Phrases with "grain"

The graves of those who died were levelled and sowed with grain that the losses of the little band might not be suspected by the savage tenants of the wilderness, and their story remains untold. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

D. H. Lawrence He was slender, and, to her, perfect, a clean, straight-cut youth, without a grain of superfluous body. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

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]

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]

Anthony Trollope It was not for a supply of air that she used her nostrils on this occasion, but that she might indicate some grain of contempt for the authority which Mr Prong had attempted to exercise. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Jack London Tim Keenan stepped in and bent over Cherokee, fondling him on both sides of the shoulders with hands that rubbed against the grain of the hair and that made slight, pushing-forward movements. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

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

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

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

John Morley His sallies against the economists were forgotten, and he now entered into the famous controversy of the free trade in grain with all his usual fire. Voltaire by John Morley

Julian Hawthorne She gladdened all eyes and hearts, and the mill became a storehouse of beauty and gladness as well as of grain and meal. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

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]

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

Jules Verne This bed of fine sand was as smooth as ice, not a grain out of place. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

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]

Henry David Thoreau There is just as much beauty visible to us in the landscape as we are prepared to appreciate — not a grain more. Autumnal Tints by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim She was very human, and it was possible that those wonderful word pictures of her companion’s had left a grain or two of their poison in her veins. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

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]

John Lewis Burckhard This grain is of the same shape and size as that of Shendy and Upper Egypt; but it is of an ash gray colour; it is said to be less nourishing, and of course is less esteemed than the other. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Henry James She was not fast, nor emancipated, nor crude, nor loud, and there wasn’t in her, of necessity at least, a grain of the stuff of which the adventuress is made. Pandora by Henry James [1884]

Theodore Dreiser If I were you and were going to be a banker, I’d first spend a year or so in some good grain and commission house. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

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

It was a grain of a reddish color, which dissolved immediately. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

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

Jules Verne La masse était compacte et d’un grain extrêmement serré. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

Jules Verne The grain and the plants were gathered, so as to provide a new harvest for the approaching half-season. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Rudyard Kipling They sit by their camels, and the camels eat grain out of a black blanket held up at the corners, and the men eat by their side just like camels. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Henry James With a big installed conscience there is virtue in a grain of the figurative faculty — it acts as oil to the stiff machine. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

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

Henry James She was vulgar, clumsy and grotesquely ignorant; her conceit was proportionate, and she had not a grain of tact or of quick perception. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

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]

D. H. Lawrence He had not a grain of physical fear. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

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

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

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

Andrew Lang He neglects that other element, a grain of natural worth, which somehow delights in good for itself. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

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]

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]

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

Guy de Maupassant He talked about marriages, births and deaths, then about the fall in the price of grain and the latest news about cattle. The Farmer’s Wife (Le Fermier) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

All parts of it are filled with the same noonday glare, like a dry desert where every grain of sand shows singly, and there are no mysteries or shadows. Memories and Studies by William James

Willa Cather Give them only grain and clean feed, such as you would give horses or cattle. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

And she couldn’t come without returning the half-crown: it must have gone nicely against the grain to return that. Mrs. Todhetley’s Earrings by Ellen Wood [1873]

Henry James Sometimes I think he has n’t a grain of conscience, and sometimes I think that, in a way, he has an excess. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

As the two forces ground against each other, he was turned again and again, like a grain between millstones. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

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

George Borrow He is a gouty old fellow, of some learning, residing in an old hall near the great western seaport, and is one of the very few amongst the English Catholics possessing a grain of sense. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

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

Every grain of this powder contains the hundredth of a grain of the medicinal substance mingled with the sugar of milk. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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]

Watkin Tench The pork and rice were brought with us from England. The pork had been salted between three and four years, and every grain of rice was a moving body, from the inhabitants lodged within it. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

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 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 patience — very heavily on his hands. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

Anthony Trollope There was an easy liveliness about Lady Mabel — a grain of humour and playfulness conjoined — which made her feel at home at once. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

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

Henry James I wish he were less of a genius and more of a charlatan! He’s too confoundedly all of one piece; he won’t throw overboard a grain of the cargo to save the rest. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Jules Verne Depuis l’incident du grain de plomb, c’était un fait désormais incontestable, et une pareille révélation ne pouvait que provoquer de vives inquiétudes chez les colons. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

James Anthony Froude The Bible told him that if he had faith as a grain of mustard seed, he could work miracles. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Charles Dickens Thus engaged, with her right elbow supported by her left hand, Madame Defarge said nothing when her lord came in, but coughed just one grain of cough. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Mark Twain These latter compel the peasant to bring his little trifle of grain to the village, at his own cost. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Anthony Trollope But no generosity on the part of the wife, no love, no temper, no virtue, no piety can be accepted by Cæsar as weighing a grain in counterpoise against even suspicion. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Arnold Bennett And the excellent ass Dayson, always facetiously cheerful, and without a grain of humour, remarked: “Copiousness with the H2O, Miss Lessways, is the father of smudged epistles. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Thomas Wolfe This grain of living dust had seen the countless insane accidents of shape and movement that daily passed the little window of his eye, but he felt no doubt or fear. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

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

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

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]

George Gissing But I think I have given you a grain of comfort. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

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 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

Charles Kingsley For I should be ashamed if private differences should ever prejudice by a grain the public weal. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

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]

Molly, you say? Molly be shot!” “Well, you know what Molly is, Tod. Let half a grain of suspicion arise, and it might betray him. The Key of the Church by Ellen Wood [1875]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He looked out into the grain field trying to recover his hard brassy attitude. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

H. G. Wells Otherwise I do not think there was a grain of regret for that in Mr. Polly’s composition. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

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]

D. H. Lawrence He worshipped her as age worships youth, he gloried in her, because, in his one grain of faith, he was young as she, he was her proper mate. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang He opened that and found a grain of wheat, and in that was a millet seed. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

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]

Thomas Love Peacock I have not heard a scheme but my own that has a grain of common sense. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

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

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]

He ordered the hens’ rations to be stopped, and decreed that any animal giving so much as a grain of corn to a hen should be punished by death. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

John Lewis Burckhard The price of grain varies almost daily, the market being affected by the arrival of every caravan of traders, who always buy up a considerable quantity for the food of the slaves and camels. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

I dared not steam the envelope open to make sure, in case he had sealed up a grain of permanganate of potash under the flap for then the whole envelope would have turned pink. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

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

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

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]

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]

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]

Virginia Woolf It beat on the orchard wall, and every pit and grain of the brick was silver pointed, purple, fiery as if soft to touch, as if touched it must melt into hot-baked grains of dust. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

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

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

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]

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

Maria Edgeworth The analysis he made of every mind was really perfect — in one respect, not a grain of bad but was separated from the good, and held up clean and clear to public view. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Sir Walter Scott When he gets a frank he fills it up exact to the weight of an unce, that a carvy-seed would sink the scale — but he’s neer a grain abune it. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

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

Henry James Gordon had engaged himself to marry, and our critical hero had not a grain of fault to find with this resolution. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

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

Willa Cather Binders and harvesters were abroad in the wheat and oats, gathering the soft-breathing billows of grain into wide, subduing arms. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Olaf Stapledon And on the skin of that little grain all the swarms of men, generation by generation, had lived in labor and blindness, with intermittent joy and intermittent lucidity of spirit. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

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

Robert Louis Stevenson There are sayings of his in which he has stamped himself into the very grain of the language; you would think he must have worn the words next his skin and slept with them. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rudyard Kipling Darzee, if you have a grain of sense you will fly off to the stables and pretend that your wing is broken, and let Nagaina chase you away to this bush. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

G. K. Chesterton The King went gathering Wessex men, As grain out of the chaff The few that were alive to die, Laughing, as littered skulls that lie After lost battles turn to the sky An everlasting laugh. The Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

A loop of soft thread weighing one fourteenth of a grain (4. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Jack London With two stout sticks I bent the stalks over the deerskin and threshed out the grain that else the blackbirds would have eaten. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

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

Henry James Do you know the proverb, ‘A grain of experience is worth a pound of precept?’ I’m a great theologian. The Ghostly Rental by Henry James [1876]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau The strength of the people, on the other hand, acts only when concentrated: when spread abroad, it evaporates and is lost, like powder scattered on the ground, which catches fire only grain by grain. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Virginia Woolf For it was very charming and quite ridiculous how easily some girl without a grain of sense could twist him round her finger. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

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

We are the slaves who sow, and reap, and garner, and yet are only suffered to eat the husks of the great stores of grain for which we give our lives. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Andrew Lang Catching sight of a prosperous-looking merchant standing in front of a shop full of grain of all kinds, Ram Singh went up to him and asked whether he could give him anything to do. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

But there existed not a grain of resemblance. Seen in the Moonlight by Ellen Wood [1875]

George Eliot My daughter, your life is not as a grain of sand, to be blown by the winds; it is a thing of flesh and blood, that dies if it be sundered. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Rudyard Kipling Wherever a grain cart atilt, a tree trunk, a sawn log, a couple of bamboos and a few handfuls of thatch cast a shadow, the ground is covered with them. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

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

Anthony Trollope There is nothing goes against the grain so much with me as tragedy airs. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

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

Andrew Lang Now take, along with Dr. Holmes’s confession to a grain of superstition, this remark on, and explanation of, the curious coincidences which thrust themselves on the notice of most people. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

The several terminal branches of the petiole bearing the much reduced leaflets (a, b, c, d) are highly sensitive, for a loop of thread weighing only the one-sixteenth of a grain (4. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Walter Scott But on one thing he was firmly resolved, and that was not to relinquish the cause he had engaged in whilst a grain of hope remained. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

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]

