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  • He alluded to Susan without mentioning her name.
  • She didn’t mention any names, but everyone knew she was alluding to the President.
  • Where she cannot make a point with logic, she uses allusion.
  • a masterpiece of alliteration and allusion

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  • He mumbled a few words, but I could only catch some allusion to a rat.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • no songs had alluded to him even in the obscurest way
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • An evening at home rarely passed without some allusion to this image, this specter, this hope.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • Do you allude to me, Miss Cardew, as an entanglement?
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • by which he meant snail, and this was in allusion to his being slow to go,
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • What we afterwards alluded to as an attack was really an attempt at repulse.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness

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  • ...there flashed upon my mind what I cannot better describe than as the unformed half of that idea of deliverance to which I have previously alluded,
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • Her allusions to her son were few and...
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • NEVER, by a slip of the tongue, have they so much as alluded to either of their old friends,
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • The boy to whom I allude won all the marbles of the school.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • Are you alluding to anything in particular?
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • it was against all the rules of their code that the mother and son should ever allude to what was uppermost in their thoughts
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • The affair to which you allude was no more than a speculation.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • There was no attitude in which his pride did not feel its bruises; and in all behavior toward him, whether kind or cold, he detected an allusion to the change in his circumstances.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • She spoke with the intention of making him see that, if his words implied a tentative allusion to her private affairs, she was prepared to meet and repudiate it.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • everybody was permitted to lend him books, if they were not published in America and made no allusion to it.
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • He has only once—quite vaguely—alluded to it.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  Hedda Gabler
  • At our next meeting he made no allusion to the book,
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • In speaking of his intelligence, my wife, who at heart was not a little tinctured with superstition, made frequent allusion to the ancient popular notion, which regarded all black cats as witches in disguise.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • "...what shall I call them?—the Three Graces of the Dublin musical world."
    The table burst into applause and laughter at this allusion.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • His wit was hatpin sharp; he was absentminded; he was a bachelor but gave the impression of harboring amusing memories; he possessed a yellow cat nineteen years old; he was incomprehensible to most of Maycomb County because his conversation was colored with subtle allusions to Victorian obscurities.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • The low walls around her, meant to facilitate her complete concentration on the work at hand, were lined with burlap, as if any other material might distract her, might allude to more exotic ways of spending her days.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Or maybe it was them, those "other dangers" Miss Peregrine had alluded to.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Though she had alluded to some problems at the pediatrician’s office during their first weekend together, she hadn’t been specific.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • The rest of the note went on to talk about Wells’s frustrations with officer training, then ended with a few cryptic allusions to something about Clarke.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • As I alluded to before, I don’t want you inadvertently to do something that’ll get you in trouble later.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Her nose crinkled up in distaste as she made this observation, obviously alluding to the group of sunbathers who had so offended her the previous Sunday.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • After a perfectly cordial opening—sorry for my tragic loss, thinking of me in this time of sorrow —she offered to send me a bus ticket to Woodbriar, MD, while simultaneously alluding to vague medical conditions that made it difficult for her and Grandpa Decker to "meet the demands" for my care.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • A not-so-opaque allusion to her father, one would gather.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • But the name lives on, by allusion at least, in the mascot of Clarkston High School: the Angoras.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • ’In the place where there is no darkness,’ he said, as though he had recognized the allusion.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • As I’ve been alluding to, my one saving grace is distraction.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • I remember Octavia talking about this during the wedding shoot, and I see a possible chance to allude to the uprising.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • You will smile at my allusion, but I will disclose a secret.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • His writing was filled with allusions to Chronicles, Isaiah, the Book of fohn, and Philippians.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • But he determined to chaff Fix, when he had the chance, with mysterious allusions, which, however, need not betray his real suspicions.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • He alluded to last night only by asking how Phineas was; I said he seemed to be in good spirits.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • He was seated in the place of honor between two Alexanders—Bekleshev and Naryshkin—which was a significant allusion to the name of the sovereign.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • But I did break out, that time; so that he has never alluded to the subject since.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • He would merely give out the communion with the usual disturbing allusions to eating flesh and drinking blood.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • The vast majority consisted of allusions to prior communications which Major Major had never seen or heard of.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • There he heard allusions made to the invasion, and a special prayer for peace.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • In 1973, Bill posted an enigmatic letter alluding vaguely to plans for an extended trip and then disappeared without a trace; to this day nobody knows what became of him.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • By some tacit consent, throughout the voyage little or no allusion was made to it, especially by the mates.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He was liable to drag in bits of what he called poetry; and sometimes, after a glass or two, would allude to the absurd adventures of his mysterious journey.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Japanese military, he said, provides women for its soldiers, an allusion to the thousands of Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, and Filipino women whomthe Japanese military had kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
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