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  • the metamorphosis of the old house into something new and exciting
  • Strangely enough, in some ways Gramps seemed as upset with Dad’s metamorphosis as Henry had been.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • I mean she was taken away from the Minotaur before she could die. She was turned into a shower of gold, right? That’s metamorphosis. Not death.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • Biological metamorphosis through psychological imbalance!
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles

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  • The same thing that compelled her to leave Mr. Cunningham’s and go to the office caused her to follow Henry to the sidewalk: she wished to look furtively at them again and again, to assure herself that they had not undergone some alarming physical metamorphosis as well, yet she did not wish to speak to them, to touch them, lest she cause them to commit further outrage in her presence.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • "And also it is important to know things because it makes you special and you can read books that normal people cannot read, such as Ovid’s Metamorphosis, which is in Latin."
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • She said it was because one day I was going to have to go through a metamorphosis like a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly and that scared me, so butterflies scared me.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Wild black pig in a white rainstorm, concerned about this invasion, this metamorphosis of soap, this dented Volkswagen, this jeep.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Now his voice abruptly lost the faint throaty Negroid quality with which it had been touched; in moist metamorphosis the Southern accent faded and died, replaced by thorny Polish diphthongs that were in almost exact mimicry of Sophie’s own speech.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Mrs. Smeath in metamorphosis, from frame to frame, naked, exposed and desecrated, along with the maroon velvet chesterfield, the sacred rubber plant, the angels of God.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye

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  • Swathed in silk, I feel like a caterpillar in a cocoon awaiting metamorphosis.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • It was a drastic metamorphosis, both mental and physical, and it would have been difficult enough in fine weather.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Chief White Halfoat had grown almost fond of Captain Flume since his amazing metamorphosis.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • If my head had been down I would have missed Mr. Taylor’s metamorphosis.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • His next care on leaving the barber’s who had achieved his first metamorphosis was to enter a shop and buy a complete sailor’s suit—a garb, as we all know, very simple, and consisting of white trousers, a striped shirt, and a cap.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • My visitor, who had watched these metamorphoses with a keen eye, smiled, set down the glass upon the table, and then turned and looked upon me with an air of scrutiny.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Every spiritual metamorphosis is preceded by a physical one.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • And until all of humanity, without exception, undergoes a metamorphosis, wars will continue to be waged, and everything that has been carefully built up, cultivated and grown will be cut down and destroyed, only to start allover again! I’ve often been down in the dumps, but never desperate.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • When Greece fell under the sway of Rome in the third and second centuries, The Iliad began its metamorphosis from great national epic into the first poem of Europe.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The summer dress rustles against the flesh of my thighs, the grass grows underfoot, at the edges of my eyes there are movements, in the branches; feathers, flittings, grace notes, tree into bird, metamorphosis run wild.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • For now came a metamorphosis too amazing to be believed.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • THE TRAP Marius found it difficult to recognize in that polished smile of a man in official life the almost bestial mouth which had been foaming but a moment before; he gazed with amazement on that fantastic and alarming metamorphosis, and he felt as a man might feel who should behold a tiger converted into a lawyer.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • But while opinion concerning him had remained nearly stationary, and his daily habits had presented scarcely any visible change, Marner’s inward life had been a history and a metamorphosis, as that of every fervid nature must be when it has fled, or been condemned, to solitude.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • They were an American ducal family without a title—the very name written in a hotel register, signed to an introduction, used in a difficult situation, caused a psychological metamorphosis in people, and in return this change had crystallized her own sense of position.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Japan was in the throes of that rapid, confusing metamorphosis from a feudal to an industrial nation, which began when Commodore Perry’s black-hulled armada steamed into Tokyo Bay and forced the Japanese to open their ports and cities to western trade.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • He said that was so, and proceeded to point out that the possibility of vivisection does not stop at a mere physical metamorphosis.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • I’m lying in the grass next to Mother, watching the clouds in their metamorphoses.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • They illustrate the fact that the devotee at the moment of the entry into the temple undergoes a metamorphosis.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • To make this of himself, the prince, he went through a metamorphosis.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • What sort of metamorphosis will we experience?
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • In fact, his slight grin showed his pleasure in my metamorphosis.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • No metamorphosis into a beautiful sad lady?
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • And as the ends and ultimates of all things accord in some mean and measure with their inceptions and originals, that same multiplicit concordance which leads forth growth from birth accomplishing by a retrogressive metamorphosis that minishing and ablation towards the final which is agreeable unto nature so is it with our subsolar being.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • That’s when the letters came, and Henry reading them all, without jealousy, with that complete abnegant transference, metamorphosis into the body which was to become his sister’s lover.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • But he must have seemed very odd standing there in silence, and the young woman and the usher were indeed looking at him as if they thought he would go through some major metamorphosis any second which they didn’t want to miss seeing.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • I have another book, too, which I shall call ’Metamorphoses, or the Spanish Ovid,’ one of rare and original invention, for imitating Ovid in burlesque style, I show in it who the Giralda of Seville and the Angel of the Magdalena were, what the sewer of Vecinguerra at Cordova was, what the bulls of Guisando, the Sierra Morena, the Leganitos and Lavapies fountains at Madrid, not forgetting those of the Piojo, of the Cano Dorado, and of the Priora; and all with their allegories,…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Surely, his very features changed their form, his jaw looked sometimes large and sometimes small; and the little ripple in his nose was a preparation for metamorphosis.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • His father’s looks of solemnity and amazement on this his first appearance on any stage, and the gradual metamorphosis of the impassioned Baron Wildenheim into the well-bred and easy Mr. Yates, making his bow and apology to Sir Thomas Bertram, was such an exhibition, such a piece of true acting, as he would not have lost upon any account.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • And as each new character is merely a metamorphosis from something older, in these little grey balls I recognised green buds plucked before their time; but beyond all else the rosy, moony, tender glow which lit up the blossoms among the frail forest of stems from which they hung like little golden roses—marking, as the radiance upon an old wall still marks the place of a vanished fresco, the difference between those parts of the tree which had and those which had not been ’in…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Without growth, without metamorphosis, there is no godhead.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • DUDARD: That proves his metamorphosis was sincere.
    Eugene Ionesco  --  Rhinoceros
  • Would not the next step in this painful metamorphosis of her character be a fierce and passionate repudiation of herself and all she represented?
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • But was it to be always by some metamorphosis of himself that he escaped, some humiliation of his faith, some admission to strength and argumentation and not frailty?
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • My vision is so accustomed to a shifting horizon, to the metamorphoses of ocean and clouds, that to see such a mass of rock, immovable against the sky, was astonishing.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Everything is made of one hidden stuff; as the naturalist sees one type under every metamorphosis, and regards a horse as a running man, a fish as a swimming man, a bird as a flying man, a tree as a rooted man.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Metamorphosis Franz Kafka Translated by David Wyllie I One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • "Never," adds an eye witness of 1653, "have the sudden metamorphoses of the Court of Miracles been more happily presented.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The transformations of Ovid’s Metamorphoses show up in all sorts of later works, not least in Franz Kafka’s story of a man who wakes up one morning to find he’s changed into an enormous beetle.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • So Ishtar is accused by the memory of her unfortunate lovers who survived miserably, one as a bird with a broken wing, another a wolf or a blind mole; for this Ishtar has the power of Circe, and these seem like fragments from some once popular Babylonian ’Metamorphoses’.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • One of the first examples that he had learnt in Latin had run: INDIA MITTIT EBUR; and he recalled the shrewd northern face of the rector who had taught him to construe the Metamorphoses of Ovid in a courtly English, made whimsical by the mention of porkers and potsherds and chines of bacon.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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