"The settlement was a pittance compared to what it would’ve been if they had filed a year later."
James Patterson -- 1st to Die
Five years ago, after an attack, it had appeared as though he would either have to sacrifice his business on the auction block and live on a pittance thereafter or put himself at the mercy of some unscrupulous employee who would in the end probably ruin him.
Bernard Malamud -- The First Seven Years
You have bartered it for a pittance of the public gold.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Scarlet Letter
I fancy old Frankland allows her a pittance, but it cannot be more, for his own affairs are considerably involved.
Arthur Conan Doyle -- The Hound of the Baskervilles
She procured plain work; she plaited straw and by various means contrived to earn a pittance scarcely sufficient to support life.
Mary Shelley -- Frankenstein
A pittance for something so powerful.
Dan Brown -- The Da Vinci Code
Both Jonas and Marija might soon be earning no more than enough to pay their board, and besides that there were only the wages of Ona and the pittance of the little boy.
Upton Sinclair -- The Jungle
It is evident, therefore, that if both girls had married, this beauty would have had a mere pittance, while even one of them would cripple him to a very serious extent.
Arthur Conan Doyle -- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Anatole earned a stipend from student teaching, an amount the other graduate students called a "pittance," though it was much more than he and I had ever earned together in any year.
Barbara Kingsolver -- The Poisonwood Bible
The worst is this, that at so slender warning You are like to have a thin and slender pittance.
William Shakespeare -- The Taming of the Shrew
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Robert is very well in a way, to give up all the money he can earn to the family, and keep the barest pittance for himself.
Kate Chopin -- The Awakening
Obviously, he was explaining, one could acquire lumber at a pittance.
Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin -- Three Cups of Tea
You knew that your basic pittance would be given to you anyway, whether you worked or not-your ’housing and feeding allowance,’ it was called-and above that pittance, you had no chance to get anything, no matter how hard you tried.
Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
— I daresay Burke paid her a pittance but there you are…… Pretty, isn’t it?
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The father came home and went into the dark room to give Lucia her daily food pittance.
Betty Smith -- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
As soon as they have completed the term of eighty years, they are looked on as dead in law; their heirs immediately succeed to their estates; only a small pittance is reserved for their support; and the poor ones are maintained at the public charge.
Jonathan Swift -- Gulliver’s Travels
No more lavish promises of perpetual virtue, I gather; not even the expectation of an endowment of "grace" for life, but only a hope for the daily and hourly pittance to meet the daily and hourly temptation!
C.S. Lewis -- The Screwtape Letters
Ten young descendants of Marius and the Gracchi, barefooted and out at elbows, with one hand resting on the hip and the other gracefully curved above the head, stared at the traveller, the post-chaise, and the horses; to these were added about fifty little vagabonds from the Papal States, who earned a pittance by diving into the Tiber at high water from the bridge of St. Angelo.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
How the deuce am I to keep up my position in the world upon such a pitiful pittance?
William Makepeace Thackeray -- Vanity Fair
As a young man, when two of his friends who ran a little store came to the point of despondent bankruptcy, Will was asked to lend them a little money to tide them over the quarter’s bills, and they gave him a one-third interest for a pittance.
John Steinbeck -- East of Eden
Capitan Victor Alicinio Pena was listed in the real estate transactions as having bought the old Gonzalez farm from the government for a pittance.
Julia Alvarez -- In the Time of the Butterflies
For a pittance, people could ride nearly anywhere they wanted on a modern, safe, garishly decorated electric railway system.
Tom Clancy -- The Hunt for Red October
Father is letting the lodges for a pittance.
Gloria Whelan -- Listening for Lions
Think of an honest cottage spinner balancing weight in one pan of the scales and wool yarn on the other, trying to earn a pittance for her children: evenly poised as that were these great powers making war, until at last Lord Zeus conferred on Hektor, Priam’s son, the glory of bursting through the Akhaian wall.
Homer -- The Iliad
It brought some pittance to the miserable penitent from time to time, looked through the hole to see whether he were still living, forgot his name, hardly knew how many years ago he had begun to die, and to the stranger, who questioned them about the living skeleton who was perishing in that cellar, the neighbors replied simply, "It is the recluse."
Victor Hugo -- The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Without the addition of her grandmother’s allowance it was hardly enough to live on, in any sense known to the Mingott vocabulary; and now that Medora Manson, who shared her life, had been ruined, such a pittance would barely keep the two women clothed and fed.
