Phrases with "grain"

Ford Madox Ford Perhaps there is not even a grain of corn when he issues his invitations; perhaps he merely calls his favourites to him that he may receive their praise or perform the act of Love. . Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

The duty of man is to see that not a grain is piled upon that load beyond what Nature imposes; that injustice is not added to inequality. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Henry James I may be bad, but I’ve a grain of gumption. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Anthony Trollope The doing this went much against the grain with him, but he hardly dared not to do it. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens Seeing me treated like a child, and put down like a fool, HE plucks up a heart and has a fling at a fellow that he thinks — and may well think too — hasn’t a grain of spirit. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Andrew Lang For though you cannot tend cows, or divide the grain from the chaff, there may be other things that you can do better. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The peasant dances — a trifle clumsily — at harvest feast when the grain is garnered. ’On with the Dance!’ by Ambrose Bierce

If you would not be known to do a thing, never do it; a man may play the fool in the drifts of a desert, but every grain of sand shall seem to see. Memories and Studies by William James

Jules Verne Où l’on sèmerait du grain de blé ne pousserait-il pas de la graine de démons? « C’est ce qui ne manquerait pas d’arriver! » disait le berger Frik d’un ton convaincu. Le Château des Carpathes by Jules Verne [1892]

They would have to pick up what learning they could like chickens pecking for grain — a little at school, more from books, and some by dipping into the store of others. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Mr. Hardie assented adroitly; for he was thinking whether he could not sift some grain out of all this chaff. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Henry James But when I know that it was by your special request, of course I must take his eulogy with a grain of salt. The American by Henry James [1877]

Robert Green Ingersoll They speculated in stocks in Wall Street, and gambled in grain at Chicago. They became rich. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Not one fell in vain, since the press was such that even a grain of corn, as the saying was, could not have reached the ground. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Jules Verne On la voyait à peine à travers les embruns d’un grain qui s’était subitement déclaré. Une Ville Flottante by Jules Verne [1871]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Dick asked for a quarter of a grain of morphine, for he was still wide awake and full of nervous energy. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Theodore Dreiser He lent himself at first to the great folly of pretending to love truly; but this was taken by one and another intelligent young woman with a grain of salt. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Rudyard Kipling It was my felicity to catch a grain steamer and an elevator emptying that same steamer. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Thomas Wolfe Their quaintness was a little too quaint, their simplicity a little too subtle, and on the old farms that they bought no utilitarian seeds were sown and no grain grew. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

George Meredith Money with him was like the farm-wife’s dish of grain she tosses in showers to her fowls. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Henry James All this had once been painted white, but the broad back of time, leaning against the door-posts for a hundred years, had laid bare the grain of the wood. The Ghostly Rental by Henry James [1876]

Charles Baudelaire Et ce monde rendait une étrange musique Comme l’eau courante et le vent, Ou le grain qu’un vanneur d’un mouvement rythmique Agite et tourne dans son van. Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire

Henry James These children were, by the strangest of chances for a man in his position — a lone man without the right sort of experience or a grain of patiencevery heavily on his hands. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

Theodore Dreiser He came out here several years ago, and went into the grain and commission business. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Leon Trotsky The grain is cleaned there and made ready for the market. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Henry James Nobody with a grain of sense would have advised him to do anything else. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

D. H. Lawrence There, by that hearth, they had threshed the harvest of their youth’s experience, gradually burning the chaff of sentimentality and false romance that covered the real grain of life. A Modern Lover by D. H. Lawrence [1933]

Henry James With a grain of gumption you’d both instantly have felt it. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Why, it means they are going to work the miracle, my miracle, and gather all the grain I sowed. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Anthony Trollope You’ve got your head full of claptraps and tantrums till you haven’t a grain of sense belonging to you. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope That Lucy should in any degree have had her way with Mr Hamel, had gone against the grain with her. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

William Dampier It is greatly esteemed for making masts, being very tough, as well as of a good length; for the grain of the wood runs not straight along it, but twisting gradually about it. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Anthony Trollope It would go against the grain with my father, who ought to be consulted. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Jules Verne Il prit le grain de plomb, le tourna, le retourna, le palpa entre l’index et le pouce. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

