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  • The warm summer is a harbinger of things to come.
  • Make all our trumpets speak; give them all breath,
    Those clamorous harbingers of blood and death.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • And hung throughout the city were the dwarves’ flameless lanterns, their multicolored sparks harbingers of the Beors’ long dusk and night.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • I am afraid I am not altogether a harbinger of good; and yet, too, I am to a certain extent a messenger of peace.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square

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  • And yonder shines Aurora’s harbinger
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Even in your Bible, we’re harbingers of doom, willing and able to destroy entire cities.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • The harbinger of bad news.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • They swept toward her, harbingers of the storm that was to come.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • This plunged the island into a mild panic and many of the mothers feared that the man was the harbinger of the law.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • They were the harbingers sent to survey the land.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart

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  • They lifted her up and admired the pink flush of her cheeks, her sapphire blue eyes, the graceful curve of her brow, harbingers of the startling beauty that would mark her in a few years’ time.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • So saying, the veteran again dropped his head to his chest, and returned slowly toward the fort, exhibiting, by the dejection of his air, to the anxious garrison, a harbinger of evil tidings.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • At "sole Arabian tree" he started; at "thou shrieking harbinger" he smiled with sudden pleasure; at "every fowl of tyrant wing" the blood rushed up into his cheeks; but at "defunctive music" he turned pale and trembled with an unprecedented emotion.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Annie was right; the story was turning out to be a good deal more gruesome than the other Misery books , the first chapter had not been a fluke but a harbinger.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • And then there came the harbingers from King Arthur for to harbour him, and his kings, dukes, earls, barons, and knights.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • And lo, wonder of metempsychosis, it is she, the everlasting bride, harbinger of the daystar, the bride, ever virgin.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • And then there came the harbingers from King Arthur for to harbour him, and his kings, dukes, earls, barons, and knights.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • It was one of those lovely harbingers of spring, given as a sign in dreary winter that earth is not forsaken of warmth and beauty.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Then, as he wended his way by swamp and stream and awful woodland, to the farmhouse where he happened to be quartered, every sound of nature, at that witching hour, fluttered his excited imagination,—the moan of the whip-poor-will from the hillside, the boding cry of the tree toad, that harbinger of storm, the dreary hooting of the screech owl, or the sudden rustling in the thicket of birds frightened from their roost.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • And, like harbingers of the coming spring, one by one motorcars started to appear on the deserted roads.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • The harbinger of harsh reality: You’re both whole wogs and I’m a half one.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • …Julius fell, The graves stood tenantless, and the sheeted dead Did squeak and gibber in the Roman streets; As, stars with trains of fire and dews of blood, Disasters in the sun; and the moist star, Upon whose influence Neptune’s empire stands, Was sick almost to doomsday with eclipse: And even the like precurse of fierce events,— As harbingers preceding still the fates, And prologue to the omen coming on,— Have heaven and earth together demonstrated Unto our climature and countrymen.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • They did not look at us disinterestedly, those beasts of our final year, those leering impatient harbingers.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Some carrion birds-harbingers, I think the locals call them-had come in through the broken glass doors in the dining hall and were finishing the feast.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • An abundant harvest is the sign of God’s grace; God’s grace is the food of the soul; the lightning bolt is the harbinger of fertilizing rain, and at the same time the manifestation of the released energy of God.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • To me, though, for a considerable period of time, I have lived chiefly in retirement, and know less of such things than most men,—even to me, the harbingers of a better era are unmistakable.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • The heroe, being unwilling to quit his shoulder of mutton, and as unwilling to draw on himself the indignation of Mr Wilks (his brother-manager) for making the audience wait, had bribed these his harbingers to be out of the way.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • …on the part of Man, revolt, And disobedience: on the part of Heaven Now alienated, distance and distaste, Anger and just rebuke, and judgement given, That brought into this world a world of woe, Sin and her shadow Death, and Misery Death’s harbinger: Sad task! yet argument Not less but more heroick than the wrath Of stern Achilles on his foe pursued Thrice fugitive about Troy wall; or rage Of Turnus for Lavinia disespous’d; Or Neptune’s ire, or Juno’s, that so long Perplexed the Greek,…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • …you did wed my sister for her wealth, Then for her wealth’s sake use her with more kindness; Or, if you like elsewhere, do it by stealth; Muffle your false love with some show of blindness; Let not my sister read it in your eye; Be not thy tongue thy own shame’s orator; Look sweet, speak fair, become disloyalty; Apparel vice like virtue’s harbinger; Bear a fair presence though your heart be tainted; Teach sin the carriage of a holy saint; Be secret-false: what need she be acquainted?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • The whitening sky was the harbinger of day.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • He comes as a harbinger.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • He is the child of all my foregoing hours, the prophet of those to come, and the harbinger[307] of a greater friend.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • The hour is still distant, but I feel already those harbingers, those outriders, figures of one’s friends in absence.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • The sun rose, the morning of her nuptials, on a day so bright and cloudless, that Inez hailed it as a harbinger of future happiness.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • We have not crows in the barrens of my homeland, but I shall send some there, and they shall be known henceforth as harbingers of peace, not war.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • He’d seen the harbinger that had come to Maester Aemon with word of summer’s end, the great raven of the Citadel, white and silent as Ghost.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • In many ways Colorado Springs today is what Los Angeles was fifty years ago — a mecca for the disenchanted middle class, a harbinger of cultural trends, a glimpse of the future.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Keep in mind that these results reflect only a child’s early test scores, a useful but fairly narrow measurement; poor testing in early childhood isn’t necessarily a great harbinger of future earnings, creativity, or happiness.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • But the moment the wind picked up, the cold cut through flesh like a knife, and when it really started blowing, as now—because that first sweeping gust had been only a harbinger—seven fur coats could not suffice to protect your bones from the horrendous icy blast.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Not a cloud was visible, and she secretly fancied the circumstance might be taken as a harbinger of peace and security.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • This is not the consequence of a democratic revolution, but its certain harbinger; for an aristocracy which has lost the affections of the people, once and forever, is like a tree dead at the root, which is the more easily torn up by the winds the higher its branches have spread.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Then, as well as now, generations of men were impelled forwards in the same direction to meet and struggle on the same spot; but the designs of Providence were not the same; then, every newcomer was the harbinger of destruction and of death; now, every adventurer brings with him the elements of prosperity and of life.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • The fame anon throughout the town is borne, How Alla king shall come on pilgrimage, By harbingers that wente him beforn, For which the senator, as was usage, Rode *him again,* and many of his lineage, *to meet him* As well to show his high magnificence, As to do any king a reverence.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • CHAPTER XXXIII IN THE SUN—A HARBINGER A week passed, and there were no tidings of Bathsheba; nor was there any explanation of her Gilpin’s rig.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • "She’s heard an owl calling in the night; that’s a harbinger of death.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • There comes the Harbinger!
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • The rest is labor, which is not us’d for you: I’ll be myself the harbinger, and make joyful The hearing of my wife with your approach; So, humbly take my leave.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • They were locusts, it said, and that first man was their harbinger sent to explore the terrain.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • That the long journey they had attempted to make through a broad belt of wilderness was necessarily attended with danger, both uncle and niece well knew; though neither could at once determine whether the sign that others were in their vicinity was the harbinger of good or evil.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
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