Phrases with "thin"

Madame Lefevre, reclining in thin elegance on a hard Empire sofa and smoking a yellow cigarette in a green holder, represented a world theatrical; a world of grease-paint, art, and artifice. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Anthony Trollope His shoulders were bent, and his eyes were deep set in his head, and his lips were thin and fast closed. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton They had returned to the circular room; by the fire stood a table with cups of thin porcelain around a shining urn. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

H. G. Wells The thin bright line became a band, and broader and paler. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

On the Club steps a sandy-haired Englishman, with a prickly moustache, pale grey eyes too far apart, and abnormally thin calves to his legs, was standing with his hands in the pockets of his shorts. Burmese Days by George Orwell

The window was in darkness except for a thin streak of light at the top. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Arthur Conan Doyle This was a tall, thin person clad in black, with a gaunt and austere face. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

D. H. Lawrence He sat with his wrist clasped by the clammy thin fingers, and he could not go. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton Then he perceived that only a thin snow was falling, and resolutely he set his face for flight. The Triumph of Night by Edith Wharton [1916]

Anthony Trollope It was a long, thin nose, which, as it progressed forward into the air, certainly had a preponderating bias towards the left side. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

The soles of his boots, thin at the best, and now as sodden as a sponge, were no protection against the unyielding granite. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

George Eliot He was a tall but thin and wiry man, nearly as old as Brimstone, with a very pale face and hands stained a deep blue. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The only dance she missed—Kathryn told her grandmother—was the one she sat out in the conservatory with Donal Muir.” At this Feather’s high, thin little laugh broke forth. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Time and neglect seemed to have conspired for its ruin; and, but for a thin curl of smoke from its clay chimney, they could not have believed it to be inhabited. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

Arthur Conan Doyle He could but sit gasping and stretching his long, thin limbs, as if to assure himself that he was still really upon this planet. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Henry Adams Among all these Clarence King, John Hay, and Henry Adams had led modest existences, trying to fill in the social gaps of a class which, as yet, showed but thin ranks and little cohesion. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Sinclair Lewis She took out a match and a thin Russian cigarette, which she carefully lighted. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope She had become thin and pale, and was looking old and wan. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

William Henry Bragg To reach the plate they had to pass through a thin aluminium sheet (0. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

James Joyce There is no writer can touch sir Walter Scott. He moved a thin shrunken brown hand gently in the air in time to his praise and his thin quick eyelids beat often over his sad eyes. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Henry James She’ll see how thin you are. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Understand me clearly! Standing on either side of it were two thin columns of palest blue smoke, maybe six feet in height. The Treasure of Sacramento Nick by Guy Boothby

Anthony Trollope He was wretchedly thin and gaunt; indeed, his hollow, yellow cheeks, and cadaverous jaws, almost told a tale of utter starvation. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Bram Stoker By her side stood a tall, thin man, clad in black. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

I then put into the hive, instead of a thick, rectangular piece of wax, a thin and narrow, knife-edged ridge, coloured with vermilion. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

D. H. Lawrence A thin blue smoke ascended from the cabin chimney, there was a smell of cooking. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf There is only a thin sheet between me now and the infinite depths. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

George MacDonald It was so thin that it showed the shape of the bones under it, suggesting the skulls his last-claimed profession must have made him familiar with. Lilith by George MacDonald

W. W. Jacobs Instead of replying the old man slapped his leg, and with his pipe cocked at one side of his mouth, laughed a thin senile laugh with the other. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

But as only answer he had laughed, and she had been startled when the loud, unusual and discordant sound had issued from his thin lips. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

D. H. Lawrence I looked for the square tower of my old school, and the sharp proud spire of St Andrews. Over the city hung a dullness, a thin dirty canopy against the blue sky. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

The one Patrick owned had been black vulcanite with a thin yellow spiral down the barrel. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

John Galsworthy Look at the chaps in politics and business, whose whole lives were passed in skating on thin ice, and getting knighted for it. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Eek thou shalt not swere for envye, nor for favour, nor for meede, but onely for rightwisnesse, and for declaring of it to the worship of God, and helping of thin evencristen. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

The face was thin and sallow, the beard long and matted, and the cheeks sunken. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle He was a little gentleman, with glasses, thin in the face, but very pleasant in his ways, for he was laughing all the time that he was talking. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

