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  • The barometer indicates a storm is coming.
  • Lowered barometric pressure for him was like laughing gas.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He was invaluable to Wynand—as a barometer of public reaction.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The sky was darker now, and he checked the barometer.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook

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  • It is entirely a question of barometric pressure.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • He wanted to know exactly how long the storm was going to last; whereupon he was referred to the barometer, which seemed to have no intention of rising.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • It was a day of lassitude too, hot and close, with, I am told, a rapidly fluctuating barometer.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • The barometer of confidence soared.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • The barometer of his emotional nature was set for a spell of riot.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged

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  • It was the barometer by which we judged everything.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • This line I trace with my finger shows the movement of the barometer.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • A commander does not need to know the barometric pressure or the winds or even the temperature.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Perhaps, Paul thought, it was the falling barometer.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • His frustration over it went,up and down like a barometer, the climate being the extent to which he was able to comprehend and resolve whatever mathematical problem preoccupied him at any given moment.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • There was food in the wagon, and wine-and a camera, and a stamp collection, and a stuffed owl, and a mantel clock that ran on changes of barometric pressure.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • It offered a kind of cosmic consciousness barometer, if you will.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Poor dear papa, a widower, was a regular barometer from it.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The higher he climbed, the lower the barometric pressure fell, and the worse his vision became.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Kabuo, his radio on, checked his barometer; it still held steady despite talk of rough weather, cold squalls of sleet reported to the north, out of the Strait of Georgia.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • It was the Dutch navigator Tasman who discovered this group in 1643, the same year the Italian physicist Torricelli invented the barometer and King Louis XIV ascended the French throne.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Never could Starbuck forget the old man’s aspect, when one night going down into the cabin to mark how the barometer stood, he saw him with closed eyes sitting straight in his floor-screwed chair; the rain and half-melted sleet of the storm from which he had some time before emerged, still slowly dripping from the unremoved hat and coat.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • It looked like the first fine flush of a three-day blow and the barometer falling.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Our social barometers always stand at ’cloudy’ and ’overcast.’
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • There were old clocks and vases, mortars and retorts, knives and dolls,quill pens and bookends, octants and sextants, compasses and barometers.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • He checked the large, reliable marine barometer and its twin thermometer alongside the front door.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Not with the barometer falling and the wind due west.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • Thus in person, he became a sort of flesh-barometer, with feelers always directed to the sky and wind around him.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • She applied to Mr. Allen for confirmation of her hopes, but Mr. Allen, not having his own skies and barometer about him, declined giving any absolute promise of sunshine.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • I am joking because I won’t have stayed around to become a human barometer or an instrument capable of forecasting weather.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • That man is a perfect barometer—he always knows when Bertha is going to——
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • I can’t understand it; the barometer has been ’set fair.’
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • And escaping from the room, Emma closed the door so violently that the barometer fell from the wall and smashed on the floor.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • It’s barometric—you can look it up in Ellsworth Huntington.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The supply of hot dog buns, a key barometer of fan enthusiasm, was completely exhausted by early afternoon.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • …entrance for ordinary visitors, was separated from the parlor by a sliding door; though Mr. Clutter occasionally shared the office with Gerald Van Vleet, a young man who assisted him with the management of the farm, it was fundamentally his retreat-an orderly sanctuary, paneled in walnut veneer, where, surrounded by weather barometers, rain charts, a pair of binoculars, he sat like a captain in his cabin, a navigator piloting River Valley’s sometimes risky passage through the seasons.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • But now Lydgate came in; the book was closed before he reached Rosamond’s corner, and as he took his seat with easy confidence on the other side of her, young Plymdale’s jaw fell like a barometer towards the cheerless side of change.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • I reached over and tapped the barometer.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • The barometer was down, and the sky to the east did not please him.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • That was not for him, he required sensible barometric pressure or he would have another attack.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Ralph’s work dipped and peaked with the barometer.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • It is a barometer telling the state of the soul’s weather to all who can read it.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • In time, a barometer was added to our diningroom wall; but we didn’t really need it.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
  • As I worked, Marley paced nervously around me, his internal barometer sensing an impending storm.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • When her nose grew cold, it being a faithful barometer as to temperature, Carley knew there was frost in the air.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • He glanced at the thermometer-barometer screwed to the side of the house as they went out … a gift from Donna last Christmas.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • Like a delicate barometer, he recorded the trend of pressures, and as the Radical pressure increased he moved toward the left.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • Perhaps a common barometer would not have done as well, the atmospheric pressure being likely to increase in proportion as we descended below the surface of the earth.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Consider the historical trend in homicide (not including wars), which is both the most reliably measured crime and the best barometer of a society’s overall crime rate.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • At three o’clock, however, the manager of the concession, G. F. Morgan, checked his instruments and noted a sudden decline in barometric pressure, evidence that a storm was forming.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
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