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Atlas Shrugged
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  • It was a contract, an obligation!  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Got me a long-term contract.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • I've cancelled the contract.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Besides, you've fulfilled your contract.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Eddie, have them draw up the contract with Rearden Steel.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • "The Board approved the Associated Steel contract," he said hastily.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He had negotiated a loan from those banks, but the contract had not been signed.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He did not say a word, he picked up the contract, tore it across, handed it to them and walked out.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • "Put it down in writing," she said, "and we'll sign a contract to that effect."  (not reviewed by editor)

  • We've just signed a contract with him, for the first ten Diesel engines he'll build.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • "Why . . . wait a minute . . . I haven't said-" "You don't want to sign such a contract?"  (not reviewed by editor)

  • There's nothing in the union contracts about men standing with lanterns.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • What contract?  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He felt the tight, contemptuous movement of his lips pressed together in token of the words he cried to himself: You made a contract once, now stick to it.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • And then he thought suddenly that in business transactions the courts of law did not recognize a contract wherein no valuable consideration had been given by one party to the other.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He remembered the austerely pitiless respect he had felt for his contract of marriage, for all his contracts and all his legal obligations-and he saw what sort of legality his scrupulous observance was expected to serve.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The People's State of Mexico was eager to co-operate, and signed a contract guaranteeing for two hundred years the property right of Taggart Transcontinental to its railroad line in a country where no property rights existed.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • If he was willing to give it up, they said, and to ferry his passengers across the river on barges, as other railroads were doing, the contract would stand and he would get the money to continue his line west on the other shore; if not, then the loan was off.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He remembered the austerely pitiless respect he had felt for his contract of marriage, for all his contracts and all his legal obligations-and he saw what sort of legality his scrupulous observance was expected to serve.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Guilty of a fierce desire to remain alive, they and Rearden traded like savages, without rights, titles, contracts or protection, with nothing but mutual understanding and a ruthlessly absolute observance of one's given word.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • It had not been necessary to mention, since they all knew it, that the Interneighborly Amity and Development Corporation had an exclusive contract to operate, on a twenty-year "managerial lease," all the industrial properties of the People's States of the Southern Hemisphere.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The only proper functions of a government are: the police, to protect you from criminals; the army, to protect you from foreign invaders; and the courts, to protect your property and contracts from breach or fraud by others, to settle disputes by rational rules, according to objective law.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • But you expect industrial giants-who plan in terms of decades, invest in terms of generations and undertake ninety-nine-year contracts-to continue to function and produce, not knowing what random caprice in the skull of what random official will descend upon them at what moment to demolish the whole of their effort.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • She knew that these were the men of the emergency specials, the men who could cancel her scheduled trains and send them to any random spot of the continent which they chose to strike with their voodoo stamp, the stamp superseding contract, property, justice, reason and lives, the stamp stating that "the public welfare" required the immediate salvation of that spot.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • She knew that no train schedules could be maintained any longer, no promises kept, no contracts observed, that regular trains were cancelled at a moment's notice and transformed into emergency specials sent by unexplained orders to unexpected destinations-and that the orders came from Cuffy Meigs, sole judge of emergencies and of the public welfare.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • She knew that the best among them, those of the longest range and most complex function, had long since gone-and those still struggling to produce, struggling savagely to preserve the code of an age when production had been possible, were now inserting into their contracts a line shameful to a descendant of Nat Taggart: "Transportation permitting."  (not reviewed by editor)

  • …that had waited for a shipment of ball bearings, its machinery idle, its workers on full pay; or the closing of a sawmill in Oregon, that had waited for a new motor; or the closing of a lumber yard in Iowa, left without supply; or the bankruptcy of a building contractor in Illinois who, failing to get his lumber on time, found his contracts cancelled and the purchasers of his homes sent wandering off down snowswept roads in search of that which did not exist anywhere any longer.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • …money into unknown hands in exchange for unsupported promises, into unsigned, unrecorded loans to dummy owners of failing minesmoney handed and taken furtively, as an exchange between criminals, in anonymous cash; money poured into unenforceable contracts-both parties knowing that in case of fraud, the defrauded was to be punished, not the defrauder-but poured that a stream of ore might continue flowing into furnaces, that the furnaces might continue to pour a stream of white metal.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • …meals, interrupted and abandoned at the sudden flash of a new thought, a thought to be pursued at once, to be tried, to be tested, to be worked on for months, and to be discarded as another failure—the moments snatched from conferences, from contracts, from the duties of running the best steel mills in the country, snatched almost guiltily, as for a secret love—the one thought held immovably across a span of ten years, under everything he did and everything he saw, the thought held in…  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The sanctity of contract'-is that it?"  (not reviewed by editor)

  • When I phoned her that the contract was signed, she laughed and said, "You see?  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Eddie said, "He's walked out on a pile of contracts that are worth a fortune.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • To have the nerve to pull such a low, unspeakable . . . just because of some vicious rumors, when we have a contract for two hundred years and . . ." "Jim," she said slowly, "there's not a car, engine or ton of coal that we can spare anywhere on the system."  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The third had said, his voice belligerently insolent, that he would attempt the task on a ten-year contract at twenty-five thousand dollars a year-"After all, Miss Taggart, if you expect to make huge profits on that motor, it's you who should pay for the gamble of my time.  (not reviewed by editor)

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as in: contract the disease
as in: legal contract
as in: the metal contracted
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