D.H. Lawrence Coming down the cobbled, submerged street, many a time I looked up between the houses and saw the thin old church standing above in the light, as if it perched on the house-roofs. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Bram Stoker Then with a long, thin knife we pushed back the fastening of the sashes and opened the window. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Edith Wharton The tear gathered and fell down her thin cheek. Madame de Treymes by Edith Wharton [1907]

Guy de Maupassant We were just leaving the asylum when I saw a tall, thin man in a corner of the court who kept on calling an imaginary dog. Mademoiselle Cocotte by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Theodore Dreiser In the center panel had been hammered a hand, delicately wrought, thin and artistic, holding aloft a flaming brand. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Tobias Smolle Their testers are high and old-fashioned, and their curtains generally of thin bays, red, or green, laced with taudry yellow, in imitation of gold. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

There was a nervous restlessness about the thin lips, a feverish light in the dark blue eyes. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Caroline Lamb Glenarvon thought he heard a step slowly stealing towards him; he even felt the breath of some one near; and raising his eye in haste, he perceived the thin form of a woman close beside him. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Guy de Maupassant When the physician had slit open this surprising arrangement, from the shoulder to the temple, he opened this armor and found the face of an old man, worn out, thin and wrinkled. The Mask (Le Masque) by Guy de Maupassant [1889]

Tobias Smolle Instead of cuirass, mail, greaves, and other pieces of complete armour, he was cased in a postillion’s leathern jerkin, covered with thin plates of tinned iron. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

When he talked with me ten days later he had been in hospital a week, was very thin and pale, and went on crutches, and was dressed in borrowed clothing. Memories and Studies by William James

F. Scott Fitzgerald Edith could see that his face was thin and wan — that the hand he raised to his lips with a cigarette, was trembling. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu There he lay, yellow, lean, the lines of his face in repose still forbidding, the thin lips and thin nose looking almost transparent, and breathing deeply and regularly, as a child in his slumbers. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Ivan Turgenev A thin stream of blood began to trickle down his white trousers. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

D. H. Lawrence He swept and swept and pricked their thin silk ankles. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

The principal rocks were a hard, grey, gritty sandstone, interwoven with thin streaks of quartz. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

H. G. Wells When cold, it spread unsuspected in a thin film over the ground, getting on to boots and clothing, being carried hither and thither. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

George Meredith Venice dropped lower and lower, breasting the waters, until it was a thin line in air. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

E. Phillips Oppenheim One long white arm, thin but graceful, hung over the coverlet. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Both of us, Gambril and I, shivered violently in our clinging, soaked garments of thin cotton. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Guy de Maupassant Mme. Brument, seated on the witness bench, was a thin peasant woman who seemed to be always asleep. A Sale (À vendre) by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

He caught the shine of a thin bracelet-band of gold under the sleeve. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Jacques Futrelle Dick’s lips were compressed to a thin line as he looked at the reporter, and he controlled himself only by an effort. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

To make the thin Dutch Bisket:— Take five pounds of flour, and two ounces of carraway-seeds, half a pound of sugar, and something more than a pint of milk. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

Henry Lawson Tea: A thin slice of the aforesaid alleged roast or mutton, and the pick of about six thin slices of stale breadevidently cut the day before yesterday. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

For a long time they seemed to be climbing a spiral inside a kind of turret, and came at last to a stage where thin slits of windows let in the daylight. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Many thin threads of smoke curled slowly on the white mist. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

D. H. Lawrence She felt suddenly stifled in her closed furs, and threw her coat open, showing her thin white throat and plain black slip dress on her flat breast. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

Leon Trotsky Two old Volga pilots, both with thin little beards, stood next to the captain. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Jonathan Swif And how could you write with such thin paper? (I forgot to say this in my former. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Wilkie Collins Students of character, as revealed in the face, would have discovered malice and cunning in her bright black eyes, and a bitter vindictive temper in the lines about her thin red lips. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Oscar Wilde I saw a Syrian who held in his hands a thin rod like a reed. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

