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  • Juries can construe evidence to mean something it does not.
  • The executive branch does not construe the provision as requiring it to share additional information with Congress.
  • We need someone who will not be suspected of having construed the contract in their favor.
  • Gregor would sometimes catch a friendly comment, or at least a comment that could be construed as friendly.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis

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  • Now let me see if I can construe it:
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • But men may construe things after their fashion,
    Clean from the purpose of the things themselves.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • It was impossible to know what action might later be construed as a crime.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Red Pony
  • I can construe the action of her familiar style
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • I was terrified, because I knew it could be construed as a weapon.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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  • The trouble is, when you gift a girl with flowers your choice can be construed so many different ways.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • It was someone who wore nothing that could be construed as suggestive.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Your drowsiness might well be construed as laziness.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Anything that I could construe as relevant to the day when they would leave the island had a place in the classroom.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • For another thing, there was the simple matter of what I construed to be Nathan’s overwhelming seniority.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "Thank you," I said, choosing to construe this as a compliment.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Maybe I wouldn’t have been quite so alarmed if I’d understood a little better what wasn’t clear to me at the time: that I was a minor, and that my parent or guardian had to be present at an official interview—which was why anyone even vaguely construed as my advocate had been called in.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Don’t wait to construe—misconstrue as fast as you can.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • He hated himself for what he construed to be his own cowardice.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Carter looked at me strangely, and I realized what I’d said might have been construed as a compliment.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • I was ready to sink from fatigue and hunger, but being surrounded by a crowd, I thought it politic to rouse all my strength, that no physical debility might be construed into apprehension or conscious guilt.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Heyward paused, for he knew not how to construe the remarkable expression that gleamed across the swarthy features of the attentive Indian.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The stranger lowered his backpack and fished around; Clayton craned his neck, hoping for a glimpse of anything that could be construed as drugs or weapons.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Since the day when he gave her the green bonnet, Rhett had made no advances which could in any way be construed as those of a lover.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Then her conscience reproached her, and she yearned to say something kind and loving; but she judged that this would be construed into a confession that she had been in the wrong, and discipline forbade that.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • No one had the slightest suspicion; and when next day, taking a fowling-piece, powder, and shot, Dantes declared his intention to go and kill some of the wild goats that were seen springing from rock to rock, his wish was construed into a love of sport, or a desire for solitude.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He thought later that the world, in its unfailing perversity, would probably construe those things which he did next as acts of heroism.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • It was in this way that she had construed his answer when they parted all that time ago.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • One day toward the end of that time, as he continued to cough up blood and grew worrisomely feeble, there gathered around him what he construed as a deathwatch: his wife, Dr. Hattori, the hospital matron, several nurses.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • I construed this remark into an indication of a wish that he should have my place, so I blushingly offered to resign it.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Now as he heard her words, he construed them in his own fashion.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Mr. Sowerberry rightly construed this, as an acquiescence in his proposition; it was speedily determined, therefore, that Oliver should be at once initiated into the mysteries of the trade; and, with this view, that he should accompany his master on the very next occasion of his services being required.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • In the control room, a young intellectual of Chick Morrison’s staff stood ready to cut the broadcast off the air in case of trouble, but he saw no political significance in the speech he was hearing, no element he could construe as dangerous to his masters.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I was fully old enough now to be apprenticed to Joe; and when Joe sat with the poker on his knees thoughtfully raking out the ashes between the lower bars, my sister would so distinctly construe that innocent action into opposition on his part, that she would dive at him, take the poker out of his hands, shake him, and put it away.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • With a glance, she saw that he had lost none of his recent civility; and, to imitate his politeness, she began, as they met, to admire the beauty of the place; but she had not got beyond the words "delightful," and "charming," when some unlucky recollections obtruded, and she fancied that praise of Pemberley from her might be mischievously construed.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • I will construe to them whence you come; who you are and what you would are out of my welkin: I might say element; but the word is overworn.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • In so far as her mind could construe, she acknowledged benefits received.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Tho’ some of these caprices of the pit could not but be observed by their object, yet were they beyond the construing of such a nature.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • She’s an excitable, nervous person: she construed her dream into an apparition, or something of that sort, no doubt; and has taken a fit with fright.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • If the individual so resisted be of a not inhumane temper, and the resisting one perfectly harmless in his passivity; then, in the better moods of the former, he will endeavor charitably to construe to his imagination what proves impossible to be solved by his judgment.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • Since maids, in modesty, say ’No’ to that Which they would have the profferer construe ’Ay.’
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • I thought it likely Dr. Flint would do his utmost to taunt and insult him, and I was afraid my uncle might lose control of himself, and retort in some way that would be construed into a punishable offence; and I was well aware that in court his word would not be taken against any white man’s.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Thus she lived on, a dumb, deep-feeling, great-eyed creature, construed by not a single contiguous being; quenching with patient fortitude her incipient interest in Farfrae, because it seemed to be one-sided, unmaidenly, and unwise.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • But in a moment he reflected that he himself had, after all, touched first upon this delicate point, and that his words might have been construed as an offer of assistance.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • Manning breathed deeply; in less military surroundings it might have been construed as a sigh.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Despite the rain, they talked; Adrienne noticed that he kept the conversation light, far from anything that could be construed the wrong way.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Nights in Rodanthe
  • One of the first examples that he had learnt in Latin had run: INDIA MITTIT EBUR; and he recalled the shrewd northern face of the rector who had taught him to construe the Metamorphoses of Ovid in a courtly English, made whimsical by the mention of porkers and potsherds and chines of bacon.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Your conscience will tell you, sir, whether I construe it well or not.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • This behaviour in her niece the good lady construed to be an absolute breach of the condition on which she had engaged to keep her love for Mr Jones a secret.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Since the German wordschwer means both difficult and heavy, Beethoven’s difficult resolution may also be construed as a heavy or weighty resolution.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
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