Phrases with "wrong"

George Gissing Of course I might have chosen the wrong girl, but I am supposing that I had been fortunate. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

D. H. Lawrence But what’s wrong with it?” “I’m no good at saving. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith The country has gone the wrong road, but it may yet cross over to the right one, when it perceives that we were prophetic. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

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]

Anthony Trollope Mr Monk was altogether wrong about revenue. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell Tell me, do you think it wrong to tell lies?’ ‘Oh, my dear! how can you ask such questions? — of course it is very wrong — very wicked indeed, I think I may say. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Arthur Conan Doyle You shall pay me for the wrong which you have done me. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Anthony Trollope The lawyers were much at variance with their opinions on the matter, some thinking that the judge had been altogether wrong in delaying his charge. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Something wrong in the set-up. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Anthony Trollope You call the profession of the law an honourable one, where a man will lie for any bidder; — lie down poverty for the sake of a fee from wealth; lie down right because wrong is in his brief. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

George Eliot Says I, he’s no Tory. I think I was right, sir — eh?’ ‘Certainly; I’m no Tory.’ ‘No, no, you don’t catch me wrong in a hurry. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

G. K. Chesterton She could not help feeling that there must be something wrong with education-or possibly something wrong with life. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

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

He don’t go wrong — Massy don’t. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Sidney Colvin But if any act of wrong or oppression, of fraud or falsehood, was the topic, he rose into sudden and animated indignation79. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Henry James He was weak, yet not too weak to recognise that he had formed a calculation now vitiated by a wrong factor — put his name to a contract of which the other side had not been carried out. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

But this was quite a wrong conjecture. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

George Meredith But you are wrong in this case, my Beppo. You shall give me your protection when I require it; and now, you are sensible, and must understand that it is not wanted. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Sinclair Lewis I thought at first that she was from the wrong side of the railroad tracks, but she seems to have settled down to being a nice little lady and a good war worker. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Oscar Wilde He felt that to wreck so fair a life for the sake of a few months’ pleasure would be a wrong thing to do. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Oscar Wilde [1887]

Guy de Maupassant He asked for the doctor, who merely shrugged his shoulders and said: “What can I do? I can’t tell what’s wrong with her. That Costly Ride (A Costly Outing) (À Cheval) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

G. K. Chesterton But Murrel was not tactless; and he was not wrong when he said he knew something about men. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Anthony Trollope But I am quite sure as to this, Harry; that when you have a doubt as to your duty, you can’t be wrong in delaying that, the doing of which would gratify your own ill will. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Jane Austen We were very wrong before; we will be cautious now. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

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

Anthony Trollope But the chance went the wrong way. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope No doubt he had been insulted — but, nevertheless, he had been wrong to speak of a horsewhip. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Anyone can tell by your looks when the wrong horse wins that you’ve got a stake on. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

Ford Madox Ford Then, as you’re perfectly obviously a right ’un, she must be a wrong ’un. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Virginia Woolf Moreover, a hesitation in speaking, or rather a tendency to use the wrong words, made her seem more than normally incompetent for her years. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

George Gissing Mother, mother! what’s wrong with you? See, come to the fire an’ warm yourself, mother. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Business has gone wrong with my father by what I can hear, for I don’t know what goes on at the office. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

George Gissing Looking into her eyes, he knew not whether consciousness of wrong might be read there. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

H. G. Wells It was very wrong of me to persuade him. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Jane Austen Excuse me, Miss Dashwood. I believe I have been wrong in saying so much, but I hardly know what to do, and on your prudence I have the strongest dependence. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

And, as I have pointed out already, the sense of right and wrong becomes unhinged also. Notes on Nationalism by George Orwell [1945]

The world, I soon learned, held a different estimate: and I make no doubt, the world is very right in its view, yet believe also that I am not quite wrong in mine. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

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

Thomas Wolfe But already her mind was worrying loosely at the curious enigma of the doorman’s personality: “I wonder what’s wrong with him,” she thought. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

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]

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]

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]

William Godwin But I am wrong to call him an impostor. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

George Gissing I shall show how utterly wrong that is. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

That divine period of perfect innocence — innocence of all sorrow and trouble, falsehood and wrong — that bright holiday-time of the soul, had never been hers. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Charles Kingsley Such was his dream, the dream of thousands more, and not so wrong a one after all. Burns and His School by Charles Kingsley

You take up the matter in a wrong light, Mr. Hyde.” “I don’t know anything of Kettie”—in an injured tone; “I don’t want to. Ketira the Gypsy by Ellen Wood [1876]

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

But it was difficult to think that anything was wrong with Hollond; indeed the odd thing is that all this time the idea of madness never entered my head. Space by John Buchan [1911]

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]

Once or twice she looked at me as if she divined that there was something wrong and was not able to tell what she could do to set matters right. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

G. K. Chesterton A thing that wanders away in great winding curves may end anywhere; but to turn each curve into a straight line striking out into the void will be wrong in any case. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

D. H. Lawrence It is wrong and foolish of me. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

The police were barking up a wrong tree and if Mr. Mortimer Fairfax indeed had an enemy, who was seeking to injure him, then it certainly was not the accused. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Upon arriving and unfolding the said shirt, Miss Timmens found that she had brought the wrong shirt — one of those previously finished. Mrs. Todhetley’s Earrings by Ellen Wood [1873]

Robert Green Ingersoll And then he went on to show the scheme how the Lord was satisfied by punishing the wrong man. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Arthur Conan Doyle What amuses me is to think of Lestrade, who had started off upon the wrong scent. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

The wrong which a woman’s falsehood does to the man whom she betrays is a lasting and sometimes irrecoverable wrong. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

John Locke A more particular account of wrong judgments. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

D. H. Lawrence Come on, sweethearts, it’s th’ wrong place for billin’ an’ cooin’, in th’ middle o’ these ’ere snowdrops. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle I had notions of right and wrong once, but it has been all knocked out of me. Our Midnight Visitor by Arthur Conan Doyle

Anthony Trollope She may have been right in any accusation which she made in her heart against the man, but she was quite wrong in considering Lady George to be a flirt. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Thomas Hardy He says ardently that he will assist me — would do anything for me (he is, in truth, an admirer of mine); he sees no wrong in such an act of charity. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

G. K. Chesterton Some fool who has got the facts wrong is always prosecuted, instead of the serious critics who have got the facts right. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Anthony Trollope The archdeacon was not a man to bear with indifference a wrong in such a quarter. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

H. Rider Haggard But this is my counsel to you: that ye leave me to my doom, for I am an unlucky man who always chooses the wrong road. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Mark Twain Can it force a right-principled man to do a wrong thing? O.M. Yes. Y.M. Can it force a kind man to do a cruel thing? O.M. Yes. Y.M. Give an instance. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Foolish child, how your cheek crimsons! I do wrong to shock your innocence with my babble of a King’s mistress. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Gertrude Stein The mischief lies in getting the wrong ones. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

George Gissing Above all he would never do her the wrong to despair of her elevation to a higher stage of culture. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

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

George Meredith It justified the ladies in repeating a well-known Brookfield phrase: “We may be wrong in many things, but never in our judgement of the merits of any given person. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

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

Anthony Trollope But you can’t make me think that I am wrong in this. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

He could do no wrong in Deborah’s eyes, and so he loved her and guarded her as well as he could from every harm. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

You talked about the money, I suppose?” “Yes.” “Thank God, thank God! Ask your wife’s pardon for the cruel wrong you have done her, John, and then come down stairs with me. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Frank and truthful — she — whose very name was a lie! And yet there could be no wrong done to Miss Wendover, she told herself, by her suppression of the truth. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Marie Corelli All this is wrong — wrong! It forebodes heavy punishment and disaster. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Anthony Trollope A sense of injury, a burning conviction of wrong sustained, will justify language which otherwise would be unbearable. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins That pleading satisfactorily demonstrated Marie’s innocence of poisoning and theft, and her fair claim to the fullest legal compensation for the wrong inflicted on her. The Poisoned Meal by Wilkie Collins [1858]

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

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]

Frederick himself felt that there was something wrong — something, but not really very much. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

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

Anthony Trollope It was not that Cæsar had been wronged, but that his wife had enabled idle tongues to suggest a wrong to Cæsar. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Virginia Woolf Well, was it wrong if he was that word? Why judge each other? Do we know each other? Not here, not now. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Between ourselves, you must not be surprised if something goes wrong at our office. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

G. K. Chesterton I am going, at the possible sacrifice of my life and honour, to prove to you that you were wrong in what you said. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Thomas Hardy That it proves all the world to be wrong in this great argument, and himself alone to be right! Can I wait while he digs further? I agree — reluctantly; but he does not notice my reluctance. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

The remembrance of my brother Valentine is part and parcel of my life, and a wrong done to him is twice a wrong to myself. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Thomas Carlyle They wrong man greatly who say he is to be seduced by ease. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

When he saw that Lake, who bit his lip during the perusal, had come to the end, by his glancing up again at the date, Larkin murmured — ‘Something, you see, has gone wrong with him. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

And yet I feel that I should be doing you a far greater wrong if I were to keep silence. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Victor Hugo His articulations usefully displaced and fashioned to bending the wrong way, had received the education of a clown, and could, like the hinges of a door, move backwards and forwards. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

George Gissing I am wrong to indulge in such thoughts. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

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]

Isabella Bird Both sexes are dirty, hardy, avaricious, and superstitious, and ages of wrong have developed in them some of the usual faults of oppressed Oriental peoples. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Mark Twain If by any possibility you have managed to take the wrong train, you will be handed over to a polite official who will take you whither you belong and bestow you with many an affable bow. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

E. Phillips Oppenheim It’s so beautifully uplifting, too, to show a man how wrong he has been in his ideas. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

I know she would never have gone wrong on her own account. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

But I did not get it, for there is always something wrong in the spike, and the peculiar shortcoming here, as I discovered immediately, was the cold. Collected Essays by George Orwell

So the mystery was solved; it was the wrong key. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

George Meredith I wrong our Barto:—Medole would be the jackal, if it lay between the two. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

I do him no wrong thereby, for said she not it was perilous? Also every man raketh the embers to his own cake. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Arnold Bennett Always afterwards it seemed to her that Chirac was an old and intimate friend; he had successfully passed through the ordeal of seeing ‘the wrong side’ of the stuff of her life. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

If you had gone ever so wrong — and I don’t believe it is in you to do that — I would still be your friend. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

For, God it wot, he sat ful stille and song, Whan that his scho ful bitterly him wrong Ther was no wight, sauf God and he, that wiste In many wyse how sore I him twiste. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Wilkie Collins What a wrong I had done to them both in my thoughts! I turned the photograph, sadly and penitently, to examine the portraits again with a kinder and truer appreciation of them. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Wilkie Collins They told us about Our Father up in Heaven. I said a wrong thing — I said, ‘I don’t want him up in Heaven; I want him down here. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

But whatever wrong I have committed against you — and that wrong was done by my marriage — I have not forfeited the right to my child’s affection. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Edgar Rice Burroughs With an expression of surprise I turned and looked at Perry — it was broad day-light without! “Something seems to have gone wrong either with our calculations or the chronometer,” I said. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Rudyard Kipling Mr. King may have taken the wrong hint from that. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle All we wish you to do is to examine the machine and to let us know what is wrong with it. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

G. K. Chesterton Do you think I was quite wrong in saying that Von Grock had two faithful servants, and one too many?” It must be confessed that some people thought Mr. Pond a bore. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Anthony Trollope It is wrong to say that Americans will not talk at their meals. North America by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins I don’t say the conclusion is wrong — I only say that the jury will take the fact of her contradicting herself in preference to any reason for the contradiction that you can offer. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Anthony Trollope But as for saying which is right or which is wrong — as to expressing special sympathy on either side in such a quarrel — it is out of the question. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope I know now that I was very wrong ever to think it possible that I could be his wife. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells What’s wrong with him?” “Look at his size. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

H.P. Lovecraft Notwithstanding the deep things I saw and heard, and the admitted vividness the impression produced on me by these things, I cannot prove even now whether I was right or wrong in my hideous inference. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Anthony Trollope If I have been wrong in this, tell me so simply, and I will endeavour to let our friendship run on as though this letter had not been written. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

F. Scott Fitzgerald He went all wrong at the start, was generally considered both conceited and arrogant, and universally detested. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Trollope Oh, Frank, I fear that I have been wrong in persuading him to tell the truth. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Marie Corelli But what can I do?” “Nothing,” said the Cardinal, “You can do nothing, Vergniaud! That is the worst of having inflicted a wrong upon the innocent — you can never by any means retrieve it. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Fearful lest something might go wrong within doors during her absence, she was turning to go back, when she thought she heard the distant clink of a horseshoe on the road. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arthur Conan Doyle Out of pure bravado — I know it was very wrong — I waited until they were actually within gunshot. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Jeremy Bentham One may say also, that it is right it should be done; at least that it is not wrong it should be done: that it is a right action; at least that it is not a wrong action. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

They looked at it through the wrong end of the glass, and thought they put it farther away. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Some thing gone wrong with the lock. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

D. H. Lawrence Why was that? Why, why was that? She admitted herself wrong in having spent the money. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

Kenneth Grahame It’s never the wrong time to call on Toad. Early or late, he’s always the same fellow. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Thomas Hardy One of these she intended to sell, the other she didn’t, and Mr. Brown, who collected the things together, took the wrong one to the sale. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Rudyard Kipling E-vasion I calls it, bekaze, exceptin’ whin ’tis right an’ natural an’ proper, ’tis wrong an’ dhirty to steal a man’s wan child she not knowin’ her own mind. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Jules Verne We have been on a wrong track. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Trollope What makes me sure that this fuss about making men and women all the same must be wrong is just the fact that men can get along without women, and women can’t without men. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Schopenhauer For a man may have the most excellent judgment in all other matters, and yet go wrong in those which concern himself; because here the will comes in and deranges the intellect at once. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

But something seems to have gone wrong with the timing. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Geoffry in his heart was grieved at the changed treatment of Miss Layne; he thought it wrong and unjust; and to make up for the mistake, was with her a great deal himself. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Thus one may see, in the case of our own Britain, that the latitudes of cities are wrong by two or three degrees, as experience teaches. On the Magnet by William Gilber

There was something wrong with the door. The Partner by Joseph Conrad [1915]

G. K. Chesterton It was stated wrong by Lord Rosebery, when he said that it prevented the best men from devoting themselves to politics, and that it encouraged a fanatical conflict. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Ford Madox Ford But naturally he had had to go wrong to get the money. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Theodore Dreiser Gerhardt was for having them repaired, but Lester answered the old man’s querulous inquiry as to what was wrong “with them shoes” by saying that they weren’t comfortable any more. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

G. K. Chesterton But it is wrong that any of these climbers should kick the ladder by which they have climbed. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Charles Dickens I’m wrong out of the forge, the kitchen, or off th’ meshes. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Andrew Lang By an hour before sunset you must have these sorted out into four heaps, and if a single grain is found to be in a wrong heap you have no further chance of marrying my daughter. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

So it looks as if I must suffer without redress this great wrong at the hands of a woman devoid alike of principle and shame. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

Anthony Trollope When Miss Mackenzie mentioned Mr Stumfold’s name to the doctor, the doctor felt that he had been wrong in his allusion to the assembly rooms. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

E. F. Benson Your idea, Elizabeth.” “Yes, dear,” said Elizabeth; “but thank God I must have been very wrong about the portmanteau. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Anthony Trollope Surely he could not have been wrong all his life in chanting the litany as he had done! He began, however, to have his doubts. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Oscar Wilde Finally I came to the conclusion that Cyril Graham had been wrong in regarding the rival dramatist of the 80th Sonnet as Chapman. It was obviously Marlowe who was alluded to. The Portrait of Mr. W. H. by Oscar Wilde [1889]

Wilkie Collins Something wrongdepend upon it, something wrong! “We had much better go away. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Henry James If she had the best intention of being nice to him, by way of compensation, this compensation was for a wrong that was far from vividly present to her mind. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

George Gissing I cannot tell whether I am right or wrong to do this. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Henry Adams All the world had been at cross-purposes, had misunderstood themselves and the situation, had followed wrong paths, drawn wrong conclusions, had known none of the facts. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

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]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Everything has gone wrong with us at Hazelden. You know that quarrying company — the slates, that odious fellow, Larkin, led him into, before the election and all the other annoyances began. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Anthony Trollope We were both wrong; but the wrong must now be put right. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Rudyard Kipling I heard the mud squelch,’ said St. Peter. ‘Something wrong with the installation — as usual. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

The trouble which had fallen on Becuma did not leave her repentant, and the sweet lady began to do wrong as instantly and innocently as a flower begins to grow. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Anthony Trollope The man who tells you how much his wine costs a dozen, knows that he is wrong while the words are in his mouth; but they are in his mouth, and he cannot restrain them. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Is that right, Shepherd Girl? — it is wrong also. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

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]

Anthony Trollope It showed him that the lady was still under the Ball influence, and that his ally, Miss Colza, was probably wrong in supposing that the Ball marriage was altogether off. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Anthony Trollope Things were going wrong at the Board, and he was pleased. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser Surely there is something radically wrong in this attitude. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

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

George Meredith What is wrong? The calamity of my case is that I am in danger of betraying what is wrong with me to others, without knowing it myself. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

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]

Dear me, I wonder how it would feel for a murderess to find herself a clergyman’s wife? But I am wrong to smile, even to myself. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

MRS BENDIGO: Oh, shut up, you blarsphemous old sod! ‘E’s too bloody fat to feel the cold, that’s what’s wrong with ‘im. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope Of what was wrong and what was right she had a distinct notion. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson Isn’t it now? What’s wrong with it?’ Elizabeth suddenly perceived that at this crisis it was unwise to indulge in her usual tiffs with Diva. She wanted allies. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

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

H. G. Wells All sorts of clumsiness and youthfulness in himself and his associates he felt she wouldn’t accept, couldn’t accept, that it would be wrong of her to accept. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

George Gissing And to think that he had absolutely struck oil, as they say; had nothing to do but sit down and count the money as it came in! That’s the third man I’ve known go wrong in less than a year. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Wilkie Collins Had I happily blundered on some association which his mind was still able to pursue? “You happen to be wrong this time,” he said pleasantly. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Anthony Trollope You are younger than he is; and then—I don’t know why, but somehow your father has never been a good man of business—everything has gone wrong with him. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins Am 1 wrong in making such assertions as these? I should be willing enough to think it probable—being only a bachelor—if my views were based on mere theory. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

I say, Princess, you don’t suppose by any chance that McCunn’s a little bit wrong in the head?” She turned her candid eyes on him. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Olaf Stapledon Probably one nevertheless treats them unwittingly all wrong in some way or other, so that they develop a set of troubles all their own. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

D. H. Lawrence I WAS wrong to go on all those years with Hermione — it was a deathly process. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope There was no one whom Mr Puddicombe would admit to have been wrong in the matter except the Doctor himself. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Adelaide even asked a question about Trumpeton Wood, and expressed an opinion that her cousin was quite wrong because he did not take the matter up. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

I shall be compelled to choose, and shall make the wrong choice. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Henry James There was no hurry, since we trusted each other — wrong as my trust might be. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Anthony Trollope But everything went wrong with him. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

John Galsworthy He had been wrong to let the boy get away with that letter; he ought to have kept him under his eye from the start! Greatly troubled, he got up to retrace his steps. To Let by John Galsworthy

Wilkie Collins Time, as my wife and I both hope, may yet convince Rothsay that he will not be wrong in counting on Susan’s love — the love of a sister. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Benjamin Disraeli Always in the best set, never flirting with the wrong man, and never speaking to the wrong woman, all agreed that the Ladies St. Maurice had fairly won their coronets. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Virginia Woolf Bishop Burnet was of opinion that to educate the sisters of educated men would be to encourage the wrong branch, that is to say, the Roman Catholic branch, of the Christian faith. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Now it was all over! And Pierre asked himself if he had not taken a wrong view of things, and if it was not the idle and good-for-nothing fellows who were more prudent than he. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Wilkie Collins Am I wrong in believing that my good children have not forgotten this, and have only waited for the occasion to feel the pleasure of rewarding me?” It was beautifully put. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Anthony Trollope He has done wrong in allowing himself to love me. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Robert Louis Stevenson When my suspicions are anyway roused it is sometimes a little the wrong side of easy to allay them. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Arthur Schopenhauer Why not, as well as hay-making and milking? The laws of marriage prevailing in Europe consider the woman as the equivalent of the man — start, that is to say, from a wrong position. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

But, mayhap once in three months, I did get through even on a Thursday, and it’s not for me to question whether things are right or wrong just because they are not what I may expect. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

I am extremely sorry to have done wrong —” “Oh, the thing wasn’t wrong in itself. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

After all these years of liking, the link between us is not to be broken, even by the deepest wrong that one man can do another. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]