Edith Wharton -- The Age of Innocence
It has pleased Our Lady and my patron saint to bless the pittance to which I restrain myself, even as the pulse and water was blessed to the children Shadrach, Meshech, and Abednego, who drank the same rather than defile themselves with the wine and meats which were appointed them by the King of the Saracens.
Sir Walter Scott -- Ivanhoe
She then betook herself to the business of packing, for which a small quantity of brown paper sufficed, and, having received her small pittance of wages, she returned home.
Henry Fielding -- Tom Jones
That obligation discharged, she would have but a thousand dollars of Mrs. Peniston’s legacy left, and nothing to live on but her own small income, which was considerably less than Gerty Farish’s wretched pittance; but this consideration gave way to the imperative claim of her wounded pride.
Edith Wharton -- The House of Mirth
In his thesis, he’d marshal a host of epidemiological data to show that aids had almost certainly come from North America to Haiti, and might well have been carried there by American and Canadian and Haitian American sex tourists, who could buy assignations for pittances in a Port-au-Prince slum called Carrefour.
Tracy Kidder -- Mountains Beyond Mountains
She hailed the arrival of Saturday night, as a prisoner would a few delicious hours’ respite from slow and wearing torture, and felt that the poor pittance for her first week’s labour would have been dearly and hardly earned, had its amount been trebled.
Charles Dickens -- Nicholas Nickleby
The subscription is but ten dollars a year, and for this mere pittance the members receive not only the monthly magazine, Pearls of Healing, but the privilege of sending right to the president, our revered Mother Dobbs, any questions regarding spiritual progress, matrimonial problems, health and well-being questions, financial difficulties, and—
Sinclair Lewis -- Babbitt
…of the sun—as to those fellows, who meanly take advantage of the ardour of gentlemen in the pursuit of knowledge to recompense the inestimable services of the best years of their lives, their long study, and their expensive education with pittances too small for the acceptance of clerks, I would have the necks of every one of them wrung and their skulls arranged in Surgeons’ Hall for the contemplation of the whole profession in order that its younger members might understand from…
Charles Dickens -- Bleak House
Should we work for the sweater fourteen hours a day for a pittance?
Libba Bray -- Sweet Far Thing
But it came at last, a few hundred pounds, a pittance set against what had been lost.
David Almond -- Clay
Your kind, all of you, think nothing of breaking our backs for a pittance.
Geraldine Brooks -- Year of Wonders
Now they were being offered for a pittance or even for free.
John Grogan -- Marley & Me
A pittance of what is to come!
Stephen King -- Rose Red
I am sure my father will subscribe much of his little pittance, to place him in a station that is more worthy of him.
James Fenimore Cooper -- The Pioneers
It also made sense that he had used her mother as a front in the purchase and had then for a pittance bought back the property.
Stieg Larsson -- The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
And here comes an unguarded, solitary goblin wagon braving the Ravenswood Spur with a pittance of goods and asking for a private audience.
Henry H. Neff -- The Maelstrom
You allowed me a meagre salary of five hundred roubles a year, a beggar’s pittance, and have never even thought of adding a rouble to it.
Anton Chekhov -- Uncle Vanya
There was something heroic about this gently-bred woman enduring our terrible hardship and with her pittance of strength bending to the tasks of a peasant woman.
Jack London -- Sea Wolf
Her mother was an old, old woman, and they used to sell string and thread, and soap and tobacco, out of the window of their little house, and lived on the pittance they gained by this trade.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- The Idiot
It has not been safe for me to go near my house; and, with a beggar’s pittance in my pocket, I have walked through vile mud and weather ever since, until my feet are crippled—look at them!
Charles Dickens -- Little Dorrit
But this "temporary" state of things had gone on and on, the cost of living rose by leaps and bounds, and Grand’s pay, in spite of some statutory rises, was still a mere pittance.
Albert Camus -- The Plague
se), one of those full-value products that two men at the Royal Technical College had created and distributed as shareware for a pittance on the Internet.
Stieg Larsson -- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
He was an easy man to give penance, *There as he wist to have a good pittance:* *where he know he would For unto a poor order for to give get good payment* Is signe that a man is well y-shrive.
Geoffrey Chaucer -- The Canterbury Tales
’ "The stipendiary emoluments in consideration of which I entered into the service of — HEEP," ’ always pausing before that word and uttering it with astonishing vigour, ’ "were not defined, beyond the pittance of twenty-two shillings and six per week.
Charles Dickens -- David Copperfield
You try to lay a little pittance by, you put your money in the bank or you lend it out at a fair rate of interest, you build up a position of authority in the community, and along comes some ugly little wretch—" Her throat convulsed.