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Her dress was white and silver too, as diaphanous as a sheet of ice; one could glimpse her body through it, though not clearly.
Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  so thin that light passes through it
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  • Her dress was white and silver too, as diaphanous as a sheet of ice; one could glimpse her body through it, though not clearly.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • I see the world through a diaphanous curtain of blood.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Her Majesty was three times the size of her largest soldiers—a towering mass of black chitin and barbed appendages, with diaphanous oval wings folded against her back.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • On Halloween the trick-or-treaters would have to bat their way through diaphanous veils, the older ones laughing but the younger ones on the edge of panic, particularly if the night was windy and the cheesecloth was lifting and writhing and wrapping itself around them.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread

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  • Werner’s favorites are five faded frescoes on the ceilings of the grandest upper rooms, where bees as big as children float against blue backdrops, big lazy drones and workers with diaphanous wings—where, above a hexagonal bathtub, a single nine-foot-long queen, with multiple eyes and a golden-furred abdomen, curls across the ceiling.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • In the angled windowpane she saw the reflection of her pale face beneath the checkered scarf, below this the blue and white stripes of her coarse prisoner’s smock; blinking, weeping, gazing straight through her own diaphanous image, she glimpsed the magical white horse again, grazing now, the meadow, the sheep beyond, and further still, as if at the very edge of the world, the rim of the drab gray autumnal woods, transmuted by the music’s incandescence into a towering frieze of…
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Among the strangers, he and Pippa were two of the only really unique or interesting-looking people there: she, like a fairy in her gauzy-sleeved, diaphanous green; he, elegant and endearing in his midnight blue double-breasted, his beautiful old shoes from Peal and Co. "I —"
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • She was as beautiful as ever, her dress a diaphanous mixture of silver and gold, her hair like rosy copper as she arranged it gently over one white shoulder.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • The breeze rustled leaves in a dry and diaphanous distance.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • I pulled back the thin diaphanous curtain that covered the windows and spotted my friend Ayana outside with her mother.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore

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  • Langdon took a deep breath and turned to face the eerie collection of diaphanous vaults.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • But for d’Artagnan all aspects were clothed happily, all ideas wore a smile, all shades were diaphanous.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • He tugged on it, and a diaphanous membrane unspooled from within the wall.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Some auras were just wisps of diaphanous tinted smoke, others were dark spots and sheets of solid muddy colors.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • What had been leanness in her youth had become transparency in her maturity; and this diaphaneity allowed the angel to be seen.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • She leans down long enough to retrieve her diaphanous shawl and disappears, her arm raised so that the shawl trails behind her, a shimmering banner.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • The wide expanse that opened out before the heights on which the Russian batteries stood guarding the bridge was at times veiled by a diaphanous curtain of slanting rain, and then, suddenly spread out in the sunlight, far-distant objects could be clearly seen glittering as though freshly varnished.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Then my gaze slid over the people to the blaze of green beyond the diaphanous curtains, and I felt as if I were sitting in the window of an enormous department store.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • It was a wild, cold, seasonable night of March, with a pale moon, lying on her back as though the wind had tilted her, and a flying wrack of the most diaphanous and lawny texture.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • This phantom wore many faces, but it always had golden hair, was enveloped in a diaphanous cloud, and floated airily before his mind’s eye in a pleasing chaos of roses, peacocks, white ponies, and blue ribbons.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Clary tugged a little self-consciously at the diaphanous material of the silver dress.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • A meek shy light appeared in the East, where stretched a diaphanous fleece of white furrowed vapor.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • The gold became a diaphanous, glittering globe.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • He had dreamed that Annie Wilkes was Scheherazade, her solid body clad in diaphanous robes, her big feet stuffed into pink sequined slippers with curly toes as she rode on her magic carpet and chanted the incantatory phrases which open the doors of the best stories.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Comforted by yet another victory over old age, he surrendered to the diaphanous and fluid lyricism of the final piece on the program, which he could not identify.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • The water shone pacifically; the sky, without a speck, was a benign immensity of unstained light; the very mist on the Essex marshes was like a gauzy and radiant fabric, hung from the wooded rises inland, and draping the low shores in diaphanous folds.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Layers of pale floral ruffling have sprouted all over her, and wave from her shoulders like diaphanous wings.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • To me, a barbarous Englishman, has been entrusted the revelation of this diaphanous mystery.
