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  • as pertinacious as a bulldog’s mouth
  • the most vocal and pertinacious of all the critics
  • Her voice was as usual, pertinacious, unfeeling, with a slight plaint in it; terrible in its unchanged purpose.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Arrow of Gold
  • It followed my footsteps with a pertinacity which it would be difficult to make the reader comprehend.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat

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  • I dwelt upon it with a pertinacity of attention—as if, in so dwelling, I could arrest here the descent of the steel.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • I well remember that suggestions arising from this ballad, led us into a train of thought wherein there became manifest an opinion of Usher’s which I mention not so much on account of its novelty, (for other men have thought thus,) as on account of the pertinacity with which he maintained it.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • There was something in the moody and dogged silence of this pertinacious companion that was mysterious and appalling.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • I had remembered them as little tricksters, pertinacious but foolish, with only a kind of village cunning; and I had assumed that for them studying meant only cramming.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Whatever I did, that idea would bother me: it was so tiresomely pertinacious that I resolved on requesting leave to go to Wuthering Heights, and assist in the last duties to the dead.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • He was very careful of his valise and umbrella, bringing them in with his own hands, and resisting, pertinaciously, all offers from the various servants to relieve him of them.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin

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  • But in the end Buck’s pertinacity was rewarded; for the wolf, finding that no harm was intended, finally sniffed noses with him.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • —The pertinacity of her friend seemed more than she could bear.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Here be it said, that this pertinacious pursuit of one particular whale, continued through day into night, and through night into day, is a thing by no means unprecedented in the South sea fishery.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Doubtless my words surprised Henry; he at first believed them to be the wanderings of my disturbed imagination, but the pertinacity with which I continually recurred to the same subject persuaded him that my disorder indeed owed its origin to some uncommon and terrible event.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • They fought with more pertinacity than bulldogs.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • And somewhat relieved by this idea (which I failed not to execute that day), I ventured once more to meet my master’s and lover’s eye, which most pertinaciously sought mine, though I averted both face and gaze.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • For Demi inherited a trifle of his sire’s firmness of character, we won’t call it obstinacy, and when he made up his little mind to have or to do anything, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men could not change that pertinacious little mind.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • They had not then learned, as I am told, to haggle for bargains with the pertinacity which now distinguishes them.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • "But tell me, my dear Sir," pertinaciously continued the other, "was the man’s death effected by the halter, or was it a species of euthanasia?"
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • The distressed damsel strove with much pertinacity to kiss his hands; but Don Quixote, who was in all things a polished and courteous knight, would by no means allow it, but made her rise and embraced her with great courtesy and politeness, and ordered Sancho to look to Rocinante’s girths, and to arm him without a moment’s delay.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Even when dislodged, he still kept the letter in his mouth; and on my endeavouring to take it from him, at the imminent risk of being bitten, he kept it between his teeth so pertinaciously as to suffer himself to be held suspended in the air by means of the document.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • …Albert to the guides (who would by no means yield their prescriptive right of carrying their victims through the routine regularly laid down, and as regularly followed by them, but dragged the unconscious visitor to the various objects with a pertinacity that admitted of no appeal, beginning, as a matter of course, with the Lions’ Den, and finishing with Caesar’s "Podium,"), to escape a jargon and mechanical survey of the wonders by which he was surrounded, Franz ascended a…
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • But Guasconti, finding Baglioni’s pertinacity intolerable, here broke away, and was gone before the professor could again seize his arm.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini’s Daughter
  • But she pertinaciously refused to make any response.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • I could see that Montgomery had one of those slow, pertinacious tempers that will warm day after day to a white heat, and never again cool to forgiveness; and I saw too that this quarrel had been some time growing.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • "Well, here it is for you," said Hepzibah, reaching it down; but recognizing that this pertinacious customer would not quit her on any other terms, so long as she had a gingerbread figure in her shop, she partly drew back her extended hand, "Where is the cent?"
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Before night his doubt whether he may not be responsible for some inconceivable part in the catastrophe which is the talk of the whole neighbourhood is almost resolved into certainty by Mrs. Snagsby’s pertinacity in that fixed gaze.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Both parties now felt as men are wont to feel, when a bargain that each is anxious to conclude is on the eve of being broken off, in consequence of too much pertinacity in the way of management.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • "Oh, my golly, Massa Will! aint dis here my lef eye for sartain?" roared the terrified Jupiter, placing his hand upon his right organ of vision, and holding it there with a desperate pertinacity, as if in immediate dread of his master’s attempt at a gouge.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Gold-Bug
  • Staring impotently across a courtyard, at a loss for what to do; hearing the pertinacious rumbling of one’s own stomach during a moment of love; betraying, yet lacking the will to abandon the glamorous path of betrayal; raising one’s fist with the crowds in the Grand March; displaying one’s wit before hidden microphonesI have known all these situations, I have experienced them myself, yet none of them has given rise to the person my curriculum vitae and I represent.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Poor indemnity for natural rights of self-agency so pertinaciously, so insultingly denied!
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  William Wilson
  • "What do you call the wake?" interrupted the pertinacious and dogmatical Cap.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • ’There may be those who could have laughed at his pertinacity; I didn’t.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • These were four requisites, on which Marmaduke had insisted with a little more than his ordinary pertinacity.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • Hugh was pertinacious.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • The pertinacity of the deceased, and all the circumstances united, induced him to set on foot some secret enquiries.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • It clung to the member pertinaciously; yet she thought but little of the sign till Tirzah complained that she, too, was attacked in the same way.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Thomas Mugridge, so strangely and pertinaciously clinging to life, was soon limping about again and performing his double duties of cook and cabin-boy.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • She spoke again, and now more frequently and pertinaciously, of the sounds—of the slight sounds—and of the unusual motions among the tapestries, to which she had formerly alluded.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  Ligeia
  • Jacob Behmen[518] and George Fox[519] betray their egotism in the pertinacity of their controversial tracts, and James Naylor[520] once suffered himself to be worshiped as the Christ.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Though he could not help seeing how small his attainments were beside the American’s, his British pertinacity, his wounded vanity (perhaps they are the same thing), would not allow him to give up the struggle.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • His most vivid conception of a supernatural element in the world’s affairs had come to him once when this pertinacity of misfortune was at its climax; there seemed to him something stronger in life than his own will.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • Hamilton called on Adams at the Barnes boardinghouse, where presumably they drew up chairs in Adams’s tiny sitting room—two proud, pertinacious men who by now hated each other, one ambitious for war, the other peace, and each determined to have his way.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • [2] In the interval the new republic had passed through a period of /Sturm und Drang/ whose gigantic perils and passions we have begun to forget—a period in which disaster ever menaced, and the foes within were no less bold and pertinacious than the foes without.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • If a pertinacious minority can control the opinion of a majority, respecting the best mode of conducting it, the majority, in order that something may be done, must conform to the views of the minority; and thus the sense of the smaller number will overrule that of the greater, and give a tone to the national proceedings.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • I contradict an American at every word he says, to show him that his conversation bores me; he instantly labors with fresh pertinacity to convince me; I preserve a dogged silence, and he thinks I am meditating deeply on the truths which he is uttering; at last I rush from his company, and he supposes that some urgent business hurries me elsewhere.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Your excellency!" he kept repeating pertinaciously while he shook Pierre by the shoulder without looking at him, having apparently lost hope of getting him to wake up.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • There is inobedience, vaunting, hypocrisy, despite, arrogance, impudence, swelling of hearte, insolence, elation, impatience, strife, contumacy, presumption, irreverence, pertinacity, vainglory and many another twig that I cannot tell nor declare….
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • Your excellency won’t be disturbed here," said a particularly pertinacious, white-headed old Tatar with immense hips and coat-tails gaping widely behind.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • "Ay, ay; give me civilized grub if I must eat," returned the pertinacious seaman.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
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