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  • I fear the election results portend greater violence in the region.
  • Few heeded the sign, and not even Bilbo yet had any notion of what it portended.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Yet another truth portending the inevitable.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • I’ve always loved full moons. ... I liked to think that they were an omen of sorts. I wanted to believe they always portended good things.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John

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  • When Mr. Hooper came, the first thing that their eyes rested on was the same horrible black veil, which had added deeper gloom to the funeral, and could portend nothing but evil to the wedding.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • Alack, our terrene moon Is now eclips’d,
    And it portends alone The fall of Antony!
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • Where once he’d kept them in his desk, he now found it impossible to go about his daily life without them nearby, even though they portended the end of everything he held dear.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • What does your flickering portend?
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Becky brought back tales of sea monsters chasing the British fleet and a two-headed calf born outside Philadelphia that portended all manner of disaster.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • The B-29, and what it portended, fed the Bird’s vitriol.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken

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  • What do these sounds portend?
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Then came a day when the chill air portended a snowstorm.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • There was a storm on the way, and the heaviness in the air portended a big one.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Tracy studied biochemistry and French as an undergraduate and had gone on to pursue an MD-PhD at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, an intensive eight-year degree that portended a career as a doctor or medical researcher.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • What future event do they portend?
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • She could hear a humming of noise far down the street, but what it portended she did not know.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Unlike Perry, he was not convinced that a broken mirror meant seven years’ misfortune, or that a young moon if glimpsed through glass portended evil.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • —O, these eclipses do portend these divisions! fa, sol, la, mi.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • I did remark, to be sure, that mounting the stairs made her breathe very quick; that the least sudden noise set her all in a quiver, and that she coughed troublesomely sometimes: but I knew nothing of what these symptoms portended, and had no impulse to sympathise with her.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • It portended that there was one stone face too many, up at the chateau.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Almost in the center of it, above the Prechistenka Boulevard, surrounded and sprinkled on all sides by stars but distinguished from them all by its nearness to the earth, its white light, and its long uplifted tail, shone the enormous and brilliant comet of 1812—the comet which was said to portend all kinds of woes and the end of the world.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I do not know what this portends.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • What does this portend?
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Did that first division, portending a second division, afflict him?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The end, I think, is what the bird portended— if a true portent—when we wished to cross, the eagle bearing left across the army, beating upward, grappling this great snake, alive.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Does that sound fantastic? I assure you that it is no more fantastic than those troops and that waiting mob whose presence and guilty anger portend something which we dare not even think!
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • Why, this is evident to any formal capacity; there is no obstruction in this;—And the end,—What should that alphabetical position portend?
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • If a well-run meal or snack portends good things for community and understanding, then the failed meal stands as a bad sign.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Above them, swollen thunderheads gathered along the horizon, portending a torrential storm, and circling hawks uttered lonesome cries as they hunted their prey.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • The knights heard this uncommon document read from end to end, and then gazed upon each other in silent amazement, as being utterly at a loss to know what it could portend.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • "Ah—don’t I remember her in it!" said Mr. Jackson; adding: "Poor girl!" in the tone of one who, while enjoying the memory, had fully understood at the time what the sight portended.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • There was a depth of thirty or forty feet to the ground; here was the spot on which he had been standing with Farfrae when Elizabeth-Jane had seen him lift his arm, with many misgivings as to what the movement portended.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • But had it not been proven at Umballa that his sign in the high heavens portended War and armed men?
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Dense and full bellied, they portended the type of summer storm common in the South—intense rain for twenty minutes, then slowly clearing skies.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Wedding
  • One great excellency in this tribe, is their skill at prognostics, wherein they seldom fail; their predictions in real diseases, when they rise to any degree of malignity, generally portending death, which is always in their power, when recovery is not: and therefore, upon any unexpected signs of amendment, after they have pronounced their sentence, rather than be accused as false prophets, they know how to approve their sagacity to the world, by a seasonable dose.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • I started coming to see him, to study his features as he peered at the file, to look for an "aha," followed by a frantic phone call that would portend a visit to my home.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • While Kate was wondering within herself what these symptoms of unusual vexation portended, Mr Mantalini put the tips of his whiskers, and, by degrees, his head, through the half-opened door, and cried in a soft voice— ’Is my life and soul there?’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • But Roberta, her presents and her happy last evening with him put aside in this casual way, and for the first time, too, in this fashion, shook her head negatively, as if to say "Oh, no," but her spirits were heavily depressed and she fell to wondering what this sudden desertion of her at this time might portend.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • …or by Palmistry in the lines of the hand; in casuall words, called Omina: Sometimes in Monsters, or unusuall accidents; as Ecclipses, Comets, rare Meteors, Earthquakes, Inundations, uncouth Births, and the like, which they called Portenta and Ostenta, because they thought them to portend, or foreshew some great Calamity to come; Sometimes, in meer Lottery, as Crosse and Pile; counting holes in a sive; dipping of Verses in Homer, and Virgil; and innumerable other such vaine conceipts.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • SIR P: What should these things portend?
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • What did the dark shadow around her portend?
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • Something portended evil—something hung in the balance.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • But all the same he was a marvelously keen and strung and efficient instrument to meet the portending issue.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • But no one knew and nothing seemed to portend a resolution of the struggle.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • My first role, however, did not exactly portend greatness on stage.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • The catastrophe as persistently portended by Pilchuck and corroborated by Sprague had at last fallen.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • Messala, on the perilous edge of the goal, heard, but dared not look to see what the awakening portended.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • What do you think it portends?
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • What think you they portend?
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • But these events, tragic as they are, portend neither the end of the world nor of America’s leadership in the world.
    Gerald R. Ford  --  A War That is Finished
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