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  • The fraternity pledges are given all the menial jobs.
  • Her work experience consists of menial jobs, but she’s performed them reliably.
  • Now get out of my sight, Thorn, until I find some other menial task for you.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • Last month, you began to get just an inkling of the pride and satisfaction that can come from doing a good job even at the most menial task.
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift

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  • The monster may be able to do some menial chores.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • Most Scholars who aren’t enslaved work menial jobs—as farmhands or cleaners or stevedores—backbreaking labor for which they’re paid next to nothing.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Though educated—her father was a chemist, her mother a pharmacist—their English skills were limited and they spent years working menial jobs and living in tiny, run-down apartments until they saved enough to open their own delicatessen.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Currently, I worked for Kilvin and was given relatively menial jobs at relatively low pay.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I chose not to think about Syed at the Job Center and how I would explain my reasons for leaving this most well-paid of menial jobs.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • It was coarse-woven and simply made, without so much as a single bow for trimming, but it was certainly far more suited to the menial work she had to do in it.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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  • They order me about, and the more menial the task, the better.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • The work was both menial and dangerous.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • In fact, she admitted that she may have even rather relished her virtually menial submission, the "Yes, Papa’s" and "No, thank you, Papa’s" she was compelled to say daily, the favors and attentions she had to pay, the ritual respect, the enforced obsequiousness that she shared with her mother.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Eventually I get a menial job doing mock-ups, and a small furnished two-bedroom apartment with kitchenette and separate entrance in a large crumbling house in the Annex, north of Bloor.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Built in the shape of a gigantic cube, four hundred feet on a side, with a tower on each corner, it could house three hundred prisoners, plus the forty soldiers of the garrison and their commander, the civilian governor and his staff, and the four dozen cooks, orderlies, grooms, and other menials necessary for the running of the establishment.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • She’ll provide for our parents and give me and my brothers menial jobs to get us out of the war.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • And bear in mind also that this monstrous disease affects not merely the idlers and their menials, its poison penetrates the whole social body.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Selling junk for petty cash, our menial jobs, our grimy apartment—the American version of a hut; maybe in America, when Baba looked at me, he saw a little bit of Hassan.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • From his complete inattention to the tidings, you would think that moody Ahab had not heard his menial.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Were there menials, I wondered, whom I should never know, never see, waiting behind kitchen doors for the gift of our breakfast?
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • For if he does himself all these menial offices, surely it is proof that there is no one else in the castle, it must have been the Count himself who was the driver of the coach that brought me here.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • "What are you doing here?" asked Rearden, in the tone one would use to address a menial caught in a drawing room.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • People who never had known what it was to enter the gate of the Mayor’s yard unless it were to do some menial job now paraded in and out as his confidants.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • And yet when they come home in the summers to earn a little money, they have to do the most menial work.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • And lest she forget that she’s servant of us all, to her fall the menial tasks in this Ceremony of the Seed.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Chapter Fifteen …. The menial staff of the Park Lane Hospital for the Dying consisted of one hundred and sixty-two Deltas divided into two Bokanovsky Groups of eighty-four red headed female and seventy-eight dark dolychocephalic male twins, respectively.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Less intelligent and do menial tasks 3.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Coding a search spider was a menial task far below her skill level, but Trish Dunne didn’t care.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • When King Mark saw him do so, as fast as Sir Dinadan rode toward them, King Mark rode froward them with all his menial meiny.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • They are dressed by men till four years of age, and then are obliged to dress themselves, although their quality be ever so great; and the women attendant, who are aged proportionably to ours at fifty, perform only the most menial offices.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • The same lady pays for the education and clothing of an orphan from the workhouse, on condition that she shall aid the mistress in such menial offices connected with her own house and the school as her occupation of teaching will prevent her having time to discharge in person.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • You reminded him that Quint was only a base menial?
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • He could think of no bad object to be attained by sending him to Sikes, which would not be equally well answered by his remaining with Fagin; and after meditating for a long time, concluded that he had been selected to perform some ordinary menial offices for the housebreaker, until another boy, better suited for his purpose could be engaged.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • A third wore trappings and arms of an officer of the staff; while the rest, from the plainness of the housings, and the traveling mails with which they were encumbered, were evidently fitted for the reception of as many menials, who were, seemingly, already waiting the pleasure of those they served.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • They’re used for routine policing and other menial functions, digging up the Commander’s Wife’s garden, for instance, and they’re either stupid or older or disabled or very young, apart from the ones that are Eyes incognito.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • He found menial jobs, day-labor work: picking cotton, stacking ice in an ice plant.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • They were eager for opportunity, but post-colonial Tanzania—then, as now, one of the poorest nations on Earth—had little to offer them beyond menial agricultural work.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • She worked every menial job she saw offered and kept her head down.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • Larry Donovan was a passenger conductor, one of those train-crew aristocrats who are always afraid that someone may ask them to put up a car-window, and who, if requested to perform such a menial service, silently point to the button that calls the porter.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • The whisper—for it was whispered always—flew from menial to menial, from lord to lady, down all the long corridors, from story to story, from saloon to saloon, "The prince hath gone mad, the prince hath gone mad!"
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • The Knight had scarcely finished a hasty meal, ere his menial announced to him that five men, each leading a barbed steed, desired to speak with him.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • POZZO: Where is my menial?
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • The women bore themselves like ladies and she knew they were ladies, though menial tasks were their daily lot and they didn’t know where their next dress was coming from.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • At Delhi, no doubt, interviews with the viceroy and the C.I.C., salaams of turbaned menials; endless reports to be prepared and sent off.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • She belonged to a generation that treated policemen as menials, whatever their rank.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • …ago at the unveiling of a statue of that great hero of American independence Benjamin Franklin, "and look at the image of a man who rose from nothing, who owed nothing to parentage or patronage, who enjoyed no advantages of early education which are not open, a hundredfold open, to yourselves, who performed the most menial services in the businesses in which his early life was employed, but who lived to stand before Kings, and died to leave a name which the world will never forget."
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • After all, he’d stuck with pih for a decade by now, and done a lot of its most menial chores along the way.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Whether they finished school or dropped out, many left Butanza for the towns or the capital, where the usual choice was a menial job or, for Tutsis at least, service in the army.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • I ought to say something of this Smerdyakov, but I am ashamed of keeping my readers’ attention so long occupied with these common menials, and I will go back to my story, hoping to say more of Smerdyakov in the course of it.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • But it was only one function of hundreds, some even more menial, more personal, others calling for cleverness and training—secretary, deputy, agent, companion.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
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