Profiling: Webster's Quotations, Facts and Phrases
Use in Literature ProfilingIf the reader has five or ten minutes to waste, I invite him to glance at a few old profiles of persons who, however substantial they once were, are now leading a life of mere outlines.ndash;Thomas Bailey Aldrich in An Old Town By The Sea.But the air was cold on my face; a revolver pressed my side; I saw three set, hard profiles. It was not a dream; it was a dash for safety.ndash;Marion Polk Angellotti in The Firefly Of France.An automaton figure, exhibited in London a short time since, which drew profiles of its visitors, was regulated by a mechanism on this principle.ndash;Charles Babbage in On the Economy Of Machinery And Manufactures.The profiles were motionless, carven; and afterward he remembered that the color sergeant was standing with his legs apart, as if he expected to be pushed to the ground.ndash;Stephen Crane in The Red Badge of Courage.An exceptionally beautiful figure, a certain extravagance in dress, and an unusually fair skin made her conspicuous where far more regular faces and straight profiles passed unnoticed.ndash;Victoria Cross in To-morrow?.In it, for a moment, her slim figure was profiled in a frame of vivid light.ndash;James Oliver Curwood in The River's End.It was also embellished with three profiles: one, in colours, of Mrs Gamp herself in early life; one, in bronze, of a lady in feathers, supposed to be Mrs Harris, as she appeared when dressed for a ball; and one, in black, of Mr Gamp, deceased.ndash;Charles Dickens in Martin Chuzzlewit.The cast was taken in two moulds from each side of the face, and then these two profiles of plaster of Paris were joined together to make the complete bust.ndash;Arthur Conan Doyle in The Return of Sherlock Holmes.On these shelves were ranged little keepsakes, books and various articles of taste, often beautiful shells; there were hanging up around the rooms profiles of friends, perhaps the dearest that this life can give us.ndash;Eliza Lee Follen in Travellers' Stories.They were seated together on a sofa, so placed as regarded his point of view, that he saw only in part the shadowed profiles of the faces they turned toward the piano.ndash;Harold Frederic in The Market-Place.
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