Charles Dickens Not a grain of anger with them was in his heart; he knew them, far below their surface weaknesses and misconceptions, as no one but their fellow-labourer could. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Elizabeth Gaskell I found that I seldom differed from her, except that she was far too tolerant of stupid people, if they had a grain of kindness in them. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

John Lewis Burckhard Dhourra, and the grain called Dhoken, are the most common productions of the fields, which are irrigated in the summer by means of water-wheels. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Some sacks of grain were stored in one corner, a rough carpenter’s bench stood under one of the mullioned windows, and some garden-seeds were spread out to dry in another. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

He had lost heavily of late both in grain and cheese, and the lawsuit with Gibson had crippled him. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

It increased in volume in the King’s hand, and Gro perceived that each particular grain had legs. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Whatever fruit or grain or herb grows by the roadside, gather and eat. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Leon Trotsky Two young workmen standing on wagon-loads of sheaves of grain tossed pitchforks to each other. My Life by Leon Trotsky

A loop of thin thread only one-sixteenth of a grain in weight caused a temporary flexure. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Andrew Lang For in a heap higher than the King’s palace lay all the grain of the country, and not a single stalk of corn had been left behind in any of the fields. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Theodore Dreiser At first he took all this palaver with a grain of salt, the babbling of an ardent nature interested in the flighty romance of the studio world. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Abraham Merri The captain himself brought me the cloths, grain and water while the men whispered. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

George Borrow These pits are granaries, in which wheat, barley, and other species of grain intended for sale are stored. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

If he had had a grain of self-knowledge, he would have realized that there must indeed be a grave reason for these prompt repairs which the Miss Nevills had taken as a matter of course. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Henry James I don’t think that a grain less than I ever thought it,” he continued, turning again to Bernard. “I think it only the more, and I don’t wonder that you find a woman to believe it. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Rudyard Kipling The grain comes up woolly as the paint dries. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

They agreed in opposing freedom to formality; in substituting for the old, new aims and methods; in preferring a grain of mother wit to a peck of clerisy. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Isabella Bird The grain is exchanged for blue cottons and tobacco. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Henry Handel Richardson No, this kind of thing goes against the grain in me. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

But Petrarch had not a grain of faith in astrology; on the contrary, he has himself recorded that he derided it. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

G. K. Chesterton Fields of grass or grain or red earth seemed so far away that they might have been the empires and kingdoms of a world newly created. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

My breakfast was a brown liquid, with a sort of seeds or grain in it, very sweet and good; but the fear of the king’s return before I was ready for him, prevented my inquiring into what it was. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Abraham Merri I threw the skin of water and sack of grain over the high saddle, and rode through the broken gates. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

H. G. Wells My letter therefore has no grain of historical importance, but in the light of the concluding passage of the preceding section it has considerable autobiographical significance. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

T. H. Huxley After a time this minute particle of matter, which may only be a small fraction of a grain in weight, undergoes a series of changes — wonderful, complex changes. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Marcel Prous Mais ma grand’mère, même si le temps trop chaud s’était gâté, si un orage ou seulement un grain était survenu, venait me supplier de sortir. Du côté de chez Swann by Marcel Prous

Thomas Hardy Not a plough had ever disturbed a grain of that stubborn soil. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Isabella Bird The village, on a height above the stream, has banks of orchards below and miles of grain above, and vineyards, and material plenty of all sorts. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Guy de Maupassan Ever now and then they snapped up in their beaks a grain of corn or a tiny insect; then they continued their slow, sure search for nutriment. The Beggar by Guy de Maupassan

In an introductory chapter, which was judiciously suppressed, he had taken credit for the book as not having “a grain of any political ingredient in its whole composition. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

A man without a grain of pluck. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Virginia Woolf He was so pleased that he was not going to let anybody share a grain of his pleasure. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

The water for the camp is found in the river, but supplies of grain come from the village of Kipora farther on. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

D. H. Lawrence Can you wash leeks? Yes? Every grain of sand? Shall I trust you then —?” Madame usually had a kitchen to herself, in the morning. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle How often he would strain his eyes over the snow-fields for that convoy of grain which should never gladden his sight! My own fate was hard enough. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

So, as Alfred had never been seen since, as nobody could say he was married to another, there was a grain of uncertainty as to his unfaithfulness, and this her true heart magnified to a mountain. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Willa Cather If we could                       look into the seeds of time,  And say which grain will grow and which will not, our hopes for young talent would be disappointed less often. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

Francis Bacon The kingdom of heaven is compared, not to any great kernel or nut, but to a grain of mustard-seed: which is one of the least grains, but hath in it a property and spirit hastily to get up and spread. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

They came on about a week later, one night after dinner, and after he had injected himself with a quarter of a grain of morphia she saw him comfortably into bed, with the pain beginning to ease off. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Rudyard Kipling They were resting in the sunshine, their hands on their knees, sure that their daily dole of grain and tobacco and opium would be forthcoming. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Alphonse Daudet Yonder was the corn market: porters discharging sacks down the shoots of lofty elevators upon the pier, and loose grain rolling as a golden torrent through a blonde dust. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

Olaf Stapledon His very perception of this rocky grain and all its wonders was but a shifting and a lying apparition. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Theodore Dreiser They’re brokers in a way — grain and commission men. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Love all God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand in it. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

Henry James He carried a white sun-umbrella, lined with blue silk, and he strolled in front of the Paul Veronese, vaguely looking at it, but much too near to see anything but the grain of the canvas. The American by Henry James [1877]

Alfred Ainger He is, as I have said, an egotist—but an egotist without a touch of vanity or self-assertion—an egotist without a grain of envy or ill-nature. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Why, there was scarce a grain of sense left in London. The beat of the drums calling out the train-bands seemed to have stupefied the people. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Guy de Maupassan It is a grain of life that moves on the earth, and this grain of life, coming I know not whence, one can destroy at one’s will. Why? by Guy de Maupassan

Arthur Conan Doyle In the harvest time our soldiers could do without supplies, for they had been trained to pluck the grain in the fields as they passed, and to grind it for themselves in their bivouacs. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

These observations were made during the summer: the following were made in the spring, when the petioles apparently are more sensitive:— A loop of thread, weighing one-eighth of a grain (8. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Ployée et le flanc tendu, elle montrait les reins solides, la gorge dure d’une guerrière, aux muscles forts sous le grain satiné de la peau. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Landor despised entomology, yet, in the same breath, said, “the sublime was in a grain of dust. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

The mistress made it very strong and without a grain of chicory. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Robert Louis Stevenson A grain of anger or a grain of suspicion produces strange acoustical effects, and makes the ear greedy to remark offence. Truth of Intercourse by Robert Louis Stevenson

Benjamin Disraeli A few days after, the leader of the House of Commons himself announced a change in the corn laws, and the intended introduction of grain at various-priced duties per quarter. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Edith Wharton Yet there were days when a grain of mustard-seed, like an Indian conjuror’s tree, would suddenly shoot up and scale the sky. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Andrew Lang However, he had no thoughts to spare for its beauty, and quickly buried his grain of sand in the earth. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling Save for the sill of the tokonoma, which was black lacquer, every inch of wood in the place was natural grain without flaw. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Sigmund Freud In the lowest stratum we must assume the presence of real and organically determined irritation of the throat — which acted like the grain of sand around which an oyster forms its pearl. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

Andrew Lang It was true, sure enough, but he was scarcely delighted with the mixed grain that he got from all his crops. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Charles Kingsley My dearest Tom, do look into your own heart, and see whether you have not a grain or two of spite against him left. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Only, what is he accepting? In the first place, not America, but the ancient bone-heap of Europe, where every grain of soil has passed through innumerable human bodies. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

Andrew Lang What are human motives, according to Rochefoucauld? Temperament, vanity, fear, indolence, self-love, and a grain of natural perversity, which somehow delights in evil for itself. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

Henry James And Mr. Broderip had gone back to Salem with a feeling that this was probably a “European” expression for a broker or a grain exporter. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Rudyard Kipling Sailing dhows full of grain bad to be destroyed. Tales of the Trade by Rudyard Kipling

