Phrases with "hint"

Walter Scott Peveril took the hint in good part, and the entertainment proceeded with animation. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

This was for me the first hint of his attitude towards this adventure. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

There was a heart, steeled against man’s remonstrance, and a pride that would have burst into fury at a hint of reproof. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

It was no doubt this hint that brought the messenger to our relief yesterday; and otherwise we might have been kept in the jungle longer. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

I can therefore not even hint at any solution of the pragmatic issue. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Algernon Blackwood I saw the hint of soft fire in her poor pitiful eyes, but far, far away and, as she thought, safely hidden. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Robert Louis Stevenson It was a hint that was more contemptuous than a command, and I was surprised to see James More accept it. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sir Thomas Browne The villany of that spirit takes a hint of infidelity from our studios; and, by demonstrating a naturality in one way, makes us mistrust a miracle in another. Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne [1643]

Tobias Smolle This hint occasioned a fresh contest. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Arthur Conan Doyle You might, if you chose, give this priest, or Moolah, who is coming to us, a hint that we really are softening a bit upon the point. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Edith Wharton I bowed, thrilled at what I supposed to be a hint of promotion; but Mr. Broad went on: “I know you are at his house a great deal. The Spark by Edith Wharton

Arnold Bennett Hence, beneath his weariness and his professional attitudinarianism there was a hint of the devil-may-care that had its piquancy. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

The main point is, that you did me the honor to send these plants — or to smuggle them in-but never once deigned to hint to me that you had done so. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Anthony Trollope To him, while his words had been doubtful while he had simply played at making love to her, she had given no hint of the state of her affections. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Tobias Smolle This hint was not lost upon his companion, counsellor, and buffoon, the facetious Davy Dawdle, who had some humour, and a great deal of mischief, in his composition. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Arthur Conan Doyle Can you give me no hint what means you would adopt to attain this very desirable end?” “I would merely make the remark, sir, that many women have been wronged by this fellow. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Is there anything about the house which gives you a hint as to the meaning?” Madge replied to the question with another. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Tobias Smolle The most distant hint will be sufficient to — Dear Sir, Yours assuredly. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

George Gissing But if you could hint to Mr. Egremont that he is going shockingly astray! He dined with us the other night, and doesn’t look at all well. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Fyne who had come over, it was clear, solely to talk to me on that subject, gave me the first hint of this initial, merely out of doors, connection. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Ford Madox Ford Thus at the mere hint of a retreat the enemy forces must break through and come upon the vast, unorganised, or semi-organised bodies of troops in the rear . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

But into this one subject Ruth was as ready to enter at a hint from Tiny as she was now contented to quit it at her caprice. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Something sly with a hint of cleverness in it. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Edith Wharton There was richness and mystery in the thick black type, a hint of bursting overflowing material in the serried lines and scant margin. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The plants in the window boxes seemed always in bloom, being magically replaced in the early morning hours when they dared to hint at flagging. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

This hint operated still more strongly on their curiosity — the circle of listeners began to deepen. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Henry James It seemed more than a hint that on me as well he would impose some tiresome condition. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

Maria Edgeworth I depended on your prudence, delicacy, and principles, to understand this hint properly, and I trusted that you would conduct yourself accordingly. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

She did what she liked with us; she kept the girls as close as nuns, so they have never heard a hint of the old history; no breach of scandal has reached their ears. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Ann Radcliffe However eligible their nuptials now appeared to him, he forbore to give any hint of approbation, till he should have extricated the object of her regards from his perilous situation. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

George Gissing And, you see, there’s been no hint of a wish on their part that I should see them in London. No, I’ll just leave you to say good-bye for me. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Topsparkle is such a fanatic about music that I hardly dare question a soprano’s reputation, or hint that a tenor has the air of having sprung from the gutter. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Meantime the Marquis de Bruyeres and de Sigognac had quietly returned to their hotel, where, like well-bred gentlemen, they did not breathe even a hint of what had taken place. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

George Gissing Mrs. Hood has not dared to hint at the truth, but it cannot be concealed for long. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

H. G. Wells But they were much too happy with themselves and the expedition for their friend to attempt any hint at the moment about these things. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Bronislaw Malinowski But the author gives absolutely no hint whether this be so or otherwise. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Algernon Blackwood It rose in his deepest thought that here was the first hint of a symbolical representation. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Henry James Only just a hint of an accent, and evidently an excellent vocabulary. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

I will not permit so much as the faintest hint of anything I have told you. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Henry Handel Richardson You’ll have him repeating what you say in front of Agnes. For I suppose what Mr. Henry really means is that we are to invite her here?” “The hint is as plain as the nose on your face. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

George Meredith We have to see the more than common reasons why she, of all girls, should—he did not hint it, he was delicate: her name must not be public. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Olaf Stapledon Perhaps I can give a hint of it by saying simply that nothing is merely lost. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Or perhaps some hint of his sorrows has been given them, and it is awe they feel rather than fear. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

A hint of greyness in its quality spoke of morning, and a breath of snow in its cleanness spoke of the ‘high tops’. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Arthur Machen The story begins with Mr. De la Motte visiting the Secretary of State — of his free will or in response to a hint does not appear. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

Edith Wharton The words stared at her with secretive faces that yielded no hint of the truth. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

A hint from Brome, more than a hint from Moliere, much wit, vivacity, and cleverness make up this admirable comedy. A Memoir of Mrs. Behn by Montague Summers

Edgar Allan Poe But as there is really no end to diddling, so there would be none to this essay, were I even to hint at half the variations, or inflections, of which this science is susceptible. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

At last the Civil Governor began to complain of his inactivity and to hint at treachery, which, he wrote, would be not surprising in a man of such antecedents. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

I have dropped a hint to Cesar, and that old African knows more than the Señor would suppose. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

All he did and said, even when in his gentlest mood—and Di had not as yet seen him in any other—had a hint of power in it; power restrained, perhaps, but existent. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

But how to do it? A word let fall   Gave him the hint as the girl passed by; Nothing but ‘Swagman — stable-wall;   ‘Go to the stable and mind your eye. The Man from Snowy River and other verses by A. B. Paterson

George Gissing Will of course kept to himself the events of his last two days in London; he did not venture to hint at any knowledge of Rosamund’s movements. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Arnold Bennett She left the dining-room, shutting the door on George, who could take a hint very well — considering his years. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

I dare not hint to her what Edwin said today—that he should take matters into his own hands. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

G. K. Chesterton Yet there is something in these stories which there is not in the ordinary stock comedies of that day: an indefinable flavour of emphasis and richness, a hint as of infinity of fun. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Walter Scott They took the hint with ready good-nature. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Henry James One of them might have been freely rendered into a hint that her young partner was a possible source of danger to her own sex. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

She added timidly, “Can he do it?” “I d’know but what he can,” said Mrs. Bolton, dryly, and whatever her feeling really was in regard to the matter, her manner gave no hint of it. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Henry James He admitted that he had been severe, and begged her pardon, for he was by no means sure that there was not a hint of tears in her voice. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Robert Louis Stevenson It is a strange art that can thus be practised; to talk for hours of a thing, and never name nor yet so much as hint at it. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

I was cheered by no word of kindness and helped by no hint of counsel from my father. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

They smiled at each other-an odd smile; the faintest hint of greed, springing from the invisible nature of greed, was in it on both sides. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The maid, who was fussing round, gave him a hint or two and he carried her like a child through the door, down the steps and into the waiting limousine. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Wilkie Collins But you will allow me — as a person, Madame Pratolungo, possessing considerable practice in the art of reading aloud — to observe that you might be benefited by a hint or two. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

George Gissing She treated him distantly, yet without a hint of unfriendliness. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Sinclair Lewis The bishop sank into his golden oak revolving desk-chair, pointed at his typewriter, and sighed, “From this horrid room you get a hint of how pressed I am by practical affairs. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Yet — silent and motionless as he was — the hoary ancient gave hint of the mysteries of his revenge. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Edith Wharton Stan has been giving me a hint of something a good deal more volcanic. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Arthur Machen Here and there one can hear, as it were, the whisper and the hint of deeper mysteries, visions of a great experiment and a great achievement to which some men may be called. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Algernon Blackwood Ridges and cliffs rushed close without a hint of warning, and level places sank into declivities and basins that made him trip and stumble. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

George Gissing People were occasionally found to say that his books had a tang of acerbity; possibly this was the safety-valve at work, a hint of what might have come had the old hunger-demons kept up their goading. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Wilkie Collins Consideration for poor Lady Verinder forbade me even to hint that I had guessed the melancholy truth, before she opened her lips. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

To say anything on the subject, to hint at my discovery, had not suited my habits of thought, or assimilated with my system of feeling. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

I took the hint that he was not supposed to know any other tongue, and that he was asking who the devil I might be. Greenmantle by John Buchan

George Meredith At a hint of explanation from Edwards, the guttural gabble rattled up to the shrill vowels. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Dust and wind had subsided, there seemed to be a hint of rain in the starless west. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

George Gissing When the progress of their eating and drinking cleared the way for confidential disclosures, Morphew began to hint at his scheme. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Anthony Trollope If I can help it, I will give occasion to no man to hint anything to me which can make me be so wretched as I have been today. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells She did not dare to breathe a hint of her suspicions to her husband, but she felt things were adrift in swift, smooth water, and all her soul cried out for delay. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Rudyard Kipling She saw, she heard, she read, she tried to tell Facts beyond precedent and parallel — Unfit to hint or breathe, much less to write. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Henry James I think she gave that hint with a flattering impression — spoiled child of the booksellers as she is — that the price of my clever little articles is high. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I’ve never had a hint that she meditated leaving this place. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Robert Louis Stevenson After this set, any one is tolerable; so we shall merely hint at a few other varieties. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

He gave no hint to anybody, but left the country without leaving the faintest clue concerning his destination behind him. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

D. H. Lawrence But it gave no hint of the very different FEELING that also preoccupied her: the feeling that she had been looked upon, not from the outside, but from the inside, from her secret female self. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

Believe me, Dame, when all is done, Your age will still be fifty one; And Men will rarely take an hint Of love, from two grey eyes that squint. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

H. G. Wells He wants to hint without actually threatening that very probably he will go over to the Spectator altogether if they do not become more attentive. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Theodore Dreiser A hint to some is of more avail than an open statement to others. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

I modestly fu fain wad hint it, That one pound one, I sairly want it; If wi’ the hizzie down ye sent it, It would be kind; And while my heart wi’ life-blood dunted, I’d bear’t in mind. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Anthony Trollope The archdeacon had indeed so far betrayed his sister-inlaw as to whisper into Mr. Arabin’s ear in the study, as they met there before dinner, a hint of what he feared. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

He would also hint that he was a martyr. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Charles Dickens But he never says a word of the true reason of his restlessness, to her, and she finds it best not to hint at it to him. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Anthony Trollope No hint need be made to her either by you or me. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

H.P. Lovecraft This hint was the merest thread — a shaky underscoring of a passage in Jedediah Orne’s confiscated letter to Curwen, as partly copied in Ezra Weeden’s handwriting. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

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]

Where in that relaxed and healthy crowd had there been the least hint of strain, of bad temper? Nowhere. They had moaned over their hard lot certainly, but it was a humourous and detached complaint. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

George Gissing And, by the gods! I will be treated respectfully! It wouldn’t be amiss, Maud, if you just gave him a hint to that effect. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Willa Cather It may have been the hint of snow in the air, but it seemed to me that I had never breathed in anything that tasted so pure as the air in that valley. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Amy was glad that her sister ventured to hint that he might be more cautious in avoiding collisions. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Samuel Johnson The hint of “The Hymn to Contentment” I suspect to have been borrowed from Cleveland. The general character of Parnell is not great extent of comprehension or fertility of mind. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Wilkie Collins Far be it from us to hint at the withdrawal of this noble, loving, injured, fascinating man! We adore his aquiline nose, his tall form, his wavy hair, his rich voice. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Algernon Blackwood Through the stone figure coursed the fires of a passion that deepened the coal-black eyes and communicated a hint of light — of exaltation — to her whole person. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Jane Austen I ought to have waited for official information, But now, my dear Miss Elliot, as an old friend, do give me a hint as to when I may speak. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

The hint from the litany, the fragment from the clouds, those and the storied windows were sufficient. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Theodore Dreiser Her love for him was so great that there was something like a knife thrust in the merest hint at an extended separation. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Robert Louis Stevenson Hence this broad hint that was given me across the harpsichord. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sinclair Lewis I needn’t, by the way, hint that this is absolutely confidential. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Parsons, of the Blanket Mills, bolted at the first hint of the new policy and justified it by reminding people that he always said he would if it ever looked like business. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

George Meredith She managed to hint at his authority. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

M. P. Shiel She found Cobby so bent over one of the blacks, that she had to touch him before he saw her; and now she put her lips into his ear to hint the meaning: ”Come with me. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

A hint of this sort was sufficient to drive Sir Edward almost to distraction, and Louisa dared not pursue the subject. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

Oscar Wilde Indeed, on the subject of stage beards Shakespeare is quite elaborate; tells us of the many different colours in use, and gives a hint to actors always to see that their own are properly tied on. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Algernon Blackwood Yet, without a hint of insincerity or charlatanism, he seemed conscious only of what he deemed the long, sweet prizes of the soul, difficult of attainment, and to the majority mere dreams. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Maria Edgeworth My dear general, I know all that you can tell, all that you can hint concerning her history abroad. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

I never felt my delicacy shocked at the Louvre, but I was strangely tempted to resent as an affront the hint I received, that I might steal a glance at what was deemed indecent. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

A crack or two of the master’s whip — a coldness in the royal demeanour, a hint at a stoppage of the pension — and the monkey would put an end to his tricks soon enough. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Henry Handel Richardson But is was not strong enough to make itself heard, or rather Laura refused to hear it, and turned a deaf ear whenever it tried to hint at its presence. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Louisa May Alcott She loved music so dearly, tried so hard to learn, and practiced away so patiently at the jingling old instrument, that it did seem as if someone (not to hint Aunt March) ought to help her. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Yet in the Life of her husband — almost the closing words — she does give a hint to those who could understand. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

In all this was none of the pomp of war — no hint of glory. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Ralph Waldo Emerson Our first institution in the Ideal philosophy is a hint from nature herself. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

I said nothing, but I daresay that the expression of my features and the gingerly style in which I held the letter out in front of me, conveyed a hint that I had lighted on something out of the way. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman There was not the slightest hint of any fear in her expression. The Southwest Chamber by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Virginia Woolf He took it as a hint that he should go. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

George Gissing I did little more than hint my opinions; I wonder, in looking back, that I had the courage to do even that. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Its official organ, Izviestia (News), began to hint that the function of the Soviets was nearly at an end, (See App. II, Sect. 3) and that they might soon be dissolved . Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Henry James My dear Harvard — I have carried out my plan, of which I gave you a hint in my last, and I only regret that I should not have done it before. A Bundle of Letters by Henry James [1879]

Abraham Merri The lips were not so firm, the corners of the mouth drew down, there was hint of indecision about them and the chin. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Henry James Strether had found himself deferring to his companion’s abruptness as to a hint that he should be answered as soon as they were more isolated. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Wilkie Collins While Mr. Gracedieu was speaking of Euneece, did he say nothing of Helena’s infamous conduct to her sister?” Not the slightest hint of any such thing, I assured her, had reached my ears. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Don’t consent, mind; but just tip me a hint and you’ll have me down. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Jane Austen She stayed nearly two hours, was as affectionate and agreeable as ever, and not a syllable, not a hint was dropped, of any disagreement or coolness between them. Lady Susan by Jane Austen [1794]

H.P. Lovecraft I cannot even hint what it was like, for it was a compound of all that is unclean, uncanny, unwelcome, abnormal, and detestable. The Outsider by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

R. D. Blackmore The women flocked to hear him preach, when the passion was upon him; and he used to hint at awful sins of his own, which made him earnest. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

George Gissing Neither did she hint at the special grounds of her suspicion. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Sinclair Lewis He looked up, spoke with a hint of German accent. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

George Gissing One hears stories I shouldn’t like to repeat to you, or even to hint at. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

It may be that Crummle has got a hint of our doings and would spy out the land. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

George Gissing Perhaps a hint would be enough to induce her to share a secret with him, when she understood what his suspicions pointed to. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Arthur Machen I once ventured to hint something of the sort to him. The Inmost Light by Arthur Machen

George Eliot Her flush had died away almost to paleness; she had the timidity of a luxurious pleasure-seeking nature, which shrinks from the hint of pain. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Dawn came, a hint of dun light. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

George Gissing I gave him a hint a few weeks ago; just told him in a quiet way as I thought he was going too far into things that weren’t very interesting, but he didn’t seem quite to see it. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

She colours absurdly when she talks of him, and flew into a passion with me the other day when I ventured to hint that he is not a Rothschild, and that his society must be expensive to you. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Arthur Machen He had let out no suspicion of what had happened in Meirion, and before taking his brother-in-law to the club he had passed round a hint among the members. The Terror by Arthur Machen

They employed a private detective to watch Penn, but gave him no hint that they suspected him in any way. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

He has had a hint or two already, and he’ll never fight the next election. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

James Hogg They accordingly sent him on a pretended mission of legality to Dalcastle, with orders to see and speak with the proprietor, without giving him a hint what was wanted. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Jack London For centuries no hint of its existence reached the world. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

I ventured to hint as much in my letter to Lady Maulevrier yesterday. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Thomas Hardy In her simplicity she did not know what it was till a hint from a nodding acquaintance enlightened her. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Virginia Woolf For, like all collections of letters, they seem to hint that we need not care overmuch for the fortunes of individuals. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

William Makepeace Thackeray She uttered, in the course of her rhapsody, a hint — an intimation — so terrible that the truth flashed across me in a moment. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

James Hogg But Mrs. Logan, being anxious to have Mrs. Calvert’s judgment, without either hint or preparation, took care not to mention that they were so near to the end of their journey. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

George Meredith Something stronger than a hint sent him off at a trot, hugging in his elbows. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

D.H. Lawrence He looked out musingly, and there was no hint of rebellion in the contours of the regular features. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

But it would have been wiser to omit that hint to the mother. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

George Gissing Resolute to avoid a long tete-a-tete, which was sure to exasperate her temper, Nancy kept Mary in the room, and listened to no hint from Jessica that they should retire for the accustomed privacy. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Sir Walter Scott Morton could not help, in his heart, contrasting him with Balfour of Burley; and so deeply did the idea impress him, that he dropped a hint of it as they rode together at some distance from the troop. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

He makes out he’s broken-hearted and yet he deliberately rubs in his treachery by that ghastly hint about the child. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

George Gissing Anxious to conciliate the girl in every honest way, Mary behaved to her with the same external respect as ever, and without a hint of express guardianship. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Henry Handel Richardson It was hot in the new, shadeless streets through which he passed, and also in crossing the Johannapark; hardly a hint of September was in the air. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Arnold Bennett The Sunday’s accent was less local; there was a hint of a short “e” sound in the “a,” and a briskness about the consonants, that Edwin could never have compassed. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Jack London And still there was that hint of the feebleness of the blind in his walk. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Gertrude Stein Why is the name changed The name is changed because in the little space there is a tree, in some space there are no trees, in every space there is a hint of more, all this causes the decision. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

Edith Wharton The discovery was a shock, and half-jokingly she tried to hint her surprise. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Henry James There was not a trace in Roderick’s face, or in his voice, of the bitterness of his emotion of the day before, and not a hint of his having the lightest weight upon his conscience. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Algernon Blackwood The seduction of the snow smothered the hint before he realised that it had brushed the skirts of warning. The Glamour of the Snow by Algernon Blackwood

The Cat took the hint and his leave. Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce

Edith Wharton If I had not been on the alert I should have seen no hint of emotion. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Arnold Bennett You can give a hint to Mrs Nixon. Much better he shouldn’t know. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Sinclair Lewis There was, he thought, music in it and a hint of culture, not a bouncing giggle like Louetta Swanson’s. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Anna Katherine Green But beyond a certain stillness of expression, still further masking a countenance naturally cold and irresponsive, no hint was given that any effect had been produced upon him by these words. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Mina did not take the hint about going in: she made off to her sisters instead. Janet Carey by Ellen Wood [1873]

Wilkie Collins Had I only received the smallest hint that the absent sister of Miss Jane Langley was her twin-sister, I would have seen her, at any sacrifice, before making my proposals. The Twin Sisters by Wilkie Collins [1851]

Wilkie Collins Delamayn held the lead till they were half way through the fifth round — when Fleetwood, at a hint from his trainer, forced the pace. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Henry Kingsley Had Etty been on the spot he would have got a hint for one of his finest pictures; though I can give but little idea of it in writing, however, let me try. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Though he carried this with the natural grace of a proud and beautiful belle, there was no hint of the feminine in his bearing, or in the contour of his pale, firm-set, handsome face. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Anthony Trollope When these things were all settled, Biddy returned to the kitchen, big with the secret; but she was too prudent to say or hint anything which could create a suspicion in her colleague’s breast. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

H. G. Wells They made a sound, whiff-er-whiff, a kind of tearing whistle, and there was nothing but a distant crackling to give one a hint of their direction until they took effect. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

George Gissing When this was done, Alma made known what Dymes had told her about Sibyl, speaking in an unconcerned voice, and refraining from any hint of suspicion or censure. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

The Rev. Theron Ware had not caught even the faintest hint of these overtures to suspicion. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Anthony Trollope It would be a saving of the spoil from the Amalekites, and of this idea he did give a hardly-expressed hint to his brother. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

A little incident of his boyhood gives a hint of his pluck. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Olaf Stapledon I cannot make you realize the potency of that glance, for the faces of your own kind afford almost no hint of such illumination. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing He found no difficulty in imagining that Sir Job’s right hand knew nothing of what the left performed, and it might be that the authorities of Whitelaw had no hint of his peculiar position. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

H.P. Lovecraft His cultivated voice held an odd and almost disturbing hint of vague familiarity, though I could not definitely place it in my memory. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Sinclair Lewis Martin was not overwhelmed by his first hint of New York; after a year in the Chicago Loop, Manhattan seemed leisurely. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

This hint immediately dispelled my incertitude. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

His eyes were discreetly lowered, but I saw embarrassment and speculation and a hint of criticism in them. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

G. K. Chesterton Well, I’ll give you a hint about that, a hint about something precious few people know. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Virginia Woolf There is a fixity, a gloom, yet an inner glow that seem to hint that you are looking within and not without. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Anthony Trollope At first she was unwilling to hint this caution even to herself; but at last, as her suspicions grew, she spoke the words very frequently, not only to herself, but also to her husband. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Anne Bronte He had not breathed a word of love, or dropped one hint of tenderness or affection, and yet I had been supremely happy. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

Wilkie Collins To this oldest, kindest, and most merciful of friends, therefore, he determined to confess, what he dare not so much as hint to his own father. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Arthur Morrison I think though — perhaps I might be able to give you a sort of hint “— and Captain Mackrie looked hard at Hewitt. “This is Mr. Hewitt, Captain Mackrie,” Merrick interposed. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Benjamin Disraeli Some choice spirits took the hint from the public feeling, and determined to dine on the public curiosity. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Anthony Trollope Evil things were said of Arabella Trefoil, but in all the evil things said no hint was given that Lord Rufford had behaved badly or had been in danger. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Henry Fielding I am unwilling to believe there are such villains in the world; but there is none of them whom I should detest half so much as myself, if my own mind had ever suggested to me a hint of that kind. Amelia by Henry Fielding