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  • She’s suffering mid-life ennui with evaporating hopes.
  • We’re living together until ennui do us part.
  • They were only a week married, and here was George already suffering ennui, and eager for others’ society
    Thackeray, William Makepeace  --  Vanity Fair
  • I found D— at home, yawning, lounging, and dawdling, as usual, and pretending to be in the last extremity of ennui.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter

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  • Like most others in the camp, the doctor himself seemed caught in a state of increasing agitation, the protracted stretch of waiting and inaction and ennui causing flares of anxiety and disruption.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The teacher must always be on the attack, looking for new ideas, changing worn-out tactics, and never, ever falling into patterns that lead to student ennui.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Quel ennui!
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The crowd appeared to feel much the same, and as the high excitement of the morning faded into ennui, Mr. Gowan’s small, tidy voice went on and on and on.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • "It saved me from ennui," he answered, yawning.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Oh, the Test matches that have saved us from ennui, the boxing bouts, even the billiard scores.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca

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  • It is because symmetry is ennui, and ennui is at the very foundation of grief.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Oh, believe me, that when three great passions, such as sorrow, love, and gratitude fill the heart, ennui can find no place.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Nevaire again must I be deegneefied and full of ennui.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • It was not a condition of life which fitted her, and she could see in it but an appalling and hopeless ennui.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • During my youthful days discontent never visited my mind, and if I was ever overcome by ennui, the sight of what is beautiful in nature or the study of what is excellent and sublime in the productions of man could always interest my heart and communicate elasticity to my spirits.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • It keeps us from ennui and mischief, is good for health and spirits, and gives us a sense of power and independence better than money or fashion.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • You know, I might do this thing out of pure spite . or out of ennui.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Undoubtedly the very tedium and ennui which presume to have exhausted the variety and the joys of life are as old as Adam.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • He was soon aware that there was springing up in his heart a desire for desires—_ennui_.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • After four days of solitude, ennui, and consciousness of his impotence and insignificance—particularly acute by contrast with the sphere of power in which he had so lately moved—and after several marches with the marshal’s baggage and the French army, which occupied the whole district, Balashev was brought to Vilna—now occupied by the French—through the very gate by which he had left it four days previously.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • They were only a week married, and here was George already suffering ennui, and eager for others’ society!
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Agathokleya Kuzminishna soon followed him; she could not accustom herself to a dull life in the capital; she was consumed by the ennui of existence away from the regiment.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • He had absolutely nothing to do, almost died of ennui, and became a confirmed misanthrope.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • A life of constant inaction, bodily and mental,—the friction of ceaseless ennui and discontent, united to the ordinary weakness which attended the period of maternity,—in course of a few years changed the blooming young belle into a yellow faded, sickly woman, whose time was divided among a variety of fanciful diseases, and who considered herself, in every sense, the most ill-used and suffering person in existence.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • After the ennui of this disappointment her heart once more remained empty, and then the same series of days recommenced.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • He had on evening dress, a moustache, a chrysanthemum, and a look of ennui, all of which he kept carefully under his eye.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • His initial reaction is one of ennui: there is a ritual dance to be gone through, and it is one that bores him.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • The ladies, in particular, were not disposed to scan too nicely the morals of a man who was a professed admirer of their sex, and who possessed many means of dispelling the ennui which was too apt to intrude upon the halls and bowers of an ancient feudal castle.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • She knew that at times she must be missed; and could not think, without pain, of Emma’s losing a single pleasure, or suffering an hour’s ennui, from the want of her companionableness: but dear Emma was of no feeble character; she was more equal to her situation than most girls would have been, and had sense, and energy, and spirits that might be hoped would bear her well and happily through its little difficulties and privations.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • It even suggested there might be a compensation for the intolerable ennui of surviving his genial sire.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Kerry read "Dorian Gray" and simulated Lord Henry, following Amory about, addressing him as "Dorian" and pretending to encourage in him wicked fancies and attenuated tendencies to ennui.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • The young Huron manifested disappointment when he found whom he had met; for, truth to say, he was expecting his favourite, who had promised to relieve the ennui of a midnight watch with her presence.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • In the country, without his work, he experienced ennui for the first time in his life, and not only ennui but intolerable depression, and he decided that it was impossible to go on living like that, and that it was necessary to take energetic measures.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • He was sadly in want of something to keep up his spirits a little in the unpleasant newness of his position,—suddenly transported from the easy carpeted ennui of study-hours at Mr. Stelling’s, and the busy idleness of castle-building in a "last half" at school, to the companionship of sacks and hides, and bawling men thundering down heavy weights at his elbow.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Perhaps Mrs. Jennings was in hopes, by this vigorous sketch of their future ennui, to provoke him to make that offer, which might give himself an escape from it;— and if so, she had soon afterwards good reason to think her object gained; for, on Elinor’s moving to the window to take more expeditiously the dimensions of a print, which she was going to copy for her friend, he followed her to it with a look of particular meaning, and conversed with her there for several minutes.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • That was an unpropitious hour for coming home: it was too early to gain the moral support under ennui of dressing his person for dinner, and too late to undress his mind of the day’s frivolous ceremony and affairs, so as to be prepared for a good plunge into the serious business of study.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • 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
  • She had felt young and dissipated, had thought rather well of her black and leaf-green suit, but as she watched them, thin of ankle, soft under the chin, seventeen or eighteen at most, smoking cigarettes with the correct ennui and talking of "bedroom farces" and their desire to "run up to New York and see something racy," she became old and rustic and plain, and desirous of retreating from these hard brilliant children to a life easier and more sympathetic.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Truth is, the young fellows are suffering from ennui.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Something I must do, or ennui will rain upon me in buckets.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The rain washed off a coat of ennui that had enveloped the Piazza.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • It even suggested there might be a compensation for the intolerable ennui of surviving his genial sire.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • I see coming an age of sexual catastrophe—a violent increase of bondage, increased violence and guilt, increased disgust and ennui.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • You would see that all these things are much simpler than you think; and, besides, these rare cases come about, in my opinion, from ennui and from satiety.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • He took his way to the upper regions and on the staircase met Ralph Touchett slowly descending, his hat at the inclination of ennui and his hands where they usually were.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • I knew she looked just like her parents-lanky, washed-out, lipless-and that when she spoke to them they answered her in the same even, lowing rhythm of ennui and supremacy she lorded over us.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • That concern is only too justified, for your humanism now it is only a pigtail, a classicistic absurdity, a bit of intellectual ennui, which produces only yawns and which the new revolution, our revolution, is about to sweep aside.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • In the European countries, on the contrary, where aristocracy is still struggling with the flood which overwhelms it, I have often seen men, constantly spurred on by their wants and desires, remain in idleness, in order not to lose the esteem of their equals; and I have known them submit to ennui and privations rather than to work.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • In the meanwhile, as the godfather is a second father, we beg the reader to lay to our account, and not to that of the Comte de la Fere, the pleasure or the ENNUI he may experience.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • "No wonder," retorted Chauvelin, gallantly, "that the cleverest woman in Europe is troubled with ENNUI."
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
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