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  • One Heart Breaking "There is a passion for declivity in this world," Tennessee Williams has one of his characters say in Comino Real. The ultimate declivity is death. But the pain that accompanies this descent in Williams’ plays is a sense of what is lost during the journey—honor, gentleness, tenderness, brotherhood, the ability to love, or even communicate with, another human being.
    One Heart Breaking, Time Magazine, 1/19/70  --,9171,878685,00.html(retrieved 08/15/09)
  • Physical declivity takes her from a cane to a walker to a wheelchair.
  • Leaning far back in their saddles, they slid the horses down a steep declivity, through big spruce woods, to an ancient and all but obliterated trail.
    Jack London  --  The Valley of the Moon
  • The village lay nestled in a small declivity at the foot of one of those soaring crags that rise so steeply from the Highland moors.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander

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  • Joad speeded his pace against the sun, and he started down the declivity.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • But Jack was pointing to the high declivities that led down from the mountain to the flatter part of the island.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Our columns ought to have begun to appear on an open declivity to his right.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • On the declivity of the Atlantic basin the first streams, branches of the North Platte River, already appeared.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • He had rolled down a declivity of twelve or fifteen feet.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Who knows what pleasant surprises await us amid their steep declivities?
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson

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  • To remedy the first inconvenience, which was a rising hill between the boat and the creek, with wonderful pains and labour I dug into the bowels of the earth, and made a declivity.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Heyward had given one of his pistols to Hawkeye, and together they rushed down a little declivity toward their foes; they discharged their weapons at the same instant, and equally without success.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The declivity was so small, that I walked near a mile before I got to the shore, which I conjectured was about eight o’clock in the evening.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • He pondered; he examined the slopes, noted the declivities, scrutinized the clumps of trees, the square of rye, the path; he seemed to be counting each bush.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The pitch of the Corbury road, below lawyer Varnum’s spruces, was the favourite coasting-ground of Starkfield, and on clear evenings the church corner rang till late with the shouts of the coasters; but to-night not a sled darkened the whiteness of the long declivity.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • A rocky cliff appeared, mounds of turned-up earth by the shore, houses on a hill, others, with iron roofs, amongst a waste of excavations, or hanging to the declivity.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • But before the obstacle they were approaching, Vronsky began working at the reins, anxious to avoid having to take the outer circle, and swiftly passed Mahotin just upon the declivity.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • He went over the brim of the declivity and began to climb down.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Recovering her reserve, she sat without replying, and thus they reached the summit of another declivity.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • And they kept it up while she was gaining her ambush and getting her glimpse over the declivity; and also while I was creeping to her side on my knees.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • And it was at this declivity when at evening the whole English line received the order to advance, as the enemy fell back after his last charge, that the Captain, hurraying and rushing down the hill waving his sword, received a shot and fell dead.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • He now paused at the top of a crooked and gentle declivity, and obtained his first near view of the city.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • The canoe was drawn out of the log with the utmost care, raised by Hurry to his shoulder, and the two began to return to the shore, moving but a step at a time, lest they should tumble down the steep declivity.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • …great storm black earth is drenched on an autumn day, when Zeus pours down the rain in scudding gusts to punish men, annoyed because they will enforce their crooked judgments and banish justice from the market place, thoughtless of the gods’ vengeance; all their streams run high and full, and torrents cut their way down dry declivities into the swollen sea with a hoarse clamor, headlong out of hills, while cultivated fields erode away— such was the gasping flight of the Trojan horses.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • His heavy, attractive wife sat by him with the parasol, languorous, partly in smiles, with her free, soft, brown fist on her lap and strong hair bobbed with that declivity that you see in pictures of the Egyptian coif, the flat base forming a black brush about the back of the neck.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • So low was an individual sound from these that a combination of hundreds only just emerged from silence, and the myriads of the whole declivity reached the woman’s ear but as a shrivelled and intermittent recitative.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • …chewing, of sheep and pigs and heavyhooved kine from pasturelands of Lusk and Rush and Carrickmines and from the streamy vales of Thomond, from the M’Gillicuddy’s reeks the inaccessible and lordly Shannon the unfathomable, and from the gentle declivities of the place of the race of Kiar, their udders distended with superabundance of milk and butts of butter and rennets of cheese and farmer’s firkins and targets of lamb and crannocks of corn and oblong eggs in great hundreds, various in…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Venters ran down the declivity to enter a zone of light shade streaked with sunshine.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • George Naab was leading a team down a rocky declivity to a pool of yellow water.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • Besides we knew that, as soon as the declivity ceased to be so abrupt, the stream must resume its peaceful course.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • She glanced over her shoulder; Passmore had got Gray to the top of the declivity, and was attempting to help him down.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • A quarter of a mile below camp the Indian led down a declivity into the bottom of the narrow gorge, where the stream ran.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • There was no sign of the car, although once when the horses slowed to pick their way down a steep declivity, I thought I heard the sound of a motor.
    Louis L’Amour  --  The Broken Gun
  • If the woman got into the scrub before being caught, and if she knew her way, she could lose her pursuers by zigging and zagging from one narrow declivity to another.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • Carley, rousing out of her weary preoccupation, opened her eyes to see that the driver had halted at a turn of the road, where apparently it descended a fearful declivity.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • The hidden garden in which the four men sat at table lay some twenty feet below the south end of this terrace, and was a mere shelf of rock, overhanging a steep declivity planted with vineyards.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • Then came steeper parts of the road, places that Link could run down if he had space below to control the car, and on the other hand places where the little inclines ended in abrupt ledges upon one side or a declivity upon the other.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • After winding along the side of the mountain, the road, on reaching the gentle declivity which lay at the base of the hill, turned at a right angle to its former course, and shot down an inclined plane, directly into the village of Templeton.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • Without waiting for any reply, the trapper walked boldly down the declivity in his front, taking the direction of the encampment, neither quickening his pace in trepidation, nor suffering it to be retarded by fear.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • He blocked the entrance to the declivity, arms spread and braced between the rock walls, an expression of mingled anger and curiosity on his handsome dark face.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • A few yards below the brow of the hill on which he paused a team of horses made its appearance, having reached the place by dint of half an hour’s serpentine progress from the bottom of the immense declivity.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • It seemed to him that he had but just waked up from some inexplicable dream, and that he found himself slipping down a declivity in the middle of the night, erect, shivering, holding back all in vain, on the very brink of the abyss.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • About midday August Naab brushed through a thicket, and came abruptly on a declivity.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • It would seem that his search was fruitless; for after a few moments of indolent and listless examination, he suffered his huge frame to descend the gentle declivity, in the same sluggish manner that an over fatted beast would have yielded to the downward pressure.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • In that fatal valley, at the foot of that declivity which the cuirassiers had ascended, now inundated by the masses of the English, under the converging fires of the victorious hostile cavalry, under a frightful density of projectiles, this square fought on.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He took my elbow to help me out of the declivity, and we set off up the slope.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • He then waved his hand for them to follow, and threw himself down the steep declivity, with free, but careful footsteps.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The scene that was now presented to the observation of the girls was within the woods, on the side of the declivity so often mentioned, and in plain view from the boat.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Franz and the count in their turn then advanced along the same path, which, at the distance of a hundred paces, led them over a declivity to the bottom of a small valley.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Marius was descending this declivity at a slow pace, with his eyes fixed on the girl whom he no longer saw.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
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