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  • Cattle markets tend to fluctuate a lot, and some years, you don’t make much of anything.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • My courage and my resolution is firm; but my hopes fluctuate, and my spirits are often depressed.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Her affections had continually been fluctuating but never without an object.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • I was out of the water, if only by a fluctuating two, three feet.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi

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  • I think that voice held him most, with its fluctuating, feverish warmth, because it couldn’t be over-dreamed — that voice was a deathless song.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • The frontiers between the three super-states are in some places arbitrary, and in others they fluctuate according to the fortunes of war, but in general they follow geographical lines.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • But the Judge had a most discouraging way of fluctuating.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • It continuously fluctuates up and down.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • The number of people who lived in the home at any given time fluctuated between five and nine, which made for tight living conditions.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • On the long flank of it the rain crashes steadily, myriad, fluctuant.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying

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  • I could see from the way her face fluctuated—aware, then blank, then aware again—that she was searching the future.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • They tend to fluctuate.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Everyone was staring, a blur of faces fluctuating, shifting, as she moved through them, and then their eyes all turned to me.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • CHAPTER IX MR. THOMAS MARVEL You must picture Mr. Thomas Marvel as a person of copious, flexible visage, a nose of cylindrical protrusion, a liquorish, ample, fluctuating mouth, and a beard of bristling eccentricity.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • It was a day of lassitude too, hot and close, with, I am told, a rapidly fluctuating barometer.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • She would not stoop to admit that she meant to rival Gilbert in schoolwork, because that would have been to acknowledge his existence which Anne persistently ignored; but the rivalry was there and honors fluctuated between them.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • During the late afternoon and early evening the disturbance she was making fluctuated from time to time, but it kept up naggingly until almost nine o’clock when it diminished steeply and disappeared.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • FATHER WILHELM KLEINSORGE BACK IN THE HOSPITAL in Tokyo for the second time, Father Kleinsorge was suffering from fever, diarrhea, wounds that would not heal, wildly fluctuating blood counts, and utter exhaustion.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • What strange developments of humanity, what wonderful advances upon our rudimentary civilization, I thought, might not appear when I came to look nearly into the dim elusive world that raced and fluctuated before my eyes!
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • Every New Englander might easily raise all his own breadstuffs in this land of rye and Indian corn, and not depend on distant and fluctuating markets for them.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Her family had of late been exceedingly fluctuating.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Because of his fluctuating incertitude as to whether this observation had or had not been already made by him to Stephen or by Stephen to him.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Its appearance ceased to fluctuate then, as if only the absence of color could adequately convey its mood.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • The slightest fluctuation in the weather outside my window, the smallest passing cloud, the changing position of the sun affected the mood of that room.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • Thy resolution may fluctuate on the wild and changeful billows of human opinion, but mine is anchored on the Rock of Ages.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • In this republican country, amid the fluctuating waves of our social life, somebody is always at the drowning-point.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Temperature ten minutes ago was 100.8—it’s been fluctuating for several hours.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • I fluctuate a little; that’s the truth.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The men of this party said and thought that what was wrong resulted chiefly from the Emperor’s presence in the army with his military court and from the consequent presence there of an indefinite, conditional, and unsteady fluctuation of relations, which is in place at court but harmful in an army; that a sovereign should reign but not command the army, and that the only way out of the position would be for the Emperor and his court to leave the army; that the mere presence of the…
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The color in her cheeks was centered like the color in a picture—it was not a "high" color, but a sort of fluctuating and feverish warmth, so shaded that it seemed at any moment it would recede and disappear.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • There were so many people, so much to navigate, and as the distance fluctuated between us his hand kept slipping, down my arm to my wrist.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • …manufacturing enterprises, joint-stock companies, viceroyalties, and principalities, not drawing more than 1,500,000 francs, the whole forming a capital of about fifty millions; finally, I call those third-rate fortunes, which are composed of a fluctuating capital, dependent upon the will of others, or upon chances which a bankruptcy involves or a false telegram shakes, such as banks, speculations of the day—in fact, all operations under the influence of greater or less mischances, the…
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Imprisonment had made channels for his character, which would never fluctuate as widely now as in the past.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • That might be the reason she felt a sense of unease, fluctuating hormones.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • My joy and sadness fluctuated along with my niang’s.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • Silas, feeling bound to accept rebuke and admonition as a brotherly office, felt no resentment, but only pain, at his friend’s doubts concerning him; and to this was soon added some anxiety at the perception that Sarah’s manner towards him began to exhibit a strange fluctuation between an effort at an increased manifestation of regard and involuntary signs of shrinking and dislike.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Many people waved to him—the lifted hand motionless, the fingers fluctuant, like the legs of insects on their backs.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • He had moved to his feet with a body totally at his command, devoid of the habit of human gesture, gesture rooted in necessity, ritual, fluctuation of mind; and his stillness now was unearthly.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • Perhaps what we thought we saw was just an optical illusion, a mere reflection of a momentary fluctuation in the light streaming through the window.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • There were three different conclusions to be drawn from his silence, between which her mind was in fluctuation; each of them at times being held the most probable.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • She had time to take a fresh survey of her wretchedness, and to fluctuate anew between the impulse to confide in Selden and the dread of destroying his illusions.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Karamazov is just such a two-sided nature, fluctuating between two extremes, that even when moved by the most violent craving for riotous gayety, he can pull himself up, if something strikes him on the other side.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Timeless as the Freudian unconscious beneath the dramatic time world of our fluctuating ego-experience, the old mountain man, the drinker of deep sleep, lived on and on.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • The townsfolk understood every fluctuation in the rustic’s condition, for it affected their receipts as much as the labourer’s; they entered into the troubles and joys which moved the aristocratic families ten miles round—for the same reason.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • The game fluctuated, but the average was in Wildeve’s favour.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • I fluctuated between anticipation so intense that it was very nearly pain, and an insidious fear that picked at my resolve.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • For as its belt sparkled and glittered now in one part and now in another, and what was light one instant, at another time was dark, so the figure itself fluctuated in its distinctness: being now a thing with one arm, now with one leg, now with twenty legs, now a pair of legs without a head, now a head without a body: of which dissolving parts, no outline would be visible in the dense gloom wherein they melted away.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • Mr Nickleby’s income, at the period of his marriage, fluctuated between sixty and eighty pounds PER ANNUM.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Waxing and waning with a peculiar rhythm, it ascended ever more swiftly into the sky, drawing a fluctuating line of light across the stars.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • She had been chubby as a child, at least to some eyes, and in her teens her weight fluctuated wildly.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
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