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  • profits were enhanced by a fortuitous drop in the cost of raw materials
  • The situation was resolved by the fortuitous appearance of the caddymaster,
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • Her presence at his side felt more unbearably fortuitous than ever.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • When the chair called and Zulma handed me the phone, I had never been more surprised by what I took then to be the fortuitousness of drinking.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky

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  • It was only through fortuitous circumstances that the mystery was ever resolved.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • It was hot; the water was heavy, but the task turned out to be fortuitous for her—and for me.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • I moved to Beaufort, South Carolina, in the early sixties, a town fed by warm salt tides and cooled by mild winds from the sea; a somnolent town built on a high bluff where a river snaked fortuitously.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • It is not fortuitous therefore that the inflammatory promise she has been able to extend to me through that hyperactive organ of hers finds a correlation in the equally inflammatory but utterly spurious words she loves to speak.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Everything came about fortuitously.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "But I have to admit," Simon added, "coincidence or not, it turned out to be a fortuitous occurrence."
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones

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  • A new world, material without being real, where poor ghosts, breathing dreams like air, drifted fortuitously about …. like that ashen, fantastic figure gliding toward him through the amorphous trees.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • And if I were to arrive under less fortuitous circumstances, like the present ones, they’d likely clap me in irons.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • It was just too fortuitous to pass up.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • When this horrible din had lasted a certain time, it mechanically awoke Mr. Wopsle’s great-aunt, who staggered at a boy fortuitously, and pulled his ears.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • "Woodall proposed the project at a really fortuitous time," says de Klerk.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The shipping lane boundaries were marked by numbered buoys, and the hope was to stumble across one fortuitously so as to orient oneself.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Then, in 1939, war in Europe appeared to offer Japan a fortuitous way out of its dilemma.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • It related the fortuitous and the ordained into a reassuring union which we recognized as nature.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • It is odd how we of that pension, who seemed such a fortuitous collection, have been working into one another’s lives.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Was it love, she wondered, or a mere fortuitous combination of happy thoughts and sensations?
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • The coming of her sister’s family was so very near at hand, that first in anticipation, and then in reality, it became henceforth her prime object of interest; and during the ten days of their stay at Hartfield it was not to be expected—she did not herself expect—that any thing beyond occasional, fortuitous assistance could be afforded by her to the lovers.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • The prologue rose to its reasonable climax: For that fortuitous girl the sweet day dawned To wed her gorgeous prince.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Just as Madame Wang predicted, the perfection of my golden lilies led me to a fortuitous betrothal.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • ’It is not for one, situated, through his original errors and a fortuitous combination of unpropitious events, as is the foundered Bark (if he may be allowed to assume so maritime a denomination), who now takes up the pen to address you — it is not, I repeat, for one so circumstanced, to adopt the language of compliment, or of congratulation.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • He could not imagine that one of them would have dared to do what she did while the others were sleeping in the nearby bunks, and the only reasonable supposition was that she had taken advantage of a fortuitous, or perhaps prearranged, moment when she was alone in the cabin.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • It’s probably a fortuitous transmission.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • It was a pictorial sheet, and Jo examined the work of art nearest her, idly wondering what fortuitous concatenation of circumstances needed the melodramatic illustration of an Indian in full war costume, tumbling over a precipice with a wolf at his throat, while two infuriated young gentlemen, with unnaturally small feet and big eyes, were stabbing each other close by, and a disheveled female was flying away in the background with her mouth wide open.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • This duplication proved to be fortuitous, for as Majid entered the house with our cake, Nelufar grabbed at it excitedly and pulled it out of his hands.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • More probably the resemblance which may be traced in this respect between the religions of the East and West is no more than what we commonly, though incorrectly, call a fortuitous coincidence, the effect of similar causes acting alike on the similar constitution of the human mind in different countries and under different skies.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • As the tears subside a little, and with her head leaning backward at the angle that will not injure her bonnet, she endures that terrible moment when grief, which has made all things else a weariness, has itself become weary; she looks down pensively at her bracelets, and adjusts their clasps with that pretty studied fortuity which would be gratifying to her mind if it were once more in a calm and healthy state.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • If Mr. Bulstrode insisted, as he was apt to do, on the Lutheran doctrine of justification, as that by which a Church must stand or fall, Dr. Minchin in return was quite sure that man was not a mere machine or a fortuitous conjunction of atoms; if Mrs. Wimple insisted on a particular providence in relation to her stomach complaint, Dr. Minchin for his part liked to keep the mental windows open and objected to fixed limits; if the Unitarian brewer jested about the Athanasian Creed, Dr.…
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Robert Langdon’s unexpected visit to Château Villette had brought the Teacher both a fortuitous windfall and an intricate dilemma.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Lord Prusias chose it himself and it is a most fortuitous title.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • This was attributable not only to particular and fortuitous circumstances, but to general and lasting causes.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • If anything, deafness proved fortuitous for him, finally giving him a doctor-certified excuse for disobeying.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • Most fortuitously, Parkland Memorial Hospital is just four miles away, should Marina go into labor with the new baby while Oswald is at work.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • I am beginning to suspect that nothing that happens is fortuitous, that it all corresponds to a fate laid down before my birth, and that Esteban Garcia is part of the design.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • In despotic States the sovereign is so attached to the exercise of his power, that he dislikes the constraint even of his own regulations; and he is well pleased that his agents should follow a somewhat fortuitous line of conduct, provided he be certain that their actions will never counteract his desires.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • "It was the best thing that could have happened to her," said Franz dramatically, "a transference of the most fortuitous kind.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • With arched eyebrows, she hooked a fingernail underneath a mushroom and flipped it over, inspecting its gills as she said, "It’s fortuitous we met tonight, as you are about to leave and I …. I will accompany the Varden to Surda.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Fortuitously, this happened just as the government was falling apart anyway.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Fortuitously, Pa had acquired a union card during the construction of a plant in Marshall, Texas, where he worked for a few months shortly after the war.
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • Then there is the matter of Lord Renly’s mysterious and most fortuitous murder, even as his battle lines were forming up to sweep his brother from the field."
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • And that woman, that personification of absolute fortuity, now again lay asleep beside him, breathing deeply.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Forms which are in themselves quite ugly turn up fortuitously, without design, in such incredible surroundings that they sparkle with a sudden wondrous poetry.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • But is not an event in fact more significant and noteworthy the greater the number of fortuities necessary to bring it about?
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • She knew then (the birds of fortuity had begun alighting on her shoulders) that this stranger was her fate.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • So fateful a decision resting on so fortuitous a love, a love that would not even have existed had it not been for the chief surgeon’s sciatica seven years earlier.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • After Tomas had returned to Prague from Zurich, he began to feel uneasy at the thought that his acquaintance with Tereza was the result of six improbable fortuities.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • If a love is to be unforgettable, fortuities must immediately start fluttering down to it like birds to Francis of Assisi’s shoulders.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
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