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  • Suddenly I was stabbed with alarm, sensing an unholy and unnatural presence of flapping vulturous black, until I realized in an instant that the two mendicant nuns had blundered into the wrong facility.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I dared to put off the mendicant — to resume my natural manner and character.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • It appeared that a Bohemian, a bare-footed vagabond, a sort of dangerous mendicant, was at that moment in the town.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • At no long interval, Odysseus came through his own doorway as a mendicant, humped like a bundle of rags over his stick.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey

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  • Many of these professional mendicants had comfortable homes, and families, and thousands of dollars in the bank; some of them had retired upon their earnings, and gone into the business of fitting out and doctoring others, or working children at the trade.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Then, in addition to these concealed or public, secret or open wars, there were robbers, mendicants, Huguenots, wolves, and scoundrels, who made war upon everybody.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Tuberculosis, lunacy, war and mendicancy must now cease.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It did not exactly beggar description, but it certainly had that word on the lookout for the mendicancy squad.
    O. Henry  --  The Gift of the Maji
  • Mr. Medbourne, in the vigor of his age, had been a prosperous merchant, but had lost his all by a frantic speculation, and was now little better than a mendicant.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment
  • Moreover, the idea of replacement, which had been so effective an inducement for his mendicancy of love, had been completely erased from his mind.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera

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  • They probably despised her already; how much more they would despise her in the character of a mendicant!
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The guard uncuffed their wrists and left them and they squatted and leaned against the wall with their blankets about their shoulders like mendicants.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • The mendicant received both the alms and the sarcasm without wincing, and continued, in lamentable tones,— "Charity, please!"
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • He only begged just enough to save himself, for the laws against mendicancy were stringent, and the penalties heavy; so he put in a good deal of his time listening to good Father Andrew’s charming old tales and legends about giants and fairies, dwarfs and genii, and enchanted castles, and gorgeous kings and princes.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Seven years a mendicant on foreign charity I lingered abroad : seven years is no brevity.
    T.S. Eliot  --  Murder in the Cathedral
  • In a few minutes the Curator saw that his guest was no mere bead-telling mendicant, but a scholar of parts.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • …rule of Uther the Conqueror; then the words "Norman" and "Baron" had been equivalent to the modern word of "Sahib"; then Llewellyn ap Griffith’s head, in its crown of ivy, had mouldered on the clustered spikes of the Tower; then you would have met the mendicants by the roadside, mutilated men who carried their right hands in their left, and the forest dogs would have trotted beside them, also mutilated by the removal of one toe—so that they could not hunt in the woodlands of the lord.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • The sages of the hermit groves and the wandering mendicants who play a conspicuous role in the life and legends of the East; in myth such figures as the Wandering Jew (despised, unknown, yet with the pearl of great price in his pocket); the tatterdemalion beggar, set upon by dogs; the miraculous mendicant bard whose music stills the heart; or the masquerading god, Zeus, Wotan, Viracocha, Edshu: these are examples.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Mr. Casaubon, too, was the centre of his own world; if he was liable to think that others were providentially made for him, and especially to consider them in the light of their fitness for the author of a "Key to all Mythologies," this trait is not quite alien to us, and, like the other mendicant hopes of mortals, claims some of our pity.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Our reading is mendicant and sycophantic.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Before these what a base mendicant is Memory with his leathern badge !
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Society and Solitude
  • Her mendicant, her idiot, her—’
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • Then they set out upon the road again, slumped and cowled and shivering in their rags like mendicant friars sent forth to find their keep.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • It seemed to him, when at last she paused to have his answer, that he could see Messala himself peering at him over her shoulder; and in its expression the countenance of the Roman was not that of a mendicant or a friend; the sneer was as patrician as ever, and the fine edge of the hauteur as flawless and irritating.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • The rich and beautiful wardrobe purchased by these agents, in the course of a few weeks made its way through the intervening country, bristling with custom-houses, garrisoned by an immense army of shabby mendicants in uniform who incessantly repeated the Beggar’s Petition over it, as if every individual warrior among them were the ancient Belisarius: and of whom there were so many Legions, that unless the Courier had expended just one bushel and a half of silver money relieving their…
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • *compassion And therefore may ye see that our prayeres (I speak of us, we mendicants, we freres), Be to the highe God more acceptable Than youres, with your feastes at your table.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • Among my headings under this one twelve months I find an account of the adventure of the Paradol Chamber, of the Amateur Mendicant Society, who held a luxurious club in the lower vault of a furniture warehouse, of the facts connected with the loss of the British barque Sophy Anderson, of the singular adventures of the Grice Patersons in the island of Uffa, and finally of the Camberwell poisoning case.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Mendicants were of course assembled by the score, together with strolling soldiers returned from Palestine, (according to their own account at least,) pedlars were displaying their wares, travelling mechanics were enquiring after employment, and wandering palmers, hedge-priests, Saxon minstrels, and Welsh bards, were muttering prayers, and extracting mistuned dirges from their harps, crowds, and rotes.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Our housekeeping is mendicant, our arts, our occupations, our marriages, our religion, we have not chosen, but society has chosen for us.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • He was a miserable scamp, a sort of mendicant musician, a lazy beggar, who beat her, and who abandoned her as she had taken him, in disgust.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • This man, in his attire, as in all his person, realized the type of what may be called the well-bred mendicant,—extreme wretchedness combined with extreme cleanliness.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Those who envied this mendicant said that he belonged to the police.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The mendicant raised his eyes suddenly, stared intently at Jean Valjean, then dropped his head quickly.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Meanwhile Gringoire, without knowing why, had regained some hope, on recognizing in the King of the Cour des Miracles his accursed mendicant of the Grand Hall.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Nevertheless, tranquillity was gradually restored, the scholar held his peace, the mendicant counted over some coins in his hat, and the piece resumed the upper hand.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • He had again begun to forget this history, when, in the course of March, 1824, he heard of a singular personage who dwelt in the parish of Saint-Medard and who had been surnamed "the mendicant who gives alms."
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Let us give over this mendicancy.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • In the daytime nobody was seen there but mendicants devouring their crusts, and children at play.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • This mendicant insists upon speaking to you, and pretends that you will be very glad to see him.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • But memory is a base mendicant with basket and badge, in the presence of these sudden masters.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • "That is right," replied the mendicant; "dismiss your lackey."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • The silence which he preserved allowed the prologue to proceed without hindrance, and no perceptible disorder would have ensued, if ill-luck had not willed that the scholar Joannes should catch sight, from the heights of his pillar, of the mendicant and his grimaces.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • A tattered mendicant, who could not collect any coins, lost as he was in the midst of the crowd, and who had not probably found sufficient indemnity in the pockets of his neighbors, had hit upon the idea of perching himself upon some conspicuous point, in order to attract looks and alms.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • A mendicant.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • It drags along, a lamentable workshop mendicant, from copy to copy.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • At the hint from the mendicant his master made him a sign to retire, and he was obliged to obey.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Bazin was stupefied at the sight of the gold, and forgot that he came to announce d’Artagnan, who, curious to know who the mendicant could be, came to Aramis on leaving Athos.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • He was sent out, in Hugo’s charge, in company with a slatternly woman and a diseased baby, to beg; but the result was not encouraging—he declined to plead for the mendicants, or be a party to their cause in any way.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • This door with an unclean, and this window with an honest though dilapidated air, thus beheld on the same house, produced the effect of two incomplete beggars walking side by side, with different miens beneath the same rags, the one having always been a mendicant, and the other having once been a gentleman.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • In fact, Bazin, curious to know what the mendicant could want with his master, kept pace with him as well as he could, and arrived almost at the same time he did; but his quickness was not of much use to him.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
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