Phrases with "faintest"

E. Phillips Oppenheim Fortunately for me, no one in Market Deignton has the faintest idea as to the value of those rows of dingy calf-bound volumes, or my reputation for common sense would certainly suffer. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

The faintest of smiles came to his lips. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

George Gissing Emily gave it full admission, and looked out at the morning sky; faintest blue was growing between streaks of cold grey. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Edith Wharton Mrs. Quentin, though not a fanciful woman, was sometimes aware of a sixth sense enabling her to detect the faintest vibrations of her son’s impulses. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Theodore Dreiser There was the faintest touch of cynical humor in his hard blue eyes at times; but mostly he was friendly, alert, placid-looking, without seeming in the least sentimental or even kindly. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

George Gissing The cruelty of fate had exhausted itself; what had the world to show more pitiful than this? No light ever came to her countenance; no faintest smile ever touched her lips. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

He just looked at Stone thoughtfully, without the faintest suggestion of any surprise. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Henry Handel Richardson It was pitch dark; not a single homely light shone out, to tell of a human settlement; not the faintest sound broke the silence. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

She looked at Plankin, and the faintest of wry smiles turned her lips. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

George Gissing For the moment no faintest doubt gave warning to his self-respect; he was eager to accept nobly a benefaction nobly intended. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope The faintest possible smile of derision played round her mouth, and her nostrils were slightly dilated, as if in sure anticipation of her triumph. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Ask that girl to divide a quantity by the square root of minus x, and she will not have the faintest notion what you mean. The Adventures of the Black Girl in her Search for God by George Bernard Shaw

Unlike the doctor, he had no faintest doubts of her solid, sane materiality of being. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Algernon Blackwood Nowhere could he discover the faintest sign of the great unholy exodus he knew had just taken place. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Algernon Blackwood Of greater powers in themselves they had no faintest inkling. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

A quartermaster, one of the saved in the way of duty, with whom I talked a month or so afterwards, told me that they pulled up to the spot, but could neither see a head nor hear the faintest cry. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Charles Dickens I stole my hand in gently through his clothes and laid it on his heart, and felt a little feeble warmth over it, though my cold dulled touch could not detect even the faintest beating. The Wreck of the Golden Mary by Charles Dickens [1856]

I mean, I’ve held you all through, above the faintest suspicion. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

With ‘animal kingdom’ I think there was the faintest consciousness (it may possibly have been an image of the steps) of the Museum of Zoology in the town of Cambridge where I write. The Meaning of Truth by William James

There was a slight nip in the air, and the faintest whisper of a breeze. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

D. H. Lawrence Not that he had the faintest intention of so doing. The Blue Moccasins by D. H. Lawrence [1928]

Anthony Trollope Paulo Neroni had had not the faintest title to call himself a scion of even Italian nobility. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Indeed, he breathed easily as soon as he had made his bow and been granted the faintest answering liveliness of the sunken eyes. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am terribly sorry, of course,” she concluded, “to hear that you are going through a bad time, but it doesn’t make the faintest particle of difference. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

It must be that, and only that, beyond the faintest suspicion of any other object. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

John Galsworthy They said nothing, but they moved, and the faintest tremor passed from his finger into hers. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

He made his head-quarters in the cathedral city for nearly a week, and explored the country round, in a radius of thirty miles, without the faintest success. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

She seemed too listless to ramble about with the rest of the party, or to take the faintest interest in the conversation of any of the gentlemen who tried to talk to her. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Just the gentlest dropping of her eye-lids, just the faintest quiver of the pretty lips, and with a becoming little blush, she rose at once to greet him. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

She was saying to herself that if she were to whisper the faintest yes, if she were but to sigh lightly her consent, he would do it. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Theodore Dreiser She thought, at first, with the faintest alarm, of being left without money — not of losing him, though he might be going away permanently. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Of course, Monsieur Darrel, I have never had the faintest idea that you were the murderer!” The four gendarmes and I walked across the road to the Groix Inn and entered the café. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

