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  • A supermarket deli tray full of hoary carrots and gnarled celery and a semeny dip sits untouched on a coffee table, cigarettes littered throughout like bonus vegetable sticks.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • While the cliche "what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger" had been echoing in my brain over the almost six years of waiting, I had to consider the truth it offers, like most hoary, oft-repeated ideas.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Bennington represented a dying part of the South: the venerable, hoary-maned administrator who tended his district with the same care and paternalism the master once rendered to his plantation.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • He lifted his heavy eyes and saw leaning over him a huge willow-tree, old and hoary.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring

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  • Leviathan maketh a path to shine after him; One would think the deep to be hoary.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • At the edge of the heath stood a clump of hoary juniper bushes.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Having served enough time in Atlanta with her volunteer work, Mother has moved to the Georgia coast, to a hamlet of hoary little brick houses on Sanderling Island.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • On the one hand was a sacred grave, on the other hoary locks.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The root of the hoary, decumbent, and less elegant, but largerfloweredHedysarum mackenzii ispoisonous, and nearly killed an old Indian woman at Fort Simpson, who had mistaken it for that of the preceding species.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • My lord, you rule wide country, rolling and rich with clover, galingale and all the grains: red wheat and hoary barley.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey

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  • They smelt that old obscene stink of darkness, that old slavery smell, worse than the rank halitosis of hoary death.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Mr. Kenneth says he would wager his mare that he’ll outlive any man on this side Gimmerton, and go to the grave a hoary sinner; unless some happy chance out of the common course befall him.’
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • It was a very grey day; a most opaque sky, "onding on snaw," canopied all; thence flakes felt it intervals, which settled on the hard path and on the hoary lea without melting.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Now, during a conversation of some two or three moments between the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale and this excellent and hoary-bearded deacon, it was only by the most careful self-control that the former could refrain from uttering certain blasphemous suggestions that rose into his mind, respecting the communion-supper.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • They were enormous, pungent, and hoary beasts, and Ishmael and Hatsue stopped to stare at one rubbing his hindquarters against a fence post.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • It isn’t just setting, that hoary old English class topic.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • "Woe, woe, woe!" cries Hrothgar, hoary with winters, peeking in, wide-eyed, from his bedroom in back.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • She was a second wife, many years the junior of her husband; and the hoary-headed miscreant was enough to try the patience of a wiser and better woman.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Rich possessions are there I left behind when I was mad enough to come here; now I take home gold and ruddy bronze, and women belted luxuriously, and hoary iron, all that came to me here.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Great trees, bare and silent, stood, rank on rank, with tangled bough and hoary head; their twisted roots were buried in the long green grass.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • The voice of dark age, of unlove, earth’s fatigue made grave approach and painful, come from afar, from hoary mountains, called on good men and true.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • And when he had lived long, and was borne to his grave a hoary corpse, followed by Faith, an aged woman, and children and grandchildren, a goodly procession, besides neighbors not a few, they carved no hopeful verse upon his tombstone, for his dying hour was gloom.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • During the Christmas concert, I look up and see Grandpa Nakane coming down the aisle of the church to sit in front, his hoary white eyebrows lifted high so he can see better.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • The night was very large, and very strange, stretching its hoary distances infinitely.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Turning his veiled face from one group to another, he paid due reverence to the hoary heads, saluted the middle aged with kind dignity as their friend and spiritual guide, greeted the young with mingled authority and love, and laid his hands on the little children’s heads to bless them.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • I had not seen a coal fire, since I had left England three years ago: though many a wood fire had I watched, as it crumbled into hoary ashes, and mingled with the feathery heap upon the hearth, which not inaptly figured to me, in my despondency, my own dead hopes.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • And the wide difference that still lay between him and the great house seemed suddenly impassable as the moat full of water in front of him, and as high as the wall beyond, stretching up straight and hoary before him.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • The air, afflicted to pallor with the hoary multitudes that infested it, twisted and spun them eccentrically, suggesting an achromatic chaos of things.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • It consisted mostly of a hoary midnight-blue Japanese kimono.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • They continued to hurry him along, travelling at a very rapid rate, until, at the end of an avenue of huge trees, arose Torquilstone, now the hoary and ancient castle of Reginald Front-de-Boeuf.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Imaginative inhabitants, who would have felt an unpleasantness at the discovery of a comparatively modern skeleton in their gardens, were quite unmoved by these hoary shapes.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • …want their winter here; No night is now with hymn or carol blest:— Therefore the moon, the governess of floods, Pale in her anger, washes all the air, That rheumatic diseases do abound: And thorough this distemperature we see The seasons alter: hoary-headed frosts Fall in the fresh lap of the crimson rose; And on old Hyem’s thin and icy crown An odorous chaplet of sweet summer buds Is, as in mockery, set: the spring, the summer, The childing autumn, angry winter, change Their wonted…
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Before their eyes in sudden view appear The secrets of the hoary Deep—a dark Illimitable ocean, without bound, Without dimension; where length, breadth, and height, And time, and place, are lost; where eldest Night And Chaos, ancestors of Nature, hold Eternal anarchy, amidst the noise Of endless wars, and by confusion stand.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • The company, tremulous as the leaves of a tree, when all are shaking together, drew nearer, and perceived that there was an unnatural distortion in the fixedness of Colonel Pyncheon’s stare; that there was blood on his ruff, and that his hoary beard was saturated with it.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Never can there come fog too thick, never can there come mud and mire too deep, to assort with the groping and floundering condition which this High Court of Chancery, most pestilent of hoary sinners, holds this day in the sight of heaven and earth.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • By skillful political maneuvers, he prevented acceptance of South Carolina’s invitation, causing Senator Iverson of Georgia to call for some "Texan Brutus" to "rise and rid his country of the hoary-headed incubus."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Before he had found a stock in all respects suitable the city of Kouroo was a hoary ruin, and he sat on one of its mounds to peel the stick.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Do you know that, within one day, she will be sacrificed, as sure as you stand there alive, to a hoary wretch—a devil born and bred, and grey in devils’ ways?’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • For the great plateful of blue water was before her; the hoary Lighthouse, distant, austere, in the midst; and on the right, as far as the eye could see, fading and falling, in soft low pleats, the green sand dunes with the wild flowing grasses on them, which always seemed to be running away into some moon country, uninhabited of men.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • I saw this specter of white anger coming from the savage gray and meanwhile shot northward, in a great hurry to get to Bruges and out of this line of white which was like eternity opening up right beside destructions of the modern world, hoary and grumbling.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Had she any teeth or ever straightened her back, she would have been the most gorgeous thing alive, worthy of her sons’ worship for her beauty alone, if not for the absolute freedom she allowed them (known in some quarters as neglect) and the weight of her hoary knowledge.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • Her whole body racked with sobs, she embraced the tree as if it were not a tree, as if it were her long-lost father, a grandfather she had never known, a great-grandfather, a great-great-grandfather, a hoary old man come to her from the depths of time to offer her his face in the form of rough tree bark.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Hurry laughed at the suggestion, and, as it soon appeared, with reason; for the fringe of bushes immediately on the shore of the lake was no sooner passed, than the adventurers found themselves in a narrow stream, of a sufficient depth of limpid water, with a strong current, and a canopy of leaves upheld by arches composed of the limbs of hoary trees.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Speculative philosophers drew along, not always with wrinkled foreheads and hoary hair as in framed portraits, but pink-faced, slim, and active as in youth; modern divines sheeted in their surplices, among whom the most real to Jude Fawley were the founders of the religious school called Tractarian; the well-known three, the enthusiast, the poet, and the formularist, the echoes of whose teachings had influenced him even in his obscure home.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • "I’d rather have it in my bed than a clap of thunder!" the words came tumbling from Cottard, who had for some time been waiting in vain until Forcheville should pause for breath, so that he might get in his hoary old joke, a chance for which might not, he feared, come again, if the conversation should take a different turn; and he produced it now with that excessive spontaneity and confidence which may often be noticed attempting to cover up the coldness, and the slight flutter of…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • The bent and hoary man was satisfied, and so apparently was Henery Fray.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • They cling, gently, to the hoary stone.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • 16:31 The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.
    The Bible  --  Proverbs
  • All things vanished within The snowy murk-white, hoary.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Despite its fringe of green it was hoary with age.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
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