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths
  • Then I began to grasp the significance of what was going on in that world of reasons high above the desk of Jim Madison, and caught the glint of those diaphanous spirit wings and the fluting whispers of the faint angel voices up there.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • The mists rose like layers of diaphanous scarves above Victoria Harbour as the huge jet circled for the final approach into Kai Tak Airport.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Yet breakfast was not her loneliest meal, not with Anthony ogling and gabbling, the six fat goldfish dancing a dreamy oriental ballet on diaphanous fins, Sir Percy rubbing against her legs under the table, and her cheery friends on the morning show, hired, at great expense, to inform and entertain her.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • It was a lovely May sunset, and the birch trees which grew on this margin of the vast Egdon wilderness had put on their new leaves, delicate as butterflies’ wings, and diaphanous as amber.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • CHAPTER XXVIII THE HOLLOW AMID THE FERNS The hill opposite Bathsheba’s dwelling extended, a mile off, into an uncultivated tract of land, dotted at this season with tall thickets of brake fern, plump and diaphanous from recent rapid growth, and radiant in hues of clear and untainted green.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • …with people; a pillory, erected at the corner of a street; a fine fragment of the pavement of Philip Augustus, a magnificent flagging, grooved for the horses’ feet, in the middle of the road, and so badly replaced in the sixteenth century by the miserable cobblestones, called the "pavement of the League;" a deserted back courtyard, with one of those diaphanous staircase turrets, such as were erected in the fifteenth century, one of which is still to be seen in the Rue des Bourdonnais.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Yet all the while she beheld the burly cynical Frenchman and the diaphanous dancers as clearly as the child sees its air-born playmates; she relished the Camp Fire Girls not because, in Vida’s words, "this Scout training will help so much to make them Good Wives," but because she hoped that the Sioux dances would bring subversive color into their dinginess.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • It looked particularly bad, for example, on Frau Stohr, whose arms were too spongy—diaphanous clothes were simply not for her.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The ship curved around in a long arc toward Manhattan, her bow sweeping past Brooklyn and the bridges whose cables and pillars superimposed by distance, spanned the East River in diaphanous and rigid waves.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • The desire I had for her when we married had not diminished; I wanted to possess her absolutely, down to her last thought, but that diaphanous woman would float by me like a breath of air, and even if I held her down with my hands and embraced her with all my strength, I could never make her mine.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • At the very top of the plume, in the greatest violence and turmoil, the water is beaten and pulverized into a fine mist, and the air that is pushed out of the way by the upward jet of water propels the mist in its own arc until it slowly begins to sink in diaphanous curtains that oscillate in the breeze.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • …OTHER RELIQUES OF THE RELIGION OF THE GENTILES The Originall Of Daemonology The impression made on the organs of Sight, by lucide Bodies, either in one direct line, or in many lines, reflected from Opaque, or refracted in the passage through Diaphanous Bodies, produceth in living Creatures, in whom God hath placed such Organs, an Imagination of the Object, from whence the Impression proceedeth; which Imagination is called Sight; and seemeth not to bee a meer Imagination, but the Body…
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • The little light fades the immense and diaphanous shadows, The air tastes good to my palate.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • And at that moment, from a door in the rear, there emerged a tall, slim and rather pale-faced woman of about thirty-eight or forty—very erect, very executive, very intelligent and graceful-looking—diaphanously and yet modestly garbed, who said, with a rather wan and yet encouraging smile: "Oh, hello, Oscar, it’s you, is it?
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Prosecutor Paravant went so far as to don a black swallowtail coat with a dotted vest, and the ladies’ attire had a diaphanous and festive look.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Then there was such a diaphanous silence that despite the disorder of the birds and the syllables of water on stone, one could hear the desolate breath of the sea.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • The Queen lifted her diaphanous dress in her hands so that she could make her way down the steps that surrounded her divan.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • The diaphaneity of Babet contrasted with the grossness of Gueulemer.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • So I didn’t tell him that beyond my boss the managing editor there was a great high world of reasons but to a fellow like me down in the ditch it was a world of flickering diaphanous spirit wings and faint angel voices I didn’t always savvy and stellar influences.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • But the silence was diaphanous in the four o’clock heat, and through the bedroom window one could see the outline of the old city with the afternoon sun at its back, its golden domes, its sea in flames all the way to Jamaica.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Fifty yards ahead, in the center of the church, a ghost appeared …. a diaphanous, glowing outline.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Then he knew that they had rounded the cape of good hope, and he took her large, soft hand again and covered it with forlorn little kisses, first the hard metacarpus, the long, discerning fingers, the diaphanous nails, and then the hieroglyphics of her destiny on her perspiring palm.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
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