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  • The monk self-immolated in protest against China’s rule of Tibet.
  • The Aztecs immolated human victims
  • immolate the valuables at the temple
  • I continued, as was my wont, to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado

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  • People sitting on the sidewalk in the dawn half immolate and smoking in their clothes. Like failed sectarian suicides.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • "Self-immolate," Colin corrected, and then pulled the door shut.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Certainly in regard to this experience—or my lack of it—nothing ever pierced me so deeply as Farrell’s brief, desolating story of his son Eddie, who seemed to me immolated on the earth of Okinawa that I might live—and write.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He seemed to be stuck in the moment of his immolation, like a black-and-white video on a permanent loop.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • What if the heart, for its own unfathomable reasons, leads one willfully and in a cloud of unspeakable radiance away from health, domesticity, civic responsibility and strong social connections and all the blandly-held common virtues and instead straight towards a beautiful flare of ruin, self-immolation, disaster?
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • When it was added that man must find joy in self-immolation, the trap was closed.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • A week after Louie had left Omori, sixteen square miles of Tokyo, and tens of thousands of souls, had been immolated by B-29s.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • She emptied her blackened pieces into the flames, and motioned me to finish the immolation.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Nothing can make self-immolation proper.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I do not see one wolf immolating himself for the happiness of CHAPTER VIII.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • ’ The priests concluded that Mr Fukai had run back to immolate himself in the flames.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • That, he had been the prisoner’s friend, but, at once in an auspicious and an evil hour detecting his infamy, had resolved to immolate the traitor he could no longer cherish in his bosom, on the sacred altar of his country.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • But as they regarded the fatal accuracy of an aim which had dared to immolate an enemy at so much hazard to a friend, the name of "La Longue Carabine" burst simultaneously from every lip, and was succeeded by a wild and a sort of plaintive howl.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • News coverage of a number of suicides by self-immolation in England in the late 1970s, for example, prompted 82 suicides by self-immolation over the next year.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • It leads him to a strange habitation, to a secret infidel apartment, and there, implacable, immolates him, consenting.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • You thought of the poor cobbler’s immolation.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • The man he sacrificed to his ambition, that innocent victim immolated on the altar of his father’s faults, appeared to him pale and threatening, leading his affianced bride by the hand, and bringing with him remorse, not such as the ancients figured, furious and terrible, but that slow and consuming agony whose pangs are intensified from hour to hour up to the very moment of death.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • A spiritual privacy so long intact that its own instinct for preservation had immolated it, its physical phase the strength and fortitude of a man.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • This pilot immolated himself against the USS Bismarck Sea, adjacent to the Lawrence Taylor.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Whatever had driven her, whispered "Die!" in her once-perfect, now-scarred ear, she had immolated it.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • That was now done, and she had not the power to attempt self-immolation a second time then.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • He started off in praise of virtue, duty, and silent immolation, having himself an incredible longing for self-sacrifice that he could not satisfy.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Even from such a self-willed and contemptuously proud girl as she was, such an extremely frank avowal, such sacrifice, such self-immolation, seemed incredible.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • If I had permitted him, I am satisfied that Traddles would have made a perfect savage of himself, and eaten a plateful of raw meat, to express enjoyment of the repast; but I would hear of no such immolation on the altar of friendship, and we had a course of bacon instead; there happening, by good fortune, to be cold bacon in the larder.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Or, according to another tradition, at the shore he immolated himself upon a funeral pyre, and birds with multi-colored feathers arose from his ashes.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • It was probably just peaceful despair and relief at final and complete abnegation, now that Judith was about to immolate the frustration’s vicarious recompense into the living fairy tale.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Her big brown eyes were watching him, still and resigned and loving; she lay as if she had given herself up to sacrifice: there was her body for him; but the look at the back of her eyes, like a creature awaiting immolation, arrested him, and all his blood fell back.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • That something might yet occur to supersede the necessity for this self immolation she tried to hope, and then she proceeded to ascertain the facts in order that her own conduct might be regulated by her knowledge of circumstances.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • She imparted these stories gradually to Miss Crawley; gave her the whole benefit of them; felt it to be her bounden duty as a Christian woman and mother of a family to do so; had not the smallest remorse or compunction for the victim whom her tongue was immolating; nay, very likely thought her act was quite meritorious, and plumed herself upon her resolute manner of performing it.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • So that all the while, and not unlike her brother Clyde, her thoughts as well as her emotions were wandering here and there—to love, to comfort—to things which in the main had little, if anything, to do with any self-abnegating and self-immolating religious theory.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • I had met a rabbit who taught me about self-immolation and how to speed up transmigration: one does not have to become worms first but can change directly into a human being— as in our own humaneness we had just changed bowls of vegetable soup into people too.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • Though he was totally immolated, the drow barely felt warmed by the fire.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • With a sweep of his cane, the demon destroyed the flowers in an immolation of golden flames.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • I think I’d prefer self-immolation, on a stage perhaps, with all my paintings.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Malcolm Browne, the AP Saigon bureau chief, was one of the few journalists to witness the immolation of Thich Quang Duc.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • By immolating himself, he destroyed the buildings where we normally kept the eggs, and he also rendered the island poisonous to ensure that Galbatorix would not choose to settle here.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • With a delicacy and consideration, that proved how much the generous qualities of the youth had touched the feelings of his people, a bow, a lance, and a quiver, were thrown across the animal, which it had been intended to immolate on the grave of the young brave; a species of care that would have superseded the necessity for the pious duty that the trapper had pledged himself to perform.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • But Gilgamesh said, ’Immolation and sacrifice are not yet for me, the boat of the dead shall not go down, nor the three-ply cloth be cut for my shrouding.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • No danger shall balk Columbia’s lovers, If need be a thousand shall sternly immolate themselves for one.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Immolated.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • The crowd outside was quiet yet, perhaps out of respect for the church, out of that aptitude and eagerness of the Anglo-Saxon for complete mystical acceptance of immolated sticks and stones.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Many within the Buddhist community have sought someone who would immolate himself to draw attention to their plight.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • The tragic joke of human history is that on any of the altars men erected, it was always man whom they immolated and the animal whom they enshrined.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • And this is the punishment for accepting as proper that hideous evil which is self-immolation.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He remembered dimly the sermons he had heard about the beauty of self-immolation, about the virtue of sacrificing to others that which was one’s dearest.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Paralyzed by horror, he realized he was going to die next, not from the flames that licked the maple flooring around his shoes but by his own hand, in some fashion as monstrous as a self-inflicted shotgun wound, self-evisceration, self-immolation.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
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