Anthony Trollope Publicōla, as we saw, damned one poor man to a wretched immortality, and another was called pitilessly over the coals, because he had mixed a grain of flattery with a bushel of truth. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

There was not a grain of affectation in Hawthorne; he never pretended to admire what he did not like, nor did he strain himself into liking anything that his inner nature rebelled against. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The water drowns ship and sailor, like a grain of dust. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

The grain had been cut the day before and was not carried in on account of the day being a holy one, for its owner did not venture to risk his hereafter as Bruno had dared to do. Signa by Ouida

Anthony Trollope And then, too, he had spoken of himself with a grain of truth when he had told the Duchess that he was not marrying for money. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Cattle and sheep, grain and fruits, are of inferior quality, owing to the want of proper culture. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Every grain of this powder contains the hundredth of a grain of the medicinal substance mingled with the sugar of milk. Homeopathy and its Kindred Delusions by Oliver Wendell Holmes [1842]

Anthony Trollope The bulk of this passes, in the shape of grain or flour, from Chicago to Buffalo, which latter place is, as it were, a gateway leading from the lakes, or big waters, to the canals, or small waters. North America by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing I won’t tell lies; that goes against the grain with me. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Charles Dickens He says, no varnish can hide the grain of the wood; and that the more varnish you put on, the more the grain will express itself. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Gertrude Stein Leave a grain and show it, show it. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

He is always gloomily disposed to lapse into wonderings about what things are coming to, wonderings that have no grain of curiosity. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Gertrude Stein See Thomas bring the grain, see the grain have the color that grain has when grain is growing in any winter which is any summer. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

E. Phillips Oppenheim And yet the big thing remained unaltered and still seemed to tower over everything else,—he loved Susan. There was not a grain of affection in his heart for anybody else. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Abraham Merri The spark that had been no bigger than a grain of sand grew and grew as the blue struck it. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Rudyard Kipling They lived on grain and were thankful, as the saying is. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Daniel Defoe If ever I had a grain of true repentance for a vicious and abominable life for twenty-four years past, it was then. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

Thomas Hardy He means to take away nothing — not a grain of sand. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Ford Madox Ford Perceive him with a grain of corn; how he flies upon it; how he invites with cries! His favourite — the newesthens run ducking joyously to him. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

There is Gian undoing his big doors below — every place is full of grain now. Signa by Ouida

H.P. Lovecraft It excited him to find that the structure seemed as sinister to others as to him, and he wondered what grain of truth might lie behind the old tales the bluecoat had repeated. The Haunter of the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Anthony Trollope But surely he was not a bird to be caught with so small a grain of salt as that! He had not as yet seen Mr. Patmore Green, having escaped from London at once. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

There was no denying it, one might blow about the place without raising a grain of dust; and the tiled floor shone like a mirror. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Henry James She wanted no grain more of extravagance or excess of anything — risking as she had done, none the less, a recall of ancient license in proposing to Murray such a place of meeting. Julia Bride by Henry James [1908]

John Lewis Burckhard The leaves of beans, and the grain of the shrub Kerkedan, which is black, and resembles in size the coriander seed, form the food of these people. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

T. E. Lawrence The aim was to render the unit a unit, the man a type; in order that their effort might be calculable, and the collective output even in grain and bulk. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

John Galsworthy I should say we all felt like that in the Fleet.” “Isn’t that just because of language being the same?” “No. It’s some sort of grain and view of things in common. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Rudyard Kipling He doesn’t get angry when I talk about sheep’s topees, or order maunds of grain when I mean seers. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Anthony Trollope And if you’ve a grain of honour in you, Mr. Tudor — and I think you are honourable — you won’t back from your word with the girl now. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

The seed of the Word is received at length into good ground; but a grain of wheat will bring forth no fruit unless it die first. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope I don’t think it matters on which side you sit; — but it does matter that you shouldn’t have to act with those who go against the grain with you. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

James Joyce One grain pour off odour for years. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Elizabeth Gaskell Your grain is different, somehow. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

E. F. Benson Then we came to a standstill; the air was dead-calm, not a leaf in the hedgerow trees was moving, not a grain of dust was lifted from the road. The Dust-Cloud by E. F. Benson