Andrew Lang Unluckily someone else thought so too, and this was her brother’s wife, who had heard all about the pumpkin tree, and sent her slave with a handful of grain to buy her a pumpkin. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins One grain of the poison has been known to prove fatal — she has taken three. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Rudyard Kipling He did not approve of lying up in rangers’ huts, and was inclined to levy contributions in his master’s name of grain and oil and milk from those who could ill afford such benevolences. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

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

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

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

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

Henry James The removal of this hard grain in the sweet savour of life was needed to complete his felicity. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

There is not a grain of dirt upon my hands or my face or my body. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

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]

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle There are scant crops and few beeves in the borderland, where a man must reap his grain with sickle in one fist and brown bill in the other. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

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]

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. Homeopathy and its Kindred Delusions by Oliver Wendell Holmes [1842]

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]

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]

Charles Dickens He looked at himself in the glass again; went closer to it to dash a grain or two of dust out of the corner of his eye; and settled his cravat. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

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]

Anatole France In what part of her enchanting body could she lodge a grain of virtue? There is no room for it; everything is so firm, so juicy, solid, and plump! Virtue, like the raven, nests in ruins. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

It’s simply marvellous that you should turn up like this, Mr. Kemp. We hadn’t a grain of powder that wasn’t caked solid in the canisters. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

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]

William Dampier The salt begins to kern or grain in April, except it is a dry season; for it is observed that rain makes the salt kern. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

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]

Henry James She is the best creature in the world, and she could never do him a grain of injury. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

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

Henry James There was a silent sociability in him and a superficial fineness of grain that helped to account for his daughter Francie’s various delicacies. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

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

Richard Burton But the Shaykh, trusting to his hills rather than to steeds, sells them; he gives away the dresses to his slaves, and he distributes the grain amongst his clansmen. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

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]

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]

But the people amongst whom the girl had fallen had positively not a grain of moral delicacy. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

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

Henry James She has had a chance every day for a week, but she has treated me without a grain of spite. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

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

William Dampier We had a delicate large English dog which the governor did desire and had it given him very freely by the captain, though much against the grain of many of his men, who had a great value for that dog. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

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

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]

William Godwin From this plate she took somewhat, grain by grain; but she would taste of no other dish. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

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

Rudyard Kipling The grain was in bulk, and deck-leakage, combined with warm weather, had sprouted it here and there in sickly green films. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Marie Corelli I think everything is planned by law from the beginning; even to the particular direction in which a grain of dust floats through space. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

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

It was the first time in her life she had been a god-send to anyone, and she was determined to take the assertion with a grain of salt. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Charles Dickens Not a grain is left for that man. The Chimes by Charles Dickens [1844]

Thomas Hardy Henchard left the house with a ton of conjecture, though without a grain of proof, that the counterattraction was Farfrae; and therefore he would not make up his mind. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Henry James Madame de Mauves hasn’t a grain of folly left. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Robert Green Ingersoll The history of one monad is as unknown as that of the universe; one drop of water is as wonderful as all the seas; one leaf, as all the forests; and one grain of sand, as all the stars. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

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]

William Dampier There is neither herb, root, pulse, nor any sort of grain for them to eat that we saw; nor any sort of bird or beast that they can catch, having no instruments wherewithal to do so. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

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

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

Isabella Bird The grain is kept in great clay-lined holes under ground, covered with straw and earth. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

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

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

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]

Rudyard Kipling That they might give milk for the morning meal, he was feeding them on the good grain that these imbeciles rejected. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

But that drivelling married man sat there and cackled when he won a man like an unintelligent hen picking up a grain of corn. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

H. G. Wells There isn’t a grain of suicide in us — not a grain. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

When it was fine in grain and even in colour, it has been cut with the nicest economy. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Henry James She does n’t do me a grain of justice; but that is no harm. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

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]

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]

Arthur Machen I assure you that every minute that I spent in bed after seven o’clock was to me a grain of Paradise, a moment of delight. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

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

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]

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]

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]

They are far more sensitive than the petioles of C. glandulosa; for a loop of thread weighing a quarter of a grain (16. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Olaf Stapledon I perceived that I was on a little round grain of rock and metal, filmed with water and with air, whirling in sunlight and darkness. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Marcel Prous L’oeil ne désenflant pas, le grand-duc se rabattit sur le médecin ordinaire de Balbec, lequel en cinq minutes retira un grain de poussière. Sodome et Gomorrhe by Marcel Prous

Anthony Trollope The glowing language in which this is done goes against the grain with us when we read continuously the events of his life as told by himself. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

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

D. H. Lawrence They knew a pearl from a grain of maize, and a grain of maize from a pearl. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James I smell the cold dusty paint and iron as the rails of the Eighteenth Street corner rub his contemplative nose, and, feeling him foredoomed, withhold from him no grain of my sympathy. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

It’s the only life I’m accustomed to, the only life I’m fit for now, though it was sorely against the grain at first. St. Luke's Summer by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]