Phrases with "quaint"

William Hazlitt To this specimen of quaint low humour immediately follows that unexpected and animated burst of indignant eloquence, put into the mouth of one of the angry tribunes. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Henry James Her demeanour accused him so directly of hovering beyond her reach that Maisie sought to divert her by a report of Susan’s quaint attitude on the matter of their conversation after lunch. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

T. E. Lawrence With quaint justice, events forced me to live up to my bodyguard, to become as hard, as sudden, as heedless. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Edith Wharton Three years of solitary life, following on a youth of confidential intimacy with the mother she had lost, had produced in her the quaint habit of half-loud soliloquy. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

But five minutes elapsing, and he not killed, that weakness gave way to a jocund recklessness; and he kept them all gay with his quaint remarks, of which I must record but one. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Thomas Hardy Nothing is now heard but the ticking of a quaint old timepiece on the summit of a bookcase. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He wore a grey knickerbocker suit and carried in his hand a hat of the same colour of quaint design. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Sinclair Lewis You know — people do have such quaint variant notions about sports. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

G. K. Chesterton It was because he still wore, with a quaint conservatism, the frock-coat and high hat of the days before the great war. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

She held up the little garment, all fluffy with misty lace and wrought with quaint embroidery. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Wilkie Collins I am only a poor, solitary, deformed wretch, with a quaint turn of mind; I mean no harm. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

E. Phillips Oppenheim His lips parted in a quaint smile. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

So there it stood — a dingy shingle roof overgrown with moss — a quaint little porch and two numerously paned windows on each side. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

John Galsworthy The quaint old things! But suddenly his veins tingled with a flush of loyalty. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Often have I found myself as I strolled gloating over the exquisite absence of sound — enjoying in full mental relish the quaint and refined sensation. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

It’s a quaint old place, I admit. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Lucy Maud Montgomery But Miss Barry found herself thinking less about Anne’s quaint speeches than of her fresh enthusiasms, her transparent emotions, her little winning ways, and the sweetness of her eyes and lips. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

The quaint old dove-cot near the house had almost disappeared behind the trees that had crowded up round it, and held aloft its weathercock in silent protest at their encroachment. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Leslie Stephen A quaint story illustrates the hero-worship of which Johnson now became the object. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Thomas Hardy What had seemed usual in the isle when he lived there always looked quaint and odd after his later impressions. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

D. H. Lawrence It was like the clinking of lustre glasses, and you look so quaint at the piano. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James Ralph noticed these quaint charities; he noticed everything she did. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

A romantic charm of a peculiar kind clings to honest Captain Cuttle and the quaint home over which he mounts guard during the absence of its owner. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Wilkie Collins But her eyes, in repose, still resumed their vacantly patient look; and her manner, with a perceptible increase of composure and confidence, had not lost its quaint childish charm. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

G. K. Chesterton He had told his story with many quaint formalities of diction, but also with a very convincing realism. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

William Cowper But how a body so fantastic, trim, And quaint in its deportment and attire, Can lodge a heavenly mind—demands a doubt. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

E. F. Benson Farther down the street was quaint Irene lounging at the door of her new studio (a converted coach-house), smoking a cigarette and dressed like a jockey. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

H.P. Lovecraft As I surveyed this quaint apartment, I felt an increase in that aversion first excited by the bleak exterior of the house. The Picture in the House by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

E. F. Benson Perfectly legitimate, of course, for if my house may be given over to parties for paupers, you can surely have a merry-go-round in quaint Irene’s and I a jumble-sale in yours. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

E. F. Benson A lion-cub: so quaint of him--and who else was there last night? Dear me, I get so mixed up with all the people one runs across. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

But some of the quotations are rather quaint and might attract your friends. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

George Meredith Mr. Radnor had a quaint experience of the effects of the infinitely little while threading his way to a haberdasher’s shop for new white waistcoats. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

George Gissing French windows led out on to a quaint little verandah at the back of the house, and the view thence was perfect. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

E. F. Benson But quaint Irene had sent some at which Miss Mapp felt lines must be drawn. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

William Hope Hodgson There is a quaint seeming paradox there,” he concluded, nodding his old grey head. The Derelict by William Hope Hodgson

