Phrases with "ornament"

Anthony Trollope At Oxford he is generally regarded as the most promising clerical ornament of the age. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

An ornament of gold gleams through the half- closed folds of the scarf she has wrapped across her bust, and a large bright gem glitters on the white hand which confines it. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Miles Franklin Mrs. Crasterton came in for a moment and said that Edmée’s admirer was not of an old family, and she pointed out a dog-eared ornament and named the howling swell from whom it had descended. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

William Shakespeare That thou art blam’d shall not be thy defect, For slander’s mark was ever yet the fair; The ornament of beauty is suspect, A crow that flies in heaven’s sweetest air. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Henry James She trod the place like a reigning queen or a proud usurper; full as it was of splendid pieces, it could show in these days no ornament so effective as its menaced mistress. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Henry Kingsley Gus had an old twelfth-cake ornament on his breast for a star, and a tape round his neck for a garter. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Baldwin Spencer These tail-tips are called Alpita and are a very favourite form of ornament amongst men and women alike. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

At an agreed signal Stephanie would jerk open the catch of the necklace, and as she leaned forward the ornament would trickle off her neck and disappear into the arena beneath. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Henry Fielding He would have made the best scholar, and have been an ornament to the Church; — such parts and such goodness never met in one so young. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Arthur Conan Doyle He was a man of great size, clad in black armor without blazonry or ornament of any kind, for all worldly display was forbidden by the rules of the military brotherhood to which he belonged. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

George Gissing Furnishing is uniformly hideous, and there is either no attempt at ornament (the safest thing) or a villainous taste thrusts itself upon one at every turn. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

William Makepeace Thackeray Three clubs, which look from without to be very comfortable, ornament this square with their gas-lamps. Little Travels and Roadside Sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray [1844]

Benjamin Disraeli The delicate detail of ornament contrasted admirably with the broad fronts and noble façades which they adorned. Eastern Sketches by Benjamin Disraeli

George Gissing Consummate as an ornament of the drawing-room, she would be no less admirably at ease on the tennis lawn, in the boat, on horseback, or walking by the seashore. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

H.P. Lovecraft The clergymen — or priests, or whatever they were called nowadaysalso wore this kind of ornament as a headdress; but one seldom caught glimpses of them. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Thus lived the Baron Raoul, the pride of the country in which he dwelt, an ornament to the Court, the Church, and his neighbors. Novels by Eminent Hands by William Makepeace Thackeray [1847]

Jane Austen I require so much! He must have all Edward’s virtues, and his person and manners must ornament his goodness with every possible charm. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

D. H. Lawrence He held forth on the love of ornament — the cottage parlour moved him thereto — and its connection with aesthetics. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells Then a china mantel ornament smashed upon the fender. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

The ornament and the kisses were Barbara’s now. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

William Makepeace Thackeray They have no attempt at ornament for the most part, but are grave, stout, red-brick edifices, laid out at four angles in orderly streets and squares. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

John Hill Burton The Author’s aim was not to plead the cause of opinions unadmitted, or to render received doctrines more pleasing by ornament and illustration, but to demonstrate. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

In these latter birds, similar feathers, beautifully ocellated, ornament the head, as is likewise the case with some gallinaceous birds. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Sir Walter Scott A large picture, exquisitely painted by Spagnoletto, represented the martyrdom of St. Stephen, and was the only ornament of the apartment. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Thomas Hardy Yes; it was the treasure of a morocco case, containing those treasures of ornament she had refused in the daytime. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

The most conspicuous ornament was a chain of gold and silver hearts alternate, suspended round his neck, emblematical of the sacrifice in which he most delighted. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Karl Philipp Moritz A marble statue of Queen Anne in an enclosed piece of ground in the west front of the church is something of an ornament to that side. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

Anthony Trollope But such an ornament as this on which Lord Fawn was now looking is given in another sort of way. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Isabella Bird It is still the Moharrem, and she was enveloped in a black chadar, and wore as her sole ornament a small diamond-studded watch as a locket. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Thomas Hardy The tables of the Jewish law towered sternly over the utensils of Christian grace, as the chief ornament of the chancel end, in the fine dry style of the last century. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Arthur Conan Doyle Would you have any objection to my running my finger along your parietal fissure? A cast of your skull, sir, until the original is available, would be an ornament to any anthropological museum. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Richard Burton These strings are worn all over Al-Hijaz as necklaces by children, who seldom fail to munch the ornament when not in fear of slappings; and they are sent as presents to distant countries. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Henry James This object of interest wore her hat — an ornament of extreme simplicity and not at variance with her plain muslin gown, too short for her years, though it must already have been “let out. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

