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  • He’s talking to Phoebe Rifer and they’re laughing about something.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • This, of course, was no manor, but I suppose a house rife with any human activity has something over one unsettlingly spacious and silent.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The net was rife with yids from the ball.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Houses surrendered their tenants to the city and signs of sudden departure were rife in the interiors of deserted homes.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire were intelligent children, and they were charming, and resourceful, and had pleasant facial features, but they were extremely unlucky, and most everything that happened to them was rife with misfortune, misery, and despair.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Bad Beginning
  • For one thing, a lot of his more creative efforts were rife with small inaccuracies, in-jokes almost, and he was not always so fastidious about his materials as someone turning out deliberate forgeries would have been.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • A hairy animal smell, ripe, rife, suffocating.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • It would be an existence rife with difficulties, she saw, but of a pleasurable kind, difficulties they could take pride in, possess, value, as one would a family heirloom.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Suspicion was rife in him now, and he was not ashamed to shadow her: he saw her turn the corner near their home, and then he ran again, and saw her as she went up the porch steps of the house.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Thoughts were rife in the air, in fact.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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  • Freed of fear and freed of flame, She tore a Rider from the shadows rife!
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The glimpses Gholam had allowed Adel into his life suggested an existence rife with trouble, unpredictability, hardship, but also adventure, a life worlds removed from Adel’s own, though it unfolded practically within spitting distance of him.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Throughout the whole army and at headquarters most joyful though erroneous rumors were rife of the imaginary approach of columns from Russia, of some victory gained by the Austrians, and of the retreat of the frightened Bonaparte.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • They were rife for two days, struck despair into our hearts, and then died down again.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • CHAPTER XLII An Authentic Ghost Story For some remarkable reason, ghostly legends were uncommonly rife, about this time, among the servants on Legree’s place.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • —and in France treachery is rife—all in the name of liberty and fraternity.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • As he came closer, he inhaled a rife and stimulating man smell.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • But it would have been almost impossible not to be infected by the optimism about the future, which was rife among ordinary people in Hamburg.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • A route that took him smack dab through the middle of a cemetery as old as sky, rife with the agitation of dead Miami no longer content to rest in the mounds that covered them.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • If Dolores had been a little less aloof, a little more earthy, she could have discovered that those ingredients were rife in her town proper, and Dad had no need to travel to Mexico to buy provisions.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • The literature of Everest is rife with accounts of hallucinatory experiences attributable to hypoxia and fatigue.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Ignatius Gallaher puffed thoughtfully at his cigar and then, in a calm historian’s tone, he proceeded to sketch for his friend some pictures of the corruption which was rife abroad.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • The air was rife with anticipation.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Whether he can do the one thing in the world he’s good at and not be drawn back into the addiction that is rife within the jazz community, we cannot know.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Space may produce new Worlds; whereof so rife There went a fame in Heaven that he ere long Intended to create, and therein plant A generation whom his choice regard Should favour equal to the Sons of Heaven.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • In the rife, pinkwomansmelling, obscurity behind the curtain he squatted, pinkfoamed, listening to his insides, waiting with astonished fatalism for what was about to happen to him.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • The nature of that prophecy is unknown, although speculation is rife that it concerns Harry Potter, the only person ever known to have survived the Killing Curse, and who is also known to have been at the Ministry on the night in question.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • I love to see that Nature is so rife with life that myriads can be afforded to be sacrificed and suffered to prey on one another; that tender organizations can be so serenely squashed out of existence like pulp—tadpoles which herons gobble up, and tortoises and toads run over in the road; and that sometimes it has rained flesh and blood!
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • This was because the kitchen was rife with smuggling.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • I accept the logic of everything you say, but you also said everything was rife with illogical logic.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • I saw no reason to bother don Baitbazar with my verse, rife with budding genius though I knew it to be.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Can you imagine the temptation for a man like Cain, operating in the steamy confines of an area rife with drifters and fugitives and regimes up to their necks in corruption?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Before even these indications of approaching morning were rife in busy London, Nicholas had made his way alone to the city, and stood beneath the windows of his mother’s house.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • It seemed to him that life and history were rife with the strong criminal, keen, but often self-deluding; in politics and business one found him and among the old statesmen and kings and generals; but Burne never agreed and their courses began to split on that point.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Now in the starlight they retraced the afternoon’s path, up the dusty road rife with honeysuckle, through the gate and up the black tunnel of the drive to the lightless house, where he sat on the mule and felt the rough warp of the rug drag across his thighs and vanish.
    William Faulkner  --  Barn Burning
  • With rumors of violence and military dictatorship rife, Congress determined upon arbitration by a supposedly nonpartisan Electoral Commission—and Lucius Lamar, confident that an objective inquiry would demonstrate the palpable fraud of the Republican case, agreed to this solution toprevent a recurrence of the tragic conflict which had so aged his spirit and broadened his outlook.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • The excitement had preceded him, and speculation was rife.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • The religious quarrels which have agitated the Christian world were then rife.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Meanwhile, corruption was rife.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • The city’s political structure is said to be rife with corruption, favor-peddling and nepotism.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • Autumn is a season rife with storms, and pirates still make their dens upon the Stepstones and venture forth to prey on honest men.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Aside from the crooked matches, they said, sumo was rife with drug use and sexcapades, bribes and tax evasion, and close ties to the yakuza, the Japanese mafia.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Novgorod was rife with corruption, everyone suspected that, so perhaps the "commandant" was either seeking out the corrupters or collecting his fees at night.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • The strength in him then—the thing rife in him that was note hate, but something as remorseless—might have been the fiery fruition of a whole lifetime of vengeful quest.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • But the Creek was rife with gossips—particularly the Weekday Warriors, and if just one person told one friend who told one friend who told one friend who told the Eagle, everything would fall apart.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • Language uneasiness is rife today, as generations of Americans leave high school much freer socially but without the linguistic confidence of earlier generations, who were better grounded in basic grammar.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • The talk was open, spirited—an atmosphere made to order for Adams—and rife with high-blown speculation, most of which struck him as amusing, as he told Franklin in a friendly letter written soon after his arrival.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • So rife and potent was the fever in Bleeding Heart Yard, that Mr Pancks’s rent-days caused no interval in the patients.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • She may have begun to believe the stories she heard in the neighborhood of Holmes’s penchant for acquiring things on credit and then not paying for them—stories she had heard all along, for they were rife, but that she at first had dismissed as the gossip of envious hearts.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • But the pea family (Leguminosae, to which H. alpinum belongs) happens to be rife with species that produce alkaloids, chemical compounds that have powerful pharmacological effects on humans and animals.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
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