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  • My dress, black silk with a corset-tight bodice and diamond-patterned skirt, is the finest thing I’ve ever worn.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Natalie’s dress had flowers blossoming on the bodice, and her full skirt was fluttery blue tulle.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • What if we take the skirt off that one and combine it with the green bodice?
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Her dress matched Peony’s with its snug bodice and flouncy skirt, only it was made of stardust gold.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder

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  • The indigo bodice was bordered with a thin line of gold, and an ice-white cape hung from her shoulders.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Close up, giants were whatever part was nearest—a skirt, a bodice, a trouser leg, or a face.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • "I’m using heirloom lace on the bodice of Angela’s gown; it’s been in my family for three generations.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • But they were such large breasts, straining against the bodice of her polka-dot dress, and she was wearing big white sandals with high heels.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • She touches the bodice of her blouse with a flat hand, gestures toward me.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • It has a tight bodice, a low neck, a full skirt; it brushes against my bare legs as I walk.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye

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  • A tiny woman wearing a green calico skirt, a nut-brown bodice, and a dingy shift stood in the open door to the kitchen.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • She was dressed oddly, I thought, in a long, ragged skirt and a long-sleeved blouse half-covered by a sort of bodice or jerkin.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Next moment the stairs creaked and Mrs Perks came down, buttoning her bodice.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • But she—the naughty baggage—little will she care what they put upon the bodice of her gown!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • It fit her perfectly in the bodice and the sleeves, but came down way over her knees.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • Her yellow pagne is double-wrapped and her ornate bodice cut low on her large bosom.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Those puffed sleeves, the flounce, and the little bodice.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • She smocked the yoke into tiny crisscrossing puckers, then shirred the rest of the bodice.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Her clothes were before his time, a dress made of silk and chiffon, with a bib-like bodice stitched with white beads and topped with a velvet bow just below her neck.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • Now this was written at a time when the black limber bone of the Greenland or Right whale was largely used in ladies’ bodices.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I slipped my arms into his sleeves and then buttoned it swiftly over my ragged bodice.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • The bodice of her dress was ragged, a nondescript tawny colour, with stains on it.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Each eye of her corset he toyed with (and there were forty—twenty on each side); each gros-grain ribbon that threaded its pale-blue way through the snowy top of her bodice he unlaced.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • There was a twirl dress with little pink fishes sewn around the bodice, a blue floral wool dress with matching socks and mittens, yellow pajamas with carrot-colored polka dots, and green cotton pants with a dotted ruffle on the cuff.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • She had chosen to wear a yellow sundress, which showed off her tanned, muscular arms and hugged her bodice tightly.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • I said at the time that the bodice should be cut longer, and made of two widths.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • She did not wear a low-cut bodice and the large brooch which was fixed in the front of her collar bore on it an Irish device and motto.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • It was a black dress with a bodice that fell as a cape over one arm and shoulder, leaving the other bare; the naked shoulder was the gown’s only ornament.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Her cap was embroidered with pearls, the pins in her hair were of gold and diamonds, her girdle was of Turkey silk, with large embroidered flowers, her bodice and skirt were of cashmere, her apron of Indian muslin, and the buttons of her corset were of jewels.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I know you came prepared for violence with a weapon in your bodice.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • She patched her bodice, which was old and worn out, with scraps of calico which tore at the slightest CHAPTER X. RESULT OF THE SUCCESS movement.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Girls in dresses with low backs, with scooped bodices showing actual cleavage, with Empire waists.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • With her bandaged forefinger she dug out a slender chain which hung around her neck and pulled the chain’s burden up from her bodice.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • The voice fell low, sank into her breast and stretched the tight bodice over her heart as she came up close.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • I felt in my bodice and again in my waistband, I shook out the folds of my sari, but there was no doubt the money was gone.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • In the center of the stage sat some girls in red bodices and white skirts.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • As he was speaking he reached into his bodice and took out a small gold fish.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • There they had seen an irritable girl in a soiled bodice mending her stockings before a mirror while her stage director read aloud her lines for memorization.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Never were hands more exquisite than hers, and it was a joy to look at them when she threaded her needle or adjusted her gold thimble to her taper middle finger as she sewed away on the little night-drawers or fashioned a bodice or a bib.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • Seated there were Jormundur and two other men, one tall and one broad; a woman with pinched lips, close-set eyes, and elaborately painted cheeks; and a second woman with an immense pile of gray hair above a matronly face, belied by a dagger hilt peeking out of the vast hills of her bodice.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Lace trimmings, diamond brooches, medallion bracelets trembled on bodices, gleamed on breasts, clinked on bare arms.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • "Hi," he said as he got close, reaching out with the pin toward my bodice, his breath hot and sweet.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • I stepped out into blue light that covered the first sheet, walking very slowly, like you do at weddings, carrying against the white bodice of my gown a bouquet of pink carnations.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • She thanked him with her first smile and almost snatched the letter away from him, folded it, and hid it in her bodice.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • I lift out the one arm, and then another arm, then the bodice, and more parts below.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Finally the landlady dressed up the curate in a style that left nothing to be desired; she put on him a cloth petticoat with black velvet stripes a palm broad, all slashed, and a bodice of green velvet set off by a binding of white satin, which as well as the petticoat must have been made in the time of king Wamba.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Then she didn’t have on anything but her bodice and drawers, and Quentin slapped her and she slipped and fell down in the water.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • Marie wore a short red skirt of stoutly woven cloth, a white bodice and kirtle, a yellow silk turban wound low over her brown curls, and long coral pendants in her ears.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • She is daintily dressed in a white suit with a fluffy bodice, necklace and ear-rings of pearl, white gloves and hat, looking as if she were arriving at a summer tea or cocktail party in the garden district.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Hurriedly taking off her bodice, she crouched at the boiler while the water ran slowly into her lading-can.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
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