Thomas Hardy A sound like luggage thrown down from the coach was a gun far away at sea; and what looked like a tall man by the gate at dusk was a yew bush cut into a quaint and attenuated shape. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Nellie Bly At another temple, near by a public laundry where the washers stood in a shallow stream slapping the clothes on flat stones, was a quaint temple hewed, cave-like, in the side of an enormous rock. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Bram Stoker He is so quaint that I am determined to understand him as well as I can. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Not that this is Sterne’s only raid upon the quaint old writer of whom he has here made such free use. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

George Gissing Not long after he received a letter of thanks from the lad’s father, and, on coming to London, he sought out Mr. Potts, whose gratitude and its quaint expression had pleased him. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The brown-sailed fishing smack which crossed his bows, with a quaint horn lantern hanging from the mast, passed him unnoticed. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

The little dwelling itself, with its low ceilings and long oak beams and dim colouring and quaint furniture, had a certain austere charm, a quiet dignity of its own. St. Luke's Summer by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

Rudyard Kipling The gang were singing over their captures, singing that quaint song of the ‘Passing of the Sansis,’ which fires the blood of all true thieves. The Smith Administration by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

No sooner had he received it, and run his fingers over the quaint Chinese characters engraved upon it, than the old fellow’s demeanour changed entirely. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

D. H. Lawrence His ideas were quaint and fantastic. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

E. F. Benson She called them “My sweet rainbow of piggies,” and often when she came down to breakfast, especially if Withers was in the room, she said: “Good morning, quaint little piggies. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Robert Louis Stevenson Night after night I found the scene rivet my attention and keep me awake in bed with all manner of quaint imaginations. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins You shall hear first what my next neighbour said of her — a quaint old fellow, a retired doctor, if I remember correctly. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

What a delightful thoroughfare, for instance, was Fetter Lane, with its quaint charm and medieval grace! I snuffed the cabbage-laden atmosphere and seemed to breathe the scent of the asphodel. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

G. K. Chesterton It is a quaint comment on the notion that the English are practical and the French merely visionary, that we were rebels in arts while they were rebels in arms. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Leslie Stephen The fragments cohere by external cement, not by an internal unity of thought; and Pope too often descends to the level of mere satire, or indulges in a quaint conceit or palpable sophistry. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

G. K. Chesterton But he had it in his own quaint way; and it was hardly the vision of meadow, grove and stream. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

E. F. Benson However quaint Irene was, there was no use in pretending that she was not the youngest. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

From the ceiling hung a quaint Moorish lamp with many branches, and its softened rays often fall on a Damascene silver gilt coffee service studded with turquoises. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

George Meredith I was looking for this quaint and, to me, incomprehensible interlude to commence with the departure of the squire and Janet, when a card was handed in by one of the hotel-waiters. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

D. H. Lawrence The servant-girl was just hurriedly snatching the table-cloth out of the table drawer, and his mother, a quaint little woman with big, brown eyes, was hovering round the wide fireplace with a fork. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Theodore Dreiser Her awkwardness had all but passed, leaving, if anything, a quaint residue which was as pleasing as perfect grace. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells But we jested and shared our humors, shaped our developing ideas in quaint forms to amuse one another and talked—as young men talk together. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

George Gissing On the mantel-piece, which was also high and old-fashioned, stood several quaint figures of wood. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

H.P. Lovecraft The small wooden houses averaged a greater age here, for it was up this hill that the growing town had climbed; and in these rides he had imbibed something of the colour of a quaint colonial village. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

William Blades Another is a volume of coarse or quaint titles, which certainly answer the end of showing how idiotic and conceited some authors have been. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

The clock of St. Michael’s Church was striking twelve as he crossed the quaint old square in which that edifice stands, and groped his way through the narrow streets leading down to the water. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

She caressed and quieted them with her gloved hand, speaking to them in quaint terms which I remembered to have seen in old French manuscripts. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Robert Louis Stevenson It lies out of the forest, a cluster of houses, with an old bridge, an old castle in ruin, and a quaint old church. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Theodore Dreiser The effect was something so quaint and droll it caught even the manager. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Henry James Basil Ransom, walking with her from point to point, admired them all, and thought several of them exceedingly quaint and venerable. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

E. F. Benson Ha, ha! How dare you stand against Georgie when my Angel wanted him to get in?” Irene’s awful tongue always deflated Elizabeth. “Dear quaint one!” she said. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Mark Twain We reached the quaint old fortified city of Bergamo, the renowned in history, some three-quarters of an hour before the train was ready to start. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