T. E. Lawrence Damascus was normal, the shops open, street merchants trading, the electric tramcars restored, grain and vegetables and fruits coming in well. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Louisa May Alcott Such perfect color I never saw, the grass so green, sky so blue, grain so yellow, woods so dark, I was in a rapture all the way. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Jules Verne La présence de ce grain s’expliquait par l’habitude qu’avait Harbert, étant à Richmond, de nourrir quelques ramiers dont Pencroff lui avait fait présent. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

Anthony Trollope Our friend is still going, riding wildly, but still keeping a grain of caution for his fences. Hunting Sketches by Anthony Trollope

Henry James He felt, most accurately, that she was not a grain less urbane than she would have been if his marriage were still in prospect; but he felt also that she was not a particle more urbane. The American by Henry James [1877]

Anthony Trollope There was still a grain of salt left. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Numbering some 40,000 in all, they are a pastoral people, their wealth consisting in flocks and herds, grain and millet. From Ritual to Romance by Jessie L. Weston [1920]

Arnold Bennett She hadn’t a friend — at any rate she hadn’t a friend with a grain of sense. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Andrew Lang There he sowed the grain that is the bread of man, chanting the hymn used at seed-time, calling on the mother earth to make the green herb spring, and on Ukko to send down clouds and rain. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton He unhooked the ladder from the high book-shelf very carefully without disturbing a grain of dust on the dusty shelves or a hair on the head of the unconscious scholar who was reading the large book. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Walter Scott To the hungry bird, a grain of rice is as a chaplet of pearls to a sovereign. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

Ford Madox Ford Nor will he complain if a little ball of fluff runs quickly and pecks the grain from his bill before Madame Partlet can take it from him. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

But tell him plainly that your story about my having promised to marry you — do you hear — was a lie, from first to last — a lie — a lie — without so much as a grain of truth mixed up in it. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Abraham Merri Women and men of the rich, the powerful, flying for safety; after them ran and scattered through the fields of grain a multitude on foot. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Virginia Woolf The pigeons followed her, waddling, for the grain that she let fall from her capable, earthy fingers. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Algernon Blackwood The concentration of his mind incessantly upon them removed it grain by grain and speck by speck. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Learning that a trading vessel laden with grain and other commodities for the mines was off the coast, he ordered out one of his caravels to seize her and bring her into port. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Gustave Flauber No more meat, no more oil, no more salt food, and not a grain of barley for the horses, which might be seen stretching down their wasted necks seeking in the dust for blades of trampled straw. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

They simply swallowed everything, and what they swallowed did them no harm, because it left no residue behind, just as a grain of corn will pass undigested through the body of a bird. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Theodore Dreiser I’ll never be a grain and commission man. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Victor Hugo The grain of sand in the desert, the foam-flake on the sea, are fearful symptoms. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Victor Hugo They had spent their last grain of hope on the direction of life; hence they turned in the other. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Leon Trotsky He has his own commission merchant in Nikolayev. “Let it be awhile, grain doesn’t ask to be fed!” he says. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Henry Handel Richardson Not so she: she had not a grain of spirit in her. Succedaneum by Henry Handel Richardson

Walter Scott His own safety, his own destiny, for which he was at all times little anxious, had not now the weight of a grain of dust in his reflections. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

Repeat the same process with the same quantity of fresh sugar of milk, and every grain of your powder will contain the millionth of a grain of the medicinal substance. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Anthony Trollope She knew thoroughly well that there had been no grain of offence in that letter from Arthur Fletcher — and she knew that no man, to true man, would have taken offence at it. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

At two in the afternoon Gourlay was standing on the gravel outside the Red Lion, trying to look wise over a sample of grain which a farmer had poured upon his great palm. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

A loop of fine cotton thread, weighing one sixteenth of a grain (4. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Andrew Lang Knowing Ali Baba’s poverty, the sister was curious to find out what sort of grain his wife wished to measure, and artfully put some suet at the bottom of the measure. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs. Includes A Short History of the Aesopic Fable

Henry James That each knew she was being watched, made not a grain of difference in the little offices they mutually rendered, or in the various household tasks they performed in common. The romance of certain old clothes by Henry James [1868]

