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He had felt that his father was growing weak, he had believed that the end was near and had sought this separation in order to get rid of the burden, to free himself from so encumbrance which could lessen his own chances of survival.
Elie Wiesel -- Night
He was seated in my chair at the desk, bending down to adjust the gross encumbrance of his leg, so that only the familiar ears set close against his head were visible, and his short-cut brown hair.
John Knowles -- A Separate Peace
In a word, why did he abandon four thousand francs in gold to encumber himself with a bundle of linen?
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Murders in the Rue Morgue
And the west, encumbered by crippling alliances, and burdened with a morality too rigid to accommodate itself to the swing of events, must . . . eventually . . . fall.
Edward Albee -- Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Nobody ever felt encumbered by his presence.
Elie Wiesel -- Night
The next day she returned to school walking with extreme dignity, not prideful, but encumbered by accoutrements hitherto unfamiliar to her.
Harper Lee -- Go Set a Watchman
It was not an easy withdrawal, for one of the most difficult things I know of is to walk backward up a broken rocky slope for three quarters of a mile encumbered, as I was, by the complex hardware of a scientist’s trade.
Farley Mowat -- Never Cry Wolf
Even the minor encumbrance of a bandage was a serious inconvenience.
Patrick Rothfuss -- The Name of the Wind
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A goddess would never allow herself to be so encumbered.
Rick Riordan -- The Trials of Apollo
The turbid river was encumbered with masses of charred wood, with black hulks of vessels, and skeletons of fallen bridges….
Jim Murphy -- The Great Fire
The water was shallow and very warm, but the salt felt good on my mosquito bites, and there is something undeniably salubrious for the soul about floating naked in the surf without another human being in sight or sound, free from the encumbrances or worries of the classroom.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
But the encumbrance can become a habit.
V.S. Naipaul -- A Bend in the River
Dill was encumbered by the chair, and his pace was slower.
Harper Lee -- To Kill a Mockingbird
He found someone both more beautiful and less …. encumbered, I guess.
Khaled Hosseini -- And The Mountains Echoed
That’s just the way they are, treading softly, lean, light men with no encumbrances-not even water.
Marcus Luttrell -- Lone Survivor
About twelve o’clock a troop of ten or twelve thousand head of buffalo encumbered the track.
Jules Verne -- Around the World in 80 Days
A child encumbers a fugitive; perhaps, on perceiving it was still alive, he had thrown it into the river.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
They advanced slowly, for they had to pick their way through a pathless country, encumbered by fallen trees and tumbled rocks.
J.R.R. Tolkien -- The Fellowship of the Ring
The casket would encumber you.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Three Musketeers
You will have no objection, I dare say, to your great expectations being encumbered with that easy condition.
Charles Dickens -- Great Expectations
Of course, like all interrogation of the universe, this line of inquiry inevitably reduces us to asking what it means to be human and whether—to borrow a phrase from the angst-encumbered sixteen-year-olds you no doubt revile—there is a point to it all.
John Green -- The Fault in Our Stars
In the first place, to encumber the street; next, in order that it might finish the process of rusting.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
Here was knowledge in which no one could partake; and she was sensible that nothing less than a perfect understanding between the parties could justify her in throwing off this last encumbrance of mystery.
Jane Austen -- Pride and Prejudice
"Take off that stock!" and, as Tom, encumbered by his fetters, proceeded to do it, he assisted him, by pulling it, with no gentle hand, from his neck, and putting it in his pocket.
Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Uncle Tom’s Cabin
It was sorrowful to think how many days, and weeks, and months, and years of toil had been wasted on these musty papers, which were now only an encumbrance on earth, and were hidden away in this forgotten corner, never more to be glanced at by human eyes.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Scarlet Letter
He didn’t want the added encumbrance of a tweed jacket, nor did he have any intention of taking Galileo’s Diagramma anywhere near the water.
Dan Brown -- Angels & Demons
Other pictures, of horses, of cats deceased but unforgotten-like "poor Boobs," who had died not long ago and most mysteriously (she suspected poison)-encumbered her desk.
Truman Capote -- In Cold Blood
When one reads hurriedly and nervously, having in mind written tests and examinations, one’s brain becomes encumbered with a lot of choice bric-a-brac for which there seems to be little use.
Helen Keller -- Story of My Life
Fritz, Ernest and I began the work of unloading our craft, while Jack, seeing that the poor donkey was still encumbered with his swimming-belt, tried to free him from it.
Johann Wyss -- The Swiss Family Robinson
That is, were there any encumbrances or conditions?
David Guterson -- Snow Falling on Cedars
Here, drifting in almost total silence, with no scents other than the singed odor of the raft, no flavors on his tongue, nothing moving but the slow procession of shark fins, every vista empty save water and sky, his time unvaried and unbroken, his mind was freed of an encumbrance that civilization had imposed on it.
Laura Hillenbrand -- Unbroken
I have the usual encumbrances that men have-wife, children, home-that would have put chains about me but I resisted, and so I am alone.
Kamala Markandaya -- Nectar in a Sieve
Out of the melee men of his command carried the captain in his agony, encumbered by the long dragging spear.
Homer -- The Iliad
So much more wicked and distracted had the Revolution grown in that December month, that the rivers of the South were encumbered with the bodies of the violently drowned by night, and prisoners were shot in lines and squares under the southern wintry sun.
Charles Dickens -- A Tale of Two Cities
In the red glow from the fire-box, a group of people stood huddled together on the platform, encumbered by bundles and boxes.
Willa Cather -- My Antonia
Bewitching Mrs. Copperfield’s encumbrance?’ cried the gentleman.
Charles Dickens -- David Copperfield
I hope I am aware that they may be too noisy for your father—or even may be some encumbrance to you, if your visiting engagements continue to increase as much as they have done lately.
Jane Austen -- Emma
The portionless, who struggle with no such unnecessary inherited encumbrances, find it labor enough to subdue and cultivate a few cubic feet of flesh.
Henry David Thoreau -- Walden
Let life go on in it unhindered and let it defend itself, it will do more than if you paralyze it by encumbering it with remedies.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
The quadroon nurse was looked upon as a huge encumbrance, only good to button up waists and panties and to brush and part hair; since it seemed to be a law of society that hair must be parted and brushed.
Kate Chopin -- The Awakening
Her fortune was large, and our family estate much encumbered.
Jane Austen -- Sense and Sensibility
Mr. Gamfield smiled, too, as he perused the document; for five pounds was just the sum he had been wishing for; and, as to the boy with which it was encumbered, Mr. Gamfield, knowing what the dietary of the workhouse was, well knew he would be a nice small pattern, just the very thing for register stoves.
Charles Dickens -- Oliver Twist
"We do not want to be encumbered by these just now," he said, pulling out his wand again.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
A third wore trappings and arms of an officer of the staff; while the rest, from the plainness of the housings, and the traveling mails with which they were encumbered, were evidently fitted for the reception of as many menials, who were, seemingly, already waiting the pleasure of those they served.
James Fenimore Cooper -- The Last of the Mohicans
Apart from their helmets and encumbrances and the difficulty of breathing, they had to be dressed in their suits by kind and careful assistants.
T. H. White -- The Once and Future King
No shield encumbered Eragon’s left arm; the hawthorn staff required two hands to wield properly.
Christopher Paolini -- Brisingr
CHAPTER THIRTEEN HOW I FELL IN WITH THE CURATE After getting this sudden lesson in the power of terrestrial weapons, the Martians retreated to their original position upon Horsell Common; and in their haste, and encumbered with the debris of their smashed companion, they no doubt overlooked many such a stray and negligible victim as myself.
H.G. Wells -- The War of the Worlds
Brian de Bois-Guilbert rolled on the field, encumbered with the stirrup, from which he was unable to draw his foot.