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  • The corporation was housed in an imposing edifice.
  • He was determined to defeat the bill and tear down the entire edifice of free trade treaties.
  • That edifice is colossal.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • It gave beauty to the old edifice, and seemed to make it a part of nature.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables

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  • He saw a little glow ahead of him, and then without interval a tall flame leaped up in the dark with a crackling roar, and a tall edifice of fire lighted the pathway.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • Just the mothership silently hovering in orbit for the first ten days caused cracks in the human edifice.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • We’re gliding on the narrow two-lane road toward the old part of the village, the edifices of the dark brick town fire station and the turreted stone post office (once a mill) nobly guarding the entrance.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Dad had had his car written off by an uninsured driver two years previously, and somehow this had been enough for the whole teetering edifice that was my parents’ finances to finally collapse.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Some large permanent brick edifices have already been reared on the scene of the ruins, and many others are in the process of erectionů.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • Or alter the nature of love entirely, so as to reduce to absurdity the idea of loving an ant, or a salamander, or a viper, or a toad, or a tarantula, or a rabies virus—or even blessed and beautiful things—in a world which permitted the black edifice of Auschwitz to be built?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • The village was large enough to boast two taverns, one of them an imposing three-story edifice with attached stable.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Behind him was the backdrop of water and stone, canal and bridges, not a single modern edifice in sight.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • That dreadful question, "What for?" which had formerly destroyed all his mental edifices, no longer existed for him.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The Palais de Justice communicated with the prison,—a sombre edifice, that from its grated windows looks on the clock-tower of the Accoules.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I know they’ve sent countless packages that are piled up somewhere in the great, crumbling postal edifice downtown.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • The huge edifice seemed to sway overhead, hundreds of feet high, a sheer cliff of stone.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Langdon felt a familiar tinge of wonder as his eyes made a futile attempt to absorb the entire mass of the edifice.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The Teacherage, which stands opposite the up-to-date school, is an out-of-date edifice, drab and poignant.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • A sad silence was upon the little guarding edifice.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • The nation built the white marble edifice as a personal present to one of its greatest men.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Most of the edifices lining the drive were expensive apartment buildings, with doormen in livery waiting inside.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • In the roaring and raging of the conflagration, a red-hot wind, driving straight from the infernal regions, seemed to be blowing the edifice away.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • In this edifice it was determined I should lodge.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • He felt nothing but immense uncertainty when his sketches were ready and the delicate perspective of a white marble edifice lay, neatly finished, before him.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • These children of the woods stood together for several moments pointing at the crumbling edifice, and conversing in the unintelligible language of their tribe.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Adorned with 140 statues of saints, martyrs, and angels, the Herculean edifice stretched two football fields wide and a staggering six long.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • A tin pipe ascends through the ceiling, and forms a medium of vocal communication with other parts of the edifice.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The church’s high-backed, uncushioned pews would seat about three hundred persons; the edifice was but a small, plain affair, with a sort of pine board tree-box on top of it for a steeple.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Misuse of public funds, waste and corruption had reached such proportions during his administration that the edifice was toppling of its own weight.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Should I go to church And see the holy edifice of stone, And not bethink me straight of dangerous rocks, Which, touching but my gentle vessel’s side, Would scatter all her spices on the stream, Enrobe the roaring waters with my silks, And, in a word, but even now worth this, And now worth nothing?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Finally, keep your aim fixed on the destruction of that ill-founded edifice of the books of chivalry, hated by some and praised by many more; for if you succeed in this you will have achieved no small success.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • She looked microscopically at the lines of her flanks, wondering how soon the fine, slim edifice would begin to sink squat and earthward.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • All these groups seem to the passing and thoughtful observer so many sombre hives where buzzing spirits construct in concert all sorts of dark edifices.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It is a colossal edifice with crystal roof, built in the shape of a huge pork kidney, containing forty thousand rooms.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Then someone suggested that their plaything should be exhibited in the nearest building, and so I was led past the sphinx of white marble, which had seemed to watch me all the while with a smile at my astonishment, towards a vast grey edifice of fretted stone.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • Chapter III IN WHICH A CONVERSATION TAKES PLACE WHICH SEEMS LIKELY TO COST PHILEAS FOGG DEAR Phileas Fogg, having shut the door of his house at half-past eleven, and having put his right foot before his left five hundred and seventy-five times, and his left foot before his right five hundred and seventy-six times, reached the Reform Club, an imposing edifice in Pall Mall, which could not have cost less than three millions.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Thus a relatively small population was left to wander among what remained of the majestic edifices of the city’s former glory.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • On the crown of the hill rose a dark stone edifice, pillared and soaring, with a glittering tower at each cardinal direction point: four in all.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • This, at least, is the theory of Mr. Charles Darwin, who thus explains the formation of atolls—a theory superior, in my view, to the one that says these madreporic edifices sit on the summits of mountains or volcanoes submerged a few feet below sea level.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Located at 4210 Silver Hill Road just outside of Washington, D.C., the museum is a massive zigzag-shaped edifice constructed of five interconnected pods—each pod larger than a football field.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • He sat quietly, almost dozing, waiting for something to happen, really aware of nothing at all except that things were happening down below, that whole edifices of make,believe were being erected, judged, found wanting, and torn down again in the wink of an eye.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • He poured it on like Niagara—school spirit, the traditional sale that had never failed, the Headmaster lying sick in the hospital, the brotherhood of Trinity, the need for funds to keep this magnificent edifice of education operating on all gears.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • It seemed one would have to bolt the edifice, which was at least two and a half feet tall, to its bony bedrock in order to keep it from toppling over.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • The Shah ordered him to construct an edifice of this kind.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • The wind, playing upon the edifice, produced a booming tune, like the note of some gigantic one-stringed harp.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • It was inside this dark edifice that a small training staff was told in November of 1944 that "Island X" was Iwo Jima.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The solitary exception was the New Church; a stuccoed edifice with a square steeple over the door, terminating in four short pinnacles like florid wooden legs.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • On the other hand, the delight of exploring an edifice like Udolpho, as her fancy represented Blaize Castle to be, was such a counterpoise of good as might console her for almost anything.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • He admires the size of the edifice and wonders what it’s all about.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • You have laid a foundation that any edifice may be raised upon; and is it not a pity that you should devote the spring-time of your life to such a poor pursuit as I can offer?’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
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