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  • They were good friends, but it was a friendship born of propinquity rather than true affinity.
  • Normally, polar bears and Alaskan brown bears do not mate, but it has happened with the propinquity of a shared cage at the zoo.
  • For the first time within reckoning society permitted, indeed encouraged, unhindered propinquity of the flesh but still forbade the flesh’s fulfillment.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He was always poring through his torn-up pocket dictionary (his name scrawled in Cyrillic on the front, with the English carefully lettered beneath: BORYS VOLODYMYROVYCH PAVLIKOVSKY) and I was always finding old 7-Eleven napkins and bits of scratch paper with lists of words and terms he’d made: bridle and domesticate
    wise guy = Kpymoiinauatt
    Dereliction of duty.
    When his dictionary failed him, he consulted me.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • But it was the constant shadow of my presence, the closest propinquity of the man whom he had most vilely wronged, and who had grown to exist only by this perpetual poison of the direst revenge!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Sweet propinquity and the Warren money!
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • It did not appear to him to be a matter of a dark night and a propinquity and so on.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • As she walked, however, some footsteps approached behind her, the footsteps of a man; and owing to the briskness of his advance he was close at her heels and had said "Good morning" before she had been long aware of his propinquity.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Ah, lucky girls who grow up in the shelter of a mother’s love—a mother who knows how to contrive opportunities without conceding favours, how to take advantage of propinquity without allowing appetite to be dulled by habit!
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • I don’t plead propinquity: the fact that I, a woman young and at the age for marrying and in a time when most of the young men whom I would have known ordinarily were dead on lost battlefields, that I lived for two years under the same roof with him.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!

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  • They may love other individuals far better than their relatives,—they may even cherish dislike, or positive hatred, to the latter; but yet, in view of death, the strong prejudice of propinquity revives, and impels the testator to send down his estate in the line marked out by custom so immemorial that it looks like nature.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • …her potency over effluent and refluent waters: her power to enamour, to mortify, to invest with beauty, to render insane, to incite to and aid delinquency: the tranquil inscrutability of her visage: the terribility of her isolated dominant implacable resplendent propinquity: her omens of tempest and of calm: the stimulation of her light, her motion and her presence: the admonition of her craters, her arid seas, her silence: her splendour, when visible: her attraction, when invisible.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Susan’s sight of her passing figure earlier in the evening, not five minutes after the sick boy’s exclamation, "Mother, I do feel so bad!" persuaded the matron that an evil influence was certainly exercised by Eustacia’s propinquity.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • But he reassured himself with a glance down at his host—a big man himself but dwarfed by the propinquity of the giant.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • Those who went before are soon forgotten; of those who will come after no one has any idea: the interest of man is confined to those in close propinquity to himself.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Let it be so,—thy truth then be thy dower: For, by the sacred radiance of the sun, The mysteries of Hecate, and the night; By all the operation of the orbs, From whom we do exist and cease to be; Here I disclaim all my paternal care, Propinquity, and property of blood, And as a stranger to my heart and me Hold thee, from this for ever.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • Appalled by the vision conjured by Chicago’s Dedication Day, of crème and rabble mixing in such volume and with such indecorous propinquity, McCallister in a column in the New York World advised "it is not quantity but quality that the society people here want.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • The two conditions are always distinct and always in propinquity; the tie that connects them is as lasting as they are themselves.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Trenor, a little heated by his unusual flow of words, and perhaps by prolonged propinquity with the decanters, was bending over the latter to decipher their silver labels.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Though unsophisticated in the usual sense, she was not incomplete; and it would have denoted deficiency of womanhood if she had not instinctively known what an argument lies in propinquity.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The afternoon was warm, and propinquity made her more than usually conscious that he was red and massive, and that beads of moisture had caused the dust of the train to adhere unpleasantly to the broad expanse of cheek and neck which he turned to her; but she was aware also, from the look in his small dull eyes, that the contact with her freshness and slenderness was as agreeable to him as the sight of a cooling beverage.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • In democracies, where the members of the community never differ much from each other, and naturally stand in such propinquity that they may all at any time be confounded in one general mass, numerous artificial and arbitrary distinctions spring up, by means of which every man hopes to keep himself aloof, lest he should be carried away in the crowd against his will.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Her absence, after the most complete (or perhaps I should say only) propinquity of flesh in my life, was spooky, almost palpable, and I drowsily realized it had partly to do with the smell of her, which remained like a vapor in the air: a musky genital odor, still provocative, still lascivious.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • And by the chance of propinquity she read scores of books unnatural to her gay white littleness: volumes of anthropology with ditches of foot-notes filled with heaps of small dusty type, Parisian imagistes, Hindu recipes for curry, voyages to the Solomon Isles, theosophy with modern American improvements, treatises upon success in the real-estate business.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • …this countryman’s refusal to visit New York was based on an apocalyptic and ever-haunting fantasy-scenario in which, seated at a Times Square cafeteria minding his own business, he finds the chair next to him preempted by a large, grinning, malodorous male Negro (politely or rudely preempted, it doesn’t matter; propinquity is the sole issue), whereupon he is forced to commit a felony through the necessity of seizing a Heinz Ketchup bottle and bashing it over the black bastard’s head.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
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