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  • It was as if a vast store of energy had been held inside her, bounding about in a terribly long, great waiting, such an abeyance really being the most lovely thing to me, and harrowing as well.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • With loneliness in abeyance and with my creative juices in full flow, I could not have been happier ….
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Nowadays the military profession is in abeyance and the magisterial robe is the badge of honor.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Even Old Jacob had to admit that divine displeasure was in abeyance for the time being.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids

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  • Who knows what forces or plots he may have kept in abeyance while he tried to gain hold of us?
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • For this reason, I suppose, they were now inflexible with one another; Mr. Jaggers being highly dictatorial, and Wemmick obstinately justifying himself whenever there was the smallest point in abeyance for a moment.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • You have put many things in abeyance to win a war.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Logic said the traitor was Yueh, but he held final decision in abeyance.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • But in a very short time, all these efforts at communal legislation fell into abeyance.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The unnatural pallor of the moonlight seemed to dissolve the differences of their faces and to stress the quality they all had in common: a look of cautious appraisal, part fear, part plea, part impertinence held in abeyance.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged

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  • Then Thera sank under the waves, only to rise and sink once more in the year 69 A.D. From that day to this, such plutonic construction work has been in abeyance.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • The house where she and her nine siblings were raised on 15th Street, Southeast, has been in abeyance during the two years since their father died, leaving no will, and Butch moved in.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The beginning of November found its date still in abeyance, though he asked her at the most tempting times.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • While these affairs were in abeyance, our visit to Mr. Boythorn’s was postponed.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • By custom sanctioned for centuries, and judicially maintained by a Lord Chancellor as late as Mansfield, that mode of manning the fleet, a mode now fallen into a sort of abeyance but never formally renounced, it was not practicable to give up in those years.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • His voice varied rapidly from a tremulous indecision (when the animal spirits seemed utterly in abeyance) to that species of energetic concision—that abrupt, weighty, unhurried, and hollow-sounding enunciation—that leaden, self-balanced and perfectly modulated guttural utterance, which may be observed in the lost drunkard, or the irreclaimable eater of opium, during the periods of his most intense excitement.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • Tom’s severity gave her a certain fund of defiance, and kept her sense of error in abeyance.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Sometimes I wasn’t sure whether she could add the next word, her throat kept so many other sounds back, in abeyance.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • His mind floated in abeyance, coming back always to that horrible bottle.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • She was in abeyance.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Not until then, still numbed and with his powers of reason almost in abeyance, did he remember his camera.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • Tonight the drug seemed to work more slowly than usual: each passionate pulse had to be stilled in turn, and it was long before she felt them dropping into abeyance, like sentinels falling asleep at their posts.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • It is assumed that Mrs. Nakane would not desire to come forward alone, leaving the child in Japan, and therefore it can only be suggested that the matter of her return be left in abeyance until such time in the future as there may be a change in the regulations respecting admission of Japanese nationals which would enable the Department to deal with the application of the child.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • She asked herself when it would begin, like fire-works, or Lent, or the opera season; not that she cared much, but she wondered what kept it in abeyance.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Anyway, Henry waited four years, holding the three of them in that abeyance, that durance, waiting, hoping, for Bon to renounce the woman and dissolve the marriage which he (Henry) admitted was no marriage, and which he must have known as soon as he saw the woman and the child that Bon would not renounce.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Under such circumstances Mr. Raffles’s pleasure in annoying his company was kept in abeyance.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • …as the son of old M. Swann, was ’fully qualified’ to be received by any of the ’upper middle class,’ the most respected barristers and solicitors of Paris (though he was perhaps a trifle inclined to let this hereditary privilege go into abeyance), had another almost secret existence of a wholly different kind: that when he left our house in Paris, saying that he must go home to bed, he would no sooner have turned the corner than he would stop, retrace his steps, and be off to some…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Just at present the sense of humor is in abeyance.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • The animacy of life hung in abeyance.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • That was the great and the terrible moment which for long had been in abeyance.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • Thoughts and emotions relative to the meeting with Tom Doan were held in abeyance.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • Her thrills seemed to be in abeyance to the end of her journey.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • I’m giving you time, And until morning I’ll hold in abeyance The execution of this conveyance.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • She asked herself when it would begin, like fire-works, or Lent, or the opera season; not that she cared much, but she wondered what kept it in abeyance.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • Of late it has fallen into abeyance, though sixteen /Athenses/ still remain, and there are yet many /Carthages/, /Uticas/, /Syracuses/, /Romes/, /Alexandrias/, /Ninevahs/ and /Troys/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Again the feeling of excitement, the poignancy of emotional heights, the ever-present impending sense of catastrophe became held in abeyance to the sheer intensity of physical sensations.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • While the succession was yet in abeyance, he assisted his mother in the conduct of a snug tobacco business round the corner of Horsemonger Lane (his father being a non-resident turnkey), which could usually command a neat connection within the College walls.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • But every other feeling as it rushed upon his was thrown into abeyance by pity, deep respectful pity, for the man who sat before him—already so bruised, going forth with sad blind resignedness to an unreal sorrow, while a real one was close upon him, too far beyond the range of common trial for him ever to have feared it.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • Let’s hold this story about the defecting boomer in abeyance for the moment, shall we?"
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Creeds and schools in abeyance, Retiring back a while sufficed at what they are, but never forgotten, I harbor for good or bad, I permit to speak at every hazard, Nature without check with original energy.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • "Don’t say so, Bessy," said Mr. Tulliver, whose pride, in these first moments of humiliation, was in abeyance to the sense of some justice in his wife’s reproach.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Virginia—The West The noble sire fallen on evil days, I saw with hand uplifted, menacing, brandishing, (Memories of old in abeyance, love and faith in abeyance,) The insane knife toward the Mother of All.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Virginia—The West The noble sire fallen on evil days, I saw with hand uplifted, menacing, brandishing, (Memories of old in abeyance, love and faith in abeyance,) The insane knife toward the Mother of All.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • It had held her senses of beauty and proportion in abeyance.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • My face was purple, my lips blue, my faculties in abeyance.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Time was in abeyance on the ship’s clocks.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • In Mr. Brooke the hereditary strain of Puritan energy was clearly in abeyance; but in his niece Dorothea it glowed alike through faults and virtues, turning sometimes into impatience of her uncle’s talk or his way of "letting things be" on his estate, and making her long all the more for the time when she would be of age and have some command of money for generous schemes.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • His natural inclination to blame, hitherto kept entirely in abeyance toward his father by the predisposition to think him always right, simply on the ground that he was Tom Tulliver’s father, was turned into this new channel by his mother’s plaints; and with his indignation against Wakem there began to mingle some indignation of another sort.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • …had made the chief part of her education, Mr. Casaubon’s talk about his great book was full of new vistas; and this sense of revelation, this surprise of a nearer introduction to Stoics and Alexandrians, as people who had ideas not totally unlike her own, kept in abeyance for the time her usual eagerness for a binding theory which could bring her own life and doctrine into strict connection with that amazing past, and give the remotest sources of knowledge some bearing on her actions.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • All the secret ambitions which Mrs. Gormer’s native indolence, and the attitude of her companions, kept in habitual abeyance, were now germinating afresh in the glow of Bertha’s advances; and whatever the cause of the latter, Lily saw that, if they were followed up, they were likely to have a disturbing effect upon her own future.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
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