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  • She has a collection of Venetian glass.
  • The Venetians joined with France against the Duke of Milan,
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • Venetian red hair, aquiline nose, and long throat.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • The designer jeans emporium, the Venetian paper knickknack shop, the stocking boutique with its kicking neon leg.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye

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  • He rushed past the usual fragments of painful memories—his mother smiling down at him, her face illuminated by the sunlight rippling off the Venetian Grand Canal; his sister Bianca laughing as she pulled him across the Mall in Washington, D.C., her green floppy hat shading her eyes and the splash of freckles across her nose.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • As I served the hot chocolate and tidied the chamber, Madam rubbed her face with Venetian Bloom Water beauty wash, said to remove wrinkles.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • A chilly breeze rattled in the venetian blinds, through the window my mother had left partly open that morning.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Though the Venetian blinds were down, light was filtering through the chinks, and the air stiflingly hot already.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • I was the other day talking on the sea bank with certain Venetians, and thither comes the bauble, and falls thus about my neck,— OTHELLO.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • No turbaned Turk, no hired Venetian or Malay, could have smote him with more seeming malice.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • The old woman’s treatment of Dominique had the same reverent caution with which she handled the pieces of Venetian glass in the drawing-room cabinets.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The mother smoothed the folds of her dyed silk dress before a large Venetian mirror in the wall, and in her trodden-down shoes briskly ascended the carpeted stairs.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Do you not remember, lady, in your father’s time, a Venetian, a scholar and a soldier, that came hither in company of the Marquis of Montferrat?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • ’—’Then,’ said the traveller, ’take these two Venetian sequins and give them to your bride, to make herself a pair of earrings.’
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • ROXANE (lifting her head, and looking down the distant alley): Soft golden brown, like a Venetian’s hair.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • They were strips of sunlight from the Venetian blinds on the window of an unfamiliar room.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Her hands were tied behind her, and her ankles were roped together with the kind of cord you see on Venetian blinds.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • In the Boboli Gardens, Alec was still wearing jeans, and Magnus was wearing an enormous Venetian cloak and a gondolier’s hat.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Without looking back once, he opened the door with the Venetian printer’s mark on it and closed it quietly behind him.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Mounted on the walls was an assortment of masks—smiley/frowny Greek theater types, feathered Mardi Gras masks, Venetian Carnevale masks with big beaklike noses, carved wooden masks from Africa.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • That day I crossed the Venetian plain.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • I fell to the lot of a Venetian renegade who, when a cabin boy on board a ship, had been taken by Uchali and was so much beloved by him that he became one of his most favoured youths.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • The minute he disappeared, I whipped into the bathroom and, concealed behind the dirty, aluminum-colored Venetian blind, watched Irwin s monkish face appear in the door crack.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • The huge Venetian boatman behind him looked dreamily over Vic’s shoulder.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • Sunlight through the slats of the Venetian blind.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The whole gown was trimmed with Venetian guipure.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • The window was large, sufficiently elevated, garnished with Venetian blinds, and with a frame in large square panes; only these large panes were suffering from various wounds, which were both concealed and betrayed by an ingenious paper bandage.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He parts the Venetian blinds and watches it pass, the blare muffled by the whir of the air-conditioning.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • She saw first some bracelets, then a pearl necklace, then a Venetian gold cross set with precious stones, of admirable workmanship.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
  • Fifty years later, the crowd gathered in the gilded Venetian ballroom for the American Himalayan Foundation’s annual fundraising dinner featured the same multiplicity of cultures.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Mrs. van der Luyden’s portrait by Huntington (in black velvet and Venetian point) faced that of her lovely ancestress.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • From Nancy and Charlie’s windows on a summer day, it was possible to imagine a Venetian canal.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • The only thing behind the Venetian blind is a hollow where a window should be.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • An annual rent of from twenty-five to a hundred dollars (these are the country rates) entitles him to the benefit of the improvements of centuries, spacious apartments, clean paint and paper, Rumford fire-place, back plastering, Venetian blinds, copper pump, spring lock, a commodious cellar, and many other things.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Her back was toward what little light seeped in from the window, on which the Venetian blind was closed, and so I could not make out the expression of her face, just the gleam of the eyes.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • What the invention of oil-painting was to the Venetians, the face of Antinoues was to late Greek sculpture, and the face of Dorian Gray will some day be to me.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The family home, in the very center of the historic district, was the old mint, denatured by a Florentine architect who came through here like an ill wind blowing renovation and converted many seventeenth-century relics into Venetian basilicas.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • "I think," said Monsieur Lheureux to the chemist, who was passing to his place, "that they ought to have put up two Venetian masts with something rather severe and rich for ornaments; it would have been a very pretty effect."
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Some Senators were also required to return regularly to their state legislatures, to report like Venetian envoys on their stewardship at the Capital.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • I stood there, in total amazement at the striking of the bell in the Torre dell’Orologio, at the incredible paintings, at the rich Venetian colors.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • As in the Arsenal of the Venetians, in winter, the sticky pitch for smearing their unsound vessels is boiling, because they cannot go to sea, and, instead thereof, one builds him a new bark, and one caulks the sides of that which hath made many a voyage; one hammers at the prow, and one at the stern; another makes oars, and another twists the cordage; and one the foresail and the mainsail patches,—so, not by fire, but by divine art, a thick pitch was boiling there below, which belimed…
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • The door was open to the street, no passers-by but Chinese, though at the windows the Venetian blinds slitted the sunlight as if everyone were hiding.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • The seated throng, filling the immense room without undue crowding, presented a surface of rich tissues and jewelled shoulders in harmony with the festooned and gilded walls, and the flushed splendours of the Venetian ceiling.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • And Swann felt a very cordial sympathy with that Mahomet II whose portrait by Bellini he admired, who, on finding that he had fallen madly in love with one of his wives, stabbed her, in order, as his Venetian biographer artlessly relates, to recover his spiritual freedom.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • A portrait of this young lady, painted by a Venetian artist, and left by her father in England, is said to have fallen into the hands of the present Duke of Devonshire, and to be now preserved at Chatsworth; not on account of any associations with the original, but for its value as a picture, and the high character of beauty in the countenance.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Or "One stone terrace (cracked), one gondola in distance, one Venetian senator’s dress complete, richly embroidered white satin costume with profile portrait of Miss Jogg the model, one Scimitar superbly mounted in gold with jewelled handle, elaborate Moorish dress (very rare), and Othello."
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • She didn’t trust her husband either, who gave her everything, a large super-decorated flat on the South Side, Haviland china, venetian blinds, Persian rugs, French tapestry, Majestic radio with twelve tubes.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The Venetian footfall and the Venetian cry—all talk there, wherever uttered, having the pitch of a call across the water—come in once more at the window, renewing one’s old impression of the delighted senses and the divided, frustrated mind.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • But Dorothea had counted a little too much on her own strength: the clearness and intensity of her mental action this morning were the continuance of a nervous exaltation which made her frame as dangerously responsive as a bit of finest Venetian crystal; and in looking at Rosamond, she suddenly found her heart swelling, and was unable to speak—all her effort was required to keep back tears.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Boldwood was listlessly noting how the frost had hardened and glazed the surface of the snow, till it shone in the red eastern light with the polish of marble; how, in some portions of the slope, withered grass-bents, encased in icicles, bristled through the smooth wan coverlet in the twisted and curved shapes of old Venetian glass; and how the footprints of a few birds, which had hopped over the snow whilst it lay in the state of a soft fleece, were now frozen to a short permanency.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
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