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  • After the accident, we frequently had little chats about Mia’s progress and passed along pertinent info to her grandparents.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • I have no idea what he said, but it must have been pertinent, for she scrambled to her feet, shook herself, and bounced amiably after him as he went to sniff at the slumbering forms of Uncle Albert and the Stranger.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • "We comply with all pertinent environmental regulations," Johnson said automatically.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Note writing is for fact-based, pertinent information only, not conversations.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility

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  • …and simpler, way to thank Hobie and say what I had to say: namely, that he shouldn’t feel bad, he’d always been good to me and done his best to help me, just as my mother and I had done our best to help this baby pit bull, who—it was actually a pertinent point, only I didn’t want to spin the story out too long—for all her sweet-tempered qualities had been incredibly destructive in the days leading to her death, she’d pretty much destroyed the whole apartment and ripped our sofa to…
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Did I remain businesslike and ask pertinent questions?
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • There is another question, pertinent to the former, and that is, What remedy can we apply to this malady?
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Her choice in art seemed eerily pertinent to tonight’s adventure.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The people who would normally pass along pertinent information that something has happened to me are in no position to do that.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • Nor did the scout fail to throw in a pertinent inquiry, whenever a fitting occasion presented.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans

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  • She felt a numbed emptiness —and the sense of being thrown far below the realm where moral indignation is pertinent.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Something short and pertinent.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • "Mine, master shaver," said Don Quixote, "will not be impertinent, but, on the contrary, pertinent."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Because it wasn’t pertinent to the lesson, because Robert needs to learn some manners, and because it’s no one else’s business.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Once a week, we get together, six moms and six girls, and discuss issues that are pertinent to our personal growth.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • It is pertinent to remember that in Homer’s "additive" style items are not always given in any particular order.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • It was a pattern that the rest of the guard would never have noticed, since Eleazar was the one passing the pertinent intelligence privately to Aro.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • They were about the same in other towns, but the Salinas Row has a pertinence to this telling.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • But all of that was pertinent only in the night, and had nothing to do with the man you loved, at least in daylight.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • It was hopeless because though Dr. Jones agreed to elaborate, the prosecution was entitled to object-and did, citing the fact that Kansas law allowed nothing more than a yes or no reply to the pertinent question.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Paul’s question had been direct and pertinent.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • "I know it pertinently," replied the protonotary.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • —Most pertinent question, the professor said between his chews.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It dawned on Ishmael, in the coast guard record room, that perhaps something pertinent to Kabuo’s case could be found right here among these files.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • He was speaking of their old bathing suits, of the runs in her stockings, of their favorite ice-cream parlor in Stanton, where they had spent so many summer evenings together—and he was thinking dimly that it made no sense at all; he had more pertinent things to tell and to ask her; people did not talk like that when they hadn’t seen each other for months.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • "He is neither impertinent nor pertinent," said Sophie.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • If the child stealer had taken Missy up the Imnaha—only one of many directions he could have gone—the police figured they could get pertinent information by questioning those coming out.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • The precautions were needless for the situation of the parties outside the door was so harassed as to preclude any but the most fleeting judgments on matters not pertinent to themselves.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • What is pertinent is the calmness of that beauty, its sense of restraint.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • Still more pertinently, who was the moral woman?
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Not seeing his way to any pertinent answer, Mr. Glegg reverted to his porridge.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • She talked vaguely and indiscriminately to prevent his talking pertinently.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • "And why didn’t you want to?" he asked pertinently.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • And after a little, when she had got into bed, I had, for a long time, by almost sitting on her to hold her hand, to prove that I recognized the pertinence of my return.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • He seemed unmindful of the circumstance that to his bluff company such remote allusions, however pertinent they might really be, were altogether alien to men whose reading was mainly confined to the journals.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • At the queen’s be’t: ’good’ should be pertinent; But so it is, it is not.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • With regard to the merchants, however, one of them says pertinently that a great part of their failures are not genuine pecuniary failures, but merely failures to fulfil their engagements, because it is inconvenient; that is, it is the moral character that breaks down.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Conway felt that the question was pertinent, for Mallinson’s attitude left little doubt as to what he would do as soon as he reached India.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • You know …. Take over a few courses from the older men, start some special groups for myself …. plow a few pertinent wives. ….
    Edward Albee  --  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • The pertinence of the question checked Selden’s fugitive impulse before the train had started.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Never was spoken language of such inflexible necessity, never had it known questions so pertinent, such obvious replies.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • It was the single name among all possible wrong ones that just at this moment seemed to Bathsheba more pertinent than the right.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • On the contrary: she would have liked to discover who the author of the anonymous letter was in order to convince him of his error with all the pertinent explanations, for she felt certain that never, for any reason, would she respond to the wooing of Juvenal Urbino.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • The allusion was even more pertinent than he had thought because the Swiss doctor was a great music lover.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • It’s not pertinent.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • In his speeches he managed a clever mix of pertinent local issues and grand Maoist rhetoric, which sounded even grander in Malayalam.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • He was, however, perspicacious enough to discover one pertinent fact — namely that, as a lunatic, Grace Marks was a sham — a view previously arrived at by myself, although the authorities of that time refused to act upon it.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • There be other things tending to the destruction of particular men; as Drunkenness, and all other parts of Intemperance; which may therefore also be reckoned amongst those things which the Law of Nature hath forbidden; but are not necessary to be mentioned, nor are pertinent enough to this place.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Professor John Bystrom of the University of Minnesota,former Nebraska Attorney General C. A. Sorensen, and the Honorable Hugo Srb, Clerk of the Nebraska State Legislature, were helpful in providing previously unpublished correspondence of George Norris and pertinent documents of the Nebraska State Legislature.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • The can-opener, whose soft gray metal handle was twisted from some ancient effort to pry open a window, was more pertinent to her than all the cathedrals in Europe; and more significant than the future of Asia was the never-settled weekly question as to whether the small kitchen knife with the unpainted handle or the second-best buckhorn carving-knife was better for cutting up cold chicken for Sunday supper.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
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