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- She saw a slender girl, in a plain black frock, with a sensitive, pale face, luminous, sad, dark eyes, and a mass of dark, waving hair- Mary Isona, of Italian parentage, a little music teacher, whose only relation to the world Theodore Vellan lived in was professional. - "Grey Roses", Henry Harland.
- You and I, outside of his father and mother, are the only ones living that know of his parentage. - "The Tides of Barnegat", F. Hopkinson Smith.
- All that was sordid about her parentage she has cast off. - "The Man from Home", Booth Tarkington and Harry Leon Wilson.