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  • She lives an unsocial reclusive life.
  • He became a recluse after his wife passed away.
  • Howard Hughes became an eccentric recluse.
  • A few friends felt at liberty to visit the recluse, and were kindly welcomed, but he himself sought no one.
    Melville, Herman  --  Typee

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  • I had lived a placid, uneventful, sedentary existence all my days—the life of a scholar and a recluse on an assured and comfortable income.
    London, Jack  --  The Sea Wolf
  • An eccentric recluse who spends most of his time shooting wild game.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • across from the house where the shoemaker, Rasheed, lived with his reclusive wife.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • AIA was the only book Peter Van Houten had written, and all anyone seemed to know about him was that after the book came out he moved from the United States to the Netherlands and became kind of reclusive.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • The young girl had recognized the spiteful recluse.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • He stopped drinking, became more of a recluse than ever, and rode with cold and ruthless fury.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die

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  • I became more and more of a recluse, avoiding our old haunts for fear of running into him.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • And if it sort not well, you may conceal her,
    As best befits her wounded reputation,
    In some reclusive and religious life,
    Out of all eyes, tongues, minds, and injuries.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • I wasn’t a recluse or anything.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • A recluse, like Hepzibah, usually displays remarkable frankness,
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • I was not a totally ignorant feral recluse.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • I know that most people consider me to be a recluse.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • And every day I went to school in my perfectly pressed uniform and they called me Her Majesty Marika and said I thought I was better than everybody else because my father was a semi-famous artist, the reclusive genius type, when the truth was that most days my father didn’t know what planet he was on.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • He became more reclusive, and the aura around him, intentionally or not, only grew.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • There was more left to explore, but suddenly it seemed like a waste of time; it was impossible that anyone could still be living here, even the most misanthropic recluse.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Her reclusiveness proved no barrier to the county’s continued efforts to market her literary classic—or to market itself by using the book’s celebrity.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • While from my father, in spite of his temporary manic public behaviour, we got our sense of secrecy, the desire to be reclusive.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Mr. Curtain is every bit as reclusive as he is generous.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Seventy-two inches from death now The green speckled recluse doesn’t destroy as quickly as the stonefish.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • Certainly only the most sickly and reclusive person can finish hard labor day after day without contemplating in dread the prospect of a room that is a vessel of silence, rimmed by four empty walls.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Living in reclusion?
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • In the midst of a few foreign acres teeming with more than two hundred people, he had succeeded in becoming a recluse.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Wuthering Heights and Mr. Heathcliff did not exist for her: she was a perfect recluse; and, apparently, perfectly contented.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • But through the remainder of Hester’s life there were indications that the recluse of the scarlet letter was the object of love and interest with some inhabitant of another land.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Most of them I had rarely seen at the house, and I understood that they were clocking in an appearance more to pay respect to Mr. Wandati’s matronly mother than to see the reclusive sick man with whom they had but a tenuous connection.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Harald is a recluse.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • More and more kept coming, and they were joined by fire ants and recluse spiders, which crawled out of the grass and swarmed over her body.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • I sometimes felt a twinge of remorse, when passing by the old place, at ever having taken part in what must have been sheer torment to Arthur Radley— what reasonable recluse wants children peeping through his shutters, delivering greetings on the end of a fishing-pole, wandering in his collards at night?
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Occasionally the air breathed through the crevices of the hut, and the low flame that fluttered about the embers of the fire threw their wavering light on the person of the sullen recluse.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • In our opinion, cenobites are not lazy men, and recluses are not idlers.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • As the sky grew less gloomy; indeed, began to grow a little genial, he became still less and less a recluse; as if, when the ship had sailed from home, nothing but the dead wintry bleakness of the sea had then kept him so secluded.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • They’re all dying to see the inside of the reclusive Cullens’ mystery house.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • In a by-yard, there was a wilderness of empty casks, which had a certain sour remembrance of better days lingering about them; but it was too sour to be accepted as a sample of the beer that was gone,—and in this respect I remember those recluses as being like most others.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • He said, "it was altogether impossible to find such a solitary island as I desired to live in; but I might command in my own house, and pass my time in a manner as recluse as I pleased."
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • This jousts was done to-fore the hermitage where a recluse dwelled.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Moreover, Captain Nemo’s reclusiveness, his changed disposition, and especially his total silence since the battle with the devilfish all made me see things in a different light.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • The dour recluse still there (he has his cake) and the douce youngling, minion of pleasure, Phedo’s toyable fair hair.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Mostly recluses.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Now, three years after his blistering confirmation battle in 1991, the justice is firmly established as Washington’s most famous recluse.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • I merely wished to convey to you, Madame Lefrancois, that I usually live at home like a recluse.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • I was lying on the ground, and Galahad was standing his horse beside me without saying a word, when a woman came up who was a recluse in a hermitage where we had been fighting.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • That he spent his last years a virtual recluse in a back room of his sisters’ house indicates the degree to which emotional or mental paralysis had already set in before his stroke.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • As they passed a garden seat he whispered to Arkady— ’At this spot I love to meditate, as I watch the sunset; it suits a recluse like me.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • He went to call indeed; but he was perhaps relieved to be denied admittance; perhaps, in his heart, he preferred to speak with Poole upon the doorstep and surrounded by the air and sounds of the open city, rather than to be admitted into that house of voluntary bondage, and to sit and speak with its inscrutable recluse.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • No doubt the Marines were well aware by now of John’s reclusiveness and the unpredictability of Ira.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Clare’s life at the dairy had been that of a recluse in respect the world of his own class.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
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