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  • Mother was so nervous, she bathed— into the trestle table while curtsying.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • On the way back home, they were on board when the P & W had its famous crash, when the motorman was drunk and took the high trestle over the Schuylkill River at sixty miles an hour, and the whole kaboodle took a swan dive into the water.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Maniac Magee
  • General Putnam was sitting behind a rough trestle table they’d set up for his desk.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • They fly noiselessly beneath the bridge trestles; they have beasts with them on chains; their beasts leap out of the boats and sprint past the massifs of flowers, down the rows of hedges.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • An hour or more later the clack of the train changed pitch: we were crossing a trestle.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Or, copying another teacher, he might walk around the trestle table, lifting things, looking at them, and then dropping them, while he talked.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • The next morning the Pennsylvania train that Sophie and I were riding to Washington, D.C., on our way down to Virginia, suffered a power failure and stalled on the trestle opposite the Wheatena factory in Rahway, New Jersey.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • After we have the stuff in place, there are the rented trestle tables to be assembled for the bar, the hooch and eats to be bought.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • An even louder shout greeted the tubs of ale and whisky that now appeared on trestles, accompanied by platters of steaming oatcakes, haggis, and meat.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Professor Sprout was standing behind a trestle bench in the cen ter of the greenhouse.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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  • The furniture consisted of some chairs and trestles.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • He’d built a bridge of privilege for me, a hand-paved trestle to the good life, and I repaid him by chopping it down and crapping on the wreckage.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • We found it a hundred yards past a timber trestle bridge.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • About a mile distant there was a trestle spanning a deep gorge.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • The two coffins were placed on trestles previously prepared for their reception in the right-hand crypt belonging to the Saint-Meran family.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • It stands on two trestles, under the pall.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He holds the two planks on the trestle, fitted along the edges in a quarter of the finished box.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • They stopped on the crest of a small hill, where a team of elves had set out a long trestle table and chairs.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • If you’re not, well, you’d just better hope they don’t open the door while the train’s crossing a trestle.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Past that, an old trestle bridge spanning a gorge.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • She was leaning on the wall beneath the train trestle, head bowed, one hand squeezing her eyes, as if the tears that flowed out of them could be squeezed into oblivion.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • They stood at the trestle table and waited until Cathy came out.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Quickly they got out boards and trestles from the side walls and set them up near the fire.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • Her maids, leaving their quarters, came with white arms bare to clear the wine cups and the bread, and move the trestle boards where men had lingered drinking.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • To their very great relief, Hagrid had given up on direct contact with the skrewts now, and they were merely sheltering behind his cabin today, sitting at a trestle table and preparing a fresh selection of food with which to tempt the skrewts.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • I’ll need a steel trestle to throw the track across that gorge and bring it here, but it’s not as hard as it looks-let me show you, have you got a piece of paper?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Professor Grubbly-Plank stood waiting for the class some ten yards from Hagrid’s front door, a long trestle table in front of her laden with twigs.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Light tables were taken from the walls and set up on trestles and laden with gear.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • But yonder, quite at the end, what is that sort of trestle work with four motley puppets upon it, and more below?
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Two rows of trestles ran down the middle of the hall and near one of them sat Fetiukov of the 104th.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • When that worker appears again he’s pulling a hook along the trestle overhead and taking giant strides as he swings along it.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Only Automedon and Alkimos were busy near Akhilleus, for he had just now made an end of dinner, eating and drinking, and the laden boards lay near him still upon the trestles.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • They brought a four-meter-long table top and trestles from the attic and carried it into the garden.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  •   There seemed a hollowing in the voices, as if they crossed a high trestle.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • You forget her, and the train goes fast, and is going fast when it crosses a little trestle.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Francie kept her eyes on the floor so that she wouldn’t have to look at the flower-covered coffin standing on trestles before the altar.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Vessels holding the separate ingredients stood on a white-clothed table of boards and trestles close by.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • The sky opened like a hole where the gables had loomed before, and the wooden benches, the trestle tables, the beds that had hung on the meadhall walls were scattered to the edge of the forest, shining charcoal.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • Up ahead was a trestle.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • It was quite an undertaking, laying out blankets for the passengers, setting up the trestle tables for the buffet, then lugging out the plates and cutlery and napkins and food.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • The cellar and the trestles affected them.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • I had walked trestles plenty of times.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • The mist came up knee-high out of a spongy ground, and he thought of the flashlight going off in the bare church hall among the trestle tables.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Red-winged blackbirds, whose shoulders were the same color as the berries, perched on a wood bridge, really a train trestle.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • A wide trestle table laden with food dominated the center of the tent, and at the table were sitting Roran and Katrina, twenty or so of the villagers from Carvahall-including Horst and his family-Angela the herbalist, Jeod and his wife, Helen, and several people Eragon did not recognize but who had the look of sailors.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • …a carrier whose bed was placed a little beyond our Don Quixote’s, and, though only made of the pack-saddles and cloths of his mules, had much the advantage of it, as Don Quixote’s consisted simply of four rough boards on two not very even trestles, a mattress, that for thinness might have passed for a quilt, full of pellets which, were they not seen through the rents to be wool, would to the touch have seemed pebbles in hardness, two sheets made of buckler leather, and a coverlet the…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • By and by her attention was arrested by a little stall of cakes and ginger-breads, standing between the more pretentious erections of trestles and canvas.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • The pole lay with one end supported on a trestle, and women were engaged in wreathing it from the top downwards with wildflowers.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • She had gone with Kennicott and Aunt Bessie to the supper, which was spread on oilcloth-covered and trestle-supported tables in the church basement.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • But I did, and warmed my belly and shins while the little locust trolley clinked and crept to the harbor and over the trestles of the bog-spanning bridge where the green beasts and bulrush-rocking birds kept up their hot, small-time uproar.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
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