Phrases with "faintest"

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]

G. K. Chesterton In much the same manner Master Jeremy Bunt, who had not the faintest intention of deserting the delightful school in which he was no longer required to do any work, actually ran forward. The Sword of Wood by G. K. Chesterton [1928]

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]

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

The faintest indication of something like a peevish sneer; it might be only the lines of pain and fatigue; still it had that unpleasant character remaining fixed on its features. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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

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]

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

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

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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

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]

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

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]

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

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

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]

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

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

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

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]

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

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]

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]

It was a lovely eveningorange and rosy lights reflected on the glassy river, willows stirred with a murmurous movement by faintest zephyrs — a wind no louder than a sigh. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

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]

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]

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]

Elizabeth Gaskell The privilege to possess money, to buy food or eat it, to smoke, drink, gamble, or sing, was taxed; and the faintest show of resistance was met by the knife. An Italian Institution by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

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]

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

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]

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

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

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

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]

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]

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

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

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]

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]

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]

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]

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

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was not even the flicker of an eyelid, not the faintest sign of anything beyond a polite but somewhat bored interest. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

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

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]

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

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

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

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]

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]

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

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]

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

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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

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

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]

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]

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]

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

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 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]

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]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman No faintest clue was ever found. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

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

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]

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]

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]

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]

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

He had a wife, then, that dashing young painter with the brilliant brown eyes — the only man who had ever aroused the faintest interest in her well-regulated soul. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

It was the faintest possible sound of wheels. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

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

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

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

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]

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

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]

H. G. Wells But they make not the faintest intimation of how these desirable ends are to be obtained. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

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]

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

There was still only the faintest hint of light, and black night still lurked in the crannies. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

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]

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]

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

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

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

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]

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

G. K. Chesterton A banker has a real house, yet how numerous are the bankers who fail to emit the faintest shriek when their real front doors open inwards. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

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]

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

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]

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

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]

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

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

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

D. H. Lawrence The diminished, dark-blue form of a soldier was seen passing between the green stretches of grass, his spurs giving the faintest glitter to his walk. New Eve and Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

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]

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

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

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]

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

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]

Wilkie Collins As a necessary result, not the faintest suspicion of the motive under which Anne was acting existed in his mind now. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

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

Charles Dickens Marry whom he pleased! They would like to see him dare to think of marrying any of them; they would like to see the faintest approach to such a thing. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

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]

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]

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]

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

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]

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

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]

Algernon Blackwood With natures in whom the subconscious never stirred, natures through whom its magical fires cast no faintest upward gleam, intercourse was ever sterile, unproductive. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

In this Silent Isle the ears — “Set to small measure, deaf to all the beats Of the large music rolling o’er the world”— become almost supernaturally alert, catching the faintest sound. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

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]

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]

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]

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

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

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

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

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]

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

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]

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

George Gissing There is not the faintest probability that Bella has retained any recollection of me at all. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

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

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]

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

I ran first to the old dame and began accusing her; of Emelyanoushka I’d not the faintest suspicion, though there was cause for it in his sitting there drunk. An Honest Thief by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1848]

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

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]

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

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]

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

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

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]

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

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

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]

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]

M. P. Shiel After letting go her hair, she stood again feckless and imbecile, with sideward-hung head, very pitiable to see I think now, though no faintest pity touched me then. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

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]

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]

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]

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

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]

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

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]

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

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]

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

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

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

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

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

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]

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

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

Wilkie Collins Unless I completely misinterpreted the mute language of her lips, she had not the faintest belief in the fulfillment of Mr. Engelman’s prediction. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

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 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]

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]

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]

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

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]