To Miss Mitford we owe a quaint anecdote of our hero, which, better than pages of analysis, depicts the man. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Captain Hagberd’s movements showed no infirmity: he walked stiffly in his suit of canvas, a quaint and remarkable figure; only his eyes wandered more furtively perhaps than of yore. To-morrow by Joseph Conrad [1902]

G. K. Chesterton But it served us right; it was our atmosphere that was all wrong—what quaint old people used to call the state of our souls, what the unspeakable bounders in the papers call sex-appeal. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

It was a quaint idea, wasn’t it? But it was all very complete and consistent, and quite reasonable, too, if one once accepts the belief in the persistence of the individual apart from the body. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Robert Louis Stevenson The old Observatory — a quaint brown building on the edge of the steep — and the new Observatory — a classical edifice with a dome — occupy the central portion of the summit. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

But often they sang new songs, the words and music in perfect accord, sad and quaint in tune. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Margaret Oliphant But there was something altogether quaint and strange in the situation. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

E. F. Benson At that moment quaint Irene, after a few words with the Padre, caught sight of Lucia, and hurried across the street to her. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

The writing was quaint and quite unEnglish, but its peculiarities only served to make it the more charming. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

D. H. Lawrence He’s a quaint little bantam. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang Nor can his “Mrs. Mundi at Home” be neglected by the curious in quaint and graceful invention. The Library by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins A quaint reprimand from the admiral, half in jest, half in earnest, gave her time to recover herself. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Olaf Stapledon He had, for instance, a quaint passion for raisins. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Thomas Hardy Not quite knowing what to do with himself, he went up to an octagonal chamber in the lantern of a singularly built theatre that was set amidst this quaint and singular city. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The quaint street, into which the stone stairs led them, follows the mouldering shelter of the old town wall. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Thomas Hardy About mid-day he reached it, and crossing the bridge into the quaint old borough he inquired for the house of the composer. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

The square plot of ground before the house was laid out in quaint old flower-beds, where the roses seemed, to Clarissa at least, to flourish as they flourished nowhere else. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Robert Louis Stevenson Cloudesley Shovel is a mouthful of quaint and sounding syllables. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Andrew Lang By this time it had grown dark, and the Prince had to go back to his own room, and to amuse himself he took up a quaint old book and began to look at the pictures. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle What is your news, Master John?” Chandos’ quaint face quivered with suppressed amusement and his one eye twinkled like a star. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

D. H. Lawrence She was a slim, pretty, dark woman, quaint in her speech, whimsical, so that the sharp things she said did not hurt. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

G. K. Chesterton But Marcus went white with horror; for M. Louis made one quaint little gesture which, if it meant anything, could only mean that the policeman himself had turned for an instant and fired. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

E. F. Benson On this warm October morning, quaint Irene (having no garden) was taking the air on a pile of cushions on her door-step. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Here was an old church, quaint and rambling and gabled. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Wilkie Collins Embroidered braces, smart smoking-caps, quaint pincushions, gorgeous slippers, glittering purses, all bore witness to the popularity of the friend of the women. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Kate Chopin How luxurious it felt to rest thus in a strange, quaint bed, with its sweet country odor of laurel lingering about the sheets and mattress! She stretched her strong limbs that ached a little. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Wilkie Collins The quaint humor began to twinkle again in his eyes as he abruptly drew back from it. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Rudyard Kipling Then came to his mind the memory of a quaint scene in the Soudan. A soldier had been nearly hacked in two by a broad-bladed Arab spear. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Adam Lindsay Gordon When the gnarl’d, knotted trunks Eucalyptian Seem carved, like weird columns Egyptian, With curious devicequaint inscription,   And hieroglyph strange. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Edgar Allan Poe Around them, on every part of the deck, lay scattered mathematical instruments of the most quaint and obsolete construction. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

H. G. Wells What matters here is the way in which they wrapped about the facts of life and created for us a quaint and softened atmosphere of intercourse. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Then she asked me in her soft quaint accent how I had passed the night and whether I was very much inconvenienced by wearing the clothes which old Pelagie had put there for me while I slept. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

She had a few other trinkets too, which she wore habitually, quaint old-fashioned things, of some value. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Arthur Morrison It’s Janissary.” “Oh! Janey Sairey, is it?” Naylor answered, with a quaint affectation of gaping ignorance. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Henry James We had come, comparatively, but from round the corner — and that left the “state of education” and the range of selection all about as quaint enough. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