William Morris But don’t set them to starve in your smoke-drenched scrap of ground amongst the bricks, for they will be no ornament to it. Hopes and Fears for Art by William Morris [1882]

Arthur Morrison You’re not to ornament the ring any longer, remember — you’re to assist a private inquiry agent, you and your wife and your charming tank. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Verily, we have made what is on the earth an ornament thereof, to try them, which of them is best in works; but, verily, we are going to make what is thereon bare soil. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Henry James These revelations cost him something, for the ornament of the merciless school, as it might have been called, found his predicament amusing and made no scruple of showing it. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Baldwin Spencer Another form of ornament amongst the men is the Lonka-lonka, to which reference has already been made in connection with magic. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Walter Scott The subject was beautiful, yet somewhat light, to ornament the study of such a sage as Agelastes represented himself to be. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Gertrude Stein The freedom which has no ornament is not spilled and this does not mean anything not lively, it certainly does not mean an extra. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Oscar Wilde No ornament or illustration should be used in a book which cannot be printed in the same way as the type. Arts and Crafts by Oscar Wilde [1888]

Arthur Conan Doyle This young lady would certainly never be expected to have the household virtues, if it be a fact that ornament and utility are seldom united in her sex. The Tragedians by Arthur Conan Doyle

Jane Austen I am resolved to have some in an ornament for the head. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

William Makepeace Thackeray After the fashion of young ladies on the continent, she wears no jewels or gimcracks: her only ornament is a wreath of vine-leaves in her hair, with little clusters of artificial grapes. The Fitz-Boodle Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1842-43]

Thomas Hobbes Sixthly, I find not that the ancients they cite took it for an ornament to do the like with those that wrote before them. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

George Gissing The dear boy will probably give up his profession, and become an ornament of society, a model of all the proprieties. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Baldwin Spencer String is fixed into the centre of a smaller flattened part, and serves to tie the ornament to the hair of the head on which it is worn hanging down over the forehead. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Her glossy dark-brown hair showed its coils beneath a cheap hat of black straw whose only ornament was a velvet ribbon and bow. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Baldwin Spencer In the second specimen there are forty-four teeth, which are embedded in beeswax in such a way that the whole ornament looks very much like a jaw. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Thomas Hardy Beyond this rather quaint array of stone and metal Mrs. Swancourt wore no ornament whatever. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Anatole France Miss Bell showed to her one of the bronze statues which, in their chiselled niches, ornament the facade of the church. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Henry James Such as it was, the company was all there; every inch of old oak, every yard of old arras, every object of ornament or of use to which these surfaces formed so rare a background. Covering End by Henry James [1898]

And above this plain, oval plate was a little bit of an ornament no bigger than a sixpence. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Some species of Semnopithecus have their heads covered with moderately long hair, and this probably serves as an ornament and was acquired through sexual selection. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Then two fair vests, of wondrous work and cost, Of purple woven, and with gold emboss’d, For ornament the Trojan hero brought, Which with her hands Sidonian Dido wrought. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

The next thing worthy of note is the Royal Exchange, so named by Queen Elizabeth, built by Sir Thomas Gresham, citizen, for public ornament and the convenience of merchants. Travels in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth by Paul Hentzner

Her father, Mr. T——n, was bred for the Church, but spent his youth as an itinerant tutor to lads of fashion, and did not prove an ornament to his sacred calling. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Elizabeth Gaskell Mr. Thornton watched the replacing of this troublesome ornament with far more attention than he listened to her father. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Victor Hugo All these things, terrible to us, are to them but an ornament and an embellishment. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Henry James I mean that she will continue to be, like all the most amiable women, just a kind of ornament to life. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Figure is a method of expression divergent from ordinary custom for the sake of ornament or utility, altered by a kind of fiction. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Here I saw the places of assembly, those cloisters on the rock’s summit, the church, the great halls where monks, or knights, or men at arms sat at meals, beautiful from ornament or proportion. Synge and the Ireland of His Time by William Butler Yeats [1911]

Virginia Woolf Examined separately, such flourishes of ornament look grotesque enough, but in their place — such is the persuasive power of design — they are part of the decoration; they complete the monument. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

And that matter of ornament wasn’t one that David and I could be said to have taken at all lightly. The Long Chamber by Olivia Howard Dunbar

