His eyes glanced momentarily at me, and his lips parted with an abortive attempt at a laugh.
F. Scott Fitzgerald -- The Great Gatsby
No — Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men.
F. Scott Fitzgerald -- The Great Gatsby
It hadn’t been out of its case since our aborted opening act for Bikini.
Gayle Forman -- Where She Went
"Told you we should abort," Flint says.
Rick Yancey -- The 5th Wave
"Maybe we should abort," he says.
Rick Yancey -- The Infinite Sea
From his shoulder blades jutted a weird pair of knobby protrusions, like the stems of aborted wings: the only outward clue that this twisted man bore any relation to an ymbryne.
Ransom Riggs -- Hollow City
There’s nothing but my fear telling me to abort.
Susan Ee -- Angelfall
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As briefly as possible I explained that I was teaching on Yamacraw Island, was in the midst of an abortive field trip, and that Mary’s knee bone had screwed things up by popping out of her knee.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
I was able to extend the ecstasy a long time with Maria; we were still going at it like minks when my father with a primitive strangled sound aborted a snore, sprang up in his bed, then padded off to the bathroom.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
I wondered suddenly whether Jamie had told Colum or Dougal of my abortive attempt to escape on the night of the oath-taking.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
A curt "not for sale" was quite often the correct starting position with strangers as well, as it not only made the kind of buyer I was looking for more eager to strike a quick bargain, in cash, but also set the stage for me to abort mid-deal if something went wrong.
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
They had made another abortive search of the island.
Agatha Christie -- And Then There Were None
The third time Redwing had been aborted.
Marcus Luttrell -- Lone Survivor
I thought of aborting.
Dave Pelzer -- The Lost Boy
I proceed, then, from the morning which followed our abortive chase of the convict and our other strange experiences upon the moor.
Arthur Conan Doyle -- The Hound of the Baskervilles
The chaplain’s pilgrimage to Wintergreen had proved abortive; another shrine was empty.
Joseph Heller -- Catch-22
The little group of defenders shoved them back, sinking two destroyers and damaging nine other ships, shooting down two bombers, and forcing the Japanese to abort, their first loss of the war.
Laura Hillenbrand -- Unbroken
But Macon came out of his few days of sexual hypnosis in a rage and later when he discovered her pregnancy, tried to get her to abort.
Toni Morrison -- Song of Solomon
Acted without a motive, if you care to discount an abortive robbery attempt, which the investigators are wont to do.
Truman Capote -- In Cold Blood
Patrick met Guenther at the school after his abortive interview with Peter Houghton.
Jodi Picoult -- Nineteen Minutes
He started plodding north from tidewater in February, but his enthusiasm fizzled on the lower reaches of the Ruth Glacier, still thirty miles from the peak, so he aborted the attempt and retreated to Talkeetna.
Jon Krakauer -- Into the Wild
Since the hunting trip had been aborted, she would just have to make do with donated blood.
Stephenie Meyer -- Breaking Dawn
We could abort this mission right now and still make a fortune in patents.
Eoin Colfer -- Artemis Fowl
Although I’m certain Mr. Fuller filled his ear about it, Dad made no comment on our abortive test.
Homer Hickam -- October Sky
One of these virtuosi seemed to think that I might be an embryo, or abortive birth.
Jonathan Swift -- Gulliver’s Travels
You would have died with no chance to abort the attempt once you realized that it was futile.
Christopher Paolini -- Eldest
When he aborted the landing, he should have circled back around immediately, and he didn’t.
Malcolm Gladwell -- Outliers
He poured out on her the sum of all his inarticulate fury and aborted desires.
Toni Morrison -- The Bluest Eye
When any of his girls became pregnant they had the choice of leaving or of being aborted so brutally that a fair proportion died.
John Steinbeck -- East of Eden
Blomkvist’s strange behaviour in the courtroom had presented an interesting challenge, and Salander did not like aborting an assignment once she had started.
Stieg Larsson -- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
This gets easier and easier until she comes up with still another child to abort or support.
John Howard Griffin -- Black Like Me
There was an abortive movement of flagons toward mouths—stopped as the Duke remained with arm upraised.
Frank Herbert -- Dune
I almost aborted her, though.
Amy Tan -- The Joy Luck Club
By one of those caprices of the mind which we are perhaps most subject to in early youth, I at once gave up my former occupations, set down natural history and all its progeny as a deformed and abortive creation, and entertained the greatest disdain for a would-be science which could never even step within the threshold of real knowledge.
Mary Shelley -- Frankenstein
A little later, when Lopsang had climbed to the base of the Hillary Step, Hall decided to abort the summit attempt and signaled Cotter and Lopsang to turn around.
Jon Krakauer -- Into Thin Air
My friends had made every effort that ingenuity could devise to effect our purchase, but all their plans had proved abortive.
Harriet Jacobs -- Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
To make up for this abortive experiment, he proposed to take her portrait by a scientific process of his own invention.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Birthmark
These passed, if any pass, the void profound Of unessential Night receives him next, Wide-gaping, and with utter loss of being Threatens him, plunged in that abortive gulf.
John Milton -- Paradise Lost
Kashkin had been in the north at Irun, at San Sebastian and in the abortive fighting toward Vitoria.
Ernest Hemingway -- For Whom the Bell Tolls
He made a salutation, or, to speak nearer the truth, an ill-defined, abortive attempt at curtsy.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The House of the Seven Gables
Padre de Jesus had told me about an aborted visit Dede had made to his rectory.
Julia Alvarez -- In the Time of the Butterflies
She knew the world, she had learned to live and think in new ways, but she had never gone back to San Juan de la Cienaga after the aborted flight in the balloon.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- Love in the Time of Cholera
The advantage: if we could convince him that Sedeete was captured and the operation aborted, he could bargain for his own freedom and release the children.
Robert Cormier -- After the First Death
They forgot their abortive personal relationship, and felt adventurous as they muddied about in the dust.
E.M. Forster -- A Passage to India
What he had told me, in his room, about his belief in its disseminating the statements pasted on it, which were nothing but old leaves of abortive Memorials, might have been a fancy with him sometimes; but not when he was out, looking up at the kite in the sky, and feeling it pull and tug at his hand.
Charles Dickens -- David Copperfield
After the aborted trip to Mexico, a poverty agency helped our family find a rented place within our means: a square, one-bedroom clapboard house on La Presa Street in an unincorporated part of the county called South San Gabriel.
Luis J. Rodriguez -- Always Running
It had been three years since she had tried her abortive love-affair with him.