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  • believes the Golden Globe Awards are portents of the upcoming Academy Awards
  • The drive to El Puerto was always a pleasant one, but today it was filled with strange portents.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • These are portents; but yet I hope, I hope, They do not point on me.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • There had been no signs or portents, no secret signals.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic

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  • This departure from truth on the part of a most honest hobbit was a portent of great significance.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • The movements of the planets and the mysterious portents they reveal only to those who understand the steps of the celestial dance.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Would anyone like me to help them interpret the shadowy portents within their Orb?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • This portent is quickly interpreted by Helen.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Then the plane was overhead, its shadows passing over the open glade, the throbbing reaching its maximum of portent.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • And these does she apply for warnings and portents
    And evils imminent; and on her knee
    Hath begg’d that I will stay at home to-day.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar

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  • The first, the very first: I found it a splendid portent.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • No human being can create new runes, or draw the sort of runes Clary can. Only angels have that power. And since Clary can do that—well, it seems like a portent. Things are changing. The Laws are changing. The old ways may never be the right ways again.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • The dawn is beginning to announce itself, but there is something in the air that belongs to the night. A stillness that is a portent, a gathering, a coming together of something akin to a storm.
    August Wilson  --  The Piano Lesson
  • O, what portents are these?
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • Giants and other portents on the borders of the Shire were forgotten for more important matters:
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Three dead trees on the moor below, burned up alive by lightning, are ominous portents.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • In any case, she was stupidly off guard and vulnerable when he put out the first signals, as he had before, and she failed to read their portent: the euphoric telephone call from Pfizer, the voice too high-pitched and excited, the announcement of incredible victories in the offing, a grandiose "breakthrough," a majestic scientific discovery.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Outward portents and inward presentiments were his.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • But did your reverence hear of the portent that was seen last night? a great red letter in the sky—the letter A, which we interpret to stand for Angel.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • But right now …. I would have to be a half-wit to ignore these portents.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Days filled with great portent.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Victor, whose parents were illegal immigrants living near Bakersfield, California, was not only religious, but believed in portents of all kinds.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Still, now and then, I received a damping check to my cheerfulness; and was, in spite of myself, thrown back on the region of doubts and portents, and dark conjectures.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Calamity is all you care about, or see, no happy portents; and you bring to pass nothing agreeable.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • San Piedro fishermen, in 1954, were apt to pay attention to signs and portents other men had no inkling of.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • And the equine portent grows again, magnified in the deserted heavens, nay to heaven’s own magnitude, till it looms, vast, over the house of Virgo.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Tales abound of one or another climber who decided to remain in his or her sleeping bag after detecting some inauspicious vibe in the ether and thereby survived a catastrophe that wiped out others who failed to heed the portents.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • ’I was strolling along, brooding upon certain Dark portents 1 happen to have glimpsed …’ But Harry was not paying much attention.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • ’It has been guessed already,’ said Ingold; ’for there have been strange portents here of late.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • Just as it had spent its force, just as its ambition had been dimmed by destiny and it was preparing to faint, to turn over, to pour back into the bosom of its mother earth, a portent happened.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • And as if he had done all else, he turned to Miss Bartlett, who sat like some portent against the skies of the evening.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • No portents now our foes amaze, Forsaken Israel wanders lone; Our fathers would not know THY ways, And THOU hast left them to their own.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • When I feel that resonance, that "fat chord" that feels heavy yet sparkles with promise or portent, it almost always means the phrase, or whatever, is borrowed from somewhere else and promises special significance.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • But other grievous things he prophesied, Woes, lamentations, mourning, portents dire; To wit I should defile my mother’s bed And raise up seed too loathsome to behold, And slay the father from whose loins I sprang.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • Not to know — to snatch at hints and portents, at intimations, at tantalizing whispers — it is as bad as being haunted.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Doc Daneeka had lost his head during Milo’s bombardment; instead of running for cover, he had remained out in the open and performed his duty, slithering along the ground through shrapnel, strafing and incendiary bombs like a furtive, wily lizard from casualty to casualty, administering tourniquets, morphine, splints and sulfanilamide with a dark and doleful visage, never saying one word more than he had to and reading in each man’s bluing wound a dreadful portent of his own decay.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Everything seemed dreary: the portents before the birth of Cyrus—Jewish antiquities—oh dear!
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Evil spirits ran riot through the world; numerous portents of woe arose; and the voices of the myriad of deities were like unto the flies in the fifth moon as they swarmed.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Jockeys say there is a small, bright sound when hooves clip against each other, a cheery portent of the wreck that is likely to follow.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Whisperings and portents came home upon the four winds: Lo! we are diseased and dying, cried the dark hosts; we cannot write, our voting is vain; what need of education, since we must always cook and serve?
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • A sense of fear of the unknown moved in the heart of his weariness, a fear of symbols and portents, of the hawk-like man whose name he bore soaring out of his captivity on osier-woven wings, of Thoth, the god of writers, writing with a reed upon a tablet and bearing on his narrow ibis head the cusped moon.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • …not, which if this be fidelity, fidelity only to the prime fixed principle of its own savageness; —Clytie who in the very pigmentation of her flesh represented that debacle which had brought Judith and me to what we were and which had made of her (Clyne) that which she declined to be just as she had declined to be that from which its purpose had been to emancipate her, as though presiding aloof upon the new, she deliberately remained to represent to us the threatful portent of the old.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • I am not sure that this is not a portent of Revolution.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • They had him, but it was like getting hold of an apparition, a wraith, a portent.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • Lenny studies them a while, letting the moment draw meaning and portent.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • CORB: The mere portent of nature!
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • Here was strange portent, if not an answer to his queries.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • All his inner being trembled at the portent of his next query.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • He seemed to be receiving a strange or unusual portent.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • Every sign and portent of an awful earthquake!
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
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