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  • happily ensconced in her new apartment
  • The ethnic political violence that convulsed Kenya after disputed elections on Dec. 27 shattered the nation’s image as an oasis of calm in a turbulent corner of Africa. Perhaps no one was more shocked — or had more to lose — than members of Kenya’s middle class, who seemed comfortably ensconced in Westernized modernity after more than 40 years of economic growth without major political trauma.
    Time Magazine, 2008  --  http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1719957,00.html(retrieved 09/12/09)
  • He ensconced himself in the chair
  • Al-Qaeda and the Taliban are now ensconced in the area.

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  • In a sitting-room on the ground-floor, ensconced in an armchair with her back to the light, was the owner and mistress of the estate,
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • I am ensconced in the Hide-A-Way Cabins (has ever there been a more apt name?
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Hassan was ensconced in the green leather couch.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • He used to while away the days as calm and unruffled as Buddha, ensconced in a great leather chair and apparently oblivious to the storms which swirled through the corridors of Greenhedges.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Afterwards, at a little past midnight, Jack and Dolores retire to their bedchamber while Mary Alice and I, ensconced in our love nest on the downstairs sunporch, resume our doomed ritual.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Phileas Fogg, snugly ensconced in his corner, did not open his lips.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days

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  • I was a spectator safely ensconced in his seat.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • At one end of the big barn, on a sort of raised platform, Major was already ensconced on his bed of straw, under a lantern which hung from a beam.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • Unfortunately, only the evilest spirits seek to possess humans, and once ensconced they never leave.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • At first light he would creep into the thicket, squeeze between the twisted stems, ensconce himself so deep that only a crawler like himself could come through, and that crawler would be jabbed.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Possibly, too, Jonah might have ensconced himself in a hollow tooth; but, on second thoughts, the Right Whale is toothless.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Heaving a grateful sigh, he slipped quickly inside his own tent and found Corporal Whitcomb ensconced on his cot, his knees propped up.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Gazing up at the large painting behind which she was partially ensconced, Sophie realized that Leonardo da Vinci, for the second time tonight, was there to help.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • They found the sharp new heap they were seeking, and ensconced themselves within the protection of three great elms that grew in a bunch within a few feet of the grave.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Back in the yard was a room for servants, in which old Celestine had been ensconced.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • When they were ensconced under the arch of a portecochere, sheltered from the rain and from all eyes:— "Do you know where I’m going?" demanded Montparnasse.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • They may be so deeply mired—or so happily ensconced—in their relationship that they have no perspective on how it works.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Agent Simkins was lying on his stomach, ensconced in the bushes of Franklin Square.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • In the pictures of her and Dad from the early days, she looked like a cross between a 1930s siren and a biker chick, with her pixie haircut, her big blue eyes coated in kohl eyeliner, and her rail-thin body always ensconced in some sexy getup, like a lacy vintage camisole paired with skintight leather pants.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • The wild men made peace between them, and with great dexterity readjusted and fixed the boards of the castle, and the damsel once more ensconced herself within; and with this the dance wound up, to the great enjoyment of the beholders.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Although the public entrance of the court had a line twenty people long, the court officers recognized Alex because, unlike the district court circuit, where you bounced from courthouse to courthouse, she would be ensconced here for six months.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • And then they had called her to a sofa, where she now sat, ensconced between them, chattering alternately in French and broken English; absorbing not only the young ladies’ attention, but that of Mrs. Eshton and Lady Lynn, and getting spoilt to her heart’s content.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Once they were securely ensconced at the Gryffindor table for dinner, however, he felt safe enough to tell them.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Evy, Sissy, Katie, and Francie stood around the big brass bed in which the failure had ensconced himself.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • However, by the time that we were ensconced in the living room of the bungalow, Mrs. Barnard had made her appearance.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • OnceDomia abr Wyrda was safely ensconced in his tent, Eragon went to the Varden’s armory, a large open pavilion filled with racks of spears, swords, pikes, bows, and crossbows.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • We went at once to the plantation the next evening, ensconced the blind father in the master bedroom, and I proceeded to make the change.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • The first point which struck the eye of our Jehan (who, as the reader will readily surmise, had ensconced himself in his nook in such a manner as to enable him to see and hear everything at his good pleasure) was the perfect sadness of the garments and the visage of this new-corner.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Here he ensconced himself, and peeped through the loophole in the direction of the rider’s approach.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • I am myself ensconced almost at the back wall, but even across the distance of this room, I can see clearly out into the sunlit street, and am able to make out on the pavement opposite a signpost pointing out several nearby destinations.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • Once I was ensconced at Constantiaberge, I again began to meet with Kobie Coetsee and the secret committee.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • In a sitting-room on the ground-floor, ensconced in an armchair with her back to the light, was the owner and mistress of the estate, a white-haired woman of not more than sixty, or even less, wearing a large cap.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • So we sit musing, until, as we turn a corner on the sandy road, there comes a fairer scene suddenly in view,—a neat cottage snugly ensconced by the road, and near it a little store.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Before anyone realized what was happening, Mahtob and I were ensconced in the second car.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • It was not until the old lady was fairly ensconced in her usual arm-chair in the drawing-room, and the preliminary embraces and inquiries had taken place between the ladies, that the conspirators thought it advisable to submit her to the operation.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Sconce, call you it? so you would leave battering, I had rather have it a head: an you use these blows long, I must get a sconce for my head, and ensconce it too; or else I shall seek my wit in my shoulders.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • We were ensconced in the lack of luxury of the Twilight Inn, which was the kind of place that had shady deals going on in all the rooms.
    James Patterson  --  School’s Out - Forever
  • Eustacia bounded into the vehicle and sat on the stool, ensconced from view on the side towards the trackway.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • "Being natural is simply a pose, and the most irritating pose I know," cried Lord Henry, laughing; and the two young men went out into the garden together, and ensconced themselves on a long bamboo seat that stood in the shade of a tall laurel bush.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • There the subject alone is ensconced, in the form of its "hero and heroine," and of the privileged high officials, say, who ride with the king and queen.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • It chanced to be a wet day; moreover Sue was unwell, and not wishing to desert her poor Jude in such gloomy circumstances, for he was compelled to stay awhile, she acted on the suggestion of the auctioneer’s man, and ensconced herself in an upper room, which could be emptied of its effects, and so kept closed to the bidders.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • To that end, I was now ensconced in a lab on the Dartmouth campus, with a graduate student named Ahmed who was trying to explain to me the results of the test he’d run on the soil sample taken from the vicinity of the pipes that ran into I-tier.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Ralph hesitated; it seemed to him that his head was ensconced in smoke too.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • Asha was ensconced at his right hand, in the place of honor.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • I am currently ensconced in a five-room suite in the only decent hotel for a thousand miles.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • Bigboard shows him that Da5id is ensconced in his usual place, a table in the Hacker Quadrant near the bar.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
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