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  • She continued to stare at the photograph before turning toward him with a dazed and beatific smile.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Dark, soulful eyes and that small, mysterious, beatific smile.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Behind him was a fourth staff member, this one a beatific-looking man of about thirty-five, by far the oldest person Mae had met that day.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • They all smiled beatifically.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted

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  • Little Margaret, tidied for inspection and swaddled in a small blanket, was given to her father, who received his new offspring with an expression of beatific reverence.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The Jal Mahal Restaruant (sic) was a shabby, tucked-away Indian on the second floor of a storefront on Lex where not a thing had changed since I was a kid: not the pappadums, not the prices, not the carpet faded pink from water damage near the windows, not even the waiters: the same heavy, beatific, gentle faces I remembered from childhood when my mother and I had gone there after the movies for samosas and mango ice cream.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • And you got in and we drove back to the firehouse in beatific silence, all —dwindled away to peace.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • Mademoiselle Bourienne stood near them pressing her hand to her heart, with a beatific smile and obviously equally ready to cry or to laugh.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Smiling beatifically, and wearing both his decorations, Napoleon reposed on a bed of straw on the platform, with the money at his side, neatly piled on a china dish from the farmhouse kitchen.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • The curtains were half drawn, and only admitted the mysterious light calculated for beatific reveries.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers

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  • One of his last acts was to take a picture of himself, standing near the bus under the high Alaska sky, one hand holding his final note toward the camera lens, the other raised in a brave, beatific farewell.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The camerlegno was nothing like the images of frail, beatific old men Langdon usually imagined roaming the Vatican.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • She was looking up at the building now with a beatific expression, her small face aglow with what Simon could only guess was anticipation.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Afterward he smiled beatifically and offered us tea.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • She always looks worried when I’m at the dictionary so I tell her I’m looking for canonize or beatific or any class of a religious word.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • "This one seems to bring out bizarrely strong reactions in our kind," she observed, smiling directly at me, her face beatific.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • As Yossarian stared, the chaplain elevated his gaze toward Yossarian beatifically, pressed his fingers down over his eyeballs in a manner of affliction, peered upward again toward Yossarian searchingly, and bowed his head, concluding what Yossarian took to be a climactic part of the funeral rite.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The Marquesa almost fell out of her chair as she leaned forward, her face streaming with happy tears, and made the beatific gesture.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Changazi stood as beatifically still as a portrait of a revered prophet.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • And with another beatific smile, he whisked Simon away, leaving Alec staring after them both.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • A beatific smile graced his face.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Later, he would say that I gave him a beatific smile.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Her excitement had in a measure kept her warm during the few minutes’ adventure; but that beatific interval was over.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • From it, she was pulling some plastic wrap, now sporting the beatific look usually associated with madonnas or people on heavy medication.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • "Oh, come on," I said, looking at the dance floor, where of course my mother was now staring right at me, smiling beatifically and waggling her fingers in that come-here-now kind of way.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • The beast attempts a beatific look that could be mistaken for a bout of painful wind.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • Mammon led them on— Mammon, the least erected Spirit that fell From Heaven; for even in Heaven his looks and thoughts Were always downward bent, admiring more The riches of heaven’s pavement, trodden gold, Than aught divine or holy else enjoyed In vision beatific.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Vassily Ivanovitch walked up and down during the whole of dinner, and with a perfectly happy, positively beatific countenance, talked about the serious anxiety he felt at Napoleon’s policy, and the intricacy of the Italian question.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • But in all those pictures, all dime-store images painted on cardboard, the face of Christ was beatific, as, I believed, would be the face of God.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • The person questioned smiles beatifically and responds in some non sequitur that would make the babble of the Web’s worst village idiot seem like sage aphorisms in comparison.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • For several months he was seen wandering about with a toolbox that the gypsies must have left behind in Jose Arcadio Buendia’s days, and no one knew whether because of the involuntary exercise, the winter tedium or the imposed abstinence, but his belly was deflating little by little like a wineskin and his face of a beatific tortoise was becoming less bloodshot and his double chin less prominent until he became less pachydermic all over and was able to tie his own shoes again.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • But it was a comfort that there could be no uneasiness in a connection with anything so beatific as the radiant image of my little girl, the vision of whose angelic beauty had probably more than anything else to do with the restlessness that, before morning, made me several times rise and wander about my room to take in the whole picture and prospect; to watch, from my open window, the faint summer dawn, to look at such portions of the rest of the house as I could catch, and to listen,…
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • "5 And the same meta-theological insight seems to be what is suggested in Dante’s final verses, where the illuminated voyager at last is able to lift his courageous eyes beyond the beatific vision of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, to the one Eternal Light’s" The gods and goddesses then are to be understood as embodiments and custodians of the elixir of Imperishable Being but not themselves the Ultimate in its primary state.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • The man wore a beatific expression.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Jane turned toward us with a beatific smile.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • And so, in this beatific state, something came out of her.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • And so, in this beatific state, something came out of her.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • Its face was beatific, but there was a crack that ran from temple to chin, marring the face for some past transgression.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Eve gave one particularly devout-looking supplicant a few tokens and was rewarded with a beatific smile and a glossy pebble.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • Youngsters with their backpacks and bayoneted rifles, with their filthy coats and boots—and in watching, one might also see them with a humanistic, beatific eye, might dream of other scenes.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • He was confused by her apparent mysticism, by her sudden transit from beatific calm to superstitious terror, and he was furious that she would lie to him about Nina now, after she had led him to believe, at the cemetery, that she would ultimately tell him the full truth.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • Moreover, I said, you must not wonder that those who attain to this beatific vision are unwilling to descend to human affairs; for their souls are ever hastening into the upper world where they desire to dwell; which desire of theirs is very natural, if our allegory may be trusted.
    Plato  --  Allegory of the Cave
  • Owing to legal constraints and the need for an official-sounding name, he called it the Institute for Union with Nothingness, or the I.U.N. But his father was not disposed to leave him in peace; Nicolas’s followers began to appear in the newspaper with shaved heads, indecent loincloths, and beatific expressions, bringing public ridicule to the name of Trueba.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • Rostov was very happy in the love they showed him; but the first moment of meeting had been so beatific that his present joy seemed insufficient, and he kept expecting something more, more and yet more.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "Co-o-om-pa-ny!" roared the tipsy peasant with a beatific smile as he looked at Ilyin talking to the girl.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • A beatific smile of regret, repentance, and ecstasy beamed on M. de Beausset’s face and he glided away to the other generals.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • She appeared wholly human, a beautiful woman with waves of shining black hair and a chillingly beatific face.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Before clicking it into his skull socket he looked at me again, almost beatifically.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • She was carrying an armful of Bibles for her class, and such was her view of life that events which produced heartache in others wrought beatific smiles upon her—an enviable result, although, in the opinion of Angel, it was obtained by a curiously unnatural sacrifice of humanity to mysticism.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • …to drink, and the other third he drank parsimoniously himself before beginning to set Esteban’s bones, one by one, patiently and calmly, pulling here, adjusting there, putting each one back in its proper place, splinting them, wrapping them in strips of sheet to keep them immobile, mumbling litanies to the healing saints, invoking good luck and the Virgin Mary, and putting up with the screams and blasphemies of Esteban Trueba, without ever altering his beatific blind man’s expression.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
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