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  • slipping deeper into an economic and political morass
  • opened the country to foreign investment and cleaned up the regulatory morass
  • God help those who wander into the great mire now, for even the firm uplands are becoming a morass.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • It had rained heavily the night before, and the road was a thick morass of mud.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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  • "I guess so," Meg said, but her happiness had fled and she was back in a morass of anger and resentment.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • God help those who wander into the great mire now, for even the firm uplands are becoming a morass.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • The artillery would have been lost among the morasses.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Nor could anyone in his family have foreseen that a chance discovery during this initial journey would ultimately turn him inward and away, drawing Chris and those who loved him into a morass of anger, misunderstanding, and sorrow.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Two of the sweeping bastions appeared to rest on the water which washed their bases, while a deep ditch and extensive morasses guarded its other sides and angles.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The thing was two stories high, a swirl of rocky tendrils jutting like a spear tip from the oily morass.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune

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  • But where Silver stood with his lieutenant, all was still in shadow, and they waded knee-deep in a low white vapour that had crawled during the night out of the morass.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • The best thing you can do right now is stay out of my way, or else I may be forced to ram that blue rinse straight into that morass you call a brain.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • They blossomed delicately white and iridescent out of the tidal morass.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • And some certain significance lurks in all things, else all things are little worth, and the round world itself but an empty cipher, except to sell by the cartload, as they do hills about Boston, to fill up some morass in the Milky Way.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I projected then two excursions, the first to make a thorough examination of the thicket and morass; the next right away to the Gap, through which alone the archenemy could have entered our territory.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Yes, unquestionably it is due to that poisonous morass up at Molledal.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • "Maybe I’ll learn about babies sometime," she thought irritably, as the carriage jolted and swayed out of the morass surrounding the station, "but I’m never going to like fooling with them."
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • But he began to see himself as from a distance, like a man being sucked down into a bottomless morass.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • For four years, now, Jurgis had been wondering and blundering in the depths of a wilderness; and here, suddenly, a hand reached down and seized him, and lifted him out of it, and set him upon a mountain-top, from which he could survey it all—could see the paths from which he had wandered, the morasses into which he had stumbled, the hiding places of the beasts of prey that had fallen upon him.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Three or four empty bullock carts passed us on the way to collect the broken stones, the bullocks drawing them struggling to get through the morass, their hides slippery with rain.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • The second day two of their sheep plunged into a morass, where they and their burdens were lost; two more died of fatigue a few days after; seven or eight perished with hunger in a desert; and others subsequently fell down precipices.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Of late he had liked to hear tell of men who could rule others, for in actions such as these he felt that there was a way to escape from this tight morass of fear and shame that sapped at the base of his life.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • The path from the wood leads to a morass, and from thence to a ford, which, as the rains have abated, may now be passable.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • I am sure you cannot long be content to pass your leisure in solitude, and to devote your working hours to a monotonous labour wholly void of stimulus: any more than I can be content," he added, with emphasis, "to live here buried in morass, pent in with mountains — my nature, that God gave me, contravened; my faculties, heaven-bestowed, paralysed — made useless.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • One afternoon, while she was drinking her infusion of worldwide leaves, she looked toward the morass of the patio where the tree of her misfortune would never bloom again.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • He did not know what had prompted him, but the day after the battle, he had returned to the plateau and retrieved the sword from the morass of trampled dirt where Murtagh had dropped it.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Besides, that had never been the real estrangement; it was the whole stinking morass of churchiness that really separated them, and now that was apt to get worse rather than better.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • A few miles from Boston, in Massachusetts, there is a deep inlet winding several miles into the interior of the country from Charles Bay, and terminating in a thickly wooded swamp or morass.
    Washington Irving  --  The Devil and Tom Walker
  • The filthy morass, in which he had sunk of his own free will, was too revolting to him, and, like very many men in such cases, he put faith above all in change of place.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Immediately there was a crashing through the yellow canes, and a sound of voices from the dense green jungle that marked the morass through which I had run on the previous day.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • It was not, alas, a clean rush of waves they had to win through, but a clogging morass of old associations and habits, and for the moment its vapours were in his throat.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • This morass was not her home, she insisted.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Sunk up to his neck in a morass of dead brandies and rotting flowers, he flung the dirt of the garden all about after having finished with the courtyard and the backyard, and he excavated so deeply under the foundations of the east wing of the house that one night they woke up in terror at what seemed to be an earthquake, as much because of the trembling as the fearful underground creaking.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Here was a weary experience in which he was as utterly condemned to loneliness as in the despair which sometimes threatened him while toiling in the morass of authorship without seeming nearer to the goal.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Now this was the manner of obtaining alcohol under the reign of righteousness and prohibition: He drove from the severe rectangular streets of the modern business center into the tangled byways of Old Town—jagged blocks filled with sooty warehouses and lofts; on into The Arbor, once a pleasant orchard but now a morass of lodging-houses, tenements, and brothels.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • …who believed that he (after that evening in Judith’s room) was not oblivious of me but only unconscious and receptive like the swamp freed pilgrim feeling earth and tasting sun and light again and aware of neither but only of darkness’ and morass’s lack—who did believe there was that magic in unkin blood which we call by the pallid name of love that could be, might be sun for him (though I the youngest, weakest) where Judith and Clytie both would cast no shadow; yes, I the youngest…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • The rain might have stopped, but the compound was still a morass of shallow lakes and slippery mud.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • Then, as abruptly as the storm had broken, Lee was lost in a morass of sensation too dark, too deep to understand.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • She swore she’d risk the morass of requisition for a new unit if this one just held out for one more case.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • Unless that organization is blocked we may be plunged into a civil war and be lost forever in a morass of internal chaos.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • The constant passage of men, animals, and wagons had turned the top six inches of earth into a nigh on impassable morass.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • I wrote to Sacramento about that historical marker, and they’ve been kicking it around their bureaucratic morass for months.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • Spectator stands had been cleared away to accommodate trenches along the perimeter while Monsieur Renard’s beloved turf had been trampled into a muddy morass.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Any force attacking Lee’s army [70] of almost 4,000 will have to expose themselves to fire while wading the four-foot-deep morass of Sayler’s Creek.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Seven miles to the north of Venice the banks of sand which nearer the city rise little above low-water mark attain by degrees a higher level, and knit themselves at last into fields of salt morass, raised here and there into shapeless mounds, and intercepted by narrow creeks of sea.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Contrary to the usual practice of the men of their caste, this party had left the fertile bottoms of the low country, and had found its way, by means only known to such adventurers, across glen and torrent, over deep morasses and arid wastes, to a point far beyond the usual limits of civilised habitations.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • The swampy ground beyond the causeway was impassable, an endless morass of suckholes, quicksands, and glistening green swards that looked solid to the unwary eye but turned to water the instant you trod upon them, the whole of it infested with venomous serpents and poisonous flowers and monstrous lizard lions with teeth like daggers.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Martin had been reading Max Gottlieb’s scientific papers—as much of them as he could read, with their morass of mathematical symbols—and from them he had a conviction that experiments should be something dealing with the foundations of life and death, with the nature of bacterial infection, with the chemistry of bodily reactions.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Begging your pardon, Doctor, I fancy it is due to quite another morass altogether.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • Returning her gaze to the table, she began to sort through a morass of scrolls, evidently searching for something hidden underneath.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
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