M. R. James Something quaint and charming, I’m sure. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Wilkie Collins He happened to recollect her artless blue eyes, with their vague patient look, and her quaint childish questions put so openly in so sweet a voice — and that was all. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle A half-rolled palimpsest lay in the centre, and around it were many quaint articles of bric-a-brac. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Arthur Conan Doyle On this headland was a house of quaint design, wide-spread, red-roofed, white-walled, and beautiful. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

George Meredith Retro S. M.’ The youthful eye on their sex, the Irish voice, and the perceptible moral earnestness in the background, made up a quaint mixture. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

George Meredith Their father’s quaint kindness and Wilfrid’s treachery had fixed her there, perhaps for good. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Charles Kingsley It was a quaint errand enough; and besides, as he told Mellot frankly, “I could think of nothing but those wonderful eyes of hers, and how like they were to La Signora’s. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

The deviousness, the wayward passion, even the sempiternal abuses of the land were already beginning to take the aspect of something like quaint impotence. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Robert Louis Stevenson The mites huddled together and drew back; and Seraphina’s heart reproached her that she should have frightened things so quaint and little, and yet alive with senses. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells One quaint expedition, grotesque and childish and yet an augury of greater things to come, flits very illuminatingly across the dreadful record of these war years. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

William Hazlitt He is, indeed, a most Epicurean little gentleman, dealing in quaint devices and faring in dainty delights. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

What did you think of him?” “A quaint old cock. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Thomas Hardy DURING the three or four succeeding years a quaint and singular vehicle might have been discerned moving along the lanes and by-roads near Marygreen, driven in a quaint and singular way. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

He was a quaint little fellow, Jewish from the soles of his feet to the top of his head. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Guy de Maupassant Well, my friend was a quaint little woman, a brunette, fanciful, capricious, pious, superstitious, credulous as a monk, but charming. Misti by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

Arthur Conan Doyle It ran thus: “A quaint advertisement in the columns of a contemporary shows that the famous Lord John Roxton, third son of the Duke of Pomfret, is seeking fresh worlds to conquer. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

H. G. Wells He must dream too of a dainty fairy-land and of all the quaint little things of life, in due time. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

When the applause had died down, she recited a quaint little poem of her own composition, wishing all there present the best of luck in the coming year. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Charles Dickens It was in the ancient little city of Rochester in Kent, of all the good days in the year upon a Christmas-eve, that I stood reading this inscription over the quaint old door in question. The Seven Poor Travellers by Charles Dickens [1854]

Leslie Stephen Every one has a liking for the giant maid of all work, Glumdalelitch, whose affection for her plaything is a quaint inversion of the ordinary relations between Swift and his feminine adorers. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Nellie Bly During our drive we visited two quaint and dirty temples. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She had smiled at herself when the “echo” had prompted her to the hint of a quaint caution in connection with his little boy flame of delight in the strange child he had made friends with. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

James Joyce While he did so he sang softly to himself with quaint accent and phrasing: ’Tis youth and folly Makes young men marry, So here, my love, I’ll No longer stay. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Sinclair Lewis And we saw a lot of quaint English places along the road — got away from all them tourists — trippers — you know. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Charles Kingsley Some love affair, I suppose —” “How quaint it is, that the father has kept all the animal vigour to himself, and transmitted none to the daughter. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Elizabeth Gaskell She had on a black mode cloak that had been her mother’s; it was trimmed round with rich lace, and looked quaint and old-fashioned on the child. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

George Gissing Her visage was habitually doleful, but contracted itself at moments into a grin of quaint drollery, which betrayed her for something of a humorist. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Henry James Out of it peeps again the riddle, the so quaint trait de moeurs, of my infant participation. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

Arnold Bennett Edwin, remaining longest at the door, saw a bicyclist on one of the still quaint pneumatic-tyred “safety” bicycles, coming along behind a “King of the Road” lamp. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

E. F. Benson And quaint Irene in her knickerbockers, sometimes stood on her head, but nobody else attempted that. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Julian Hawthorne This necklace had for centuries been a family heirloom, and many quaint traditions were connected with it. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

Thomas Hughes It is a quaint game, immensely amusing to look at, and as I don’t know whether it is used in your counties, I had better describe it. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Robert Louis Stevenson It has in it the spring of pleasant and quaint fancies. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Gertrude Stein Mouse and mountain and a quiver, a quaint statue and pain in an exterior and silence more silence louder shows salmon a mischief intender. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