George Meredith He knew Lord Fleetwood. Men privileged to attend on him were dogs to the flinty young despot: they were sure to be called upon to expiate the faintest offence to him. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was not until they had reached the Strand and had turned into the Savoy courtyard, however, that she had the faintest idea as to their destination. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

She returned the pressure of his fingers, and he left her with her eyes vaguely staring beyond him, an air of listening for an expected sound, and the faintest possible smile on her lips. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Anthony Trollope Then the door opened, and when Mr Palliser entered she raised her head, and the faintest possible gleam of satisfaction might have been discerned upon her features. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens If Vendale had been over head and ears in love before — a phrase not to be taken as implying the faintest doubt about it — this dinner plunged him down in love ten thousand fathoms deep. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

It was not that the faintest shadow of doubt obscured his own mind. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Edith Wharton She watched the familiar routine of life with the incurious eye of a savage on whom the meaningless processes of civilization make but the faintest impression. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Beyond it was a park, looking grey and disconsolate enough on such a day as this; the wet grass was knee-high, and every faintest breath of wind brought water off the brown-leaved trees. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

By this time the snow mountains of Tyrol were all lighted to gold and purple, rose and faintest violet. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Charles Dickens At noon it poured down more hopelessly and heavily than ever without the faintest promise of abatement. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The faintest flush imaginable tinged Longcluse’s forehead, as he shot a searching glance at him. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

H. G. Wells She made the faintest sound, and Ugh-lomi too, light sleeping like an animal, was instantly awake. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

H. G. Wells They put you through it without the faintest notion of why and wherefore. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

But however that may have been, it would certainly have been impossible to divine that he was awaiting the arrival of any one to-night with the faintest degree of interest. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

He did absolutely nothing for himself, and never showed the faintest interest in anything. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

The will — if it is a will — says that the fortune is hidden in the house, but it doesn’t give the faintest notion where. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

It was the faintest possible touch. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

George Gissing Emotion had touched her cheek with the faintest glow, but ordinarily it was pale as her hand. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Henry James She laughed and continued to blush — her blush was the faintest pink; she looked very young and slim and fair as Mrs. Farrinder made way for her on the sofa which Olive Chancellor had quitted. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Arthur Machen I was endeavouring to wheedle and persuade; without the faintest result. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

There was no slightest visible motion, no faintest sound of breath. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Anthony Trollope I suppose they sent it to you, sir?” “Yes; it does come,” said Cousin Henry, with the faintest attempt at a smile. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

He doesn’t know what it is to be ill, he hasn’t the least idea of it; not the faintest conception. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Wilkie Collins The physical and mental reaction, after the fever and agitation of the day, was so sudden and severe, that the faintest noise from the street now terrified — yes, literally terrified me. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Give him the faintest hint of any speculation, and the figures flowed from him by the page. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Arthur Conan Doyle There was the faintest little rattle from the handle, and then I dimly saw a thin slit of subdued light. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Once Pryde could have sworn that there was the very faintest smile upon her lips as she looked away from him. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Wilkie Collins To my unutterable amazement, not the faintest gleam of recognition appeared in her face. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

H. G. Wells If we do not beat out this spirit of mass rebellion, trample on it now, destroy the faintest hope of any recovery, it will begin all over again. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

Edith Wharton She dressed with even more than her habitual care, reddened her lips attentively, brushed the faintest bloom of pink over her drawn cheeks, and went down — to meet Mrs. Match coming up with a tray. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

So far, I haven’t caught Lamont out in a misstatement, and there is just the faintest possibility that his story is true. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

George Gissing A sense of loneliness grew about her heart; she lived in a vast solitude, whither came faintest echoes of lamentation, the dying resonance of things that had been. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

H. G. Wells I knew and I let the faintest shadow of uncertainty weaken and restrain me. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman They had no faintest approach to such a thing in their minds, knowing nothing of the custom of marital indulgence among us. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

When, for instance, you open your lips and utter a sentence, you have not the faintest idea beforehand what word will follow another. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Like the parson on the subject of morals, I can talk till I am hoarse on the subject of health, without at any time producing the faintest impression. The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1899]

George Gissing Pitch dark in Slimy’s room; only the faintest reflection on a portion of the ceiling of lamplight from without. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

In the ramifications of party doctrine she had not the faintest interest. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins My sense of hearing was so acute that it caught the faintest sounds made by the passage of the night-breeze through the rushes of the lake. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Algernon Blackwood Strange! Both in word and gesture some faintest hint of sarcasm or resentment forced itself against my conscious will. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Jack London Sight and scent became remarkably keen, while his hearing developed such acuteness that in his sleep he heard the faintest sound and knew whether it heralded peace or peril. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Anthony Trollope She had no faintest idea that the girl’s heart had been touched by the young tailor. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

John Galsworthy Together with Crum rose the scene in the promenade of the Pandemonium. To-day he had not had the faintest desire to unbosom himself to Holly about his father. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

George Gissing To this day even the faintest smell of drugs makes my heart sink. A Capitalist by George Gissing

There is not the faintest glimmer of light from the guard-house windows. Monsieur Maurice by Amelia B. Edwards [1873]

Nathaniel Hawthorne A narrower window, at the left of the drawing-room, gave light to what was probably a small boudoir, within which I caught the faintest imaginable glimpse of a girl’s figure, in airy drapery. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

So there we both crouched, knowing that from between three and four hours must elapse before the faintest light would come from a small window and then, it would mean death for one or the other of us. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Anthony Hope Then he heard the faintest sound, as of a large body let very gently into the water; a moment later, from the moat right below him, a man’s head emerged. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

But that past had been utterly obliterated — no faintest memory of it remained. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Abraham Merri They turned wholly to the seeking of wisdom — and after other time on time they attained that which killed even the faintest shadow of the half-thought. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Algernon Blackwood There was no faintest sign that he was surprised. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

M. P. Shiel And always I knew it:—some faintest secret whisper which whispered me: ”You are the Arch-one, the motif of the world, Adam, and the rest of men not much. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

H.P. Lovecraft In another instant the metal door was slowly swinging open with only the faintest grating sound. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

H. G. Wells We appeared suddenly upon the neck of Lucendro — the Passo Lucendro — yesterday afternoon, and I defy you to discover the faintest trace of us before that time. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Well ordered and clean she was, with hair of an artificially rich gray; her large face sheltered weather-beaten blue eyes and was adorned with just the faintest white mustache. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Ivan Turgenev Bazarov, without the faintest suspicion of the fact, had become the “cruel tyrant” of her heart. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Abraham Merri And relentlessly, coldly, Norhala watched him — as though loath to lose the faintest shadow of his agony. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

One could hardly associate the faintest touch of romance with such a place. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

George Gissing Then, with the faintest of welcoming smiles, Lady Ogram—who had slowly straightened herself—spoke in a voice which startled the hearer, so much louder and firmer was it than he had expected. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her voice possessed a sibilant and musical intonation; there was perhaps the faintest suggestion of an accent. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

With the rest of them it is destined to be forgotten, without, perhaps, leaving the faintest trace. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

He thought that he detected in Prince John’s eye the faintest suspicion of a wink. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

E. Phillips Oppenheim In any case I have never had the faintest idea of offering my shattered life to Katherine. There is a barrier between us which is hopeless. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Anthony Hope Then I heard the faintest, faintest sound: it came from behind the door which led to the drawbridge on the other side of the moat. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Jules Verne He ventured far up in spite of his being alone, straining his ear with painful eagerness to catch the faintest sound, and calling aloud in an agony of despair. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Wilkie Collins Before I could utter even the faintest cry for help, the heroic Marchesina had caught him fast by the beard and wrist, and had pinned him helpless against the wall. A Passage in the Life of Perugino Potts by Wilkie Collins [1852]

If she did hear me it was because she must have been on the watch for the faintest sound. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Nellie Bly I had never been near insane persons before in my life, and had not the faintest idea of what their actions were like. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

She, because the doctors had told her, after my illness, that I had best forget it, and I— because I never wanted to recall the faintest memory of those dreadful days. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Wilkie Collins The frightful apparatus moved without making the faintest noise. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

D. H. Lawrence There was the faintest haze over the silvery-dark water and the green meadow-bank, and the elm-trees that were spangled with gold. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells Their hair, which was uniformly curly, came to a sharp end at the neck and cheek; there was not the faintest suggestion of it on the face, and their ears were singularly minute. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

D. H. Lawrence The faintest gold reflected in the more open eastern sky, in front. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

What it meant, however, he could not form the faintest idea. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Jules Verne A minute — an age! — passed, during which he endeavored to catch the faintest throb of the heart. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Wilkie Collins He remarked that the smile with which she greeted her husband was the faintest and saddest he had seen on her face. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Edith Wharton It emitted the faintest tremor of a laugh. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Anthony Trollope It was still her hope,—her faintest hope, that she need confess to none of them the fact that her husband had quarrelled with her. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Joan has never taken the faintest interest in astrology, but Dulcie shows an intelligent grasp of the subject. The Stars in their Courses by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Thomas Hardy Soon the listeners could hear nothing of their proceedings beyond the faintest occasional rustle of leaves. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins If there had been the faintest chance of giving my poor dear back the blessing of sight, that chance would have been tried by competent persons years and years since. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

There had never been the faintest indication in his manner or his speech that Julian Wyllard’s wife was any more to him than a friend. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Sarah Orne Jewett The world was filled with a fragrance of fir-balsam and the faintest flavor of seaweed from the ledges, bare and brown at low tide in the little harbor. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

Jack London I wonder, my reader, if you can glimpse or guess the faintest connotation of a man beaten —“beat up,” we prisoners call it. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

He had the faintest twinge of regret about his decision. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch There was the faintest interrogation in it; no more. The Disenchantment of ’Lizabeth by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

The perfect lids drooped a little over the brown eyes, and the faintest shadow of a blush illuminated the beautiful face. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

George Eliot He shrank with proud delicacy from the faintest allusion to the words of love, of plighted love that had passed between them. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Anthony Trollope He had often doubted, hesitated as to the practicability of his present plan, but not once had he made the faintest effort to overcome the wish to have the deed done. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Rafael Sabatini That she would do so when once she knew the truth he had no faintest doubt. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Wilkie Collins No persons in the house but ourselves had the faintest suspicion of what had happened. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

If you were to tell me that you had been only making fun of poor grandmother and me, and that those diamonds are glass, and you only plain John Hammond, it wouldn’t make the faintest difference. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Could you tell me the way to London?” There was the faintest sound of the city’s metal in his voice: dimly she knew the screech of London gate. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Margaret Oliphant Lord Erradeen had no longer the faintest movement of fear, but in its place a certain impatience and irritability as if this practical joke might be played upon him too often. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

H. Rider Haggard There around us lay treasures enough to pay off a moderate national debt, or to build a fleet of ironclads, and yet we would have bartered them all gladly for the faintest chance of escape. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

F. Scott Fitzgerald He liked them because they knew nothing about him, because they lived in the obvious and had not the faintest conception of the inevitable continuity of life. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Bram Stoker From the nature of the task, which was one which even the faintest breath of suspicion would have ruined, the little band, originally involved, could gain no assistance. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

H. G. Wells She hoped that over the ridge she would find Trafford, and scanned the sky for the faintest discolouration of a fire, but there was none. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Charles Dickens He now heard the voice of Obenreizer thanking him for his attention to Marguerite, with the faintest possible ring of mockery in its tone. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Its faintest ramification had become hilarious, until whatever he said released a burst of laughter. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

He did not make the faintest allusion to that desperate avowal of the morning. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

E. F. Benson Marriage, one hoped, might have brought that about, but I don’t see the faintest sign of it. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

I’m dying to see the phenomenal squash, and the prodigious water-melon, and —” “And the falls of Niagara?” Elfrida put in, with the faintest turning down of the corners of her mouth. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Wilkie Collins There is not the faintest echo of mother’s voice, or of father’s sturdy footfall here. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Over them, the most insignificant of his verses can throw a deep enchantment, like the faintest wavings of a magician’s wand. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

I would not have stood this if I could have felt the faintest gleam of my yesterday’s pagan piety, but I had ceased to dream, and had nothing to dread from any new disenchanters. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Arthur Schopenhauer For it is a well-known fact that, in regard to sight and hearing, animals are sensitive to even the faintest indications; they are alive to things that we can scarcely perceive. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

Rudyard Kipling It was one of the cases that you sometimes meet, even in this country where we marry by Code, of a really blind attachment all on one side, without the faintest possibility of return. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

John Galsworthy She put her hand under his cold hand, so that if he made the faintest pressure she would feel it. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Not a single dust-speck has soiled sky or earth; not the faintest echo of noisy labours disturbed the silences; not an alien sight has intruded. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Anton Chekhov Russian life presents us with an uninterrupted succession of convictions and aspirations, and if you care to know, it has not yet the faintest notion of lack of faith or scepticism. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

After crouching for at least five minutes, with his hand on Judge’s naked chest, he saw that it was hopeless to go on — there was not the faintest whisper of a heart-beat. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Charles Dickens There is great earnestness, vast candour, a manifest sincerity in all you say, but I fear I observe the faintest indications of a tendency to prose. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Arnold Bennett Out of the corner of his eye he was aware of Johnnie Orgreave on the sofa making signs to Hilda about drinks, and pouring out something for her, and something for himself, without the faintest noise. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Adam Lindsay Gordon Beyond the shining silver-greys, Beyond the shades of denser bloom, The sky-line girt with glowing haze The farthest, faintest forest gloom, And the everlasting hills that loom. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Algernon Blackwood She knew, at any rate, neither dismay nor disappointment; of reproach there was no faintest hint. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Pryde, with the faintest possible shrug of the shoulders, turned away. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Wilkie Collins She told me to my face, Sir Patrick, of the invisible man who had kept so strangely out of her way — without the faintest suspicion that I was the man. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Did any of you gentlemen, when you came into this room, detect the faintest odour of any kind of perfume?” “Perfume?” echoed Abel, with a glance about the musty apartment. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

No one seemed to have the faintest notion what had become of her. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Wilkie Collins If there had been the faintest possibility of communicating, in that frightful weather, with the distant county town, I should have sent there or gone there myself. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

She had studiously ignored the confession of jealousy made that night in her sister’s dressing-room; nor had Laura ever presumed to make the faintest allusion to it. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Arnold Bennett And yet there must be something in it! “Of course,” he reflected sardonically, “father doesn’t show the faintest interest in the debate. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Mark Twain Of the attorney’s clerk hypothesis, on the other hand, there is not the faintest vestige of a tradition. Is Shakespeare Dead? by Mark Twain

George Gissing The faintest smile hovered about her lips as she said, “Good-bye;” her steadfast eyes added the hope which there was no need to speak. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

H.P. Lovecraft He pointed the place out to several friends, but none of them had even been on Federal Hill or possessed the faintest notion of what the church was or had been. The Haunter of the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Charles Dickens To that time I had never had the faintest impression of duty. George Silvermans’s Explanation by Charles Dickens [1868]

G. K. Chesterton Murrel understood all about it, except perhaps the end of it, which remained rather cloudy; but he did not allow the faintest trace of intelligence to appear in his tone of voice. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Guy de Maupassant One day he even strikes her, not only without any cause, but also without the faintest pretext. A Divorce Case (Un cas de divorce) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

George Gissing An inscrutable woman, who could look and smile at one without conveying the faintest suggestion of her actual thoughts. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

There was the faintest suspicion of a sound, as of a key being gently turned in the lock, and then all was still again, stiller than ever. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

Nor did Marmaduke Lovel give the faintest hint of a desire for larger concessions from his future son-in-law: he conducted the business with the lofty air of a man above the consideration of figures. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Rafael Sabatini She considered him a moment, and there was the faintest smile on her lips. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

The faintest possible whiff of a familiar perfume made my head swim with its suggestion. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Wilkie Collins Mr. Treverton listened, or appeared to listen, without moving a muscle — without the faintest change to anger in his face. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

John Galsworthy Damn!” Dinny, who had not the faintest desire that she should keep her rash appointment, said, to her own surprise: “Shall I go? He must have seen the light. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Wilkie Collins While it was impossible to be formal and reserved in her company, it was more than impossible to take the faintest vestige of a liberty with her, even in thought. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Virginia Woolf You’re the only woman I’ve ever met who seems to have the faintest conception of what I mean when I say a thing. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

H. G. Wells The novels of Jane Austen (England, 1775-1817) pursue their even way without the faintest echo of the land and sea campaigns in progress. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

She lifted a long envelope containing some papers, and the faintest nod indicated that they were what he sought. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Algernon Blackwood For something like an hour I do not think there was even the faintest sound within those four walls and under the canopy of that vaulted roof. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Wilkie Collins Lucilla placed her hands on their faces, right and left, without the faintest idea in her mind of the positions which the two relatively occupied. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

She put it on and buttoned her gloves without the faintest knowledge of what she was doing; her senses were wholly occupied with the comprehension of the collapse that had taken place within her. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

D. H. Lawrence They then made out the faintest pallor of his face. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence She had never had the faintest notion that she cared for horses and stables and grooms. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Margaret Oliphant There was not a breath astir, not enough to cause the faintest ripple on the beach. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

D. H. Lawrence And then he gave the faintest gesture with his head, as of summons towards him. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

G. K. Chesterton If it was something connected with a hole in the wall he would find the hole in the wall; but, as a matter of fact, he was unable to find the faintest crack in the wall. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Thomas Wolfe I had no idea — not the faintest — that the man would be able to make it. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

G. K. Chesterton They only had one slight weakness, all of them; that they did not seem to have the faintest notion of what had happened. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Who had committed the murder he couldn’t hazard the faintest guess. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

George Meredith At dawn she stood at her window looking across the valley of Meran, and felt the whole scene in a song of her heart, with the faintest recollection of her having passed through a tempest overnight. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

This other line, though, shows the faintest imaginable trace of soap; and these uncertain, wavering ones are caused by some effluvium not in the comet itself, but in the region beyond it. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

Was there the faintest shadow of a blush on her cheek? “There is something more,” she said. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Henry David Thoreau The faintest assured objection which one healthy man feels will at length prevail over the arguments and customs of mankind. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

H. G. Wells Scholastic history ends at 1700 or 1800, always long before it throws the faintest light upon modern political or social conditions. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Charles Dickens The figure neither spoke, nor turned to look, nor gave in any other way the faintest sign of having heard the noise. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

A criminal of his type generally calculates for everything, and if he gets the faintest inkling that we’re watching him he’ll disappear at once. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

D. H. Lawrence There was the faintest tang of snow in the air, from the great glacier-peaks that were hidden in the night opposite. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins The night was so quite and airless that there was not the faintest rustle among the leaves in the garden beneath me to distract my attention. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

D. H. Lawrence But he turned the handsome side of his cheek towards her, with the faintest flicker of a sneer. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells And then I will deliver a discourse to you — without the faintest flavour of Balch in it. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

The rosy flush which the first mention of de Sigognac’s name had called up was gone, and her countenance showed no faintest sign of embarrassment or shame. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

A belated cuckoo was wishing the world good-night in the far distance, and the tinkling of bells on the harness of a waggoner’s team was wafted to him like faintest music upon the still evening air. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

If there had been the faintest doubt of his being Patrick, Cosset, Thring and Noble would have discovered it during those weeks. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

E. Phillips Oppenheim There is not the faintest shadow of danger or difficulty in any way. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

George Gissing No faintest spark of any warmer feeling lived within him. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

She received Montesma with the faintest inclination of the head, and she carefully avoided all occasion of speech with him during the leisurely, long spun-out meal. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]