English citations of mauve
1890, Oscar Wilde, :
The Picture of Dorian Gray Never trust a woman who wears mauve, whatever her age may be, or a woman over thirty-five who is fond of pink ribbons.
1914, Saki (H. H. Munro), :
The Dreamer “We haven’t any mauve,” said the assistant, “but we’ve two shades of green and a darker shade of grey.” 1922, Arthur Conan Doyle, :
The Horror of the Heights The whole aspect of this monster was formidable and threatening, and it kept changing its colour from a very light mauve to a dark, angry purple so thick that it cast a shadow as it drifted between my monoplane and the sun.
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1919, Stephen Leacock, :
The Errors of Santa Claus "Oh, how perfectly lovely!" exclaimed Mrs. Brown. "I think the mauve one would suit the doll best, don't you, with such golden hair?" 1986, Bruce Robinson, :
Withnail and I "Sherry? Oh no, no, no, no. I'll fall straight into his trap. He's so mauve we don't know what he'll do next."