Marie Corelli For verily I say unto you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed ye shall say unto this mountain, remove from yonder place, and it shall remove, and nothing shall be impossible to you. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

It weighed not a grain with Vanheimert that the criminal happened to have saved his life. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Willa Cather The grain is so heavy that it bends toward the blade and cuts like velvet. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

H. G. Wells How delightful, for example, was the earthly carpenter dealing cleverly with the grain and character of this wood or that. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

D. H. Lawrence Not a grain of human feeling in the man, said Miss Frost, flushing pink with exasperation. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

And you, Margaret, leave comforting her that ought rather to comfort you; for what is her hurt to yours? But she never had a grain of justice under her skin; and never will. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Robert Louis Stevenson It is made sharp with a grain of salt, with a touch of ugliness. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James Mrs. Lemon had in her nature no grain of resentment, and it wasn’t to feed a sense of wrong that she permitted herself to criticise her son’s wife. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

Isabella Bird The grain falls out during this process. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Willa Cather Not a great harvest, for life must have come to an end here in the summer, when the new crop was not yet garnered and the last year’s grain was getting low. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Jules Verne Le moment était donc propice pour semer cet unique et précieux grain de blé. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

Arthur Conan Doyle Yet the Abbot Berghersh was a man of too firm a grain to allow one bold outbreak to imperil the settled order of his great household. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

The bottom of the excavation, well prepared by a rich manure of the sardines, — a small fish obtained in vast quantities along the coast, — was planted with some kind of grain or vegetable. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Anthony Trollope Whether she were laughing at him, as he thought to be most probable, or whether there was some grain of truth in the demand which she made, he found it equally impossible to make any reply. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Except when Father was getting out fresh sacks of grain it was the quietest place in the house. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Arnold Bennett I give the State what I consider fair value for the money it pays me, and not a grain more. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Expert slavehunters, they mostly clothe themselves by the sale of their victims on the coast, though they do business by the sale of goats and grain as well. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

A loop of soft thread weighing one-seventh of a grain (9. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

D. H. Lawrence How it leans around me, and I am part of it, the great rose of Space. I am like a grain of its perfume, and the woman is a grain of its beauty. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

Old Martha stood in the middle of a mob of poultry scattering handfuls of grain around her. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Caroline Lamb I hate romance and fooleries in women, do I not, Lady St. Clare? and heaven be praised, since the absence of my poor mad brother, we have not a grain of it in our house. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

She looked what she was—a little dull, without a grain of imagination. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Anthony Trollope If the bishop has a grain of justice —” “The bishop offered it to me on his terms, and as I did not like the terms, I refused it. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Henry James She bent, in this pursuit, over her dust-bin; she challenged to the last grain the refuse of her innocent economy. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Watkin Tench They all received grain to sow and plant for the first year. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

D. H. Lawrence The stalks of corn were like strong reeds of bamboo; the heads of grain swept heavily over like tresses weighted with drops of gold. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

All his optimism failed to thresh a grain of hope from the chaff of his postulations. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The earth rolls; every clod and stone comes to the meridian: so every organ, function, acid, crystal, grain of dust, has its relation to the brain. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Nathaniel Hawthorne They were concocted mostly of lime, with a grain of oat, or some other worthless kernel, in the midst. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

A week that left dad a shaken, tremulous old man, and the firm of Barbour & Hutchinson, grain brokers, an unpleasant problem to be dealt with by the receivers. Serapion by Francis Stevens

George Meredith How could he have doubted succeeding? One grain more of faith in his energy, and Diana might have been mated to the right husband for her—an open-minded clear-faced English gentleman. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Isabella Bird It may be said that nearly every valley and hill-slope where water is procurable is turned to account for grain crops. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Rudyard Kipling Is the charm made, Holy One?’ ‘I have written the names of seven silly devils — not one of whom is worth a grain of dust in the eye. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

The tone of his voice gave the Prince the first consolation that his wounded pride had received during this audience, and this grain of happiness furnished him with a speech that gratified his vanity. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Jules Verne Ces huit cents grains, moins une cinquantaine, qui furent réservés par prudence, devaient donc être semés dans un nouveau champ, et avec non moins de soin que le grain unique. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]