Phrases with "feather"

G. K. Chesterton Really,” he added, with a kind of half-embarrassed guilt, “it’s rather a feather in my cap. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

H. Rider Haggard One suit was a kind of uniform plentifully adorned with gold lace, having tall boots and a broad felt hat with a white ostrich feather in it to match. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Certainly he had not imposed his view upon his fellow-members — they would have blown it off like a feather — yet they found themselves much of his mind. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Joseph Furphy And if ever I go into print — which is most unlikely — I’ll refer to this essay in such a way as to whet public curiosity to a feather edge. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Jack London A palace eunuch, tickling my neck with a feather from behind, gave me my start. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Henry Kingsley Then under the beetling crags, where the fern-trees began to feather up among the fallen boulders, the bushrangers turned like hunted wolves, and stood at bay. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

H. G. Wells I must arrange a feather of hair at the back of my head. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

Willa Cather She left the chair where she had hopefully settled herself for comfort, took up a feather duster and began moving distractedly about the room, brushing the surface of the furniture. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle It has been my wont to choose a saddle-backed feather for a dead shaft, and a swine-backed for a smooth flier. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Andrew Lang At last they happened to let fly their arrows both together, and when they fell to earth again the tail feather of a golden hen was found sticking in one. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

A feather would have turned the scale, and a feather did turn it. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Virginia Woolf For now had come that moment, that hesitation when dawn trembles and night pauses, when if a feather alight in the scale it will be weighed down. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

In the wake of a carriage-and-four that was turning out of it came Captain Bird, not a feather of his plumage ruffled, not a speck (except dust) on his superfine coat, not a wristband soiled. The Other Earring by Ellen Wood [1874]

Thomas Love Peacock CAPTAIN FITZCHROME. Truly, the praise of such gentry must be a feather in any one’s cap. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

Sir Walter Scott I will not harm a feather in his crest. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Willa Cather Mrs. Foley was the widow of a useful Tammany man, and she owned real estate in Flatbush. She was huge and soft as a feather bed. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Rudyard Kipling The bullet threw up a feather of dust by a clump of gentians at the base of the rock. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Charles Dickens My lady stops me again, before I go any further, by laughing exactly in her old way and waving the feather of her pen at me. The Perils of Certain English Prisoners by Charles Dickens [1857]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The clasps which held his feather and the plaid over his shoulder were set with fine stones in rich silver. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

He was like a feather floating lightly in the workaday atmosphere which was the breath of our nostrils. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

G. K. Chesterton For birds of a feather flock together, but birds of the white feather most of all. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Later on she made her bed less successfully, for she had never learned the art of wrestling with a feather tick. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Wilkie Collins Take a few copies of the portrait of a female patient, whom you might have blown away with a feather before she took the Pill, and whom you are simply requested to contemplate now. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

A. E. W. Mason I doubt if I could have endured it without the recollection of that night at Ramelton, without the feel of the fourth feather to keep the recollection actual and recent in my thoughts. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

M. R. James That feather was no more loose than — oh, if I could git at you! Now I shouldn’t wonder but what you’ve throwed me all out of balance. Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James

Kenneth Grahame When in this mood she passes the word to her underlings, and all the little people of fur and feather take the hint and slip home quietly by back streets. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

And I declare that a feather might almost have knocked me down. Ketira the Gypsy by Ellen Wood [1876]

Arthur Conan Doyle Holà! ma chérie, I wish to leave with you my gold-work, my velvet, my silk, my feather bed, my incense-boat, my ewer, my naping linen, and all the rest of it. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Now I think, under normal circumstances, I should greatly have enjoyed the ride, except that, with no saddle under me, I was soon experiencing anything but the comforts of a feather bed. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I should explain perhaps that it is only a drop of a few feet and the end is what you call in England a feather bed. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

She felt as though a feather had been passed over them. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Sigmund Freud He was tickled with a feather on his lips and on the tip of his nose. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

It was no business of mine to inquire what brought Colonel Gaillarde and the Marquis together, in so shabby and even dirty a place, or who the mean person, biting the feather end of his pen, might be. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

H. G. Wells The Ethnologist looked at the bhimraj feather thoughtfully. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Virginia Woolf He had wanted to talk to Kitty; he had nothing to say to that Oriental-looking harpy with a pheasant’s feather floating at the back of her head. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

They are too thick together, he and Thorn, and are birds of a feather also, I suspect. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Poppy got a peacock’s feather and tickled his nose just as he was dropping asleep. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Abraham Merri But before you can move my archers will feather their hearts. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Anthony Trollope To have either Mr Palliser or Lady Dumbello would have been a feather in her cap; but to succeed in getting both, by enabling each to know that the other would be there, was indeed a triumph. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence At the back of the cart, long duster-brooms of reed and feather stuck out, nodding on their stalks of cane. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

She was dressed for riding, and wore a large hat with a feather and a great gold buckle that glittered and flashed in the firelight. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Rudyard Kipling That’s a feather in your cap, and a deserved one. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Anthony Trollope You and I are dear friends,—are we not?” “I do hope so, Mr. Fenwick?” “There shall be no feather moulted between us. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

A. E. W. Mason When she put it back again, she laid the white feather in the drawer with it and locked the two things up together. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

On such an occasion, even a feather weight becomes a burden. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

A deep hush filled the room, and, for a long minute, almost the falling of a feather could have been heard. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Gertrude Stein Come to season that is there any extreme use in feather and cotton. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

Anthony Trollope I know the difference between comfort and discomfort in money matters, but all that is as a feather in the balance. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Mark Twain The Grand Duchess had on a white alpaca robe, with the seams and gores trimmed with black barb lace, and a little gray hat with a feather of the same color. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

I’ve a notion that there will be some wark wi’ the red cock, and I’d like a feather or twa as a keepsake. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

If anyone of them happens to be valiant about something, he need not be comforted nor carried away by that; he would show the white feather just the same before something else. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Andrew Lang Then they hung a collar round his neck, and held a feather on which was written the name of the dove. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Daniel Defoe The beaux walk about like the shadows of men; And wherever he leads ’em, they follow: But take ’em and shake ’em, there’s not one in ten But ’s as light as a feather and hollow. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

Andrew Lang As the sun was now low over the sea he put the feather in his game bag, and set out homewards. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Meredith Weisspriess held the feather up, and judged by its length that it was an eagle’s, and therefore belonging to the Hungarian Hussar regiment stationed in Milan. “The bird’s aloft,” he remarked. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Mrs. Gaskell So I remembered the green tea, and winged my shaft with a feather out of her own plumage. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Virginia Woolf With a feather drooping from a broad-brimmed hat, in white from top to toe, she looked like a gallant lady of the time of Charles the First leading royalist troops into action. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

She slept uncommonly well that night in the warm and pleasant feather bed. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

A. E. W. Mason You keep the feather which he sent, but he is dead. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Sigmund Freud Stekel reported a dream in which the hat with an obliquely-standing feather in the middle symbolized the (impotent) man. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Andrew Lang One day he had heard them say that if they liked they could get for the king a wonderful dove which had a feather of gold and a feather of silver time about. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

More than one attempt, too, has been made to tar and feather me by young blackguards spurred on by rival scientists who would have dearly loved to humiliate me in any way. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Willa Cather That night, when she clambered into her big German feather bed, she felt completely released from the enslaving desire to get on in the world. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Arthur Conan Doyle One white osprey feather thrust through a gold brooch in the front of his cap gave a touch of grace to his somber garb. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The khaki colouring of her coat and brief skirt and cap added to their military air with pipings and cords and a small upright feather of scarlet. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

John Galsworthy She could see the slim feather of his tail cocked and waving gently at her. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Thomas Love Peacock Her hair streamed over her shoulders; the loss of the black feather had left nothing but the rustic costume, the blue gown, the black stockings, and the ribbon-tied shoes. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

Willa Cather Two corners of this living-room were curtained off for lodgers; in one Rosicky slept on an old horsehair sofa, with a feather quilt to wrap himself in. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Guy de Maupassan He looked at me with terror in his eyes — such eyes! He held my wrists in his little hands and his body writhed like a feather over the fire. Why? by Guy de Maupassan

He was a feather to be blown by every puff of wind. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

She was wearing an amber-coloured hat with a feather in it and a deep dark-red cloak with a high collar; he could see, from where he was, that the cloak was faded and old. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Andrew Lang Drawing a feather from his bird’s skin, he said, ‘If you are in danger and cry, “Come and help me, King of the Birds,” everything will go well with you. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry Handel Richardson Aloud she merely said: “But think what a feather in your cap it will be, if the boy recovers, . The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Gertrude Stein Choose running anyway, that is to say that rolling has more distinction, choose a feather boa and range all the plumes and a yellow one is sweeter. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

John Galsworthy Lawrence was in featherthought the whole show the least gimcrack thing he had seen for a long time, and had now more hope of the pound going still lower. Over the River by John Galsworthy

A. E. W. Mason When you gave me that fourth feather in the little room at Ramelton, with the music coming faintly through the door, I understood your meaning. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Charles Dickens Presently, she heard the step again, as she would have done if it had been that of a feather endowed with motion and walking down on tiptoe. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Virginia Woolf She was a feather blown on the gale. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Edith Wharton He became a leaf on the air, a feather on a current, a straw on the tide, the spray of the wave spinning itself to sunshine as the wave toppled over into gulfs of blue . The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

H. G. Wells Potter said he’d be hanged if he parted with a feather of them — that he meant to kill them off one by one and find the diamond; but afterwards, thinking it over, he relented a little. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Andrew Lang The girl awoke with a start, and leant forward to grasp him, but he was already flying off, and she only seized a feather from his wing. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Nellie Bly They wear such wonderfully padded clothing that they are as shapeless as a feather pillow. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Frances Hodgson Burnett There was no kilted figure to be seen, but it would come towards her soon with swinging plaid and eagle’s feather standing up grandly in its Highland bonnet. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

And yet, for a word spoken with kindness, how readily I would have resigned (had it been altogether at my own choice to do so) the peacock’s feather in my cap as the merest of bawbles. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Gertrude Stein Please recognize a feather a heather or a soul. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Speaking of her present quarters, she said she loved Uledi’s wife very much, thinking birds of a feather ought to live together. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Walter Scott Berengaria is wild to behold it also; and I dare be sworn not a feather of you, her companions and attendants, will remain behind — least of all thou thyself, fair coz. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

George Meredith And the choicest women are those who yield not a feather of their womanliness for some amount of manlike strength. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Gertrude Stein A FEATHER. A feather is trimmed, it is trimmed by the light and the bug and the post, it is trimmed by little leaning and by all sorts of mounted reserves and loud volumes. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

His head was covered with a black velvet cap with a peacock’s feather fastened with a brooch of silver. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

A. E. W. Mason I snapped a fourth white feather from my fan and gave him that to carry away too. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

There he stands yonder, with a feather in his hat. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Edgar Allan Poe I could not have stirred with it a feather if my life had been at issue, or sullied even the delicacy of a mirror. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

I am almost sorry that I consented to these scarlet bows on my dress, but the feather trimming looked so heavy without them, and Theodore’s eye for colour is perfect. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

If you can’t get a feather suit for yourself, Mr. Kennedy, you can shed what you’ve got and row. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Arthur Machen It looked like a short, slim man dressed as they used to be hundreds of years ago; she saw the sword by his side, and the feather in his cap. A Fragment of Life by Arthur Machen

D. H. Lawrence Another feather in the family cap! She didn’t care a straw about his books, but why should she? ‘Oh, I don’t think it’s my doing,’ said Connie. ‘It must be! Can’t be anybody else’s. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang When the king had heard the story, he decided that the feather belonged to his son; but the other boy would not listen to this and claimed the feather for himself. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

William Makepeace Thackeray Now it carried away a feather of his plume; now it shore off a leaf of his coronet. A Legend of the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1845]

Andrew Lang After that she watched the seat where the bridegroom was sitting, and taking a plateful of the broth, she dropped the ring and the feather into it, and set if herself before him. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang He had a burnt cork in his pocket to blacken his moustache, and a red cock’s feather to put in his cap to make himself look fierce. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Elizabeth Gaskell She was dancing, it was true, with the same lightness and grace as before, but the smooth bounding motion as of a feather blown onwards by the wind was gone. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

And yet, for a word spoken with kindness, I would have resigned the peacock’s feather in my cap as the merest of baubles. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

It was the feather that put him out. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

But it is ever thus: the dun deer are never so scarce as when one has a gray goose feather nipped betwixt the fingers. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Jonathan Swift And this is what we charge them with, as answerable to God, their country, and posterity — that the bleeding condition of their fellow subjects was a feather in the balance with their private ends. On the Conduct of the Allies by Jonathan Swift [1711]

A. E. W. Mason But she said:— “Both.” There was no reason why he should keep Castleton’s feather any longer. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Jules Verne With but its bit of sail, the Tankadere was lifted like a feather by a wind, an idea of whose violence can scarcely be given. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

She could not be sure of knowing the young man again, and could not say if the young lady was blonde or brunette, only that she was awfully pale and had a beautiful gray feather in her hat. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle It carried him in like a feather and hurled him up against the face of the cliff. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

A. E. W. Mason Therefore she added her fourth feather to the three. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Willa Cather In half an hour Thea was in her big feather bed, drinking hot lentil soup, and almost before the soup was swallowed she was asleep. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Maria Edgeworth Not worth my while to stand his shot, for the feather of a cock,” concluded Connal, as he pulled to pieces one of the feathers, which had been the original cause of all the mischief. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

William Makepeace Thackeray And no doubt you and I are as happy, as free, as comfortable; we can walk and dine as well; we can keep the winter’s cold out as well, without a star on our coats, as without a feather in our hats. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Leon Trotsky So I would go from laughter into sleep, from nightmares into wakefulness, and back into sleep again in a feather bed in the warm bedroom. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Arthur Conan Doyle In the opposite corner there sat a very burly and broad-shouldered man, clad in a black jerkin trimmed with sable, with a black velvet cap with curling white feather cocked upon the side of his head. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

She found herself like a feather in his grasp, helpless, unable to struggle, with her feet off the ground. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Its feather mantle was long and gorgeous. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Virginia Woolf They scratched up the path; left little curls of feather here and there on the beds, which were more to his fancy. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Virginia Woolf A drunken man was bawling out some loud song; a tipsy girl with a feather bobbing in her eyes was swaying as she clung to the lamp-post . The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Walter Scott The features over which this feather drooped were in no degree remarkable for peculiarity of expression. Castle Dangerous by Walter Scott [1832]

W. H. Hudson A curse falls readily and not without a certain natural grace from Gregory’s lips; it is the oiled feather with which he touches every difficult knot encountered in life. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

The figure-head was a half-naked savage with a feather over one ear and a hatchet in his belt). The Partner by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Robert Louis Stevenson The portmanteau, being of occidental build, was no feather — weight; it had distressed the powerful Alan; and as for John, he was crushed under its bulk, and the sweat broke upon him thickly. The Misadventures of John Nicholson by Robert Louis Stevenson

Circumstantial evidence weighs with them as a feather in the balance. The Phantom Coach by Amelia B. Edwards

It was the accepted jest for all hands to greet the conclusion of this song with the simultaneous cry: “My word!” thus winging the arrow of ridicule with a feather from the singer’s wing. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Frances Hodgson Burnett She looked like a white blossom drifting from the bough—like a feather from a dove’s wing floating downward to earth. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Anthony Trollope It had for two years been a feather in the cap of Phineas that he knew Laurence Fitzgibbon. And yet people said that Laurence Fitzgibbon had nothing of his own, and men wondered how he lived. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

John Galsworthy Clare was in black on this second day, with a slim green feather in a close-fitting black hat. Over the River by John Galsworthy

H. G. Wells But even then I remember how I noted the infinite delicacy of her childish skin and the fine eyebrow, finer than the finest feather that ever one felt on the breast of a bird. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Willa Cather To try to get related facts out of his optimism was like trying to find framework in a feather bed. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Arthur Machen I think that my bedroom carpet was threadbare and that the bed was a feather bed; at all events one slept sublimely there under the roof, under the London stars. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

But for this delightful recipe, feather fans, and eau de Cologne, I think we should have failed altogether; the thermometer stood at 90 degrees. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Jack London She was like a feather in my arms, so slender, so ethereal. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

A. E. W. Mason But she was relieved to know that the sender of the third feather could never be approached. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Her father gives her three hundred a month to dress on, and she has tawny eyes and hair and feather fans of five colors. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

H. G. Wells Not a feather of ’em can you see. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Andrew Lang Then, flinging the feather from her hair, she put her head on her hands, and sobbed passionately. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

A miracle! a miracle!” “Why, how can you tell your birds from their fellows?” said Catherine. “I know every feather in their wings. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Nathaniel Hawthorne This is wisdom, and therefore will I spend the next half-hour in shaping little boats of driftwood and launching them on voyages across the cove, with the feather of a sea-gull for a sail. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

And all the little birds had laid their heads Under their wings — sleeping in feather beds. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

George Meredith I wanted a hero, and the jewelled garb and the feather did not suit him. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

He would have been Exhibit A in the case against Richard, and to produce him would have been a feather in Henry’s cap. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Alfred Tennyson But after scaling half the weary down, Just where the prone edge of the wood began To feather toward the hollow, all her force Fail’d her; and sighing ‘let me rest’ she said. Enoch Arden by Alfred Tennyson [1864]

The footman at the far end of the gallery was busy with a feather duster, with his back towards the grille. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

He provided them, in his usual munificent spirit, with a princely donation of gold, rich cotton stuffs, and beautiful mantles of the plumaje, or feather embroidery. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

But in an hour or two he awoke cold, and found that his drunken companion had got all the feather bed; so mighty is instinct. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

No doubt you and your crony Macdonald and the rest of them will feather your own nests; I don’t ask. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

William Morris Forsooth, I looked for them an hour later; and had they come an hour earlier yet, some heads would now lie on the cold grass which shall lie on a feather bed to-night. A Dream of John Ball by William Morris [1888]

Frances Hodgson Burnett His broad forehead was clear white where he had pushed back his bonnet with the eagle feather standing upright on it. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

A. E. W. Mason She treasured the feather because it was no longer a symbol of cowardice but a symbol of cowardice atoned. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

She’d be, I suppose, on her high horse — and — and ’tis not a feather to me. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry James The idea that if I put the thing through it would be a very pretty feather in my cap and a very pretty penny in my purse was part of it. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Thus went on our wooing, till I had shot wild-fowl enough to feather our bridal-bed, and the daughter of the sea was mine. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Thomas Love Peacock In one of these glances he saw a slight movement of the blue gown, and, in a moment after, the black hat and feather dropped into the pool. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

Sir Walter Scott Those whom they obeyed as leaders were only distinguished from the others by a feather in the cap, their dress, arms, and equipments being in all other respects the same. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Andrew Lang And as the last one passed by him, he saw she had one feather missing from her tail. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Gaston Leroux They are a cheap imitation, as the second feather proves. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

But, as a matter of fact, the ostrich feather was used as a family badge by all the sons of Edward iii. English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril Davenport [1899]

Kate Chopin Edna was sitting on the tabouret, idly brushing the tips of a feather duster along the carpet when he came in again. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Nellie Bly So the women spent their time bargaining with the Jews who came to the ship to sell ostrich feathers and feather boas. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

If he’d been cut out for a Catholic, he’d have just sunk down into it months ago, as easy as falling into a feather bed, and not had to lash and worry himself and read his eyes out. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Arthur Conan Doyle At the same instant the man stumbled forward upon his knees, and lay lifeless upon the deck, a blood-stained feather jutting out from his back. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

H. G. Wells It had one feather in its tail almost all white, by which I knew it, and so when, next day, the auction started with it, I capped Padishah’s eighty-five by ninety. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

William Makepeace Thackeray What a strength in that arm! What splendor of will hidden behind that tawny beard, and those honest eyes! Sharpen your pen, my good critic, shoot a feather into him; hit him, and make him wince. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Frances Hodgson Burnett During the last few weeks feather had even found herself wishing that they were less well trained and would make a little noise—do anything to break the silence. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

A. E. W. Mason I take my feather back now, and I annul my accusation. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Oh, subtle sex! This feather was to turn the scale, and make him talk unquestioned. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

The feather in his hat is worth at least five-and-twenty pistoles. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Olaf Stapledon And since there was little co-ordination of their actions, and, anyhow, they were mainly concerned to feather their own nests, chaos followed. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Andrew Lang His eye was straight and his hand steady, but the falcon’s flight was swift, and he only shot a feather from her wing. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

You might have knocked me down with a feather yesterday, when that fine funeral came out of the park gates, and I saw your face at the window of one of the coaches. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Thomas Hardy The scales are balanced so nicely that a feather would turn them. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

I do think nothing would have given him more satisfaction than to join a mob in administering lynch law to Clement–Pell, and to tar and feather him first. Over the Water by Ellen Wood [1871]

M. R. James On a Friday morning it was that a fox, or perhaps a cat, made away with Mrs. Ashton’s most prized black cockerel, a bird without a single white feather on its body. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

The feather from her green hat hung low over her curls. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Walter Scott A large sable feather had been detached from his hat, and the rippling waves of the rising tide wafted it to Caleb’s feet. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

At peep of day Gerard rose, flung the feather bed upon his snoring companion, and went in search of milk and air. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

But the chief ornament is a space parallel to the dark-blue shaft, which in outline forms a perfect second feather lying within the true feather. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

There was seldom enough wind to blow a feather along. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

This feather was picked up from the heath, the bird was not shot: we saw its nest in the winter, full of little skeletons. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Anatole France M. Coignard slept in the lower chamber, under the stairs, in the same feather bed with the host and his wife, and all three thought they would be suffocated. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

And if men cast a feather therein, it will sink to the bottom, and these be things against kind. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Anthony Trollope This was the famous Miss Dunstable. ‘Birds of a feather flock together,’ said Mrs Rantaway—late Miss Gushing—when she heard of the visit. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope At that moment he had been unstrung, demoralised, and unmanned,—so weak that a feather would have knocked him over. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Andrew Lang With the first spoonful he took up the ring, and a thrill ran through him; in the second he beheld the feather and rose from his chair. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry Handel Richardson The feather from her riding-hat lay on her neck. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Leo Tolstoy I hid the feather in my glove, and stood there unable to tear myself away from her. After the Dance by Leo Tolstoy

Charles Dickens Lighter than a Peacock’s feather — a great deal lighter. The Chimes by Charles Dickens [1844]

Nothing in the world is more pretty than that same species of defence; it is the charm of the African necromancer who professed with a feather to turn aside the winds. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Well! let’s fly the feather before the wind; let us join with that side to which the wind will carry it and resume our adventurous life. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Arthur Conan Doyle In the rapid glance Alleyne saw that he had white doeskin gloves, a curling white feather in his flat velvet cap, and a broad gold, embroidered baldric across his bosom. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Shillington was a man of crime, and invariably birds of a feather flock together. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Andrew Lang Steal only the hen which has the feather missing from her tail, and leave the others alone. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

You could have knocked me down with the proverbial feather when I saw you two coming up the track. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Still, it seems, a feather would have turned the scale in his favour, for she whispered, “I have a great mind; if I could but catch his eye. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Anthony Trollope And why should she go to the deanery? Who could say whether the Dean would let her come away again? What a feather it would be in the Dean’s cap if the next Popenjoy were born at the deanery. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Arthur Conan Doyle If I’d kept myself straight I should have gone off a few years later in a feather bed as the Dean of St. Patrick’s may be. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Mark Twain Why, it was astonishing, the way I felt as light as a feather right straight off, and my troubles all gone. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain