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  • Some of the protestors disbanded when the police arrived, but others remained obdurate.
  • the child’s misery would move even the most obdurate heart
  • For the last two days I have been dead, slain by the thought of the cruelty with which thou hast treated me, obdurate knight,
    Cervantes, Miguel  --  Don Quixote
  • But at one part of the line there was a grim and obdurate group that made no movement.
    Crane, Stephen  --  The Red Badge of Courage

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  • It’s very kind in him, but I don’t want him to, I’m sure,’ said Kit, hammering stoutly at an obdurate nail.
    Dickens, Charles  --  The Old Curiosity Shop
  • Miss Dartle,’ said I, ’if you can be so obdurate as not to feel for this afflicted mother ...
    Dickens, Charles  --  David Copperfield
  • Pharaoh was obdurate for his heart was hardened.
  • since he stands obdurate,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • He was cruel enough to inflict the severest punishment, artful enough to descend to the lowest trickery, and obdurate enough to be insensible to the voice of a reproving conscience.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Breakfast, dinner, and supper were very silent meals—for Anne still remained obdurate.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables

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  • In spite of everything an obdurate hope remains with the hero;
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • "Over the years military planners have arrived at a rule of thumb which dictates that functional fighting units cannot be substantially larger than 200 men," Dunbar writes. ...companies have remained obdurately stuck at this size despite all the advances in communications technology since the first world war.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Madam, if your heart be so obdurate,
    Vouchsafe me yet your picture for my love,
    The picture that is hanging in your chamber;
    To that I’ll speak, to that I’ll sigh and weep;
    For, since the substance of your perfect self
    Is else devoted, I am but a shadow;
    And to your shadow will I make true love.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • It seemed to Ralph, as he and Helen tried to figure out what paying their full taxes would mean, that mistakes were harder to erase than he remembered. Was he using a different kind of pencil? Also, the numbers themselves seemed solid, obdurate, much less fun. Instead of many ways, among which he could pick, they came out one way. And the way they came out, he and Helen listed between barely squeezing by and undeniably short.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • The stony obduracy shattered and what shone through was the countenance of an insanely angry child.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Your obduracy is quite, is . well, can’t you see how ridiculous this is?"
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • It was one point upon which she was obdurately firm: she had made it clear to him that she would not and could not speak of her experiences in the camp.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Hall tried to convey everything by grimaces and dumb show, but Mrs. Hall was obdurate.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • But at one part of the line there was a grim and obdurate group that made no movement.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • He said the peasants were obdurate and that at the present moment it would be imprudent to "overresist" them without an armed force, and would it not be better first to send for the military?
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "No candles!" repeated Mr. Kernan obdurately.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Francois was obdurate, but when he turned his back Buck again displaced Sol-leks, who was not at all unwilling to go.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • What obduracy!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • ’You will not persist in saying that,’ rejoined the gentleman, with a voice and emphasis of kindness that might have touched a much harder and more obdurate heart.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Catherine, by instinct, must have divined it was obdurate perversity, and not dislike, that prompted this dogged conduct; for, after remaining an instant undecided, she stooped and impressed on his cheek a gentle kiss.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • To get this far one had to have an uncommonly obdurate personality.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Seeing the obdurate look on Scarlett’s face, Mammy picked up the tray and, with the bland guile of her race, changed her tactics.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • In the end Marija said that she would help with ten dollars; and Jurgis being still obdurate, Elzbieta went in tears and begged the money from the neighbors, and so little Kristoforas had a mass and a hearse with white plumes on it, and a tiny plot in a graveyard with a wooden cross to mark the place.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • ’Now, David,’ said Mr. Murdstone, ’a sullen obdurate disposition is, of all tempers, the worst.’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • "Not a karnel!" exclaimed the obdurate Hawkeye; "his death is certain, and we have no powder to spare, for Indian fights sometimes last for days; ’tis their scalps or ours! and God, who made us, has put into our natures the craving to keep the skin on the head."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • And I saw a Centaur full of rage come crying out, "Where is, where is that obdurate one?"
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • My zeal in your behalf ye cannot doubt; Ruthless indeed were I and obdurate If such petitioners as you I spurned.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • CHAPTER XIII Sentimental and Otherwise I fear the gentleman to whom Miss Amelia’s letters were addressed was rather an obdurate critic.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Who could have thought that Don Fernando, a highborn gentleman, intelligent, bound to me by gratitude for my services, one that could win the object of his love wherever he might set his affections, could have become so obdurate, as they say, as to rob me of my one ewe lamb that was not even yet in my possession?
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • ’After all your love!’ he returned, obdurately.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • But his doom Reserved him to more wrath; for now the thought Both of lost happiness and lasting pain Torments him: round he throws his baleful eyes, That witnessed huge affliction and dismay, Mixed with obdurate pride and steadfast hate.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • He braced against it quietly to accept, endure it, relishing not only his exertion but the sullen, obdurate cruelty of the iron, for it was the cruelty which proved and measured his courage.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • She was obdurate.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • This upper robe concealed what at first view seemed rather inconsistent with its form, a shirt, namely, of linked mail, with sleeves and gloves of the same, curiously plaited and interwoven, as flexible to the body as those which are now wrought in the stocking-loom, out of less obdurate materials.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Assuming the Griffiths of Lycurgus to remain obdurate and unmoved—why then—why then—and now that she was here—there were the churches and the religious people generally.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • On the other side your incomprehensible, persistent, and, so to speak, obdurate silence with regard to the source from which you obtained the money which was so suddenly seen in your hands, when only three hours earlier, on your own showing, you pledged your pistols for the sake of ten roubles!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • And I fixed my thoughts an him obdurately, that guard, calculating how a vampire might get to him, how take his life and his lantern and his keys.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • I was alone, and calm and quiet below me in the sun and shade lay the old house, with its terraces and turrets, on which there had seemed to me to be such complete repose when I first saw it, but which now looked like the obdurate and unpitying watcher of my mother’s misery.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Blasingame, who had been asleep when we had come into the barracks, came up the stairs from third division with a quizzical, obdurate look on his face.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Hutter was too stern and obdurate by nature to shrink from the consequences of any of his acts, and he was also too familiar with the opinions of the savages not to understand that nothing was to be gained by equivocation or an unmanly dread of their anger.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • It was the note which the family had taken to sounding on the mention of the Countess Olenska’s name, since she had surprised and inconvenienced them by remaining obdurate to her husband’s advances; but on May’s lips it gave food for thought, and Archer looked at her with the sense of strangeness that sometimes came over him when she was most in the tone of her environment.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Even Mrs. Trenor, whose taste for variety had led her into some hazardous experiments, resisted Jack’s attempts to disguise Mr. Rosedale as a novelty, and declared that he was the same little Jew who had been served up and rejected at the social board a dozen times within her memory; and while Judy Trenor was obdurate there was small chance of Mr. Rosedale’s penetrating beyond the outer limbo of the Van Osburgh crushes.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • ’Why is it,’ said the old gentleman, coming up a step higher, and leaning his elbows on the wall, with as much complacency as if he were looking out of window, ’why is it that beauty is always obdurate, even when admiration is as honourable and respectful as mine?’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • She implored him not to come, but he was obdurate.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Elva had not had the temerity to laugh then, but she remained obdurate in her refusal.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
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