Anthony Trollope His hair was already grizzled, and, in the matter of whiskers, his heavy impatient hand had nearly altogether cut away the only intended ornament to his face. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Walter Crane By these means certain primitive types of ornament are evolved, such as the Greek volute and the Greek key or fret, the logical ornament of a logical people. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

They inculcated modesty as the great ornament of a woman, and implicit reverence for her husband; softening their admonitions by such endearing epithets, as showed the fulness of a parent’s love. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

He usually appeared in public, in capacious shoes with black cotton stockings; and was observed to be particularly attached to a black glazed stock, without tie or ornament of any description. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Walter Crane Here we get a form of ornament in the flat which appears to have been very widely used, and reappears in the early art of nearly all races so far as I am aware. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

Ralph was fixing the last ornament onto her shoulder with wire off a champagne bottle, there being no clasp to hold it in its place. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

Richard Burton All ornament was strictly forbidden. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Nellie Bly A more pleasing style of nose ornament was a large gold ornament set in the nostril and fastened there as screw rings fasten in the ear. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

They were dressed very quiet, but Gracey had a little more ornament on her, and a necklace or something round her neck. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

On his neck was a very neat ornament — a large ring, of beautifully-worked small beads, forming elegant patterns by their various colours. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Charles Dickens We fondly hoped that as a British seaman he might be an ornament to his profession, but, ‘it is well;’ I feel assured my dear boy is now with the redeemed. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Andrew Lang Or Asiatic ornament may be a form of art improved out of ruder forms, like those to which the New Zealanders have already attained. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

From the double-crowns of the two last, the top ornament is also missing. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Edith Wharton But such tactlessness was unthinkable in Mrs. Sellars. Not for the world, he knew, would she have let him guess that she had given the other ornament a thought. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Kate Chopin Deep were the mutterings she hurled at a fate that could have been so short-sighted as to remove from earth so bright an ornament as Grégoire. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Isabella Bird Each of these buildings is decorated with ornament in the Saracenic style, of a richness and beauty of which only photography could give any adequate representation. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

It is because possessing these qualities he was fool enough to think they disqualified him for the duties of life, or stood in the way of his being an ornament to society and an honour to his country. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

I had sworn to die of hunger rather than part with these precious pledges; but now that this ornament may be useful to him or his defenders, everything must be sacrificed. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

You will not be sorry to see that, whilst you warriors are drawing the sword to defend the king, I am moving the pacific arts to ornament a present worthy of you. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Oscar Wilde An alliterative prefix served as an ornament of oratory. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Not that we found much bronze—all we secured was a broken pin—but we came on fragments of pottery marked with the chevron and nail and twisted thong ornament peculiar to that people and age. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Oscar Wilde Some little old ornament still lingers, here and there, on the brass rosettes of cart-horses, in the common milk-cans of Antwerp, in the water-vessels of Italy. But even this is disappearing. Arts and Crafts by Oscar Wilde [1888]

Charles Kingsley The very doggrel of them, the total absence of any attempt at ornament in diction or polish in metre, is proof complete of their deep heart-wrung sincerity. Burns and His School by Charles Kingsley

That a man in Sorrell’s position had been willing to pay thirty guineas for an ornament argued infatuation of an extreme type. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Maria Edgeworth Her indifference to objects of show and ornament appeared to him an indisputable proof of her magnanimity, and of the superiority of her unprejudiced mind. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Wilkie Collins By way of ornament to the dull brown walls, icicles appear in the crevices of the timber, gleaming at intervals in the red fire-light. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

As well might Cleopatra have worn as an ornament the vinegar which contained her dissolved pearl, as I be content with the love that Raymond can now offer me. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

George Gissing Not a member of the family had the most rudimentary instinct of order; no article, whether of ornament or use, had its recognised station. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Isabella Bird Their notion of ornament consists in having a branch or frond tattooed up the throat. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Oscar Wilde Then I feel, Harry, that I have given away my whole soul to someone who treats it as if it were a flower to put in his coat, a bit of decoration to charm his vanity, an ornament for a summer’s day. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

If the cave had been bare of ornament when we visited it the previous night, it was now altogether different. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Rudyard Kipling When we went into Bideford we met this ornament of the Sixth — is that decent enough? — hanging about on the road with a nasty look in his eye. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Wilkie Collins She wore plain white muslin, over white silk, without trimming or ornament of any kind. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Henry James Her attention moved mechanically over the objects of ornament disposed too freely on the walls of staircase and landing, as to which recognition, for the time, had lost both fondness and compunction. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Mark Twain It is small and old and severely plain, plastered outside and whitewashed or painted, and with no ornament but a statue of a monk in a niche over the door, and above that a small black flag. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

