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  • Partly because some pretty whacked-out people roamed the streets, breaking into houses and setting fires, the whole murder, rape, and pillaging thing.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • The Poles who had pillaged our neighbors’ apartment had tipped them off, telling them that we were Jews and that my father had refused to hand over the key.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • Molly had always thought the Indians rebelled like guerrillas, scalping and pillaging.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Men with wives and sisters felt this obligation a good deal more seriously, filling their letters with references to protecting "the fair daughters of my own native state …. from Yankee outrage and atrocity," from the "varlet’s tread," the "fiendish vandals" and "despoiler of Southern homes," shielding "the loved ones who call upon me to defend their homes from pillage."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865

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  • That place had been captured by the rebels and pillaged.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Pillaged and burned.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Nearly a fortnight ago we passed through Yazuac and found it pillaged.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • "But suppose the Hindoos or Indians pull up the rails," replied Stuart; "suppose they stop the trains, pillage the luggage-vans, and scalp the passengers!"
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • The ancient city was pillaged centuries ago.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • And no stopping for looting or pillaging!
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian

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  • And she has been fooled in the first place because her provinces have been pillaged—they say the Holy Russian army loots terribly—her army is destroyed, her capital taken, and all this for the beaux yeux * of His Sardinian Majesty.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Let’s take back our pillaged eyes!
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • It is the same men, they say; there is no relief corps; those who are erect pillage those who are prone on the earth.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Yet our friends of yesterday were probably waiting behind their shutters for the moment when they could pillage our homes.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • I guess we’re all just lucky my father faked his own death before he got to the raping and pillaging part of my education, or no one would be safe.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • The cafeteria at the Chase Manhattan Bank where she worked served dinner to the employees for free, so she would load up with bologna sandwiches, cheese, cakes, whatever she could pillage, and bring it home for the hordes to devour.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • They’ve been pillaging Pan’s kingdom ever since.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • In days gone by, these men held Hypereia, a country of wide dancing grounds, but near them were overbearing Kyklopes, whose power could not be turned from pillage.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • There was no one to picture the battle the union leaders were fighting—to hold this huge army in rank, to keep it from straggling and pillaging, to cheer and encourage and guide a hundred thousand people, of a dozen different tongues, through six long weeks of hunger and disappointment and despair.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • They will be pillaging your city soon!
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Crouching like that, she’s like a doll, an old one that’s been pillaged and discarded, in some corner, akimbo.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • You’d enjoy seeing the Corps of Sardaukar pillage through my cities and sack this castle.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Felton only expressed, with regard to the duke, the feeling of execration which all the English had declared toward him whom the Catholics themselves called the extortioner, the pillager, the debauchee, and whom the Puritans styled simply Satan.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Though by the repeated bloody chastisements they have received at the hands of European cruisers, the audacity of these corsairs has of late been somewhat repressed; yet, even at the present day, we occasionally hear of English and American vessels, which, in those waters, have been remorselessly boarded and pillaged.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The violence that led young Grace Balegamire from Congo to Clarkston in the early twenty-first century had its origins in the 1870s, when King Leopold II of Belgium established the Free State of Congo, a corporate state that pillaged the region around the Congo River of its natural resources, terrorized the population, and gave way over time to a collection of politically unstable nations divided by ethnic tension.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Today he was fighting their battle, he was fighting the same enemy they had fought for ages, as far back as the eleventh century …. when the enemy’s crusading armies had first pillaged his land, raping and killing his people, declaring them unclean, defiling their temples and gods.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • This is no longer a bickering at the fords, raiding from Ithilien and from Anorien, ambushing and pillaging.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • The Japanese army raped and pillaged with full encouragement from its superiors.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Florence and Alice passed the dead woman and pillaged wreck on the way to town.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Voltaire, whose light touch on familiar institutions opens them and reveals their absurdity, likes to remind us that the slaughter and pillage and murder which Candide witnessed among the Bulgarians was perfectly regular, having been conducted according to the laws and usages of war.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • We mean to pillage it.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • Merlyn had taught him to distrust the logic by which countrysides could be pillaged for forage, husbandmen ruined, soldiers slaughtered, so that he himself should pay a scathless ransom, like the Coeur de Lion of the legends.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • The consequences were uproarious beyond belief; but no one seemed to care; on the contrary, the mother and daughter laughed heartily, and enjoyed it very much; and the latter, soon beginning to mingle in the sports, got pillaged by the young brigands most ruthlessly.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • Besides this, the country is not pillaged by your officials; the subjects are satisfied by prompt recourse to the prince; thus, wishing to be good, they have more cause to love him, and wishing to be otherwise, to fear him.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • I was surprised to find corruption grown so high and so quick in that empire, by the force of luxury so lately introduced; which made me less wonder at many parallel cases in other countries, where vices of all kinds have reigned so much longer, and where the whole praise, as well as pillage, has been engrossed by the chief commander, who perhaps had the least title to either.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Some obtain these testimonials with good intentions, others put them to a cunning use; for when they go to pillage on Christian territory, if they chance to be cast away, or taken prisoners, they produce their certificates and say that from these papers may be seen the object they came for, which was to remain on Christian ground, and that it was to this end they joined the Turks in their foray.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • When hostilities ceased, they ran amok on the streets of Wonderland’s capital city, looting and pillaging Wondertropolis until Queen Genevieve had them rounded up and shipped off to the Crystal Mines-a spiderweb-like network of tunnels carved in a far-off mountainside, where those unwilling to abide by the laws of decent society lived in windowless dormitories and labored to excavate crystal from the unforgiving mountain.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Again, he had set in movement a band of scholars, who had flung themselves upon a wine-shop in classic fashion, quasi ~classico excitati~, had then beaten the tavern-keeper "with offensive cudgels," and joyously pillaged the tavern, even to smashing in the hogsheads of wine in the cellar.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • …Beings—taxed by him without mercy, obliged to work for him without pay, obliged to grind our corn at his mill, obliged to feed scores of his tame birds on our wretched crops, and forbidden for our lives to keep a single tame bird of our own, pillaged and plundered to that degree that when we chanced to have a bit of meat, we ate it in fear, with the door barred and the shutters closed, that his people should not see it and take it from us—I say, we were so robbed, and hunted, and were…
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • …wicked; Hagiophobia = a morbid fear of holy places & things; Lapidicolous = living under stones, as certain blind beetles; Dyspathy = lack of sympathy, fellow feeling; Psilopher = a fellow who fain would pass as a philosopher; Omophagia = eating raw flesh, the rite of some savage tribes; Depredate = to pillage, rob, and prey upon; Aphrodisiac = a drug or the like which excites sexual desire; Megaloda Citylous = having abnormally large fingers; Myrtophobia =fear of night and darkness.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • She’s happy to still be visible in the mind’s eye as queen mother of America’s once fearsome radical counterculture, through which she stomped in her leather miniskirt, shouting about racism and classism and exhorting her fellow travelers to bomb, pillage, and "freak out the honky establishment."
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • While Seabiscuit had spent the summer pillaging the West, War Admiral had been plundering the East with four triumphs in succession.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • But every man who has formed one of the innumerable army of travellers has seen these marauding irregulars hanging on, like Nym and Pistol, to the main force, wearing the king’s colours and boasting of his commission, but pillaging for themselves, and occasionally gibbeted by the roadside.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • It made you wonder how much the nature of Charleston depended on its deliverance from pillage and fire.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • It reaches horrendous proportions because of the terrible losses incurred by the war — "the natives were slaughtered en masse with gun or machine-gun shots" — and the pillage of enormous herds — "4,613 head of cattle and 3,659 head of small livestock."
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Now, whoever hath had the honour to be admitted to any degree of intimacy with this mob, must well know that it is one of their established maxims to plunder and pillage their rich neighbours without any reluctance; and that this is held to be neither sin nor shame among them.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • …reached the back door, he gave them a penny to spend, and they ran off; and when Cook asked him what all that was about, he said he would rather have them following under his command, than pelting him with clots of mud and horse dung, which was their habit with peddlers, who could not chase them away without abandoning their packs; which if they did, would swiftly be pillaged by the little ruffians; so he’d chosen the wiser course, and employed them, and taught them the song himself.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • And deep inside, the money is racked ready for pillage, rapine, loot.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • Of course the painting may have been ruined in a pillage or massacre.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • Came from a Spanish ship they pillaged, I reckon.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
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