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  • Her father—spurned and rejected and lovelorn?
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • I wanted to spurn the Herondale name because I thought I hated my father, but I don’t hate him.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • He insisted that he could not possibly explain why my hospitality had been so rudely spurned …. and he never did.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • He had made the whole story up because I had spurned his romantic advances.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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  • He wanted to help Reyna, but since his own strategy was to deal with his problems alone, spurning anyone who tried to get close, he couldn’t exactly criticize Reyna for doing the same thing.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • The delicate hooves spurned the ground, churning up thick clods of damp earth.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Who felt cheated, spurned, and carried a resentment far deeper than what she had revealed.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • If I pitied you for crying and looking so very frightened, you should spurn such pity.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The young girl spoke in high and enthusiastic terms of her mother, who, born in freedom, spurned the bondage to which she was now reduced.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • You say so: You that did void your rheum upon my beard, And foot me as you spurn a stranger cur Over your threshold; moneys is your suit.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice

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  • "The more fool you!" said Legree, spitting scornfully at him, and spurning him with his foot.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • The dealer’s fingers spurned the pearl so that it bounced and rebounded softly from the side of the velvet tray.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • Down went Pew with a cry that rang high into the night; and the four hoofs trampled and spurned him and passed by.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • What a triumph for him, as she often thought, could he know that the proposals which she had proudly spurned only four months ago, would now have been most gladly and gratefully received!
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • She sent a man who had long loved me, though I spurned his advances, to find me.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • That I do not despair is because I know also the forces that are driving behind you—because I know the raging lash of poverty, the sting of contempt and mastership, ’the insolence of office and the spurns.’
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Then he spurned the corpse with his foot and said:— "Throw that outside."
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I was so humiliated, hurt, spurned, offended, angry, sorry,—I cannot hit upon the right name for the smart—God knows what its name was,—that tears started to my eyes.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • He spurned him savagely with his foot.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Even if he spurns your apology, at least you can’t be blamed for not making the effort.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • I am your spaniel; and, Demetrius, The more you beat me, I will fawn on you: Use me but as your spaniel, spurn me, strike me, Neglect me, lose me; only give me leave, Unworthy as I am, to follow you.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Jace wanted to spurn the offered hand, but wasn’t sure, considering the pain in his head, that he could make it to his feet unaided.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • They resisted the smile and spurned the offer.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • The scoot had turned into a skid, and the Buick was floating dreamily toward the lip of the drop, spurning snow from under its mudguards.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • At Lowood, indeed, I took that resolution, kept it, and succeeded in pleasing; but with Mrs. Reed, I remember my best was always spurned with scorn.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • May everlasting shame consume The memory of those who tried To befoul and smear the exalted name Of one who spurned them in his pride.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Torralva, when she found herself spurned by Lope, was immediately smitten with love for him, though she had never loved him before.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Talk not of rights; thou spurn’st the due of Heaven CREON.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • He sweeps past, the plow spurning cloudy snow into the gully.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • "I will answer for it, that mine thinks herself full as clever, and would spurn any body’s assistance."
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • At such time, a mortal knows just enough of what his mind is doing, to form some glimmering conception of its mighty powers, its bounding from earth and spurning time and space, when freed from the restraint of its corporeal associate.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The Sardaukar spurned the Duke with his toe.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Like all the other officers at Group Headquarters except Major Danby, Colonel Cathcart was infused with the democratic spirit: he believed that all men were created equal, and he therefore spurned all men outside Group Headquarters with equal fervor.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • "Tis whispered that she loves the young English artist who haunts her steps, and is spurned by the old Count," said the lady, as they joined the dance.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Measured by the prisoner’s experience, however, it might be reckoned a journey of some length; for haughty as her demeanour was, she perchance underwent an agony from every footstep of those that thronged to see her, as if her heart had been flung into the street for them all to spurn and trample upon.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • She found no satisfaction in the prestige of industrial power-she spurned it-she preferred her own circle of friends.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Inshore and farther out the mirror of water whitened, spurned by lightshod hurrying feet.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Then he leapt forward, spurning the earth, and was gone like the north wind from the mountains.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • It must be by his death: and, for my part, I know no personal cause to spurn at him, But for the general.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • ’She is dead, perhaps,’ said Miss Dartle, with a smile, as if she could have spurned the body of the ruined girl.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • The prince spurned the nearest boy with his foot, and said fiercely— "Take thou that, till the morrow come and I build thee a gibbet!"
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • It is the man of prayer whom Agamemnon treated with contempt: he kept his daughter, spurned his gifts: for that man’s sake the Archer visited grief upon us and will again.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Even if I should kneel before him, and implore him to spare me, for the sake of my children, I knew he would spurn me with his foot, and my weakness would be his triumph.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • —There, Damian, spurn this Jew from the gate—shoot him dead if he oppose or turn again.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • My zeal in your behalf ye cannot doubt; Ruthless indeed were I and obdurate If such petitioners as you I spurned.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • It will make me spurn you!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Her very limbs seemed to ache with longing for the love of a man who had spurned her, who had resisted her tenderness, remained cold to her appeals, and had not responded to the glow of passion, which had caused her to feel and hope that those happy olden days in Paris were not all dead and forgotten.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • At last his sail-broad vans He spread for flight, and, in the surging smoke Uplifted, spurns the ground; thence many a league, As in a cloudy chair, ascending rides Audacious; but, that seat soon failing, meets A vast vacuity.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Am I so round with you, as you with me, That like a football you do spurn me thus?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • Finally, in a much–feared satirical journal, an article by its most popular columnist finished off the monster for good, spurning it in the style of Hippolytus repulsing the amorous advances of his stepmother Phaedra, and giving the creature its quietus amid a universal burst of laughter.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
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