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  • The voice was overly ingratiating, sedulously sweet.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • She wondered what sort of herbs they were which the old man was so sedulous to gather.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • He was working sedulously on both knees.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • All other enquiries are most sedulously discouraged.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World

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  • It had been her care which provided me a companion in Clerval—and yet a man is blind to a thousand minute circumstances which call forth a woman’s sedulous attention.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • He remembered how carefully and at what length everything relating to form and procedure was discussed at those meetings, and how sedulously and promptly all that related to the gist of the business was evaded.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • As she had feared, sleep sedulously avoided her eyes.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Caderousse, meanwhile, continued to pace the room in gloomy silence, sedulously avoiding the sight of his guest; but as soon as the stranger had completed his repast, the agitated inn-keeper went eagerly to the door and opened it.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • We bought some biscuits and chocolate which we ate sedulously as we wandered through the squalid streets where the families of the fishermen live.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • M. He now begs them to search with the most sedulous care, and should any of the same quality be left, to forward it to him at once.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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  • The young man regarded the last speaker in open admiration, and even permitted her fairer, though certainly not more beautiful companion, to proceed unattended, while he sedulously opened the way himself for the passage of her who has been called Cora.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • This sort of gingerbread is baked daily and more sedulously than pure wheat or rye-and-Indian in almost every oven, and finds a surer market.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Miss Bartlett sedulously denied disapproving of any one, and added "I am afraid you are finding me a very depressing companion."
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • To be sedulous in promoting anothers good; also to flatter, is to Honour; as a signe we seek his protection or ayde.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • The sun streamed in at the little window, but she sat with her own back and the back of the large chair towards it, screening the fire as if she were sedulously keeping IT warm, instead of it keeping her warm, and watching it in a most distrustful manner.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Neither will the visitors, for they smell only the rich odors which the master sedulously scatters through the palace, and the incense which they bring, and delight to burn before him!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • By thus advertising and pushing sedulously, the domestic Chaplain and his Lady generally succeeded in having one or two scholars by them—who paid a high figure and were thought to be in uncommonly comfortable quarters.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Leading the life I did, of the sedulous, strained nurse, I had to do something to keep myself fit.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • Immediately surrounding Mrs Musgrove were the little Harvilles, whom she was sedulously guarding from the tyranny of the two children from the Cottage, expressly arrived to amuse them.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • When Correggio’s Holy Families were admired, they admired Correggio’s Holy Families; when he was decried in favour of Velasquez, they sedulously followed suit without any personal objection.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • As Beatrice came down the garden path, it was observable that she handled and inhaled the odor of several of the plants which her father had most sedulously avoided.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini’s Daughter
  • Athelstane, who, as the reader knows, was slothful, but not cowardly, beheld the female form whom the Templar protected thus sedulously, and doubted not that it was Rowena whom the knight was carrying off, in despite of all resistance which could be offered.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Not to speak of hostels, leperyards, sweating chambers, plaguegraves, their greatest doctors, the O’Shiels, the O’Hickeys, the O’Lees, have sedulously set down the divers methods by which the sick and the relapsed found again health whether the malady had been the trembling withering or loose boyconnell flux.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • For three hours they danced and drank together, sedulously avoiding any serious topic of conversation.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • In this view they were sedulously abetted by their mothers, aunts and other elderly female relatives, who all shared Mrs. Archer’s belief that when "such things happened" it was undoubtedly foolish of the man, but somehow always criminal of the woman.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • She hated questioning Liddy about her husband’s movements, and indeed had hitherto sedulously avoided doing so; but now all the house knew that there had been some dreadful disagreement between them, and it was futile to attempt disguise.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • The only intelligible meaning in this sky-backed pantomime of silhouettes was that the woman had no relation to the forms who had taken her place, was sedulously avoiding these, and had come thither for another object than theirs.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • …obtain Of my celestial patroness, who deigns Her nightly visitation unimplor’d, And dictates to me slumbering; or inspires Easy my unpremeditated verse: Since first this subject for heroick song Pleas’d me long choosing, and beginning late; Not sedulous by nature to indite Wars, hitherto the only argument Heroick deem’d chief mastery to dissect With long and tedious havock fabled knights In battles feign’d; the better fortitude Of patience and heroick martyrdom Unsung; or to describe…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Elinor wanted very much to know, though she did not chuse to ask, whether Edward was then in town; but nothing would have induced Fanny voluntarily to mention his name before her, till able to tell her that his marriage with Miss Morton was resolved on, or till her husband’s expectations on Colonel Brandon were answered; because she believed them still so very much attached to each other, that they could not be too sedulously divided in word and deed on every occasion.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • In a word, Briarthorn had been barely permitted to remain in the Huron encampment, where he was as closely and as jealously watched as Hist, herself, seldom appearing before the chiefs, and sedulously keeping out of view of Deerslayer, who, until this moment, was ignorant even of his presence.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • …inexperienced sensitiveness, it seemed like a catastrophe, changing all prospects; and to Mr. Casaubon it was a new pain, he never having been on a wedding journey before, or found himself in that close union which was more of a subjection than he had been able to imagine, since this charming young bride not only obliged him to much consideration on her behalf (which he had sedulously given), but turned out to be capable of agitating him cruelly just where he most needed soothing.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • …of things, for, finding by daily experience, that there was no chance of the business thriving, or even continuing to exist, while Mr Mantalini had any hand in the expenditure, and having now a considerable interest in its well-doing, she had sedulously applied herself to the investigation of some little matters connected with that gentleman’s private character, which she had so well elucidated, and artfully imparted to Madame Mantalini, as to open her eyes more effectually than the…
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • The ape is too distant to be sedulous.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • We assemble in parks and halls and sedulously oppose any renegade (Neville, Louis, Rhoda) who sets up a separate existence.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • Yet there was nothing finicking about their politeness—it had the public-school touch, and, though sedulous, was virile.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Each male Pawnee was sedulous to omit no one of the strange warriors in his attentions, and of course the ceremony occupied some time.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • When we questioned him in our turn, he gave us all the information we required; he then attended sedulously, but without eagerness, to our personal wants.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • As he comes along the drive from the house with Mrs Whitefield he is sedulously making himself agreeable and entertaining, and thereby placing on her slender wit a burden it is unable to bear.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Bishop said that when he was a young man, and had fallen for a brief space into the habit of writing sermons on Saturdays, a habit which all young sons of the church should sedulously avoid, he had frequently been sensible of a depression, arising as he supposed from an over-taxed intellect, upon which the yolk of a new-laid egg, beaten up by the good woman in whose house he at that time lodged, with a glass of sound sherry, nutmeg, and powdered sugar acted like a charm.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • "The sedulous ape,’ he murmured.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • ) Land of unprecedented faith, God’s faith, Thy soil, thy very subsoil, all upheav’d, The general inner earth so long so sedulously draped over, now hence for what it is boldly laid bare, Open’d by thee to heaven’s light for benefit or bale.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • I had been sedulous to take note of shadows.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • When she had served us all, she withdrew to the window, where she sedulously employed herself in repairing some shirts and other clothes belonging to Mr. Peggotty, and neatly folding and packing them in an old oilskin bag, such as sailors carry.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • These perils must be reckoned amongst the most formidable which beset their future fate, and the attention of statesmen should be sedulously applied to find a remedy for the evil.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • In all the rainy desert of autumnal London there were only two people whom the Newland Archers knew; and these two they had sedulously avoided, in conformity with the old New York tradition that it was not "dignified" to force one’s self on the notice of one’s acquaintances in foreign countries.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Consider the intimate and curious acquaintance one makes with various kinds of weeds—it will bear some iteration in the account, for there was no little iteration in the labor—disturbing their delicate organizations so ruthlessly, and making such invidious distinctions with his hoe, levelling whole ranks of one species, and sedulously cultivating another.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Other houses in the neighborhood had been built by expensive architects, over others their inmates had fidgeted sedulously, yet all these suggested the accidental, the temporary; while Windy Corner seemed as inevitable as an ugliness of Nature’s own creation.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • She slaved, toiled, patched, and mended, sang and played backgammon, read out the newspaper, cooked dishes, for old Sedley, walked him out sedulously into Kensington Gardens or the Brompton Lanes, listened to his stories with untiring smiles and affectionate hypocrisy, or sat musing by his side and communing with her own thoughts and reminiscences, as the old man, feeble and querulous, sunned himself on the garden benches and prattled about his wrongs or his sorrows.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The Rev. Mr. Veal used to compliment Georgy upon it personally, warning him that he was destined for a high station; that it became him to prepare, by sedulity and docility in youth, for the lofty duties to which he would be called in mature age; that obedience in the child was the best preparation for command in the man; and that he therefore begged George would not bring toffee into the school and ruin the health of the Masters Bangles, who had everything they wanted at the elegant…
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • I thank you, sir"; and the clerk laid the two sheets of paper alongside and sedulously compared their contents.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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