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  • Please tell us just the salient facts.
  • I had, of course, read this section many times before, but some of the salient facts had evidently failed to impress themselves clearly on my mind.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • I grabbed him, told him to go no further, and waited a few salient moments.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Emancipation was a salient issue for Union soldiers because it was controversial.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865

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  • He has mastered his homework, the shrewd Professor, in whose memory has lodged the salient fact that it is the oil-resistance of the new synthetic product which is so revolutionary and which is the key to its value and attractiveness.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Hanne set the food out on plastic placemats, and soon she knew all the salient facts about him and he her.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • It seemed to me that we were simply going over and over the same ground again, and so I took note of some salient point, and found that this was so.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • One of the salient points of his character was the search for adventures and a love of romance.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • This belt was the most salient thing about him.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • His words were falling down a well, hitting stone salients on their way, and each salient refused to stop them, threw them farther, tossed them from one another, sent them to seek a bottom that did not exist.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • The last salient point in which the systems of these creatures differed from ours was in what one might have thought a very trivial particular.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Jordan had to think for a moment before any memory of high school even clouded its way into his mind, much less a salient one.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • He looked over the remainder of the team with a speculative eye that summed up instantly the salient traits of each animal.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • That boulder will be the salient.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • Now, Piter, outline for my nephew the salient features of our campaign against the House of Atreides.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Two little spotless flags were abroad, the one on a salient angle of the fort, and the other on the advanced battery of the besiegers; emblems of the truth which existed, not only to the acts, but it would seem, also, to the enmity of the combatants.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • There are people who seem to have no notion of sketching a character, or observing and describing salient points, either in persons or things: the good lady evidently belonged to this class; my queries puzzled, but did not draw her out.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • It was a river of iridescent onyx—Mrs. Shigemura described it in Japanese—the salient feature of her physical being, as prominent and extraordinary as baldness might have been in another girl of the same age.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • His salient angles fitted into the retreating angles of the cathedral (if we may be allowed this figure of speech), and he seemed not only its inhabitant but more than that, its natural tenant.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • With the exception of this issue which was left free, and which constituted what Folard in his strategical style would have termed a branch and taking into account, also, the narrow cutting arranged on the Rue de la Chanvrerie, the interior of the barricade, where the wine-shop formed a salient angle, presented an irregular square, closed on all sides.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Daniel Anderson says that new research suggests that children actually don’t like commercials as much as we thought they did because commercials "don’t tell stories, and stories have a particular salience and importance to young people."
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • In the offices around him, official readers go through thick reports, boiling the information down to the salient paragraph.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • It was, she thought, the most salient of his priestly qualities.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • The flaps of his gabardine jacket parted slightly over his healthy rump, and it is that, without any sense of derision at all, that I recall as Brinker’s salient characteristic, those healthy, determined, not over-exaggerated but definite and substantial buttocks.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • "Handsome and respectable," she says again, in case we missed this salient quality the first time.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • Cobwebs revealed their presence on sheds and walls where none had ever been observed till brought out into visibility by the crystallizing atmosphere, hanging like loops of white worsted from salient points of the out-houses, posts, and gates.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • It was during such moments that Jason learned the salient facts about the woman who had saved his life.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Kennicott was respectful as he inquired whether the Germans had good aeroplanes, and what a salient was, and a cootie, and Going West.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Thus on a particular evening in the month, when it had grown quite late—to near midnight, indeed—and the light of his lamp, shining from his window at a salient angle of the hill-top town over infinite miles of valley westward, announced as by words a place and person given over to study, he was not exactly studying.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • It rested upon two figures which, in spite of increasing distance, were still sufficiently salient; they were recognisable without difficulty as those of Caspar Goodwood and Lord Warburton.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • With nearer approach these fragmentary sounds became pieced together, and were found to be the salient points of the tune called "Nancy’s Fancy."
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Which event or person emerged as the salient point of his narration?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Not only the big, salient, vital facts, about how fast the Sunday School—and the collection—is growing, but a lot of humorous gossip and kidding: about how some blowhard fell down on his pledge to get new members, or the good time the Sacred Trinity class of girls had at their wieniewurst party.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • He probed my story for facts that would dovetail into the more salient charges.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • You would know those towns again, recognize the salient detail, seen so close up.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
  • I’ve noted the salient passages.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • Seeing things as they were, and not as he would wish them to be, was one of his salient strengths.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • It was his first extended political work and one of the most salient of his life, written at the age of thirty.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • In fact, this oiliness, or greasiness, as I was later to learn, was probably the most salient expression of his personality.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • At the salient of that second angle was a large flat rock, jutting out northward, overlooking the deep valley from which the road ascended.
    Ambrose Bierce  --  A Horseman in the Sky
  • Lara felt her size and her position in the bed with two points of her body-the salient of her left shoulder and the big toe of her right foot.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Very softly, still hearing the shake in her voice, she said everything that was salient, spitting it out like some horrible medicine too bitter to swallow.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • Perhaps educators and researchers are wrong to be so hung up on the black-white test score gap; the bad-school/good-school gap may be the more salient issue.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • As for /partridge/, it is cited by a late authority[32] as a salient example of changed meaning, along with /corn/ and /store/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • It rested upon two figures which, in spite of increasing distance, were still sufficiently salient; they were recognisable without difficulty as those of Caspar Goodwood and Lord Warburton.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • The third hearing refined the salient points further; by the end of the fourth, both Alex and Peter Holland had thirty to forty pages of "Are you ready?" asked the CIA’s director from the couch, a pencil in his hand.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • His most salient trait was his moodiness and a tendency to grow violent and lose his head, a characteristic he had had since childhood, when he used to throw himself on the floor foaming at the mouth, so furious that he could scarcely breathe, and kicking like one possessed by the devil.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • To comprehend Lincoln’s strategy we must keep one salient fact in mind: the abolitionists and their humanitarian sympathizers in the nation at large and particularly in the Northwest, the seat of Lincoln’s strength, although numerous enough to hold the balance of power, were far too few to make a successful political party.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • This was to be accomplished, Olmsted wrote, "through the mingling intricately together of many forms of foliage, the alternation and complicated crossing of salient leaves and stalks of varying green tints in high lights with other leaves and stalks, behind and under them, and therefore less defined and more shaded, yet partly illumined by light reflected from the water."
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • He had a thin horseshoe beard, salient cheek-bones, and with both elbows on the desk clasped his rugged hands before his face, looking at Jim with thoughtful blue eyes; the other, a heavy, scornful man, thrown back in his seat, his left arm extended full length, drummed delicately with his finger-tips on a blotting-pad: in the middle the magistrate upright in the roomy arm-chair, his head inclined slightly on the shoulder, had his arms crossed on his breast and a few flowers in a glass…
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
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