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  • And then, in the middle distance, when you view the dense overlay of towns and villages laid out in contiguous patches, the multiple strands of the interstates and the parkways running straight through the heart of some and bending deferentially around others, bounded and marked by the shimmering waterways and reservoirs and the gently sloped hills, you feel as though this place in which you stand is a most decent and comely kingdom, even as it is a solemn province of the dead.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • This district is the largest contiguous planned community in the United States, and if you’re black or Jewish, you weren’t allowed to live there until 1948.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • The only building in sight was a small block of yellow brick sitting on the edge of the waste land, a sort of compact Main Street ministering to it, and contiguous to absolutely nothing.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • He has already dug up all the garden two or three times to find the famous spring, and, being unsuccessful, he will soon purchase all the contiguous houses.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • The very contiguity of his enemy, beneath whatever mask the latter might conceal himself, was enough to disturb the magnetic sphere of a being so sensitive as Arthur Dimmesdale.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • In addition, certain families allied to the Nurses by blood or friendship, and whose farms were contiguous with the Nurse farm or close to it, combined to break away from the Salem town authority and set up Topsfield, a new and independent entity whose existence was resented by old Salemites.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • But if you put the remaining areas up on the board, I think you’ll find that the eight percent is topologically unified, meaning that those areas are contiguous.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • It was likewise to be noted of this majestic spirit, that whereas it always appeared with an air of having been out a long time and walked an immense distance, it perceptibly came from a closely contiguous wall.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The carriage gate and the house door were two contiguous grated gates, adjoining a pavilion built by the architect Perronet, and inhabited by the door-keeper of the cemetery.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • A model farm! where the house stands like a fungus in a muckheap, chambers for men horses, oxen, and swine, cleansed and uncleansed, all contiguous to one another!
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden

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  • At seventy-six miles from snout to snout, it forms the longest contiguous glacier system outside the Earth’s poles.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • The latter was the eternal, living principle or soul in him; and in sleep, being for the time dissociated from the characterizing mind, which at other times employed it for its outer vehicle or agent, it spontaneously sought escape from the scorching contiguity of the frantic thing, of which, for the time, it was no longer an integral.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • In this apartment a continued buzzing prevailed from morning till night, while M. de Treville, in his office contiguous to this antechamber, received visits, listened to complaints, gave his orders, and like the king in his balcony at the Louvre, had only to place himself at the window to review both his men and arms.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • At once the Four spread out their starry wings With dreadful shade contiguous, and the orbs Of his fierce chariot rolled, as with the sound Of torrent floods, or of a numerous host.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Crops of unusual diversity grew in profusion and contiguity, with not an inch of ground untended.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • And so without particularly analyzing all the contiguous sections of a cone and of the ranks of an army, or the ranks and positions in any administrative or public business whatever from the lowest to the highest, we see a law by which men, to take associated action, combine in such relations that the more directly they participate in performing the action the less they can command and the more numerous they are, while the less their direct participation in the action itself, the more…
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I went up on the peak of the little mountain and ran my eye over the contiguous vicinity.
    O. Henry  --  The Ransom of Red Chief
  • George’s servant was packing in this room: Osborne coming in and out of the contiguous bedroom, flinging to the man such articles as he thought fit to carry on the campaign.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • But the circumstance was sufficient to lead him to select Tess in preference to the other pretty milkmaids when he wished to contemplate contiguous womankind.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Farfrae, who had already taken the yards and stores, had acquired possession of the house for the obvious convenience of its contiguity.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Nothing moved in sky, land, or sea, except a frill of milkwhite foam along the nearer angles of the shore, shreds of which licked the contiguous stones like tongues.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • She stood by a window, holding a book in close contiguity to her nose, as if with the hope of gaining an olfactory acquaintance with its contents, since her imperfect vision made it not very easy to read them.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • At Stephen’s suggestion, at Bloom’s instigation both, first Stephen, then Bloom, in penumbra urinated, their sides contiguous, their organs of micturition reciprocally rendered invisible by manual circumposition, their gazes, first Bloom’s, then Stephen’s, elevated to the projected luminous and semiluminous shadow.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The party was divided and disposed of on two contiguous benches: Anne was among those on the foremost, and Mr Elliot had manoeuvred so well, with the assistance of his friend Colonel Wallis, as to have a seat by her.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • American flagssnapped in the wind on top of every building contiguous to the parade ground.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Urine is conducted through a primitive urethra terminating in a small chamber contiguous with the anus-a sort of crude cloaca.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The truth is that Juvenal Urbino’s suit had never been undertaken in the name of love, and it was curious, to say the least, that a militant Catholic like him would offer her only worldly goods: security, order, happiness, contiguous numbers that, once they were added together, might resemble love, almost be love.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • In the civilized life of to-day the contact of men and their relations to each other fall in a few main lines of action and communication: there is, first, the physical proximity of home and dwelling-places, the way in which neighborhoods group themselves, and the contiguity of neighborhoods.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Children begin with detail, and learn up to the general; they begin with the contiguous, and gradually comprehend the universal.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • …properly speaking, with its multiplied facades, its successive enrichments from the time of Charles V., the hybrid excrescences, with which the fancy of the architects had loaded it during the last two centuries, with all the apses of its chapels, all the gables of its galleries, a thousand weathercocks for the four winds, and its two lofty contiguous towers, whose conical roof, surrounded by battlements at its base, looked like those pointed caps which have their edges turned up.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • "I could almost say that it serves you right—if I did not feel that you don’t deserve it," continued Mrs. Yeobright, who, possessing two distinct moods in close contiguity, a gentle mood and an angry, flew from one to the other without the least warning.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • None of them was ever more than a thin slice, held between the contiguous impressions that composed our life at that time; remembrance of a particular form is but regret for a particular moment; and houses, roads, avenues are as fugitive, alas, as the years.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • A single compact disc had sufficient capacity to contain detailed street maps for all of the contiguous states and Canada.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • This Constitutional power will be most beneficial on the borders of contiguous States where the effects liable to justice may be suddenly and secretly changed, in any stage of the process, within a foreign jurisdiction.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • All the States are young and contiguous; their customs, their ideas, and their exigencies are not dissimilar; and the differences which result from their size or inferiority do not suffice to set their interests at variance.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • The power here established may be rendered a very convenient instrument of justice, and be particularly beneficial on the borders of contiguous States, where the effects liable to justice may be suddenly and secretly translated, in any stage of the process, within a foreign jurisdiction.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Contiguous to Mr Allworthy’s estate was the manor of one of those gentlemen who are called preservers of the game.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Immediately thereafter his mother seating herself at a press table proceeded to explain to contiguous press representatives now curiously gathering about her: "You mustn’t think too badly of me, you gentlemen of the papers.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • In the front gable, under the impending brow of the second story, and contiguous to the street, was a shop-door, divided horizontally in the midst, and with a window for its upper segment, such as is often seen in dwellings of a somewhat ancient date.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Phoebe’s presence, and the contiguity of her fresh life to his blighted one, was usually all that he required.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Dislinear plotting and non-contiguous prose have their adherents, not the least of which am I, but in the end, my friends, it is character which wins or loses immortality upon the vellum.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • In an ordinary village or country town one can safely calculate that, either on Christmas-day or the Sunday contiguous, any native home for the holidays, who has not through age or ennui lost the appetite for seeing and being seen, will turn up in some pew or other, shining with hope, self-consciousness, and new clothes.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • 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
  • The silence conveyed to neither any sense of awkwardness; in these lonely places wayfarers, after a first greeting, frequently plod on for miles without speech; contiguity amounts to a tacit conversation where, otherwise than in cities, such contiguity can be put an end to on the merest inclination, and where not to put an end to it is intercourse in itself.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • The brilliant sunrise made her unusually brisk; she decided to open the contiguous mansion immediately, and to air it thoroughly on such a day.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • It had been a Cistercian Convent in old days, when the Smithfield, which is contiguous to it, was a tournament ground.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The silence conveyed to neither any sense of awkwardness; in these lonely places wayfarers, after a first greeting, frequently plod on for miles without speech; contiguity amounts to a tacit conversation where, otherwise than in cities, such contiguity can be put an end to on the merest inclination, and where not to put an end to it is intercourse in itself.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • He was acquainted with thieves, a tribe contiguous to his own.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • They are all contiguous to each other; they have identically the same opinions, interests, and manners; and they are alone competent to form a very great maritime power.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • It is the popular day, the shilling day, and of the fast arriving excursion trains two from different directions enter the two contiguous railway stations at almost the same minute.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
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