Nathaniel Hawthorne He was now well stricken in years, a man of pale, thin countenance, and his gray hairs were closely covered by a black velvet skull-cap. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Were they, too, in danger of instant death? Or was she on this upper floor the only victim? The thin chintz curtains flamed and blazed into nothingness while she was looking at them. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Single thin depending shoots, such as those of the Sollya Drummondii, will turn abruptly backwards and wind up on themselves. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Edith Wharton She was a thin woman with a white face, and a darkish stuff gown and apron. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

That second evening she came down in a gauzy sort of dress, with a thin white body. Sophie Chalk by Ellen Wood [1869]

In the hotter mines they wear only a pair of thin drawers, clogs and knee-pads; in the hottest mines of all, only the clogs and knee-pads. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Arthur Conan Doyle At every turn he was made to feel how thin was the veil, and how easily rent, which screened him from the awful denizens of the unseen world. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Guy de Maupassan She is small, fair, and stout; so, of course, the day after to-morrow I shall ardently wish for a tall, dark, thin woman. “The Terror” by Guy de Maupassan

Then we cut portions from one of the seals, and laid them in thin strips on the flames. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

The mist lifted, broke into drifting patches, vanished into thin flying wreaths; and the unveiled lagoon lay, polished and black, in the heavy shadows at the foot of the wall of trees. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Some smokes which they make, go up like a thin white column, others are dark and tower-like, while others again are broad and scattered. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

H. G. Wells Soon it was no longer an edge but a cavity, a huge blackened space amidst the clustering edifices, and from it thin spires of smoke rose into the pallid winter sky. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Wilkie Collins A thin line of smoke was discovered through the telescope, ascending from the topmost peak of the mountain on the main island. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

She untied her skirt and shook it, and like leaves from a tree, down fluttered a lot of thin paper parcels on the floor around her. Mother by Maksim Gorky

The rope was so thin that it was not much thicker than stout string, but its breaking-point under tension was very much that of steel. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Louisa May Alcott When the evening for the small party came, she found that the poplin wouldn’t do at all, for the other girls were putting on thin dresses and making themselves very fine indeed. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

At last Gethryn put a thin hand on Braith’s shoulder and looked him lovingly in the face. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Her golden hair, what could be seen of it for her smart blue parasol, shone in the sunlight; but her face looked white and thin through the black crape veil. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

He remembered the thin features, the great mass of white hair, and the ivory complexion. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Rudyard Kipling He saw the dark face, the plover’s-egg-tinted eyeballs, and the thin excited hands. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

His thin locks fell lank against the pale cheeks, and the whole face in repose had an expression of suffering with which the fire of his one eye presented a startling contrast. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Thomas Hardy Nothing more was said publicly about Farmer Lodge’s wedding, but the first woman murmured under her cow to her next neighbour, ‘’Tis hard for she,’ signifying the thin worn milkmaid aforesaid. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Sir Walter Scott But by thus suddenly tearing off the veil, thin as it was, Allan prepared her to expect consequences violent in proportion to the enthusiasm of his character. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

They had seen thin lines and the roads behind us empty of supports. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

D.H. Lawrence Frank, a tall, thin lad of eighteen, was bent over a book. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

The Duchess moved out into the thin sharp sunlight of a London December morning, and stood on the steps to watch them go: her husband, her brother, and her son. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Mary Webb Then a few more, thin and silvery, ran down the silence like a spray of water. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

The man had perished in his youth—not a thread of silver in the rich chestnut of the abundant hair, long, silken, falling in loose waves about the thin throat and pallid ears. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

H.P. Lovecraft We began to march in the new dusk, with the thin silver sickle of a young moon trembling over the woods on our left. The Very Old Folk by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

She had grown thin and pale, her eyes filled with involuntary tears, her voice was broken and low. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Abraham Merri He lifted a thin white hand and beckoned me. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

The sergeant’s got corkscrew moustaches and holds himself like a ramrod, but he’s thin too and he’s got a cough that almost tears him open. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Virginia Woolf That is nice for summer, but for winter I should like a thin dress shot with red threads that would gleam in the firelight. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Wilkie Collins While I was still vainly searching my pockets, I noticed a thin blue column of smoke rising through a clump of trees on my left hand. The First Officer’s Confession by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Edith Wharton Overhead, through the thin foliage of tarnished silver, the sky, as the moon suffused it, melted from steel blue to a clearer silver. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

D. H. Lawrence He had a sort of Irish face with a short nose and a thin black head. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang Cerisette was so tall that the dress of the princess did not reach her ankles, and so thin that her bones showed through the stuff. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Willa Cather Over the stitches he glued a strip of thin red leather which he got from his friend, the harness-maker. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

But the slime was still only oozing over it, and a thin cloud of musty pretence expanded over the depths below. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

After the cement was dry the case was covered with a thin layer of stucco and the face modeled more completely, and then decorations and inscriptions were painted on. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

And therfore saith Salomon, In thin olde enemy truste thou nevere. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Sinclair Lewis She was a more delicate image than Dr. Brewster, with a thin nose carved in brown agate. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells Grey streamers waved from him; there was a thin veil of grey across his face. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Abraham Merri Above the elbow of his left arm was a wide bracelet of thin gold, graven with symbols Sharane had cut there. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Walter Scott And, but there is a spell on’t, would not bind, Light as they are, the folds of my thin robe. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

George Meredith The walls showed bayonet-points: a thin edge of steel encircled a pit of fire. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

George Meredith The melancholy of his words threw a somber hue about him, and she began to think with mournfulness of those firm thin lips fronting misfortune: those sunken blue eyes under its shadow. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

And from beyond its black silhouette, against the faint pink of the western sky, a thin puff of smoke was ascending! It was dissipated by the slight breeze from the plain. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Guy de Maupassant Then Monsieur Chenet took her thin arm, forced the fingers open, and said, angrily, as if he had been contradicted: “Just look at her hand; I never make a mistake, you may be quite sure of that. A Family Affair (En Famille) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

Many were covered with a thin scale of lime, and the regularity in size and shape — due to attrition, no doubt — attracted attention. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

They are of a thin rose-coloured damask, brocaded with silver flowers. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Lucy Maud Montgomery That would be terrible; I don’t think I could endure it; most likely I would go into consumption; I’m so thin as it is, you see. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

As the boots I had on were uncommonly thin My fancy leaked out as the water leaked in. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Baldwin Spencer In the larger ones, such as Fig. 1, which measures twenty inches in length, they may be formed of thin pliant twigs, but in smaller ones they are made of stiff grass or rushes, called woirnya. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Charlotte Perkins Gilman It had a special covering of fitted armor, thin but strong, shut up like a clamshell. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

The split ends, held in the left hand, are bent over a thin stick in the right hand. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

The apparatus consisted of a radium source (RR) and a thin ionisation chamber (ggQQ) for detecting the alpha-particles, the distance between them being variable. The Bragg Family in Adelaide by John Jenkin

Walter Scott His thin and silky hair was already white, though he seemed not above forty-five or fifty years old. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

Her thin cheeks were more flushed than usual, and her eyes had a great sadness in them. Wolfe Barrington’s Taming by Ellen Wood [1870]

George Gissing She was rather wrapped up than dressed, and her hair, thin and pale-coloured, was tied in a ragged knot. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Edith Wharton She felt, saw, breathed the shining world as though a thin impenetrable veil had suddenly been removed from it. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

George Gissing Her face was not so calm as when Barbara came to speak to her in the afternoon; lines of pain showed themselves on her forehead, and her thin lips were compressed. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Richard Burton Not a line is straight, the tall dead walls of the Mosques slope over their massy buttresses, and the thin minarets seem about to fall across your path. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

George Gissing The lower half of each window was guarded with lattice-work of thin wire; the windows themselves were grimy, and would have made it dusk within even on a clear day. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Robert Louis Stevenson They met at the re-entrant angle, where a thin stream sprayed across a boulder and was scattered in rain among the brush; and the Baronet saluted the Prince with much punctilio. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Baldwin Spencer In the gorges the rocks rise abruptly from the sides of the waterpools, leaving often only a thin strip of blue sky visible overhead. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

D. H. Lawrence When Brangwen saw her nursing his child, happy, absorbed in it, a pain went over him like a thin flame. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

He looked as ill as a man could look, his face thin and sallow, the fine nose pinched, the mild brown eyes mournful. A Life of Trouble by Ellen Wood [1870]

