Phrases with "feeble"

Isabella Bird He begged me, in feeble tones, to get him some brandy; but I could not find anybody to give it to him, and went down with the water. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

George Eliot I think they must have been given to feeble remonstrance, getting more and more peevish as it became more and more ineffectual. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Elizabeth Gaskell She desired the spare room might be prepared, and made every provision she could think of for Ruth’s comfort; for Ruth still remained feeble and weak. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Ann Radcliffe The church was gloomy and desolate; and the feeble rays of the lamp she bore, gave only light enough to discover its chilling grandeur. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Arthur Conan Doyle I am not the law, but I represent justice so far as my feeble powers go. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

The examination had lasted long, and it was seen that the feeble intellect of the boy was wearied out, so the case was adjourned. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Robert Louis Stevenson Those excursions that he had promised himself to finish, prove too long or too arduous for his feeble body; and the barrier-hills are as impassable as ever. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Even his wife, who admired him always, and thought him the soul of wisdom in all he did, could not be blind to the change, and a new sense of peacefulness stole into her feeble mind. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

This mode of treatment was possible so long as the literary class of ladies formed a feeble minority. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Henry James Her husband was such a feeble type that she must have felt doubly she had been put upon her honor. The Path Of Duty by Henry James [1884]

He came; and though Clarissa sometimes made feeble efforts to avoid him, it happened almost always, that before the evening was out he found some few minutes for unreserved talk with her. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Then his jaw dropped; he looked hard at him, said something under his breath, and, shaking me by the hand, made a feeble excuse, and fled the room. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

George Gissing In five years or a little more he had become an old and feeble man; his thin hair was all but completely grey, his flesh had wasted and discoloured, his hand trembled, his breath came with difficulty. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Sir Robert sent him game, but he was too feeble to lift the food to his mouth, and the Queen fed him herself. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Has the Pretender landed on the rugged Scottish coast? Is Gibraltar taken?” “No; ’tis but one unlucky old woman less in the world, one poor feeble light extinguished. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

There was, for that second, peace; then again the cat howled by the door, and, as if in answer to the summons, the blizzard struck at it again, and the feeble barriers gave. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

All these as means of toil the feeble see, But these are helps to pleasure join’d with thee. The Poetical Works of Thomas Parnell by with an introduction by George Gilfillan [1855]

R. D. Blackmore A feeble youth would have moped, but Robin only grew more resolute. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Her eyes were old and weaksharp enough to discover the short-comings of Mr. Sheldon’s young maid-servants, but too feeble even for long-primer. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Wilkie Collins He hailed the feeble November sunlight as a good omen. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Maria Edgeworth The conflict was too violent for my feeble frame. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Henry James And it was of no use that, when catching herself in this state of mind, she called herself a feeble spirit, a coward. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

St. Denys guard me from such feeble opposites as thou! and above all from their weak arms — thou diabolical young hypocrite. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

George Eliot She knew no romances, and had only a feeble share in the feelings which are the source of romance, so that well-read ladies may find it difflcult to understand her state of mind. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Nathaniel Hawthorne On perceiving me, she came forward with great quietude of manner; and when I held out my hand, her own moved slightly towards it, as if attracted by a feeble degree of magnetism. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Marjorie Bowen The Earl set the candle on the mantelshelf, and its feeble rays dimly revealed the massive handsome chamber, the rows of books on carved shelves, the dark pictures, the heavy furniture. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Jules Verne As Nadia helped the old Siberian, so in the same way did Michael render to his more feeble companions in misfortune such services as his situation allowed. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Robert Burns Her feeble pulse gies strong presumption Death soon will end her. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

The projection of the spirit into Space during sleep, he thought, was a faint and feeble thing, and these were powerful Presences. With the second and the third he was rather impressed. Space by John Buchan [1911]

Edgar Allan Poe There is no argument which so touches the feeble reason of the madman as the argumentum ad absurdum. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

Charles Dickens Defarge got upon the box, and gave the word “To the Barrier!” The postilion cracked his whip, and they clattered away under the feeble over-swinging lamps. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

George Eliot She was too feeble for more words to be spoken between them till she was seated by his fireside. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

H. G. Wells You make your feeble defiance. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Richard Burton Nothing can be more sinful in Al-Islam than such deed — it is murder, “made sicker” by sacrilege; yet the prevalence of the practice proves how feeble is the religion’s hold upon the race. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Madame Gerdy stirred a little, and a feeble groan escaped her. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Olaf Stapledon Or tremulously it thrust with feeble pressure against the prison windows, drawn by the pin-prick lights of the sky; but conceiving no immensity, no galaxies. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Crainquebille, in a feeble and hesitating voice, repeats once more the insulting words. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

The effects of a feeble yielding to impulse are sometimes hardly to be distinguished from those of the most deliberate and thorough-paced sin. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

E. F. Benson One cannot say it is wholly destroyed, because I suppose that would mean death, but it is in so feeble and impotent a state that I know of nothing which can touch it. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Willa Cather His feeble flirtatious instincts had been crushed before, but never so mercilessly. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Robert Louis Stevenson One piped, in feeble tones, ‘Oh why left I my hame?’ which seemed a pertinent question in the circumstances. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

Benjamin Disraeli There was no hope; the green post-chariot was at the door, a feeble promise of a speedy return; Julia’s eyes were filled with tears. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Mark Twain The valleys are unsightly deserts fringed with a feeble vegetation that has an expression about it of being sorrowful and despondent. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

George Meredith She struck a feeble hand, and tried to pray, Clamoured of treachery, and had recourse To drunken outcries in her dream that Force Needed but hear her shouting to obey. Odes in Contribution to the Song of French History by George Meredith [1898]

George Gissing Mrs. Peak’s shame and annoyance, in face of this London-branded vulgarian, were but feeble emotions compared with those of her son. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

He was a feeble creature and I could manage him easily, but of course it was impossible to go to sleep again. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

He was a feeble creature, and I seized hold of him and began to drag him towards his post. Looking back on the Spanish war by George Orwell [1942]

William Makepeace Thackeray A solitary water-cart goes jingling down the wide pavement, and spirts a feeble refreshment over the dusty, thirsty stones. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Ann Radcliffe The door yielded to her touch, and she suddenly found herself in a highly vaulted cavern, which received a feeble light from the moon-beams that streamed through an opening in the rock above. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Fear not now the fever’s fire, Fear not now the death-bed groan; Pangs that torture, pains that tire Bed-rid age with feeble moan. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

H. G. Wells In the afternoon he made a feeble effort to get at the food. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

The feeble gas flame in the hall was still there, on duty, as though it had never been turned off since I last crossed the hall at half-past eleven in the evening to go to the harbour. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Henry James The young girl, in spite of her childish satisfaction in her poodle, was not a person of feeble understanding. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

The animal gave a feeble shy, and the twins screamed, first with surprise and then with pleasure. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

G. K. Chesterton The strong and evident idea of reform sank lower and lower until it became the timid and feeble idea of progress. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

The pendulum gave but a feeble tick-tack amid the general drowsiness that brooded over the whole chamber. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

George Eliot Her imagination, always rushing extravagantly beyond an immediate impression, saw her tall, strong brother grasping the feeble Philip bodily, crushing him and trampling on him. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

George Meredith And do not think me far from the point when I say I have a feeble health. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Andrew Lang This curious fascination has attracted round your memory a feeble folk of commentators, biographers, anecdotists, and others of the tribe. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

Great Heaven, could this feeble old woman be the assassin? Could those withered old hands have inflicted that mortal gash? No, the idea was not to be entertained for a moment. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Sinclair Lewis She was an ancient thing, rusty and feeble and in some doubt as to what to do with Sam’s hat and stick. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

There are human tempers, bland, glowing, and genial, within whose influence it is as good for the poor in spirit to live, as it is for the feeble in frame to bask in the glow of noon. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

D. H. Lawrence Connie thought what a pathetic sort of thing a man was, feeble and small-looking, when he was lying on his belly on the big earth. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Having a strong sense of one’s own merit, coupled with a feeble conception of worth in others. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

George Gissing Nor did he appear to be in a feeble state of health; for all his emaciation, his step was firm and he held himself tolerably upright. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

D. H. Lawrence Under the rector’s apparently gallant handsomeness, she saw the weak, feeble nullity. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

Edgar Allan Poe Parker, although sadly reduced, and so feeble that he could not raise his head from his bosom, was not so far gone as the other two. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

He had gone into the forest a mile or more when he was surprised to see a feeble gleam of light shining through the foliage skirting the path on his left. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

George Elio He was too feeble and suffering for the last few weeks to see any visitors, but he still sat up through the day. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

All control tends to grow weak and may be broken by an accident, except in the case of young children, and some women, and those of feeble mind. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Henry James They performed the dizziest feats of arithmetic, soaring quite out of MY feeble range, and perpetrated, in higher spirits than ever, geographical and historical jokes. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

Ann Woolper I hold only by a feeble bond. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

They moved about the altar, helping old Father Elia, and supporting his elbows as he raised his feeble hands in prayer. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Jack London The feeble flame must be cherished tenderly if it were to gather strength and live. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

As well might you look for good fruit and blossom on a rootless and sapless tree, as for charms that will endure in a feeble and relaxed nature. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Henry Kingsley So, with failing, feeble legs, upward still, towards the region of the granite and the snow; towards the eyrie of the kite and the eagle. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

H. G. Wells William Porphyry was very red and ugly and protesting, feeble and aggressive, a matter for a skilled nurse. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Jules Verne There was a faint sigh, followed by a feeble voice, which uttered the one word, “Gallia?” “Yes, yes! Gallia!” echoed Servadac, eagerly. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

John Morley François Marie Arouet was born in 1694, so feeble in constitution that, as in the case of Fontenelle, whose hundred years surpassed even Voltaire's lengthy span, his life was long despaired of. Voltaire by John Morley

Elizabeth Gaskell Before Jem had ended his little piece of business, a form had glided into sight; a wan, feeble figure, bearing with evident and painful labour a jug of water from a neighbouring pump. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

His feeble character was not equal to support the burden of poverty and despair. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Rudyard Kipling Also the sad knowledge that of all the fair things seen, the inept pen gives but a feeble and blurred picture. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

H. G. Wells The entertainment of this eastern London was jingle, its religion clap-trap, its reading feeble and sensational rubbish without kindliness or breadth. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

And then the delirium left him for a time, his mind grew clearer, and he talked quite rationally in his low feeble way. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Arnold Bennett The gas had not been turned out in the hall, and it gave a feeble but sufficient illumination to the porch and the nearest parts of the garden. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

H. G. Wells The speeches of the inexperienced which followed seemed helplessly feeble and pale. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Then he rolled over in a feeble attempt to sit up, and the first thing his hands touched was the cold, smooth blade of an axe. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

It’s a feeble thing to say, but I’d rather go on struggling for your good opinion all my life, Isbel, than be worshipped by any other woman without an effort on my part. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Indeed, my own ears had caught a feeble flutter of wet canvas, high up overhead, the jingle of a slack chain sheet . The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Edgar Allan Poe There was something, as it were, remarkable — yes, remarkable, although this is but a feeble term to express my full meaning — about the entire individuality of the personage in question. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Arnold Bennett The feeble theatricality of the gesture offended Sophia’s taste. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Elizabeth Gaskell She fell with a feeble scream against the lamp-post, and lay there in her weakness, unable to rise. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

He felt all numbed, with needles and pins everywhere, but surely he was less feeble than he had been in the car. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

All the while they were pelting him with lumps of laterite, but their arms were feeble and they threw ineptly. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Their most able-bodied warriors were thrown into the van, covering their feeble and crippled comrades. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Bram Stoker However, she held up and tried to stare back, but in a feeble kind of way. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Being further questioned, she rattled off a string of the funny things Mrs ‘Halfred’ had said to her along with a feeble imitation of Mrs ‘Halfred’s’ very funny way of saying them. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

From the chamber came the feeble glimmer of the tiny lamps burning before the icons. The General’s Will by Vera Jelihovsky

Margaret Oliphant With a faltering voice she spoke to Susan, who showed no signs of hearing her except by a feeble half-lifting of her heavy eyelids and restless motion of her frame. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Edith Wharton Had a touch of ague, maybe?” The feeble attempt was unavailing. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

H.P. Lovecraft Presently I realized that he was trying to talk to me, and bent my ear to his mouth to catch the feeble words. The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

Wilkie Collins A faint cry of joy escaped me; I tried to hold out my feeble hands. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Ralph Waldo Emerson A feeble man can see the farms that are fenced and tilled, the houses that are built. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

H. G. Wells He seemed not to hear her; then his lips twitched and he made a feeble movement for her hand. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

It was a frightful sight to behold innocent young creatures, in the gay morning of existence, thus seized upon, horror struck, and rendered feeble and enervated for ever. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

They gave a feeble jerk, which Lester easily resisted, or indeed hardly had to resist. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

All the actors looked at each other, and smiled a feeble smile. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

Marmaduke Lovel put his feeble arms round his daughter’s neck, and kissed her as he had never kissed her before; and then burst into tears, with his face hidden upon her shoulder. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

When a wolf is old, it is weak and feeble in its leas, so it can’t ran fast enough to catch stags, and therefore it rends a man, whom it can catch easier than a wild animal. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Edgar Allan Poe In this low and small room there hung no lamp; and now no light at all was admitted, save that of the exceedingly feeble dawn which made its way through the semi-circular window. William Wilson by Edgar Allan Poe

He did not know that in these violent and concentrative natures the line that separates reason from madness is so feeble a demarcation, that very few can perceive the hour in which it is passed. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Just then a white-haired, feeble old man came into the yard, and begged. Jellico’s Pack by Ellen Wood [1869]

At last he could no more, and falling heavily to the ground gave one feeble kick as he stretched himself out on his side, and yielded up the ghost. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Arthur Machen So far then, as a man three-parts Celt, I was by nature inclined to the work of words, and there was, moreover, a feeble literary strain in my own family. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle From the front window upon the left of the door there peeped a glimmer of a feeble light. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Thomas Hardy But the other — had you half-killed me, had it been that you wilfully took the sight away from these feeble eyes of mine, I could have forgiven you. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Louisa May Alcott Her once active limbs were so stiff and feeble that Jo took her for a daily airing about the house in her strong arms. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Wilkie Collins Then a dark old picture, which the feeble candle dimly showed me. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

James Joyce Get it out in bits! Temple turned right and left, making sudden feeble gestures as he spoke. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Thomas Hardy That Venn’s keen eye had discerned what Yeobright’s feeble vision had not — a man in the act of withdrawing from Eustacia’s side — was within the limits of the probable. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

And of all the signs of a corrupt heart and a feeble head, the tendency of incredulity is the surest. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Most of the little band were old and feeble or maimed. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Henry James It’s a true, true love,” said Mrs. Steuben, whose sound of the adjective was that of a feeble flute. Pandora by Henry James [1884]

Don’t you know me, Pompey?” It appeared that Pompey did, for, in a feeble kind of way, he put out his tongue and licked his protector’s nose. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

Henry Adams Palmerston gave to Russell’s proposal a feeble and half-hearted support. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Jack London And the fancy made him smile — of Childe Roland bearing a slug-horn to his lips with an arm as feeble as his was. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Margaret Oliphant She made a feeble effort to resist and return into Susan’s room. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

He was wit-proof and fun-proof; but at a feeble jest would sometimes roar like a lion inflated with laughing-gas. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

George Gissing The feeble novels reappeared, and as Alice made no adverse comment, they soon came and went with the old regularity. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Jules Verne Herbert was deadly pale, and his pulse so feeble that Spilett only felt it beat at long intervals, as if it was on the point of stopping. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Upon entering I found the darkness deeper than usual, and there was only one solitary lamp, which diffused but a feeble ray through the gloom. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

He was not the least mad nor bad, but merely of feeble intellect all round. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Prompt relief for feeble kidneys. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Acoetes on his pupil’s corpse attends, With feeble steps, supported by his friends. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Sinclair Lewis She passed from a feeble disgust at their closer relations into what promised to be ardent affection, but it drooped into bored routine. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Charles Dickens The scene of the moorland and the fields was like a feeble water-colour drawing half sponged out. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

Charles Kingsley In other hands, any imitation of his soft ethereal grace would become feeble and insipid. The Poetry of Sacred and Legendary Art by Charles Kingsley

Anthony Trollope The Heytesbury attorney made a feeble request that Sam might be released on bail, as there was not, according to his statement, “the remotest shadow of a tittle of evidence against him. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

E. F. Benson His digestion, too, is in the most feeble condition. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

H.P. Lovecraft There was evidently, however, no pursuer; for he was alone and alive when Armington, the lodge-keeper, answered his feeble clawing at the door. In the Vault by H.P. Lovecraft [1925]

Robert Green Ingersoll They were frightened all the time for fear that some god would be enraged at his poor, hapless, feeble and starving children. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

There sat the shrunken figure, with drooping head, and melancholy attitude — the bent shoulders of feeble old age, the patriarchal locks so appealing to pity. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Edgar Allan Poe A man passed by my place of concealment with a feeble and unsteady gait. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

He also wasted some weeks on his vindication of the fifteenth and sixteenth chapters of that volume, which had excited a host of feeble and ill-mannered attacks. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

A beacon-light glimmered in the lower window of the cottage by the north gates — a feeble ray, that glittered like a gem from out a bower of honeysuckle and clematis. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Marjorie Bowen In her wild intention to escape, she had only one ally, Adrian, her page, feeble and powerless at best, but devoted to her with an utter devotion that might be worth much. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

H. G. Wells That was clear in his mind, though his thinking powers were too feeble to see what should happen thereafter. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

But I am well aware that these general statements, without the facts in detail, will produce but a feeble effect on the reader’s mind. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Henry James On the thirtieth of September, at noonday, I was drowsing over a heavy octavo, when I heard a feeble rap at my door. The Ghostly Rental by Henry James [1876]

Anthony Trollope Shall we get foxes and put them there? Or ought there to be a special fox-keeper? You mustn’t be angry because the poor old Duke was too feeble to take notice of the matter. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence But Clifford knew that when it did come to the emotional and human life, these self-made men were of a mental age of about thirteen, feeble boys. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Ann Radcliffe The feeble frame of Adeline, so long harassed by grief and fatigue, almost sunk under the agitation which the discovery of her birth excited. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Ann Radcliffe He heard from within a feeble sound of lamentation, and then some notes of that solemn and peculiar kind of recitative, which is in some parts of Italy the requiem of the dying. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

George Gissing He believed himself strong, virile, yet so often it happened that he was constrained to act in what seemed rather a feeble and undignified way. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Henry James Before he came I stood watching the poor, pale remnant of mortality before me, and wondering whether those feeble life-gasps were numbered. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

He thought of everything; even planned murder in an undecided and feeble sort of way, but dared do nothing — expecting every day the return of Lingard with news of some immense good fortune. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Victor Hugo What is there in a king? A man, feeble and contemptible, subject to wants and infirmities. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

E. F. Benson Life, feeble and fluttering, made its impress there; death but flickered where it had dwelt so firmly. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Starveling wretches, with stick-like limbs and knees too feeble to be straightened, draped in earth-coloured rags, they were like a procession of shrouded skeletons walking. Burmese Days by George Orwell

James Joyce A feeble creature like a monkey was there, drawn thither by the sound of voices at the fire. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

A feeble gleam fell on his misty hands under the black halo of the hat rim. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Jules Verne The prison was quite dark, though about six feet above him a feeble gleam of light came in through a kind of loophole. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Wilkie Collins The light was feeble enough; but it was sufficient to show a dozen barrels of gunpowder or more left all round me in the hold of the brig. Blow Up with the Brig! by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Twelve o’clock sounded with a feeble little carillon from one of the steeples, and still she sat with her head resting upon her folded arms. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Edgar Allan Poe Presently there came a feeble gleam of sunshine, and the shadow of the leaves of the tree fell faintly but definitely upon the grass. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

But they are a feeble folk, like the conies. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Prithee, prithee, come to me, Gerard! dear, dear Gerard!” And she stretched out her feeble arms. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Walter Scott At length a feeble glimmer of light, which shone through a crevice in the wainscoting of a dark nook in the bedroom, announced some recess or concealment behind the arras. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

H. G. Wells It may have been a feeble and vulnerable innovation, but it was as new as a new-laid egg. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

It is a feeble confession, but I have known myself refrain from doing occasional agreeable things apprehending that she might call me a dear. An impossible ideal by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

She knew that her poor little hands were too feeble for the office; but she told herself that she must make the heroic attempt. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Virginia Woolf A feeble little flame flickered up and down beneath the brass bowl. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

The story of the stranger having knocked his shin and cried out on doing so, appeared like a feeble attempt to account for that wild cry. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Walter Scott Dangerous it may be — feeble it must be — yet live it shall, the proud determination to serve the Church of which I am a member, and to combat the heresies by which she is assailed. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Sinclair Lewis She remembered the feeble exotic quality to be found in the first-generation Scandinavians; she recalled the Norwegian Fair at the Lutheran Church, to which Bea had taken her. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Him his son Guido succeeded,—a prince already old at the time of his father’s death, and of feeble spirit. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Robert Louis Stevenson It is not wickedness: it is scarce evil; it is only, in its highest power, the sense of isolation and the wise disinterestedness of feeble and poor races. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anna Katherine Green He seemed very feeble and leaned heavily on his cane while crossing the sidewalk toward the store. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Francis Bacon And with regard to authority, it shows a feeble mind to grant so much to authors and yet deny time his rights, who is the author of authors, nay, rather of all authority. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Murder is usually a crime of impulse, and the murderer a person of feeble self-control. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

He was enabled to daunt a feeble mind by the narration of horrors, and to amaze an ignorant one with a display of crimes; — and he needed no more to make him commence. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Elizabeth Gaskell She was very much more feeble than on the previous day, and tired with raising herself at every step to look out and see if it was Margaret coming. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

It jumped so far with the humour of the convicts that they set up a feeble cheer, at which Sylvia frowned. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Arthur Conan Doyle There was a groan from the prostrate figure, then a feeble movement, then another and a louder groan, and then an oath. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Guy de Maupassan It seemed so strange to think that this little baby would grow up, and walk with manly strides, that these soft cheeks would become bearded, and the feeble murmur change to a deep-toned voice. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

George Gissing The latter quickly seized his arm, and, in spite of a feeble resistance, forced him to walk quickly home. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Guy de Maupassan I have forgotten everything, everything, everything! She died, and I very well remember her slight, feeble sigh. Was It a Dream? by Guy de Maupassan

While he came and went, while he stopped to drink, while he did all this, there came steadily from the dark room the sound of feeble and persistent crying, the crying of a sleepy and frightened child. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Upon the last feeble footsteps of this old man, whose life had been very selfish and wicked, pity waited with a carefulness so fond and tender that he might well mistake it for love. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

And Homer brings in the best men neither feeble nor altogether fearless nor devoid of pain, but yet differing from the worst in not being overcome extravagantly by their feelings. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Sound work, clean work, finished work: feeble work, slack work, sham work — these words express an identical contrast in many different departments of activity. Memories and Studies by William James

William Morris The great difficulty was that the once-poor had such a feeble conception of the real pleasure of life: so to say, they did not ask enough, did not know how to ask enough, from the new state of things. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

What a frail little life it was — feeble beyond expression, and ugly with the ugliness of savagery. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

His feeble grasp of the conception of force vitiates, in fact, all his work. Memories and Studies by William James

R. D. Blackmore From his long steel spurs to his hard coned hat not a soft line was there, nor a feeble curve. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Ellin Delorane, feeble now, sat in the church-porch, the graveyard lying around her under the hot September sun, soon herself to be laid there. A Mystery by Ellen Wood [1882]

Walter Besant Why, even now, old as I am, the recollection of these lines and the thought of that night warm my heart still and fire my feeble pulses. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

H. G. Wells He turned on me sharply, and I saw the face of an immature young man, a weak nose, a scrubby little moustache, a feeble chin. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle About three in the afternoon of the next day I had a feeble answer. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Guy de Maupassant The church bell began to ring again, and its tinkle was lost in the air, like a feeble voice which is soon drowned in space. La Maison Tellier by Guy de Maupassant [1881]