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  • You mean all that was just the precursor?
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • In a way, that terrible episode became not only the precursor but also the symbol for all the horrible viciousness that would follow.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • A precursor to COPD.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Translation: the precursor to breast cancer.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real

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  • He will find it as sure a precursor of his fate as Openshaw did before him.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Scientists in laboratories throughout North America and Europe began fusing cells and using them to map genetic traits to specific chromosomes, creating a precursor to the human genome map we have today.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Raising a shout of triumph, he sprang toward the defenseless Cora, sending his keen axe as the dreadful precursor of his approach.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The countess was accustomed to this tone as a precursor of news of something detrimental to the children’s interests, such as the building of a new gallery or conservatory, the inauguration of a private theater or an orchestra.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • During this time, the jeweller made the diamond play and sparkle in the lamplight, and the gem threw out jets of light which made him unmindful of those which—precursors of the storm—began to play in at the windows.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Civilization fell behind me quickly, and I was soon surrounded by the blank hills and rocks that were the precursors to the empty desert wastelands.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host

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  • She made an effort to alter her position, but failed: her face changed; she seemed to experience some inward sensation — the precursor, perhaps, of the last pang.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Oliver’s colour rose as he said this; he breathed quickly; and there was a curious working of the mouth and nostrils, which Mr. Claypole thought must be the immediate precursor of a violent fit of crying.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The storm increased, the flashes succeeded one another more rapidly, the thunder began to growl, and the wind, the precursor of a hurricane, whistled in the plumes and the hair of the horsemen.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • The people were terrified of these two horrible curses, the two maladies which nothing could cure, and which were the precursors of an awful and lonely death.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Whether it be Providence or Fate, Gutenburg is the precursor of Luther.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • A precursor to metasystems.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • He is looking down at her peaceful, rigid face fading into the dusk as though darkness were a precursor of the ultimate earth, until at last the face seems to float detached upon it, lightly as the reflection of a dead leaf.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • One set, for example, was simple aptitude tests developed by the Institute for Educational Research, a precursor to the group that now develops the SATs.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • So the worst thing that occurs is that we’re still reading the same story as if the literary precursors weren’t there.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • One day, taking a pair of shoes to be mended, he saw the cobbler’s wife seated by the fire, suffering from the terrible symptoms of heart-disease and dropsy, which he had witnessed as the precursors of his mother’s death.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • The drug, Jensen learned, inhibited metaplasia, the shift of normal body cells to a new and bizarre form, a precursor to cancer.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Then he is the precursor.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • We could say that the natural philosophers took the first step in the direction of scientific reasoning, thereby becoming the precursors of what was to become science.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • One day during that winter, the sun had shown itself a little in the afternoon, but it was the 2d of February, that ancient Candlemas day whose treacherous sun, the precursor of a six weeks’ cold spell, inspired Mathieu Laensberg with these two lines, which have with justice remained classic:— Qu’il luise ou qu’il luiserne, CHAPTER II.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • In almost all climes the tortoise and the frog are among the precursors and heralds of this season, and birds fly with song and glancing plumage, and plants spring and bloom, and winds blow, to correct this slight oscillation of the poles and preserve the equilibrium of nature.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Now, my military advisers tell me that what is going on looks very much like a war exercise, indeed, could be the precursor to a war.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • When the hour comes Watch me dance along the narrowing path Glazed by the soles of my great precursors.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King’s Horseman
  • One glow of this kind, however, was often the precursor of gloom for many hours afterward; because, when the glow left him, he seemed conscious of a missing sense and power, and groped about for them, as if a blind man should go seeking his lost eyesight.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Maybe it had been the kiss, which was the precursor to that whole line of conversation.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • The mediaeval burgesses and the small peasant proprietors were the precursors of the modern bourgeoisie.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • …the King’s ship; now on the beak, Now in the waist, the deck, in every cabin, I flam’d amazement; sometime I’d divide, And burn in many places; on the topmast, The yards, and boresprit, would I flame distinctly, Then meet and join: Jove’s lightning, the precursors O’ th’ dreadful thunder-claps, more momentary And sight-outrunning were not: the fire and cracks Of sulphurous roaring the most mighty Neptune Seem to besiege and make his bold waves tremble, Yea, his dread trident shake.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • And Hightower leans there in the window, in the August heat, oblivious of the odor in which he lives—that smell of people who no longer live in life: that odor of overplump desiccation and stale linen as though a precursor of the tomb—listening to the feet which he seems to hear still long after he knows that he cannot, thinking, ’God bless him, God help him’; thinking To be young.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • But it was only a precursor of his old bitter, sleepless, and eternal vigilance.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • We met that morning in the Team Meeting Room in Florida Field, a precursor to orientation to football and early workouts.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • This precursor to the Secret Service was a counterterrorism unit tasked with seeking out Confederate spy networks in Canada, New York, and Washington.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • This was where people spoke Gullah, one of the early precursors of today’s African American Vernacular, and twenty years ago you could still hear faint whispers of that original slave English.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • While there were wilder lands, occupied by creatures that were the precursors of the other races scattered throughout the islands, the true beginning of the Archipelago was here, on the island of Byblos.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • Hema saw that Sister Mary Joseph’s Praise’s face was losing all color, the eyelids lowered to quarter mast, the hooded gaze now unfocused, a look that was so often a precursor to death.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Against this ebullition of wounded female pride, the experienced husband made no other head, than by an occasional exclamation, which he intended to be precursor of a simple asseveration of his own innocence.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Everyone talks about there being no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but they seem to be referring to completed nuclear bombs, not the many deadly chemical weapons or precursors that Saddam had stockpiled.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • Jay had arrived in Paris from Spain in June, and through most of the summer he and the British representative Richard Oswald had been in discussions centered on the recognition of American independence as a mandatory precursor to any talk of peace.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • In the meantime, the forest began to change its hues, losing that lively green which had embellished its arches, in the graver light which is the usual precursor of the close of day.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • It was known, by all present, to be the brave precursor of a weighty and important judgment.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Although it is probably more romantic to cast this process as one of interpersonal revelation and acceptance, it can also be appreciated as a necessary precursor to transactive memory.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • These fearful precursors of a coming struggle produced no change in the countenances and movements of his three guides, so far as Duncan could discover, except that the strokes of their paddles were longer and more in unison, and caused the little bark to spring forward like a creature possessing life and volition.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Claypole thought must be the immediate precursor of a violent fit of crying.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Oliver Twist Or The Parish Boy’s Progress
  • Raising a shout of triumph, he sprang toward the defenseless Cora, sending his keen axe as the dreadful precursor of his approach.
    Cooper, James Fenimore  --  The Last of The Mohicans
  • Whether it be Providence or Fate, Gutenburg is the precursor of Luther.
    Hugo, Victor  --  Notre-Dame de Paris
  • Rarity, as geology tells us, is the precursor to extinction.
    Darwin, Charles  --  The Origin of Species
  • He will find it as sure a precursor of his fate as Openshaw did before him.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
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