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  • He had a theory on this subject, actually, entitled the Rejection Minimization Theorem (RMT): The act of leaning in to kiss someone, or asking to kiss them, is fraught with the possibility of rejection, so the person least likely to get rejected should do the leaning in or the asking.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • "Mae, your dad’s just trying to say that our lives are already pretty fraught, and we have our hands full just working, paying bills and taking care of the health stuff.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • But even gifts were fraught with uncertainty.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • So the abiding philosophy is to help a wayward child develop into a productive member of the community, or if ignored, risk allowing someone of essentially decent nature to become an adult whose social interactions are fraught and difficult, or even pathological, criminal.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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  • The one lesson we can surely learn from these events is that airplanes are complex machines, operating in a precarious environment—the air—where any emergency, be it from mechanical failure, human error or weather hazard, is fraught with peril.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • But things could get awfully fraught, now and then.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • The year was fraught with embittering experiences for me with some of my fellow teachers.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Confronting Nathan again this soon was an idea intimidating and fraught with potential menace; queasy, I felt myself perspiring as Nathan had done.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Beyond was a prospect of green fields and girls in long white dresses: an image fraught (mysteriously) with such death-charged and ritualistic horror that I woke gasping.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "But fraught means you’re living," Iona said.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch

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  • "I don’t want to talk about it right now But as long as we are asking each other questions of an emotionally fraught nature, why did you say that your mother wanted a lamp for a daughter?"
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • Rebecca and his mother had always shared a fraught relationship.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • The day of the existentially fraught free throws was coincidentally also my last day of dual leggedness.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • It’s lonely and often dull, and fraught with peril should we be discovered.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • But sibling relationships are often fraught with petty tortures.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • If the return to Iarwain be thought too dangerous, then flight to the Sea is now fraught with gravest peril.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • If I were engaged in any high undertaking or design, fraught with extensive utility to my fellow creatures, then could I live to fulfil it.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Because it seems to me that irradiation is fraught with uncertainty.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Meanwhile, councils went on in the kitchen at home, fraught with almost insupportable aggravation to my exasperated spirit.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Yield up, O love, thy crown and hearted throne To tyrannous hate! swell, bosom, with thy fraught, For ’tis of aspics’ tongues!
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • I reason’d with a Frenchman yesterday, Who told me,—in the narrow seas that part The French and English,—there miscarried A vessel of our country richly fraught.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • If the remainder of the school year were as fraught with drama as the first day, perhaps it would be mildly entertaining, but the prospect of spending nine months refraining from reading and writing made me think of running away.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • We traded information on Mommy the way people trade baseball cards at trade shows, offering bits and pieces fraught with gossip, nonsense, wisdom, and sometimes just plain foolishness.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • This murmur arose from all the land, fraught with the joy of living.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • The day would lie before us both, long no doubt, and uneventful, but fraught with a certain stillness, a dear tranquillity we had not known before.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Not only was such an act sacrilegious in its nature, but it was fraught with peril.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • And, after a silence, fraught with anxiety, Fauchelevent exclaimed:— "Why, get out as you came in!"
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • So long as we felt his loving presence and knew that he took a watchful interest in our work, fraught with so many difficulties, we could not be discouraged.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Like teenagers everywhere, they longed for the respect of their peers and craved a sense of belonging, a concept especially fraught for young refugees and immigrants who were caught between the world of their parents and the new world of their friends and schoolmates.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • The Barry garden was a bowery wilderness of flowers which would have delighted Anne’s heart at any time less fraught with destiny.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • He’d always felt a little sorry for Clary, with her fraught relationship with Jocelyn, the most overprotective parent he’d ever known.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Dealings between wizards and goblins have been fraught for centu-ries — but you’ll know all that from History of Magic.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • — What, man! ne’er pull your hat upon your brows; Give sorrow words: the grief that does not speak Whispers the o’er-fraught heart, and bids it break.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • With Chauvelin at his heels, every step the Scarlet Pimpernel takes on French soil is fraught with danger.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • 19 The atmosphere has indeed changed, for heaven is taking a hand in Odysseus’ affairs, and the simplest action or event may be fraught with meaning.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Of happiness the chiefest part Is a wise heart: And to defraud the gods in aught With peril’s fraught.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • Each word that fell from his companion’s lips seemed fraught with the mysteries of science, as worthy of digging out as the gold and diamonds in the mines of Guzerat and Golconda, which he could just recollect having visited during a voyage made in his earliest youth.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Some of the people of the chateau, and some of those of the posting-house, and all the taxing authorities, were armed more or less, and were crowded on the other side of the little street in a purposeless way, that was highly fraught with nothing.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • That which promised happiness when we were one in heart, is fraught with misery now that we are two.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • Thither, full fraught with mischievous revenge, Accursed, and in a cursed hour, he hies.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • The edifice had also sounds fraught with such benediction and such majesty, that they soothed this ailing soul.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The situation is fraught with complications.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • What you’ve got in this hypothetical tale is a fairly dramatic setup that’s already fraught with possibility.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Come, sir, I would you would make use of that good wisdom, Whereof I know you are fraught; and put away These dispositions, that of late transform you From what you rightly are.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • She had not been used to feel alarm from wind, but now every blast seemed fraught with awful intelligence.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • Mr. Larkins (a gruff old gentleman with a double chin, and one of his eyes immovable in his head) is fraught with interest to me.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • They lamented and tore their hair, the priests, as fraught and rhetorical as they were when they prayed, and after a few days their outcries made people uneasy.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • It was an outlandish concept, fraught with danger and uncertainty, but it was the only viable path, given the circumstances.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Oh, children, children, how fraught with peril are your years!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Then we exchanged a look fraught with implication.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
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