R. D. Blackmore Her dress was as plain as plain could be — a lavender twill cut and fitted by herself — and there was not an ornament about her that came from any other hand than Nature’s. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Henry Kingsley Soon he came to the remnants of the china ornament which George had thrown in; and, after a little more raking, two or three round pieces of metal fell out of the grate. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Henry Adams His practical sense and his personal energy soon established him in leadership, and made him a powerful champion, not so much for ornament as for work. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Oscar Wilde He pleaded for true book ornament as opposed to the silly habit of putting pictures where they are not wanted, and pointed out that mechanical harmony and artistic harmony went hand in hand. Arts and Crafts by Oscar Wilde [1888]

Andrew Lang But it is plain enough that later art has done little more than develop ideas of ornament already familiar to untutored races. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Walter Crane By such methods we may not only learn to appreciate the ornamental value of such forms, but by such adaptation and re-combination produce new varieties of ornament (see p. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

Walter Scott He was dressed plainly in black velvet, after the Flemish fashion, and wore in his high-crowned hat a jewelled clasp, which looped it up on one side, and formed the only ornament of his apparel. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

The lower part of the black ring is much more curved than is the lower mark in the elliptic ornament (see b, fig. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

George Gissing Mrs. Delph, a timid woman whose nerves had failed under her misfortunes, did not appear on formal occasions like the present, but Irene was becoming an ornament of the drawing-room. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Elizabeth Gaskell You would think that some antique doom presses on her house, and that once in so many generations its brightest ornament was to become its greatest disgrace. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Baldwin Spencer A short strand of string is fixed into the resin and by means of this the ornament is tied to the hair, so that it just overhangs the forehead. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Thomas Wolfe The stiff sets of tooled and costly bindings that often ornament the libraries of the rich with unread awe were lacking here. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Theodore Dreiser Having no one dependent upon her, she began to buy pretty clothes and pleasing trinkets, to eat well, and to ornament her room. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Erasmus also bears testimony in his favour; and the general voice of his age proclaimed him a light of literature and an ornament to philosophy. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Anthony Trollope But animosity against such articles wears itself out quickly, and it may be expected that the little ornament will be seen in the houses of the Suffolk gentry among whom Mr. Smirkie is so popular. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Richard Burton Some do not allow the felling of trees, alleging that the Prophet enjoined their preservation as an ornament to the city, and a pleasure to visitors. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Wilkie Collins Then a chest of drawers with two of the brass handles off, and a tawdry, broken china inkstand placed on it by way of ornament for the top. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

William Makepeace Thackeray But a much finer ornament to the church than any of the questionable gewgaws which adorned the ceiling was the piety, stern, simple, and unaffected, of the people within. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

A chair was overturned; the ivory ornament with its glass shade had been swept from its stand to the floor: and by its side lay Edward Pym—dead. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

For ornament there were a number of ‘Bonzo’ pictures, and the dusty skulls of sambhur. Burmese Days by George Orwell

G. K. Chesterton But most of the white houses were picked out here and there with bright colours, here an ornament in orange or there a stripe of lemon yellow, as if by the brush of a baby giant. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Each vague shadow and the eight bubble-shod feet formed a brooch-like ornament on the yellow sand — a grey jewel surrounded by diamonds, for every bubble acted as a lens concentrating the light. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

This serves as an ornament in their festivities, and as a lamp, if, in their wanderings beyond their artificial lights, they have to traverse the dark. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Henry James The reader will perhaps not have forgotten that Mr. Rosier was an ornament of the American circle in Paris, but it may also be remembered that he sometimes vanished from its horizon. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Anthony Trollope The father only knew that it was so, but the mother could have told of every ribbon that had been dropped, and every ornament that had been laid aside. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Walter Crane It is, for instance, important in all design associated with type for surface printing, that there should be a certain harmonious relation between lettering or type and printer's ornament or picture. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

Walter Crane The simpler types of ornament consisting of meandering and flowing lines can all be produced in this way, i. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

I saw a quick interchange of greetings between her and a fashionably dressed lady, then they withdrew to one side with the ornament I had brought, evidently consulting in regard to its merits. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

Nathaniel Hawthorne Her own dress was of the coarsest materials and the most sombre hue, with only that one ornament — the scarlet letter — which it was her doom to wear. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

