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  • Once upon a peculiar time, long before there were towers or steeples or any tall buildings at all in the city of London, there was a flock of pigeons who got it into their minds that they wanted a nice, high place to roost, above the bustle and fracas of human society.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • After the noise subsided above, I saw that it was past noon and at the same time realized that both the fornication and the fracas had in some urgent, vicarious way made me incredibly hungry, as if I had actually partaken in whatever had taken place up there.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • FEATHERS FLY AT FEMINIST FRACAS, says the paper.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • And throughout all this legal fracas, which went on for years, Welty grew to be terribly disturbed by how the baby was shunted off and neglected.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • They started a fracas.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Perhaps we have glimpsed her in the fracas before the police am e in.
    Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim  --  Westside Story
  • From the right came the noise of a terrific fracas.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Two or three people who were not there during the fracas poked their heads in at the door to sympathize but that made Mrs. Turner madder.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • According to what Roy Lee heard from his mother, the fence-line telegraph had already gleefully dissected Mom and Dad’s fracas at the man-hoist.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • But usually a couple of the flock gets spotted in the fracas, then it’s their turn.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

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  • A loud and violent fracas took place between the infantry Colonel and his lady, who were dining at the Cafe de Paris, and Colonel and Mrs. Crawley; who were also taking their meal there.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • And I recall also some years ago, Mr Rayne, who travelled to America as valet to Sir Reginald Mauvis, remarking that a taxi driver in New York regularly addressed his fare in a manner which if repeated in London would end in some sort of fracas, if not in the fellow being frogmarched to the nearest police station.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • And at the beginning of the whole fracas I said—I’ve said right along—that we ought to have entered the war the minute Germany invaded Belgium.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Of course, anything would look good after Skid Row, where there is no green, no horizon, nothing but that daily fracas and the inescapable stench of aimless despair.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • We could do pushups all night long and there was a healthy, vigorous glow to our group, an essential vitality as we prepared ourselves for the fracas.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • He, B, enjoyed the distinction of being close to Erin’s uncrowned king in the flesh when the thing occurred on the historic fracas when the fallen leader’s, who notoriously stuck to his guns to the last drop even when clothed in the mantle of adultery, (leader’s) trusty henchmen to the number of ten or a dozen or possibly even more than that penetrated into the printing works of the Insuppressible or no it was United Ireland (a by no means by the by appropriate appellative) and broke…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • No cause was cited for the fracas.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • Then a burly man came through the door, still scowling from the fracas.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Come here you two and settle this fracas.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • Lourdes taunted the journalists who questioned her last year about the opening-day fracas at the second Yankee Doodle Bakery.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • And it may be hard to believe, but the next hour was consumed by the inexhaustible intellectual fracas that grew out of Herr Settembrini’s harmless, though flamboyant remarks.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • It was run by a clever young woman who had written some brilliant jingles for his sales division and some devastating strike-breaking songs for Propaganda back when Monarch needed everything to smash last year’s labor fracas.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • One of the last times Jackie Kennedy saw her husband’s face was that afternoon at Parkland Hospital, just before the quiet reverence of Trauma One was turned into an unsightly fracas between Secret Service agents and Dallas police.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • Fanny read to herself that "it was with infinite concern the newspaper had to announce to the world a matrimonial fracas in the family of Mr. R. of Wimpole Street; the beautiful Mrs. R., whose name had not long been enrolled in the lists of Hymen, and who had promised to become so brilliant a leader in the fashionable world, having quitted her husband’s roof in company with the well-known and captivating Mr. C., the intimate friend and associate of Mr. R., and it was not known even…
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • Pig, Mark, Tradd, and I began fighting as a team, moving from fracas to fracas, as the combatants spread out across the beach.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Pig, Mark, Tradd, and I began fighting as a team, moving from fracas to fracas, as the combatants spread out across the beach.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • The fracas made us lose track of time and thus, we were five minutes late, sir.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Robert Piguet’s Fracas, and Calypso and Visa and Bandit.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • When the girl came out of the door he was trying to ward off the charges of the wheelchair with his foot while we stood on the edge of the fracas cheering one guy or the other.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • I had begun the day all feisty, unconquerable, and eager for the fracas; I had ended it timorously, defeated by a superior strategy.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • It was a Polish affair, a fracas of honor, which arose in the bosom of the Polish contingent that had recently found its way to the Berghof, a little colony that now occupied the Good Russian table.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • I heard myself groan, clearly audible above the harangue, and it occurred to me that this dreadful assault on Sophie had weirdly identical resonances to those of the fracas in which I had first glimpsed him acting out his implacable enmity, the scenes distinguished one from the other mainly by the tone of voice—fortissimo that evening weeks ago, now singularly level and restrained but no less sinister.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • ] I don’t want another fracas to ensue Like the one that overtook us hitherto.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • Fracas was bad for busi ness, he affirmed; but, in truth, this specimen of portly, middle-aged manhood was of a timid dis position.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Falk - A Reminiscence
  • Fanny read to herself that "it was with infinite concern the newspaper had to announce to the world a matrimonial fracas in the family of Mr. ..."
    Austen, Jane  --  Mansfield Park
  • At all events, at my hotel in Paris I received far more attention from the company after I had told them about the fracas with the sacristan.
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  The Gambler
  • It would have been short shrift for John de Fulm had not some of his men heard the fracas, and rushed to his aid.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  The Outlaw of Torn
  • A loud and violent fracas took place between the infantry Colonel and his lady, who were dining at the Cafe de Paris, and Colonel and Mrs.
    Thackeray, William Makepeace  --  Vanity Fair
  • There was a wayward gleam in them, as if they enjoyed the fracas.
    London, Jack  --  The Valley of the Moon
  • "Not only it came," he said, "but Dick Hess called up here about one o’clock last night—just after our little fracas—and asked me to meet him for a drink, the bastard.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • All of a sudden that fracas, his mad accusation—Spreading that twat of yours for a cheap, chiseling quack doctor!
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
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