|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|QUOTATION:||Thin red line.|
|ATTRIBUTION:||The Russians dashed on towards that thin red-line streak tipped with a line of steel.Russell: The British Expedition to the Crimea (revised edition), p. 187.|
Soon the men of the column began to see that though the scarlet line was slender, it was very rigid and exact. Kinglake: Invasion of the Crimea, vol. iii. p. 455.
The spruce beauty of the slender red line.Ibid. (sixth edition), vol. iii. p. 248.