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  • The poor, benighted innocent had never seen such a man.
    Dickens, Charles  --  David Copperfield
  • But their main gate used to come out on a different pass, one more easy to travel by, so that they often caught people benighted near their gates.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • The verse died heavily away, and was lengthened by a chorus, not of human voices, but of all the sounds of the benighted wilderness pealing in awful harmony together.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • "That is just so outdated and benighted and so …. wrong, I’m not even going to dignify it with an answer."
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread

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  • But that impression—of a certain amount of learning, of casually expressed good manners, of sophistication—made me cringe at my raw ignorance and the benighted seizure I had had on the subway train, with my simpleminded premonition of squalid gloom and cultural deprivation.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Nelson, as usual, was the one who finally took pity upon our benighted stupidity and told us what was up: kukwela.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • When he had identified these objects in what benighted mind he had, he said, in a dialect that was just intelligible: "How goes it, Jacques?"
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • I want to get some information about this benighted town.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • They felt it might be a being partially benighted in the vale of ignorance, but it could not be one who would willingly devote his rich natural gifts to the purposes of wanton treachery.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The poor, benighted innocent had never seen such a man.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield

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  • And so this squire was benighted, and by misfortune he happened to come to a castle where dwelled a baron.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • "Yes," said George, "I says to him, ’Tom, you ought to see some of Aunt Chloe’s pies; they’re the right sort,’ says I." "Pity, now, Tom couldn’t," said Aunt Chloe, on whose benevolent heart the idea of Tom’s benighted condition seemed to make a strong impression.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Last year, some benighted fool in a hot air balloon came bumbling over the island and had a good long look.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • Or it resembled a greedy, avid, delicious quagmire which would swallow up the lost, benighted traveler with a last tired, liquid, contented sigh.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • The fashionable intelligence has found it out and communicates the glad tidings to benighted England.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • She gave up trying to understand herself, and the vast armies of the benighted, who follow neither the heart nor the brain, and march to their destiny by catch-words.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Sir Grummore Grammursum, who was staying the night because he had been benighted out questin’ after a specially long run, said that when he was their age he was swished every mornin’ because he would go hawkin’ instead of learnin’.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • What I mean is that since the preponderance of cultural influences has come down to us from European early settlers, and since those early settlers inflicted their values on the "benighted" cultures they encountered ("benighted," from the Old English, meaning "anyone darker than myself"), those inflicted values have gained ascendancy.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • The whole peaceful and quiet scene lay glimmering in twilight before the eyes of the traveller, giving him good assurance of lodging for the night; since it was a special duty of those hermits who dwelt in the woods, to exercise hospitality towards benighted or bewildered passengers.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • "I suppose you think I’m awfully benighted."
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Oh, thou poor lonely little benighted boy!
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • …substanceless, a little behind and above all the other straightforward and logical even though (to him) incomprehensible ultimatums and affirmations and defiances and challenges and repudiations, with an air of sardonic and indolent detachment like that of a youthful Roman consul making the Grand Tour of his day among the barbarian hordes which his grandfather conquered, benighted in a brawling and childish and quite deadly mud-castle household in a miasmic and spirit-ridden forest.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Oh well one must get used to such things in our situation, we are virtually prisoners ourselves you know, although one must feel pity for these poor benighted creatures, and after all she was trained as a servant, and it’s as well to keep them employed, she is a wonderful seamstress, quite deft and accomplished, she is a great help in that way especially with the girls’ frocks, she has an eye for trimmings, and under happier circumstances she could have made an excellent milliner’s…
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Is there no diet Coke in this benighted country?
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • Without Ligeia I was but as a child groping benighted.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  Ligeia
  • People, benighted ones, they came from all over Austria.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • We were supposed to ignore those benighted sheep, as Dad called them.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • These few sounds wandering in the dark had made their two benighted lives tragic to my mind.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • "I suppose you think I’m awfully benighted."
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • And so this squire was benighted, and by misfortune he happened to come to a castle where dwelled a baron.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II
  • No, that was a benighted voice, in Herr Settembrini’s opinion—which he delivered with much emotion.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • He was, in fact, the only person that I did thoroughly understand during the whole period of my residence in this benighted island.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Said Sullivan, "It soon became noticeable that he was progressively and grossly apologizing to the Eastern men for the presence of their benighted brethren of the West."
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Besides, we are in no hurry: we are not going far above Oxford; and even if we are benighted, we shall have the moon, which will give us nothing worse of a night than a greyer day.
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • As I was crossing one of the most remote districts of Pennsylvania I was benighted, and obliged to beg for hospitality at the gate of a wealthy planter, who was a Frenchman by birth.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • And Hire is off into the lurid main avenue of the Towne Hall, a tunnel of flickering and pulsating loglo through which black creatures sprint like benighted sperm up the old fallopians, sharp angular things clenched in their hands.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • All people knew (or thought they knew) that he had made himself immensely rich; and, for that reason alone, prostrated themselves before him, more degradedly and less excusably than the darkest savage creeps out of his hole in the ground to propitiate, in some log or reptile, the Deity of his benighted soul.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • From a safe distance and still rubbing his buttocks, "Benighted fool!" shouted the man from The Fordian Science Monitor, "why don’t you take soma?"
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • You benighted roamer of Amazonia! you Patagonian! you Feejeeman!
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • "He that has light within his own clear breast May sit i’ th’ center, and enjoy bright day; But he that hides a dark soul, and foul thoughts, Benighted walks under the mid-day sun; Himself in his own dungeon."
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • The lantern is in front, and enables the benighted wanderer to see in the most profound obscurity.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • But Miss Mills, mistrusting the acceptability of her presence to the higher powers, had not yet gone; and we were all benighted in the Desert of Sahara.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • And the good knight, Galahad, rode so long till he came that night to the Castle of Carboneck; and it befell him thus that he was benighted in an hermitage.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II
  • He believed as firmly as Arthur did, as firmly as the benighted Christian, that there was such a thing as Right Finally, there was the impediment of his nature.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • In at the window came also the unfolding scent of benighted flowers, for the currants, the wild cherries, the plums and the hawthorn were already in bloom, and no less than five nightingales within earshot were holding a contest of beauty among the bowery, the looming trees.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • The light is come upon the dark benighted way.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • And the good knight, Galahad, rode so long till he came that night to the Castle of Carboneck; and it befell him thus that he was benighted in an hermitage.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Know, then, innocent eastern friend, that in benighted regions of the west, where the mud is of unfathomable and sublime depth, roads are made of round rough logs, arranged transversely side by side, and coated over in their pristine freshness with earth, turf, and whatsoever may come to hand, and then the rejoicing native calleth it a road, and straightway essayeth to ride thereupon.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Which of course would send me into hoots of laughter were it not so benighted a viewpoint, so that even though I concede to Hobbs that Rothschild and Warburg are certainly Hebraic names I attempt to tell him that greed is not a racial but a human predilection and then I proceed to tick off such names as Carnegie, Rockefeller, Frick, Mellon, Harriman, Huntington, Whitney, Duke, ad infinitum, ad nauseam.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • And once when he was speaking of the benighted condition of the king of Timbuctoo, and the number of his wives who were likewise in darkness, some gipsy miscreant from the crowd asked, "How many is there at Queen’s Crawley, Young Squaretoes?" to the surprise of the platform, and the ruin of Mr. Pitt’s speech.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
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