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  • That summer of the Pestilence was brutally hot, and the stench of rotting flesh hung in the air like an invisible, noxious fog.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Rivers of fire . bloodthirsty Vikings . pestilence so thick you can’t breathe . and mixed into all that, like some devilish bouillabaisse, bird knows how many wights and hollowgast!"
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Not so much at the nursery rhyme, a phantom song about pestilence and death that had regained popularity in the past decade.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • That first generation of gods could be a stuffy bunch (I’m looking at you, Hera, Hades, Dad), but Demeter had always been a kind and loving presence—except when she was destroying mankind through pestilence and famine, but everyone has their bad days.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo

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  • The healer woman put a comfrey salve on it to draw out the pestilence.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • ’Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth with his feet.’
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Miss Maudie’s face likened such an occurrence unto an Old Testament pestilence.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • What pestilence or war or evil deed of the Enemy had so blasted all that region even Aragorn could not tell.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • A pestilence of rain we received, the likes of which we had never seen or dreamed about in Georgia.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • In seasons of pestilence, some of us will have a secret attraction to the disease— a terrible passing inclination to die of it.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities

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  • Pestilence was known to have been foreboded by a shower of crimson light.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • It was a formidable campaign; a nocturnal battle against pestilence and suffocation.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • There was a time when human beings crouched in caves, at the mercy of any pestilence and any storm.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • A pestilence on him for a mad rogue!
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • I would not have you go back to exchange one word with any old companion, or take one look at any old haunt, or breathe the very air which is pestilence and death to you.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The Shadow My heavens are brass my earth is iron my moon a clod of clay My sun a pestilence burning at noon & a vapour of death in the night.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Such penances had been sent before: the expulsion from Eden, the Flood, pestilences, the destruction of the Cities of the Plain, the Captivity.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • And yet they survived, displaying the same obstinacy and fortitude that kept their ancestors in Palancar Valley despite famine, war, and pestilence.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • I did not, for some weeks, strike, or otherwise violently ill use it; but gradually—very gradually—I came to look upon it with unutterable loathing, and to flee silently from its odious presence, as from the breath of a pestilence.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • It is a very justifiable cause of a war, to invade a country after the people have been wasted by famine, destroyed by pestilence, or embroiled by factions among themselves.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • He sent the pestilence among them That did lay schemes against us.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • In this poem the flood follows pestilence, famine and drought, each designed to exterminate mankind.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • And it was in the realm of Logris; and so befell great pestilence and great harm to both realms.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death
  • Going to find a barefoot brother out, One of our order, to associate me, Here in this city visiting the sick, And finding him, the searchers of the town, Suspecting that we both were in a house Where the infectious pestilence did reign, Seal’d up the doors, and would not let us forth; So that my speed to Mantua there was stay’d.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • And still Eve did not repent, nor all the daughters of Eve, and upon Eve did the Crafty Serpent found a kingdom of whoredoms and pestilences.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • That forest-dell, where Lowood lay, was the cradle of fog and fog-bred pestilence; which, quickening with the quickening spring, crept into the Orphan Asylum, breathed typhus through its crowded schoolroom and dormitory, and, ere May arrived, transformed the seminary into an hospital.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Had there been an invasion? an earthquake? a pestilence?
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • The Enemy’s human partisans have all been plainly told by Him that suffering is an essential part of what He calls Redemption; so that a faith which is destroyed by a war or a pestilence cannot really have been worth the trouble of destroying.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • When devils will the blackest sins put on, They do suggest at first with heavenly shows, As I do now: for whiles this honest fool Plies Desdemona to repair his fortune, And she for him pleads strongly to the Moor, I’ll pour this pestilence into his ear,— That she repeals him for her body’s lust; And by how much she strives to do him good, She shall undo her credit with the Moor.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • But now in this hateful age of ours not one is safe, not though some new labyrinth like that of Crete conceal and surround her; even there the pestilence of gallantry will make its way to them through chinks or on the air by the zeal of its accursed importunity, and, despite of all seclusion, lead them to ruin.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • O Lord, he will hang upon him like a disease: he is sooner caught than the pestilence, and the taker runs presently mad.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • Sir Walter Ralegh brought from the new world that potato and that weed, the one a killer of pestilence by absorption, the other a poisoner of the ear, eye, heart, memory, will understanding, all.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • "Ah! good heavens!" said an old woman among the spectators, "and that besides our having had a considerable pestilence last year, and that they say that the English are going to disembark in a company at Harfleur."
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • On th’ other side, Incensed with indignation, Satan stood Unterrified, and like a comet burned, That fires the length of Ophiuchus huge In th’ arctic sky, and from his horrid hair Shakes pestilence and war.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • It almost looked as though the pestilence had been directed against the really valuable people in the village of Puerto.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help—
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • They that come after us will perish as by a pestilence!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini’s Daughter
  • I do not think it was a greater sorrow to see the whole people in Egina sick, when the air was so full of pestilence that the animals, even to the little worm, all fell dead (and afterwards the ancient people, according as the poets hold for sure, were restored by seed of ants), than it was to see the spirits languishing in different heaps through that dark valley.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Why, so I do, the noblest that I have: O, when mine eyes did see Olivia first, Methought she purg’d the air of pestilence; That instant was I turn’d into a hart; And my desires, like fell and cruel hounds, E’er since pursue me.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • She did not even raise her eyes to pity her on the afternoon when Amaranta went into the kitchen and put her hand into the coals of the stove until it hurt her so much that she felt no more pain but instead smelled the pestilence of her own singed flesh.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • One, with his chin propped on his knees, stared at nothing, in an intolerable and appalling manner: his brother phantom rested its forehead, as if overcome with a great weariness; and all about others were scattered in every pose of contorted collapse, as in some picture of a massacre or a pestilence.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars or pestilences, in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all—it is very tiresome: and yet I often think it odd that it should be so dull, for a great deal of it must be invention.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • I tell you, William, men who stood unafraid before British cannon run in fear from this foul pestilence.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Fever, 1793
  • But that pestilence so frequently idealized by nostalgia became an unbearable reality when the carriage began to lurch through the quagmire of the streets where buzzards fought over the slaughterhouse offal as it was swept along by the receding tide.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • The most infectious pestilence upon thee!
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • In the meantime, fate visited a plague on his subjects and tortured them with great pestilences.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Nothing is inside them, they were sealed up before the creation of pestilence or treasure; if mankind grew curious and excavated, nothing, nothing would be added to the sum of good or evil.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • The others, all new from Europe, suckled by white women and learning our tongues from books, are worse than the pestilence.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
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