Henry James It had a quaint and primitive aspect and a natural picturesqueness which commended it to Bernard’s taste. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Wilkie Collins It assumed the quaint form of a receipted bill, representing the expenses incurred in furnishing his new house. Love's Random Shot by Wilkie Collins [1884]

There are old pictures, old musical instruments, quaint spindle-legged chairs and tables, tapestries that crumble as you touch them — the ashes and relics of many generations. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Theodore Dreiser Her splendid hair was drawn up from the base of the neck and the line of the forehead into some quaint convolutions which constituted a reddish-gold crown. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

D.H. Lawrence The quaint figure of Gwen stood at the bowl, her back was towards him; she was sponging her face gingerly. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

It had a pleasant, quaint sound, and I wondered how Gresson had spent his hours there. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Andrew Lang They can only show varieties of type, quaint frontispieces, printers’ devices, and fleurons at the heads of chapters. The Library by Andrew Lang

Turnus th’ occasion takes, and cries aloud: “Talk on, ye quaint haranguers of the crowd: Declaim in praise of peace, when danger calls, And the fierce foes in arms approach the walls. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Henry James She was delightfully quaint about herself, but the vision of what she had imbibed was what most held him. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Arnold Bennett On either side the naked walls of warehouses rose like grey precipices from the stream, holding forth quaint arms of steam-cranes. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

E. F. Benson There was no Arabic at all, nor was it Abfou’s writing, which in quaint little ways resembled Daisy’s when he wrote quickly. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Rudyard Kipling The contrast between the flowing triviality of her speech and the strained intentness of eye and hand was a quaint thing to behold. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Theodore Dreiser She was a dashing type, essentially smart and trig, with a neat figure, dark hair and eyes, an olive skin, small mouth, quaint nose — all in all quite a figure for Chicago at the time. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

M. P. Shiel Sir Peter was silent, but the quaint maid had ever something to say in her laughing way. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

It was his quaint and placid reasonableness which had induced Dickson McCunn, when he took in hand the destinies of the Gorbals Diehards, to receive him into his own household. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Abraham Merri The eunuch slithered to one side, drew from a quaint chest clothes of white floss; patted her dry with them; threw over her shoulders a silken robe of blue. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Annie thought it very ugly, but, with the intention of saying something kind, she said, “What a quaint name!” “It was her mother’s choice,” returned the minister. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

I take it there is a quaint side-table or two lost midway of the wall, and that an old woodcut picture of the Most Noble City of Venice hangs over each. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Robert Louis Stevenson As St. Giles’s must have had in former days a rich and quaint appearance now forgotten, so the neighbourhood was bustling, sunless, and romantic. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Perhaps the same hand that had made them had collected from the other rooms the old swinging mirror with brass rosettes, and the chest of drawers with drop handles, and the quaint painted chairs. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

He pictured them as philosophic vagabonds, full of quaint turns of speech, unconscious Borrovians. With these samples his disillusionment was speedy. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Henry Handel Richardson Besides this, the right hand had much hard passage-work in quaint scales and broken octaves, to a syncopated bass of chords that were adapted to the stretch of no ordinary hand. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Sinclair Lewis Oh, it’s probably real quaint in me to be descended from some Etruscan gangster. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

E. F. Benson Equally quaint was the dish of highly realistic stone fruit that stood beside the pot-pourri and the furry Japanese spider that sprawled in a silk web over the window. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Then she asked me in her soft quaint accent how I had passed the night, and whether I was very much inconvenienced by wearing the clothes which old Pelagie had put there for me while I slept. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

It had also a quaint metallic ring that made it still more difficult to detect its origin. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

D.H. Lawrence And there was the village of tall, quaint houses flickering its lights on to the deep-flowing river, and quite silent, save for the rushing of water. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Wilkie Collins The quaint little love romance of the two children amused and interested her. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Sir Walter Scott His long luxuriant hair was trained to flow in quaint tresses down his richly furred cloak. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu He entered the hall, quaint and lofty, rising to the entire height of the house, with two galleries, one above the other, surrounding it on three sides. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

William Makepeace Thackeray It is the quaintest and prettiest of all the quaint and pretty towns I have seen. Little Travels and Roadside Sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray [1844]

Charming little Sylvia, with your quaint wit and weird beauty, he is not good enough for you — and yet it was a love match. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

A notable object was Ketira on the course, with her quaint attire, her majestic figure, her fine olive-dark features, and the fire of her brilliant eyes. Ketira the Gypsy by Ellen Wood [1876]

Thomas Hardy Footsteps began stamping up and down the bare stairs, the comers inspecting the goods, some of which were of so quaint and ancient a make as to acquire an adventitious value as art. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Leslie Stephen This quaint observation may have been due to some valetudinary motive, or, more probably, to some odd freak of association. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Anna Katherine Green She lives near Judge Ostrander — a quaint little body, not uninteresting to talk to; a regular character, in fact. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

We spent a few minutes on deck while she asked eager questions about our build and gear and seaworthiness, with a quaint mixture of professional acumen and personal curiosity. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Such a poem is Stepping Westward, where the sense of sudden fellowship, and the quaint greeting beneath the glowing sky, seem to link man’s momentary wanderings with the cosmic spectacles of heaven. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

George Eliot The quaint appearance and manner of the little Dissenting minister could not fail to stimulate the peculiar wit of the bar. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Wilkie Collins Quick intelligence looked brightly from his eyes; and easy good humor laughed out pleasantly in the rather quaint curve of his lips. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Andrew Lang In France people buy books, and bind them to their heart’s desire with quaint and dainty devices on the morocco covers. Books and Bookmen by Andrew Lang

Henry Handel Richardson When she emerged again, the town had assumed that spectral look, which, towards evening, made the quaint old gabled streets so attractive. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Willa Cather So it went; one loved a quaint little girl, cheerful, industrious, always on the run and hustling through her tasks; and suddenly one lost her. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

G. K. Chesterton It was in this rather quaint condition that I naturally gravitated towards a friendship which has since played so considerable a part in my life, public as well as private. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Pity it was she had ever had a secret to keep! These frank people are a sore puzzle to gentlemen of Lawyer Larkin’s quaint and sagacious turn of mind. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The quaint island-citadel, with its exquisite bay and golden sands, had been familiar to Edward Heathcote in the past. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Arthur Conan Doyle Even Stevenson, for whom I have the most profound admiration, finds it difficult to carry the reader through a series of such papers, adorned with his original thought and quaint turn of phrase. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

At one end was a fine Italian shrine of marble, and the floor was mosaic, blue and white, in a quaint Byzantine pattern. Fullcircle by John Buchan [1920]

My name is Robin Hood.” “Truly, good Robin,” said the Knight, a smile twitching at the corners of his mouth, “thou hast a quaint conceit. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

John Galsworthy He sat in the downstairs room, now furnished with three chairs, a small table, of quaint design, cheap owing to the slump in antiques, and an amethyst-coloured chased decanter containing sloe gin. Over the River by John Galsworthy

E. F. Benson Irene, quaint one, how you made them laugh! Diva, Mr Georgie, and above all our wonderful Queen Lucia. What a treat it has all been! The choir! Those beautiful glees. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Wilkie Collins The room communicated with a smaller and darker room at the back of the house by means of a quaint little door with a window in the upper half of it. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

John Galsworthy Give yourself, and after a few months how much would he want you! She said abruptly: “Well, I’ve found rooms — a quaint little hole — used to be an antique shop, in a disused mews. Over the River by John Galsworthy

G. K. Chesterton It was the figure of an elderly man with long whiskers that looked almost fantastic, and a quaint and careful cut of collar and cravat. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Arthur Conan Doyle It looks very quaint and ornamintal there, but still it’s not quite the place for it. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

The school building was a quaint structure raised on wooden pillars. The Bragg Family in Adelaide by John Jenkin

Sinclair Lewis England sure is queen of the sea, heh? Busy town, Liverpool. But, say, there is a quaint English flavor to these shops. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then she sighed in such a quaint little way that I could hardly believe my ears, and her brow went up in what can only be described as mock despair. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

George Meredith Some wayward activity of old associations set her humming a quaint English tune, by which she was brought to her consciousness. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

They are of a quaint and antique fashion, and seldom seen except in pictures. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

It is a strange one — nothing more nor less than a quaint Florentine dagger which I had often admired for its exquisite workmanship. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

E. F. Benson Evie would speak, quaint Irene would certainly burst into hoarse laughter when she heard the story. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Anthony Trollope Everett was always a quaint fellow, a little idle, you know — mooning about after ideas —’ ‘He’s no fool, you know,’ said the father. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope