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  • The headline read:  Appeals Court Says Corpulent Cop Can Keep His Job
  • To be fair, the French can be just as guilty of falling back on outdated stereotypes. They tend, for example, to view Germans as loud, corpulent, penny-pinching, beer-swilling summer-time beach invaders who turn bright pink as soon as the sun appears. (Come to think of it, that’s how they describe the Brits, too.)
    Bruce Crumley  --  Time, "France Shrugs as a German Takes Over the Michelin Guide", 12/21/08
  • He sat lolling back in a great elbow-chair, being a heavy corpulent man...
    Defoe, Daniel  --  The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
  • Then as the blue material of the parachute collapsed the corpulent figure would bow forward, sighing, and the flies settle once more.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies

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  • The nice thing was my Aunt Helen was never on a diet. And my Aunt Helen was "corpulent."
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • On the bed lay a mound of gray flesh, a corpulent man past middle age, dead.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • But it is true that we have exchanged corpulence for starvation, and either one will kill us.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • —as we walked along the boardwalk toward the beach amid a pushing and shoving freak show of angular, corpulent, lovely, mottled and undulant human flesh.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I had expected that Mr. Gatsby would be a florid and corpulent person in his middle years.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • He was a corpulent man in suspenders.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code

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  • The skin around his jaw was dry and corpulent, filled with lumps of hard fat, like cold butter gone rancid.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • The huge corpulence of that Hogarthian monster undulates on the surface, scarcely drawing one inch of water.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Though the doctors warned him that with his corpulence wine was dangerous for him, he drank a great deal.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The landlord is a short and corpulent little man with a nose of cylindrical proportions, wiry hair, and a sporadic rosiness of visage.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • Aarfy was tapping the bowl of his pipe against his palm leisurely as he paced back and forth in corpulent self-approval, obviously delighted by the stir he was causing.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He was a man of about five and thirty, short, stout even to corpulence, and clean shaven.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • ’For a coffin first, and a porochial funeral afterwards,’ replied Mr. Bumble, fastening the strap of the leathern pocket-book: which, like himself, was very corpulent.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • ’Insubordination, sir!’ roared a corpulent, red-nosed wizard, brandishing his fists.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • She was a big woman, in stature almost equalling her husband, and corpulent besides: she showed virile force in the contest — more than once she almost throttled him, athletic as he was.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Madame Magloire was a little, fat, white old woman, corpulent and bustling; always out of breath,—in the first place, because of her activity, and in the next, because of her asthma.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • A corpulent, red nosed wizard had actually taken out an ear trumpet.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Mrs. Bergson was a fair-skinned, corpulent woman, heavy and placid like her son, Oscar, but there was something comfortable about her; perhaps it was her own love of comfort.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • One corpulent slow boy, with a wheezy manner of breathing, ventured the answer, Because he wouldn’t paper a room at all, but would paint it.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • All his corpulence had fled.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • His mantle and hood were of the best Flanders cloth, and fell in ample, and not ungraceful folds, around a handsome, though somewhat corpulent person.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • For the rest, he was fifty or thereabouts, a little inclined to corpulence, a prepossessing face, unwhiskered, and of an agreeable color—a rather full face, humanely intelligent in expression.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • He was corpulent and bull-necked, with a golden beard and a liberty cap that he wore when he went out at night, and all he needed was a string of bells to look like St. Nicholas.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • There were corpulent gray clouds loitering about from a passed storm, their underbellies outlined in flaming reddish-pink.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • They never came back to see their mother, and the latter being, like many persons of active mind and dominating will, sedentary and corpulent in her habit, had philosophically remained at home.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Bishop Onderdonk lived at the head of six white steps,—corpulent, red-faced, and the author of several thrilling tracts on Apostolic Succession.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Her face glowed with fire-heat, and, it being a pretty warm morning, she bubbled and hissed, as it were, as if all a-fry with chimney-warmth, and summer-warmth, and the warmth of her own corpulent velocity.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • There stood old Goethe, short and very erect, and on his classic breast, sure enough, was the corpulent star of some Order.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • He had shot up so fast that in a short time the clothing left behind by his brother no longer fit him and he began to wear his father’s, but Visitacion had to sew pleats in the shirt and darts in the pants, because Aureliano had not sequined the corpulence of the others.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • I knew his mother was dead; that, limping and corpulent, she had sunk into coffin and gone down to grave.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The ostentatious corpulence of the well-to-do, the huge gold cross he saw hanging from the neck of a priest — "God knows how many people are dying in Congo in a bloody war for diamonds, for gold."
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • He began to cultivate his corpulence and general physical dilapidation.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • But the springs of the right side having at length given way beneath the weight of his corpulence, it happened that the carriage as it rolled along leaned over a little, and on the other cushion near him could be seen a large box covered in red sheep-leather, whose three brass clasps shone grandly.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • I have no doubt that this is one Bikura who will tend toward corpulence in coming years, swelling and ripening like some obscene E coli cell in a petri dish.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • At once came forth whatever creeps the ground, Insect or worm: those waved their limber fans For wings, and smallest lineaments exact In all the liveries decked of summer’s pride With spots of gold and purple, azure and green: These, as a line, their long dimension drew, Streaking the ground with sinuous trace; not all Minims of nature; some of serpent-kind, Wonderous in length and corpulence, involved Their snaky folds, and added wings.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Maybe, as her lawyers said, she had killed them because she was so deeply depressed, because she had been sexually abused by her own stepfather, a corpulent leading Republican and devoutly religious man named Bev Russell, then used by every man she had ever gone to, searching for love.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • A few adventurous members of the gentler sex took to wearing ridiculous "windshield hats," watermelon-sized fabric balloons, equipped with little glass windows, that fit over the entire head, leaving ample room for corpulent Victorian coiffures.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • So intense was their concentration, the corpulent grimstborith, Freowin, had set aside his carving of a raven and folded his hands on top of his ample belly, appearing for all the world like one of the dwarves’ statues.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • He was not only a very handsome old gentleman—upright and stalwart as he had been described to us— with a massive grey head, a fine composure of face when silent, a figure that might have become corpulent but for his being so continually in earnest that he gave it no rest, and a chin that might have subsided into a double chin but for the vehement emphasis in which it was constantly required to assist; but he was such a true gentleman in his manner, so chivalrously polite, his face was…
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • One could see that by the time he was thirty he would be corpulent.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • The wealthy used to be corpulent, while the poor starved.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • The city is like a corpulent man trying to fit himself into the jerkin he wore as a boy.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • Of the eight musicians, six were remarkably corpulent, and they had all walked up the mountain not long before.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • He was a man of middle height and of a corpulent figure; he had sandy hair, worn very short and now growing gray, and a small bristly moustache.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • From their limited vantage, Max could now see only the smee’s trembling corpulence and Mad’raast’s cruel face leering above the merchant.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • George III was to turn forty-seven on June 4, which made him two years younger than Adams, and though taller, he had a comparable "inclination to corpulence."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
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