She had never seen anyone wear those pumps with the little ornament at the toe. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Choose thou a pretty face or two from among these old pictures, my little Gretchen, and an ornament for his mantelshelf. Monsieur Maurice by Amelia B. Edwards [1873]

Virginia Woolf We should still be scratching the outlines of deer on the remains of mutton bones and bartering flints for sheep skins or whatever simple ornament took our unsophisticated taste. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

James Anthony Froude We prefer to hear it in plain prose, with a minimum of ornament and the utmost possible precision of statement. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Baldwin Spencer His only other article of clothing, if such it can be called, is the small public tassel which, especially if it be covered with white pipeclay, serves rather as an ornament than as a covering. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Edith Wharton Her books were an ornament and an investment; she never pretended that they were anything else. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Henry James Mrs. Newsome wore, at operatic hours, a black silk dress — very handsome, he knew it was “handsome”— and an ornament that his memory was able further to identify as a ruche. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

The establishment of professors is, in fact, a thing of ornament and pomp. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

Henry James And the wearer of this high ornament had frankness and courage and variety — no end of the unusual and the unexpected. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Isabella Bird The dome of Fatima is covered with sheets of copper plated with gold an eighth of an inch in thickness, and the ornament at the top of the dome, which is of pure gold, is said to weigh 140 lbs. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Below her linen collar she wore a scarlet ribbon, from which hung a silver locket, the only ornament she possessed. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Athos preserved, even in the eternal sleep, that placid and sincere smile — an ornament which was to accompany him to the tomb. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

George Gissing He took his stand by the mantelpiece, and began to turn a little glass ornament round and round. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Amidst their endless week-days, grief makes a holiday, and a fire is an amusement a scratch is an ornament to an empty face. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Benjamin Disraeli Rather abruptly he said, “You wore last night at the opera the same ornament as on the first time I had the pleasure meeting you. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

But allied to the steps that were not likely to be Rouse’s was the oddity of a small metal ornament lying on a floor that had been swept twenty minutes before by a powerful vacuum-cleaner. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

By extraordinary exertions Brother Jones-thinking a handsome new church would be an ornament to the town and increase the value of real estate-had got two brethren, who desired to remain incog. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

George Gissing The only approach to an ornament was a framed diploma hanging over the mantelpiece, certifying that John Alfred Smales was a duly qualified pharmaceutical chemist. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

It consisted of a double row of gold coins linked together at intervals by a bean-shaped ornament studded with pink coral and diamonds. The Story of Salome by Amelia B. Edwards

It had stood there from time immemorial, and was, as I have heard it since said, at once the pride of Mr. Orcutt’s heart and the chief ornament of his grounds. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

An ornament lying directly between the door and the waiting boom. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Henry James He was no more praised than he was blamed; but he was tacitly felt to be an ornament to his circle. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

William Makepeace Thackeray Convents and monasteries again shall ornament our country, the calm nurseries of saints and holy women! Heresy shall be extirpated with paternal severity, and our country shall be free once more. The History of the Next French Revolution by William Makepeace Thackeray

George Eliot This bright, delicate, beautiful-shaped thing that seemed most like a toy or ornament — some hand had touched the chords, and there came forth music that brought tears. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

The centre of the inner panel is a diamond-shaped ornament made with similar 'ring' braid and small pieces of silver guimp, and the corner-pieces are quarter circles worked in the same way. English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril Davenport [1899]

Walter Crane Early ornament consists in the repetition of such forms. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

Jane Austen I must be satisfied with rather less ornament and beauty. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Henry James You are made to ornament it magnificently. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Henry Fielding Indeed, he always asserted that Mr Adams at church with his surplice on, and Mr Adams without that ornament in any other place, were two very different persons. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

David Hume Simplicity is affected by one; ornament by another. Of the Standard of Taste by David Hume

Hilda is an ornament to any gentleman’s dining-table. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

E. T. A. Hoffmann No sooner was any valuable ornament purchased than, no matter how or where kept, it vanished in an inconceivable way. Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Baldwin Spencer Each ornament consists of a central mass of beeswax, moulded by the hand to the desired size and shape, and then the seeds are simply pressed on. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Stephen Lucius Gwynn Everywhere, even in the beautiful passage on wedlock’s consolations, ornament is pushed to redundancy; there is no concentration in the style. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Wilkie Collins A young lady was entering, dressed in plain silk, and the color of it was a pale blue! Excepting a white rose at her breast, she wore no ornament of any sort. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

D. H. Lawrence The only other ornament on the walls was the notice of hours and prices of meals and rooms. New Eve and Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

Anthony Trollope She was dressed all in black, with the utmost simplicity,—with nothing on her by way of ornament beyond a few large black beads; but yet she seemed to him to be splendid. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Baldwin Spencer Fig. 3 represents the ornament worn by the mother. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Washington Irving She was arrayed with all the luxury of ornament that had prevailed among the Gothic Spaniards at the time of the Arabian conquest. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Is there any ornament like them? And you have such an exquisite way of arranging them. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

W. H. Hudson Had not Bruno said that he liked to see her in white, and that a flower on her bosom or in her hair was an ornament that gave her most grace? And Bruno might arrive at any moment. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

William Makepeace Thackeray Peaceful men, we did not ornament our girdles with pistols, yataghans, &c. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

At the station platform, where the ornament of the Landsturm saved me all the trouble about tickets, I could not see my companion. Greenmantle by John Buchan

There was not an ornament on the high wooden mantelshelf, or a picture on the panelled walls. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Wilkie Collins White lace was the only ornament on her dress of delicate silvery gray. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Willa Cather It was clumsily bound in padded leather and had been presented to the Reverend Peter Kronborg by his Sunday–School class as an ornament for his parlor table. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Isabella Bird I may particularise Dr. Jenkins, for many years chief minister of Charlotte Town, whose piety, learning, and Christian spirit would render him an ornament to the Church of England in any locality. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Some of them had on necklaces composed of the teeth of wild boars slain in the chase; many wore rings, and others had an ornament on the left arm midway betwixt the shoulder and the elbow. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

The walls went straight up to the eaves with no molding or ornament except the angles on the drain pipes at each floor. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Arnold Bennett He had a great admiration for Constance, founded on gratitude to Samuel Povey; and as for Sophia, he always said to her that she would be an ornament to any car. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Walter Scott The ornament of the portal here was a small altar, like those in the temples of the heathen deities, which projected above the centre of the arch. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Their good behavior deserves all its fame, and they have that simplicity, and that air of repose, which are the finest ornament of greatness. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Virginia Woolf His great-uncle “may reasonably be supposed” to have been “an ornament to the middle classes”. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

There is no ambition of fine writing in his chronicle; there are none of those affectations of ornament which only make more glaring the beggarly condition of him who assumes them. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Fouquet could well afford to purchase trees to ornament his park, since he had bought up three villages and their appurtenances (to use a legal word) to increase its extent. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

But the chief ornament is a space parallel to the dark-blue shaft, which in outline forms a perfect second feather lying within the true feather. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Thomas Hardy But I can’t bear the thought of dragging down to that old level as promising a piece of maidenhood as ever lived — fit to ornament a palace wi’— that I’ve taken so much trouble to lift up. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

John Lewis Burckhard Their hair falls in ringlets upon the neck, and on the back part of the head they wear short tassels of glass or stones, both as an ornament and an amulet. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

I shouldn’t like to deprive you of an ornament you valued without some kind of compensation. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

George Meredith This story passed from mouth to mouth, receiving much ornament in the passage. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

David Hume It is besides a sure symptom of the want of true dignity and elevation of mind, which is so great an ornament in any character. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

Jules Verne A few badgers were taken, the skin being used as an ornament for the collars of draught horses, and the hair for making brushes of every variety. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

I hadn’t been much ornament to the name, anyhow. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Why dost thoti kill me with thy complaints? ’Tis neither agreeable to the gods, nor to me, that thou shouldest depart first, O Maecenas, thou grand ornament and pillar of my affairs. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Edgar Rice Burroughs She noticed that he was watching her and thinking that he wished his ornament again she held it out to him. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

William Shakespeare O! how much more doth beauty beauteous seem By that sweet ornament which truth doth give. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Henry James She can hardly be said to be an ornament to her own. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

There is no ornament wanting, except that of statues. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

James Joyce A little hand-mirror hung above the washstand and during the day a white-shaded lamp stood as the sole ornament of the mantelpiece. Dubliners by James Joyce

Ralph Waldo Emerson Hafiz writes, At the last day, men shall wear On their heads the dust, As ensign and as ornament Of their lowly trust. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The reason must have been that, whether intentionally on her part or not, this favorite ornament was actually a subtile expression of Zenobia’s character. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Anatole France We must, like her, ornament life without thinking of the future. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]