H. G. Wells He nodded easily to Blenkins. He was going out of it all, as a man might do who discovers after years of weary incarceration that the walls of his cell are made of thin paper. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

George Eliot I saw her as plain as we see that bit of thin white cloud, lifting up her poor thin hand and beckoning to me. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Arthur Conan Doyle A bolt was drawn, and an elderly woman with a taper stood in the doorway, shielding the thin flame with her gnarled hand. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Walter Scott Beneath us, in a little aisle, (which hath not been opened since these thin grey locks were thick and brown,) there lies the first man whom I can name as memorable among those of this mighty line. Castle Dangerous by Walter Scott [1832]

John Lewis Burckhard On the outside the pyramid is covered with thin slabs, on each of which is a kind of knob, which gives the whole a very singular appearance. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Arnold Bennett Young Lawton’s thin face had its usual faint, harsh smile; his limbs were moveless in an exasperating and obstinate calm; Hilda detested the man from his mere looks. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Doctor Deberle’s years were thirty-five; his face was clean-shaven and a little long; he had keen eyes and thin lips. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Algernon Blackwood At the back of Sangree’s tent stood a thin group of pine trees, but in front and at the sides the ground was comparatively clear. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

D. H. Lawrence Then across the upper sky trailed a thin line of little dark clouds, like a line of porpoises swimming in the extremely beautiful clarity. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

T. E. Lawrence We rode gently towards it, through a thin shower of rain which came slanting strangely and beautifully across the sunlight. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Algernon Blackwood He looked very thin and white and oddly unsubstantial, and he stared about him as though he saw into this other space he had been talking about. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

I did not realize how thin our story was, and how easily Rasta might have a big graft at headquarters. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Henry James She is thin and very fair, and was dressed in light, vaporous black that completes the resemblance. The Diary of a Man of Fifty by Henry James [1879]

Baldwin Spencer Two curved, thin sticks, each about 14 or 16 cm. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Arthur Conan Doyle Our way lay through a network of narrow canals with high houses towering on either side and a thin slit of star-spangled sky above us. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Abbey Street was a quiet, staid place behind Tullie House. It was a thin house with neat stone steps and a light in the upper window. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Ivan Turgenev Near him on the extreme edge of a low chair sat a spare woman in a white cap and a black gown, yellow and wrinkled, with short-sighted eyes and thin cat-like lips. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

John Lewis Burckhard Over the arches thick branches of trees are laid, and over the latter a thin layer of rushes. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Thomas Wolfe Next he took out a thin and beautifully bound little volume which one of his authors had written and illustrated. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Arthur Conan Doyle There was the faintest little rattle from the handle, and then I dimly saw a thin slit of subdued light. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

William Hope Hodgson It was a clear, star-lit, moonless sort of night: at least, I think there was no moon; or, at any rate, the moon could have been little more than a thin crescent, for it was near the dark time. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Guy de Maupassant The Norman farms scattered through the plain seemed at a distance like little doors enclosed each in a circle of thin beech trees. No Quarter (Le Père Milon) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

She grew so thin that her large eyes, shining with unnatural lustre, appeared to occupy too much of her face, and her brow was streaked with ghastly hues. Lodore by Mary Shelley

It was not long before she realised that the thin end of the wedge had become too securely hammered in to be easily dislodged. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

He was clad simply in flapping pajamas of cretonne pattern (enormous flowers with yellow petals on a disagreeable blue ground) and a thin cotton singlet with short sleeves. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

Guy de Maupassant The thin tibias of the handsome Jewess met less success, and Louise Cocote, by way of a joke, put her petticoats over his head, so that Madame was obliged to interfere to check such unseemly behavior. La Maison Tellier by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She found herself holding a thin hand and looking into a transparent, sharpened small face whose eyes were hollowed. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

He was standing beyond the ashes, from which, in spite of the blood, thin streams of smoke still ascended. Prester John by John Buchan

Alfred had never been vain, but he did pause to gaze at himself then; for his face was covered with a thin veneer of sand, as a wall becomes coated with driven snow. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Ivan Turgenev The guitar was lying there, too, and blue-grey smoke rose in a thin coil from a big, aromatic candle. Lieutenant Yergunov’s Story by Ivan Turgenev

Willa Cather In the east the full moon had just risen, and its thin silver surface was flushed with pink until it looked exactly like the setting sun. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

George Gissing Mrs. Chittle was a frail, worn, nervous woman, who must once have been comely; her daughter, a girl of two-and-twenty, had a pale, thin face of much sweetness and gentleness. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The cotton fields bordering the road were thin and withered, and no breeze stirred in the pines. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

D. H. Lawrence And his fine, thin nostrils, the nostrils of a pure-bred street arab, would quiver with contempt at Leitner’s splothering gymnastic displays. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

His long white hair fell in thin straggling locks over the collar of his coat. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

There, his feet feeling the warmth of the island’s rocky foundation already heated by the sun, through the thin soles of his straw slippers he was, as it were, sunk out of sight of the houses. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Thomas Hardy There was temper under the thin bland surface — the temper which, artificially intensified, had banished a wife nearly a score of years before. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

A mass of thin black films that had once been paper met her eyes. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Edith Wharton Her throat and neck were bare, and so were her thin arms; but a band of black velvet encircled one of her wrists, relieving the tender rose-and-amber of her dress and complexion. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Robert Louis Stevenson A spray of thin vapour was thrown high above it, rising and falling, and blown into fantastic shapes. The Sea Fogs by Robert Louis Stevenson

If a thin stick or twig is placed near a tendril, the terminal branches wind quite round it, and then seize their own lower branches or the main stem. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Without realizing it, she has for three years been walking on the very thin ice of His Supremity’s tolerance. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Sinclair Lewis The once flippant Sissy, so thin and quiet ever since her Julian had been taken away, was certain that Mary had gone mad, and at night was terrified. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells He shut the door and faced Nebogipfel. The thin lips of the Doctor curled with a contemptuous sneer. The Chronic Argonauts by H. G. Wells [1888]

Thomas Wolfe Green’s mouth was mean and thin and common, it ran to looseness and a snarl; his skin was grey and harsh and dry; his eyes were dull and full of fear. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

D. H. Lawrence It was his fixed belief that, because be did not get fat, he was as thin as a starved rat. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle Yes, yes, there was a thin black line, which disappeared through a small hole in the wall. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Isabella Bird Fine eyes, straight noses, and well-formed mouths with thin lips are the rule. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Anthony Trollope But though not ill, she was thin and pale, and unlike herself. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle A thin green line of vegetation fringed the summit of the ruddy cliff. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Not even in the days when she ran “shrill as a cicada and thin as a match” through the chill mists of her native mountains could she ever have felt so cold, so wretched, and so desolate. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

John Keats There is Wild Wood, A mild hood To the sheep on the lea o’ the down, Where the golden furze, With its green, thin spurs, Doth catch at the maiden’s gown. Poems by John Keats

E. Phillips Oppenheim Sir Reginald is still watching me keenly, and his thin white hand which lies upon the coverlet is shaking with anxiety. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Arthur Machen He had not greatly altered since his boyhood; his face was pale olive in color, thin and oval; marks of pain had gathered about the eyes, and his black hair was already stricken with grey. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

He stepped out into the open air, and the curtain, falling-to behind him, blotted out the tall, thin figure from the little group of people who had watched him disappear. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

H. G. Wells With belated activity they renewed their fire, until the rattling wove into a roar, until the whole area became dim and blue and the air pungent with the thin smoke of their weapons. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

The sound of a thin stream, partly breaking on the gunwale of the boat and partly splashing alongside, became at once audible. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Benjamin Disraeli But bank-notes, so cold and thin — they give me an ague. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

G. K. Chesterton It is simply nonsense, for instance, for a distinguished living novelist to suggest that Stevenson’s correspondence is a thin stream of selfish soliloquy devoid of feeling for anybody but himself. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Bram Stoker She gave a loud cry, and put her poor thin hands before her pale face. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

It was all useless; Cardinal Wiseman began to think of other things; and the scheme faded imperceptibly into thin air. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Marjorie Bowen His eyes slanted towards his nose, his nostrils curved upwards, and his thin lips were smiling. The Sign-Painter and the Crystal Fishes by Marjorie Bowen

He heard far off the thin but furious notes of the horn. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Colonel Smollett was a small, thin man with a beaked nose and a self-effacing manner. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey