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  • The rainforest is filled with a prodigal variety of vegetation.
  • prodigal in their expenditures
  • She suggested, it seemed to Mr Pickering, the prodigal daughter revisiting the old homestead.
    Wodehouse, Pelham Grenville  --  Uneasy Money
  • They were immersed in a sea of wanton, prodigal vegetation.
    London, Jack  --  Adventure

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  • What prodigal portion have I spent that I should come to such penury?

    (editor’s note:  Penury is a synonym for poverty.)
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • Two thousand pounds sacrificed!  He’s as prodigal as a thief!
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • a bankrupt, a prodigal, who dare scarce show his head on the Rialto;
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Laughter is easier minute by minute, spilled with prodigality, tipped out at a cheerful word.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • I do know, When the blood burns, how prodigal the soul Lends the tongue vows:
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Myself a prodigal I’ll prove,
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote

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  • "You understand the nature of an Indian’s wishes," he concluded, as he led her toward the place where she was expected, "and must be prodigal of your offers of powder and blankets."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • ...and in the valley the azaleas would be prodigal of scent,
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • They were bobbing to and fro roaring directions and encouragements. The dimensions of their howls were extraordinary. They expended their lungs with prodigal wills.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • I began to leave more rice in my bowl. And then I extended my prodigal ways beyond Chinese food. I did not finish my creamed corn, broccoli, Rice Krispies, or...
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • They were prodigal as kings, full of ideal, ambitious, fantastic frenzy.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • In the afternoon the returning prodigal made constant deflections from his course to see if by ascending some hillock he might not pierce the distance and catch a glimpse of his home.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Ay, but he’ll have but a year in all these ducats; he’s a very fool, and a prodigal.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • could such people engender a prodigal aunt?
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • For my own part, I regretted your alliance with my brother-in-law’s family, which has always been of prodigal habits,
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • I trust you will be a good husband of your money; but in the affair of a friend like Mr. Thompson, I would be even prodigal.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • My noble gossips, ye have been too prodigal.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • Casy suggested elaborately, "Maybe Tom’ll kill the fatted calf like for the prodigal in Scripture."
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • swine were the companions of the prodigal.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The prodigal student returns home.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • Have you found the prodigal?
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • It had been five months since he returned to Ayemenem. He never talked about where he had been, or what he had done.
    ...It caused a great deal of resentment among the other Touchable factory workers because, according to them, Paravans were not meant to be carpenters. And certainly, prodigal Paravans were not meant to be rehired.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • ...he that goes in the calf’s skin that was killed for the Prodigal;
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • Stephen looked at the English convert with the same eyes as the elder brother in the parable may have turned on the prodigal.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • I’ll pay him now; you’ll be too prodigal.
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • its prodigal, annual, sumptuous crops,
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • And spend his prodigal wits in bootless rimes,
    William Shakespeare  --  Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • My garden is prodigal.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • A sweeter and a lovelier gentleman,
    Framed in the prodigality of nature,
    Young, valiant, wise, and, no doubt, right royal,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • ’tis painted about with the story of the Prodigal,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • He was the father embracing his prodigal child.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • the story of the Prodigal
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • I’ll find a way back to the company of my family. They have to forgive me, fold me in. Prodigal daughter, kill the fatted lamb. The image comforts me.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • He played the prodigal trump card.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • He can afford to be witty ... prodigally, without saving, because he knows there is more wit where that came from.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • There was the prodigal scene at the door.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • would think that I had a hundred and fifty tattered Prodigals lately come from swine-keeping, from eating draff and husks.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • When she got tired of living on pickled herring and pasta, she might have compromised her principles, might have let Mr. Corrigan stage a "prodigal daughter" reunion with her father.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Stoop-shouldered, unshaven, hollow-eyed inventor of the wheel, inheritor, caretaker, prodigal.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • I am the prodigal who hates the foreigner.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • As they consulted urgently in German, more noise and movement behind the Amiens, which billowed out suddenly: faded blossoms, a fete champetre, prodigal nymphs disporting themselves amidst fountain and vine.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • An exceptional talent was burned prodigally to achieve perfection in the unexceptional.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The prodigal returns?
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • The metal came rising to the top of the ladle and went running over with arrogant prodigality.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Monsieur shall see that upon occasion I have some left; only I beg Monsieur not to be too prodigal of it if he wishes it to last long.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • How careless they had been of food then, what prodigal waste!
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
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