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  • She was murdered in the penultimate episode.
  • They say it is the penultimate Harry Potter film.
  • The author inadvertently reveals the murderer in the penultimate chapter.
  • During this penultimate stage of the siege the population’s hysterical fear of sabotage reached its height.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist

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  • Roger’s nickname for Penelope was Penultimate.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • But then I realized she meant that it wouldn’t be possible, as if this house were some penultimate trap of living, sustaining her beyond the pale.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • On the penultimate night, I told Nathan that I didn’t mind if he wanted to bring Karen back to the complex.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Celaena picked up the penultimate goblet and sniffed.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • It was in shorthand now that she completed Hoss’s penultimate paragraph to Himmler: "In all probability, then, a reassessment must be made of the transport problem of the Greek Jews should any further deportations from Athens be contemplated for the immediate future.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Nearing the finish line for the penultimate time, Louie fixed his eyes on the gleaming head of the pomaded competitor, who was many runners ahead.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken

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  • The pistol snapped its penultimate shot and ripped a valuable Sidney Cooper.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • "So your brain was an organic part of the penultimate configuration of the computer program," said Ford, rather lucidly he thought.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The squares on the board in front of me are filling up: I’m making my penultimate play of the night.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • This penultimate car had only one passenger—a Chinese man.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • This penultimate lap had been by plane from Rome.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • At the penultimate moment, his words, his only ones, words wholly unobstructed in the utterance were these—"God bless Captain Vere!"
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • How serene does she now arise, a queen among the Pleiades, in the penultimate antelucan hour, shod in sandals of bright gold, coifed with a veil of what do you call it gossamer.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Myth is but the penultimate; the ultimate is openness—that void, or being, beyond the categoriest—into which the mind must plunge alone and be dissolved.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Consider the question posed at the beginning of this book’s penultimate chapter: how much do parents really matter?
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • A master of the irresistible effect, a virtuoso in his native aria da capo, he held the penultimate note before the resolution— moving downstage now, or so it seemed, one hand thrust into the air— held it so long that they broke into polite bravos before he had finished.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • At the penultimate moment, the girl had transported them out of the doomed aircraft by a monumental exertion of her psychic gift, to another place, to a dimension outside space and time, and had held them in that mysterious sheltering limbo through one terrible minute of cataclysmic destruction.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • It is the penultimate oxymoron-a nonfactorable variable.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • When I was a school-boy, during the penultimate decade of the last century, the chief American grammar was "A Practical Grammar of the English Language," by Thomas W. Harvey.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Penultimate.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • "Hey, Penultimate," Roger said.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • You and Penultimate are a great couple, man.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • I’ll bring Penultimate home safely, man.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • Penultimate.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • An American sounds every syllable in /extraordinary/, /literary/, /military/, /secretary/ and the other words of the /-ary/-group; an Englishman never pronounces the /a/ of the penultimate syllable.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Once the hidden profile has been discovered, myth is the penultimate, silence the ultimate, word.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • What he calls the /first floor/ (or, more commonly, /first storey/, not forgetting the penultimate /e/!
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • On the penultimate blank page of a book of inferior literary style, entituled Sweets of Sin (produced by Bloom and so manipulated that its front cover came in contact with the surface of the table) with a pencil (supplied by Stephen) Stephen wrote the Irish characters for gee, eh, dee, em, simple and modified, and Bloom in turn wrote the Hebrew characters ghimel, aleph, daleth and (in the absence of mem) a substituted qoph, explaining their arithmetical values as ordinal and cardinalů
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The trajectories of their, first sequent, then simultaneous, urinations were dissimilar: Bloom’s longer, less irruent, in the incomplete form of the bifurcated penultimate alphabetical letter, who in his ultimate year at High School (1880) had been capable of attaining the point of greatest altitude against the whole concurrent strength of the institution, 210 scholars: Stephen’s higher, more sibilant, who in the ultimate hours of the previous day had augmented by diuretic consumptionů
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The Consul had expected representatives from the Shrike Temple to meet them here at the beginning of the penultimate stage of their journey but Pilgrims" Rest appeared to the Consul to be as empty as Edge had been.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • But at the penultimate word, Mary cried out with sharp reproof:
    London, Jack  --  The Valley of the Moon
  • In the penultimate verse he makes known his discovery concerning the root of modern Nihilism and indifference,—i.
    Nietzsche, Friedrich  --  Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book For All And None
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