wrong to confess, she would gladly have laid down on the forest leaves, and died there, at Arthur Dimmesdale’s feet. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Willa Cather With her really radiant charm, she had a very interesting mind — but it was quite wrong to call it mind, the connotation was false. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Then, having very quickly rectified whatever was wrong with his engine, he retrieved the packets in great haste and dumped them back into his plane and flew away. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

George Eliot He defied any man to say that he had intended to wrong people; he was able to refund, to make reprisals, if they could be fairly demanded. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

One of them was an aunt of mine, my only relation, who quarrelled with poor father as long as he lived about some silly matter that had neither right nor wrong to it. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Anthony Trollope But it seems to me that but few among us perceive, or at any rate acknowledge, the real reasons for changing these things and reforming what is wrong without delay. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott You will not, I am sure, my dear friend, think it is wrong that she should feel much delicacy upon this head; indeed, it concerns us all. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Elizabeth Gaskell And I’m sure it was not wrong in morals, whatever it might be in judgment. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

D. H. Lawrence I am sure I am wrong in trying to influence you. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins Why should I remember it? Don’t I know poor Euneece was in your mind, all the time?” “You’re wrong again! Eunice was not in my mind all the time. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Thomas Hardy I had just begun to think it wrong too. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

To be treated thus! she — a Courtornieu — Duchesse de Sairmeuse! “I think you are laboring under a wrong impression,” she said, haughtily. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Trollope I won’t say anything now about anybody being wrong or anybody being right. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Anthony Trollope She had been wrong throughout, and was now completely humiliated by the family success; and yet she was delighted, though she did not dare to be triumphant. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing In his agitation he had evidently pursued the wrong hansom. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Charles Dickens Everything sloped the wrong way: which in itself was an aggravation scarcely to be borne. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Gertrude Stein The care with which the rain is wrong and the green is wrong and the white is wrong, the care with which there is a chair and plenty of breathing. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

His knowledge of the Greek language appears, too, to have been defective, for he gives at times the wrong Latin names to objects described by his Greek authorities. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

Theodore Dreiser As for him, he saw nothing wrong in the sex relationship. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

If the shots had not come to me, they would have gone to him; and he has been unhappy so long, and borne wrong so patiently, he has earned the right to live and enjoy. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

D. H. Lawrence The moment a man feels he has been sold, sold in the deepest things, something goes wrong with his whole mechanism. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Or these two, Paul and Olivia, might both hate the defenceless girl, and might have between them plotted a wrong against her. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Ford Madox Ford You can forgive a young man for going wrong with women . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Virginia Woolf Thus I cannot help thinking that though you may be right in talking of the difficulty of the time, you are wrong to despair. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

George Meredith I am not only quite strong enough to travel to Bevisham, I shall be happy in going: and when I have done it—said: “The wrong was all mine,” I shall rejoice like the pure in spirit. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Anthony Trollope But where you are most wrong is in supposing that she is something so much better than other women. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Anything wrong downstairs? Thought I heard a row. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Arnold Bennett I knew this morning there was something wrong with him. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

He would argue against his real opinion, talk against his better sense, take the wrong side, and say much that was very far from his true sentiments. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

John Galsworthy June saw that she had played a wrong card, and broke down. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Thomas Hardy I hope John will forgive me!’ ‘So he will forgive ‘ee, since ’twas no manner of wrong to him. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

I was heavy in spirit, my conscience accused me of a wrong to one of the “selfs” in me, — for we have several selfs, I think. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Henry Handel Richardson When Purdy could speak, he blurted out: “Dick, you fathead! — you jackass! — you’ve mugged the wrong one. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson