Phrases with "glimmer"

Only rarely, and then but faintly, did solitary sparks of impotent thought glimmer in the wearisome monotony of their talk. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Hope And whether he suspects anything, or has a glimmer of the truth, I do not know. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Gaston Leroux This glimmer seemed to trouble the Persian. At last, he tossed his head and made up his mind to act. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

G. K. Chesterton The front window had a glimmer of bronze and blue steel, lit, as by a few stars, by the sparks of what were alleged to be jewels; for it was in brief, a shop of bric-a-brac and old curiosities. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Sir Walter Scott One light only twinkled from the extended and shadowy mass, and it was placed so low that it rather seemed to glimmer from the ground in front of the mansion than from one of the windows. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

But through all this I saw the glimmer of living and, to me, significant truths, the outlines of another life, other standards. In the World by Maksim Gorky

But looking up, at last we see The glimmer of the open light, From o’er the place where we would be: Then grow the very brambles bright. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

George Gissing The lamplight made a glimmer in her eyes, and their lids drooped as she said at length—— ‘I am so glad that you like each other. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

D.H. Lawrence Each time he had a glimmer of consciousness he wondered if he made any noise. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

The kitchen was dark also, so far as fire or candlelight went, but a glimmer of moonlight shone in at the window. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Nathaniel Hawthorne It was but scantily lighted up as yet by the frosty fragments of a sunbeam which began to glimmer through the almost opaque bull-eyes of the window. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

When fever is brewing, just as electric lights glimmer from the sullen mask of cloud on the eve of a storm, there come sometimes odd flickerings that seem to mock and warn. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George MacDonald All at once the light went nearly out: he could only see a glimmer of the shape of the window. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Nathaniel Hawthorne Pausing near the house, Wakefield discerns through the parlor-windows of the second floor the red glow and the glimmer and fitful flash of a comfortable fire. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

D. H. Lawrence There was a faint deadly glimmer of contempt on his face. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

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]

Anthony Trollope Heterodox, indeed! It was so bad, they said, that there was not the least glimmer of any doxy whatever left about it. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

She was sitting by the window looking out at the darkening western sky, in which the last lurid glimmer of a stormy sunset was fading against a background of iron gray. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

George Gissing He walked past the shop many times without pausing; his eyes devoured the front of the building, and noted those windows in which there was a glimmer of light. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

I’m beginning to think that I shall see a glimmer of light somewhere soon — though at present I haven’t the faintest notion where. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

There was a glimmer of a summer gown under the trees; a figure passed from shadow to sunshine, and again into the cool dusk of a leafy lane. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Not a glimmer of a link; not a distant rumble of a coach-wheel. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arthur Conan Doyle The light from the flaring cressets beat upon steel caps and fierce bearded faces, with the glimmer of drawn swords and the yellow gleam of bowstaves. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Wilkie Collins No glimmer of wit played over the foul substance of the songs that were sung, and hid it in dazzle from too close observation. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

M. P. Shiel I heard her ascend, and presently a region of glimmer above revealed a stairway of marble, curving broadly up. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The unhappy are continually tantalized by similar delusions of succor near at hand; at least, the despair is very dark that has no such will-o’-the-wisp to glimmer in it. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Jacques Futrelle A mistiness came into the Girl’s blue eyes and lingered there a moment, then her white teeth closed tightly and the glimmer of outraged emotion passed. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

But at the flanking tower which he had first approached he got a glimmer of hope. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

He had chosen the floor instead of the table, so that no glimmer of light should show outside. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Walter Scott On a circle of stones they placed the pot, On a circle of stones but barely nine; They heated it red and fiery hot, Till the burnished brass did glimmer and shine. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

E. T. A. Hoffmann The morning light began to glimmer and was stronger and stronger; an officer’s hat decorated with feathers lay before me on the pavement. Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Through sheets of drifting snow, over heaps of frozen seaweed and icy drift he moved, shifting his lantern right and left, until its glimmer on the water warned him. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

George Gissing It was not quite dark in the room, for a glimmer came from the opposite houses. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing In the early glimmer of a day of drizzle and fog, the letter went to post. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Charles Dickens It don’t glimmer where I live, the sun don’t. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

George Meredith O the bliss upon the plains, Where the joining heroes clashed Shield and spear, and, unabashed, Challenged with hot chariot-reins Gods!—they glimmer ocean-washed. Poems from the volume entitled “Modern Love” by George Meredith [1862]

The passers-by upon the opposite side of the street—they were few and far between by this time—looked up at the lighted window, and saw a pretty picture by the dim glimmer of that solitary candle. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

She had not failed in other duties, though no glimmer of love had brightened them, no natural affection had made them pleasant. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Round the walls candles fastened to spikes were stuck into the woodwork, and in their yellow glimmer the great drops of water clinging to the roof and sides of the chamber shone like diamonds. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Sinclair Lewis Hier, und dieses — dieses lamp halten — so!” By that streaky glimmer he worked, swiftly, at ease. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Steele Rudd A glimmer of lightning appeared through the cracks in the slabs. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Our eyes gaze for no morning-star, No glimmer of the dawn afar; Full silent wayfarers we are Since ere the noon-tide hope lay dead. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

Robert Louis Stevenson The Admiral hung an ear, and looked up sidelong with a glimmer of suspicion. The Story of a Lie by Robert Louis Stevenson

D. H. Lawrence There was a glimmer of nightly rabbits across the ground. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope Is there no hope left?” “A glimmer there is. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

A glimmer of light, reflected from below, was wavering over the mizzen-mast and bumpkin; it had nothing to do with the riding-light, which hung on the forestay. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

He showed a glimmer of light down the ladder — Carlos and Castro descended. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Rudyard Kipling They saw his white smock glimmer in the twilight where he faggoted the rubbish. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

There was a glimmer of light in one of the windows belonging to the servants’ offices — only one dim glimmer, where there had usually been a row of brilliantly-lighted casements. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

George Gissing There was, in fact, a barely perceptible glimmer in her eyes as she sat looking straight before her. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Arthur Conan Doyle That floating palace is an Orient boat from Australia. See how, as the darkness falls, a long row of yellow eyes glimmer out from her sides as the light streams through her countless portholes. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

All was dark; not one glimmer of light to be seen in any of the windows. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Rudyard Kipling But I confess, good people, I could not in any sort master the sickness, or come at a glimmer of its nature or governance. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

We saw Rosenthall come out — saw the glimmer of his diamonds before anything. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Wilkie Collins Her grand gray eyes rested on me again with a glimmer of their old light. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

He dropped into a chair and watched the glimmer of the lights amongst the tree trunks till they disappeared and complete silence succeeded the tramp of feet and the murmur of voices. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

F. Scott Fitzgerald They were already taking form dimly, when a taxi cab with the top open breezed down Broadway in the faintest glimmer of May dawn. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

And, as a glimmer of light passed under old Bazouge’s door, she walked boldly in, seized with a mania for going off on the same journey as the little one. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch The glimmer would be obscured for a moment, and then reappear. A Blue Pantomime by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Margaret Oliphant Who knows what decayed things are there? That sort of glimmer always comes of decay. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Then the invoker got up and extinguished the light in the hall, so that no glimmer might come through the slit under the door. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Arthur Conan Doyle Many an anxious look did they cast down the black tunnel, but no glimmer of light and no clash of steel came from its depths. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

The windows of the drawing-room were open, and he saw the glimmer of a pale muslin dress at one of them. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then she distinguished a fourth who seemed to be placed well behind the other three — a pale oval of a face topped with a glimmer of dark-yellow hair. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

George MacDonald He thought he saw a glimmer of pale rosy light far up the green hill, and ceased to know. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Arthur Machen Yet afar and near (for it was hidden in his heart) he beheld the glimmer of a sure and constant star. A Fragment of Life by Arthur Machen

She could see the outline of the paper on the chair; she could see the other paper on the floor, faint and grey in the dim glimmer from the distant candles. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Jules Verne Candidly, I could do no more when I saw a glimmer of light, which, for a half mile, broke the darkness of the waters. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Gaston Leroux She did not see them, and undressed by the uncertain glimmer of the night light. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Yet those who happened to pass the house late at night always saw a glimmer of light in an upper chamber, and the blue vapour of smoke rising from one particular chimney. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

H. G. Wells There I had seemed to see the glimmer of a refuge from my desolation. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

There was no glimmer of light from the lower windows, not even the noiseless flitting of a bat over the dark little court-yard. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

I should have been in pitch-darkness, were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and there, a glimmer of moonshine. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

George Gissing Rising in a few minutes, I found the open page still legible by the pale glimmer of day. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Of all the faces that crowded her rail at the shock, not one appeared with a glimmer of intelligence. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Jack London And to think I used to do that!” Percival Delaney paused a moment, a glimmer of awe on his rotund face, as he contemplated the mighty picture of his youth. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

George Gissing The pale light of dawn began to glimmer through the window-blind. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

E. Phillips Oppenheim That glimmer of anxiety, winch had shone sometimes in her eyes during the last few days, had come back again. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

He has the considering eye in his head — yon lang far-away glimmer at a thing from out the end of the eyebrow. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Algernon Blackwood A glimmer of some faint, distant light, whose origin she could not guess, passed flickering across her inner tumult. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

A little incident throws a glimmer from the dark lantern of memory upon William Direly, one of these practitioners with the razor and the lancet. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle You see, there is not a glimmer of light in any of the windows, and everything is working splendidly. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Andrew Lang Then he made a great effort and went on a few paces, and suddenly, far before him, he saw the glimmer of a light. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Perhaps some faint glimmer of a light that had been far off from his life now struggled feebly through the black obscurities of ignorance that darkened his soul. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Jules Verne As to the other face, always invisible to us, it has of necessity three hundred and fifty-four hours of absolute night, tempered only by that “pale glimmer which falls upon it from the stars. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

She must again have overslept herself, for the evening had come on, and through the window she could see the glimmer of gaslights in the street. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Lo, now the night and rain draweth up, And within doors glimmer stoop and cup. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

I had not seen a single house anywhere near; there did not seem to be any human habitation for miles; and now as darkness fell denser over the land I couldn’t see the glimmer of a single light. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Olaf Stapledon Strange human-inhuman faces would glimmer before him and vanish. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

She did not reply; her smile faded as a spot of sunlight wanes, veiled by a cloud — yet a glimmer of it remained in her gaze as he came over to her. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

The Floor had a sheen on it, so that the colours were lost in a glimmer of silver. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The lights began to glimmer in the cottage windows, and I could discern the inmates as they gathered in comfort and security, every man with his wife and children by their own evening hearth. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

D. H. Lawrence I was able in a moment’s lull to peer through the windows and see the dim lights of Capri—the glimmer of Anacapri up on the black shadow—the lighthouse. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Anthony Trollope She got a glimmer of light from it all, nearly understanding what Lady Albury intended. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

John Galsworthy The woods and fields out there were dropping to sleep too, in the last glimmer of the summer light. Indian Summer of a Forsyte by John Galsworthy

Henry James He caught eventually a glimmer of the truth underlying the strangeness, guessed that what upset his friend was simply the reversal, in such a combination, of his usual terms of intercourse. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

I could hear him moving about in the darkness, and a moment later a faint green glimmer sprang up in the room. Unseen - Unfeared by Francis Stevens

D. H. Lawrence The castle on its high rock stood in the dazzling dry sunlight; the fountain stood shadowy in the green glimmer of the lime trees that surrounded the alms-houses. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope It was a cold windy night — not so late, indeed, as to have made her feel that it was night, had she not come from the gloom of the dark parlour, and the glimmer of her one small lamp. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing This was two days after Clara Hewett’s arrival in London, and the same fog still hung about the streets, allowing little to be seen save the blurred glimmer of gas. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Edgar Allan Poe Hardly had I advanced a single step before a glimmer of light became perceptible, enough to convince me that, at all events, we should not immediately perish for want of air. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Within all was gloom, save in one corner by the portress’s den, where a glimmer of gas showed the numbered board whereon hung the keys which admitted the lodgers to their several apartments. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is only when I look upon the untroubled faces of my comrades that I see some glimmer through the darkness. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Joseph Furphy To confess the truth, I note a certain weak glimmer of self-righteousness investing the thought that I would be content with one fair Spirit. Got to, go to! By virtue, thou enforcest laughter. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Henry James He knew me as well as I knew him; and so, in the cold, faint twilight, with a glimmer in the high glass and another on the polish of the oak stair below, we faced each other in our common intensity. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

It was a dark night, with the glimmer of the stars only, and a melancholy night-wind was soughing through the scattered woods that spread around. Laura Silver Bell by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

No glimmer of light gave friendly token that the rooms were occupied. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

R. D. Blackmore The pony is old, while she is young (although she was born before him), and now he belies his name, “Lord Keppel,” by starting at every soft glimmer of the sea. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

The moon is veiled behind a watery cloud, and by the uncertain glimmer Grettir fancies that he sees two dark hands thrust in above the door. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

H. G. Wells Then, in complete darkness, except for the faint glimmer of phosphorescence from the slate, they waited. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

It was not an easy business to let any glimmer of spiritual light in upon the darkness of that sordid mind. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

A. E. W. Mason Even at that moment the Ansar soldiers might be riding within thirty paces of them, and Feversham strained his eyes backwards into the darkness and expected the glimmer of a white turban. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

E. Phillips Oppenheim From underneath the door itself and through the keyhole he could distinctly see the glimmer of a light . The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Robert Louis Stevenson When a man has been embraced by a woman, he sees her in a glamour; and at such a time, in the baffling glimmer of the stars, she will look wildly well. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins Taken in connection with a certain inquiry which is just now occupying the public mind, these fragments may throw some faint glimmer of light on events which are at present involved in darkness. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

The softy, in the semi-darknesses of his soul, had some glimmer of that light which was altogether wanting in Mr. James Conyers. He felt that these things were beautiful. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

William Morris Come on then! or rather go thou on before me a pace; there, where thou seest the glimmer betwixt the beech-trees yonder; if thou goest astray, I am anigh thee for a guide. Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair by William Morris [1895]

Rafael Sabatini It was still dark, but already there was a dim grey glimmer of dawn by which objects could be faintly discerned. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

But the mist crept down again with the darkening, and all we could see was the occasional white glimmer of a duck’s wing. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

At the gate a glimmer of reason in the form of sudden suspicion seized upon Jerry’s beclouded mind. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

She looked a child; a pale-faced child with big blue eyes and a red mouth a little open showing a glimmer of white teeth. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

The pale stars grew paler as Mary looked at them; the black-water pools began to glimmer faintly under the widening patch of light in the eastern sky. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Arthur Conan Doyle Down the Strand the lamps were but misty splotches of diffused light which threw a feeble circular glimmer upon the slimy pavement. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Elizabeth Gaskell Flocks of seagulls hovered about the edge of the waves, slowly rising and turning their white under-plumage to glimmer in the sunlight as Philip approached. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

George Gissing You understand me, aunt?’ Mrs. Baxendale was again looking at her with grave, searching eyes, eyes which began to glimmer a little when the light caught them. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

She was cruising without a glimmer of light, or a fog-gong or siren in action. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Frances Hodgson Burnett She could see a glimmer of light coming from beneath it. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Marjorie Bowen Through the heavy curtains fell the first glimmer of the London dawn, but where my lady stood all was dark; she tore the letter to shreds, breathing heavily. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I saw a glimmer of light coming from the open door of the library. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

The girl said slowly, showing a glimmer of white teeth: “Your will to do evil to my young lord is breaking, Yaddin-ed-Din . The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

The keeper’s cottage had a dim yellow glimmer in it. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Nathaniel Hawthorne And yet the faint, sad smile so often there now seemed to glimmer from its obscurity and linger on Father Hooper’s lips. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

William Morris The haven of rest destroyed, And nothing left of the life that was once so well enjoyed But leave to live and labour, and the glimmer of hope deferred. The Pilgrims of Hope by William Morris [1915]

H. G. Wells I could see right down it to the elbow, and there was a glimmer of light shining through a tear of the cloth. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Andrew Lang Friends, she never saw a glimmer after with that one till the day of her death. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He had it again, lost it, found it suddenly high above him — always a glimmer of green with but a hint of a girl’s form behind it. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

And the schooner’s head was laid for that elusive glimmer in the sky, which began already to pale in lustre and diminish in size, as the stain of breath vanishes from a window pane. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Sinclair Lewis The girl was gone, but the pale ghost of her gesture seemed to glimmer in the darkening window. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Henry James And, as I told you, she herself doesn’t — hasn’t a glimmer of a suspicion of it; and never will have. Crapy Cornelia by Henry James [1909]

Kate Chopin Its glimmer was yet dim in the plain below. Short stories by Kate Chopin

Arthur Conan Doyle It seemed a long, long way, though in truth it was but a few hundred yards before they came to a door with a glimmer of yellow light around it, which barred their passage. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

A glimmer of amusement lit up his eyes. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Robert Louis Stevenson And yet from first to last I never had a glimmer of an idea what was going on; and even now, after full reflection, profess myself at sea. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Margaret Oliphant Thus the dying will often have a glimmer in the socket, a sense of betterness and hope before the last moment. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Marjorie Bowen At his elbow lay the ivory framed mirror his brother had put down; it reflected the glimmer of his blue sleeve. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

George Borrow The next moment I was awake, and found myself silting up in my tent; there was a glimmer of light through the canvas caused by the fire. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

George Gissing The vigil was resumed, and nothing again disturbed it until white dawn began to glimmer at the windows. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Arthur Conan Doyle One glimmer of life came into his face for an instant, and he uttered two or three words with an eager air of warning. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

I began to see a glimmer of hope. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

D. H. Lawrence He could see the faint glimmer of her candle emerging secretly from the closet. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Infuriated by wine and passion, they retired instantly into an adjoining room, and fought with swords across a table, by the feeble glimmer of a tallow candle. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Arthur Conan Doyle When I came round the balcony he had reached the end of the farther corridor, and I could see from the glimmer of light through an open door that he had entered one of the rooms. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Guy de Maupassan He only opened his eyes at the first glimmer of dawn, and he waited, tortured by the fear of having his crime discovered, for his usual waking hour. Little Louise Roqué by Guy de Maupassan

Arnold Bennett There was a glimmer at the top of the stairs. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

H. Rider Haggard From its depths came a glimmer of red and blue light that glowed like the heart of some dull fire. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

The ribbon of road was beginning to glimmer white, and the high wooded sides of the glen to lose their detail to the eye and become massed shadows. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

D. H. Lawrence There was no glimmer of a smile on her face, though the maid behind her was sniggering. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins The glimmer of the night-light showed me that her eyes were only partially closed — the traces of tears glistened between her eye-lids. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Henry James There was nothing but that in his eyes — not a glimmer of reference or memory. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

Robert Louis Stevenson A glimmer of rocks, a glimmer of the track where it was well beaten, a certain fleecy density, or night within night, for a tree, — this was all that I could discriminate. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

At last, in the third year, a glimmer of light stole over his understanding. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Guy de Maupassan A flush of light enveloped the awakened world, like a caress from the rising sun, and the glimmer of dawn kindled new hope in the breast of the vicomte. Coward by Guy de Maupassan

George Gissing Under these circumstances the little lawn was perfectly dark, for it was a moonless night, and no glimmer from the road could pierce the hedges of holly. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle In the dim glimmer he saw a little white-clad figure, slight and supple, taking short steps and swinging its arm in the middle of the room. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Arthur Conan Doyle Here and there through the rifts the glimmer of the stars might be seen, and once the pale moon gleamed through the storm wreath. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Andrew Lang After a long while he thought he saw a glimmer of light, but the light was neither that of the sun nor of the moon. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Washington Irving As we pushed on, a light began to glimmer up, by little and little, like the first glimmerings of day, but what caused it I could not discern. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Henry James This glimmer of wonder and envy, the revelation of a life intensely celibate, was for an instant infinitely touching. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

George Gissing The glimmer of early morning at the parlour window was cold and threatening. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Edith Wharton The servants had not expected them so early, and there was only a glimmer of gas on the upper landing. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Those who had remained with the chariot saw from afar the glimmer of de Sigognac’s lantern, and wondered why they walked so slowly, not perceiving at that distance their sad burden. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Rudyard Kipling It was a long time since Mowgli had concerned himself with the doings of men, but this night the glimmer of the Red Flower drew him forward. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

George Gissing Bridget stood watching his face, and at the first glimmer of a smile broke into jubilation. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Then hell upon earth recommenced, a life sinking deeper into the mire, without a glimmer of hope for something better to follow. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Even as he looked at the dancing glimmer of fire, the moon broke forth silent and full, and lit the vale with misty glamour. At the Rising of the Waters by John Buchan

Gaston Leroux It was quite dark, but for a faint red glimmer at a distant corner of the wall. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Anthony Trollope And yet she looked very anxiously up the dark street, through the glimmer of the dull lamps. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Don’t be unduly hurried, but not a glimmer of a light, please. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Thomas Hardy He lingered near the house till its reflected window-lights ceased to glimmer upon the mill-pond, and all within the dwelling was dark and still. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

The ceiling was sometimes vaguely lighted up by a glimmer from the stove which glittered on the gilt cornices. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Arthur Conan Doyle A star would glimmer like a lantern on the very level of their path. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

George Gissing A short and troubled sleep at night’s heaviest; then long waiting for the first glimmer of dawn. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

George Borrow It was dark night when I reached it, and descending I saw the glimmer of a fire from the depths of the dingle; my heart beat with fond anticipation of a welcome. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Arthur Conan Doyle On all sides their fires began to glimmer and smoke. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

He was a man who would start in the winter starlight, before the first ray of dawn had begun to glimmer in the eastern sky, in order to ride fifteen miles to a meet. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

I sprawled gracefully on the counter, the empty bottle in my hand, and my eyes fixed anxiously on the square of the door, which was filled with the blue glimmer of the late twilight. Prester John by John Buchan

The slender crescent of the moon, which was sinking behind the forest of Sauval, lit up the country with the glimmer of a night lamp. The Miller’s Daughter by Émile Zola

Marjorie Bowen By the moonlight and the glimmer of the swinging overhead lamps he could see a party of gentlemen advancing towards him. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

George MacDonald He could only tell where it was far up by the faint glimmer of the windows of the clerestory, whose sills made part of it. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

George Meredith He was aware of a glimmer of advocacy in the very grossness. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

There was nothing, no glimmer of Stephen’s candle, no sound of men’s footsteps or of men’s voices; the merest blankness, and no more. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Arnold Bennett Her mother was lighting a glimmer of gas in the lobby. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

I could see no soul in sight, no glimmer in the windows. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

The river ran like a broad road under the stars, with hardly a glimmer and not a floating thing upon it. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

I wondered how long it would be before a glimmer of its meaning reached you. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Nathaniel Hawthorne Though its radiance actually threw the shadow of the unbeliever at his own feet as he turned his back upon the glorious jewel, he would not be convinced that there was the least glimmer there. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Thomas Hardy Seeing from the glimmer of a light in the church that somebody was there cleaning for Sunday he entered, and looked round upon the walls as well as he could. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

D. H. Lawrence There was a faint gold glimmer on her face, that looked very soft, turned up to him. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Marjorie Bowen At intervals stood statues, masterpieces of ancient art, faintly lit by the golden glimmer of the swinging lamps. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

D. H. Lawrence But his eyes had already begun to glimmer their consent. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence