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  • And I think of rats again and how sometimes, to pass the interminable hours, Teacup and I would plot our campaign against the vermin, stratagems and tactics, waves of attack, each more ridiculous than the last, until she dissolved into hysterical laughter, and I gave her the same speech I gave Zombie on the firing range, the same lesson that now comes home to me, the fear that binds killer to prey and the bullet connecting both as if by a silver cord.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • If more is said that Marie-Laure cannot overhear—if there is a pantomime going on between them, notes passed, stratagems agreed upon—she cannot say.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • The flying tackle was a main stratagem of defense, as was the cross-body block and the flying wedge.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Did splendid little tricks and stratagems spring from that lovely head of yours to allow you to breathe the clear Polish air while the multitudes at Auschwitz choked slowly on the gas?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • So he occupies himself with theoretical stratagems: what would he do if he were in their place, the place of the men with pillowcase heads?
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • There was no stratagem that he was not equal to, no danger that he could not foresee.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The colonel had to resort to all kinds of stratagems to keep his slaves out of the garden.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • — Alack, alack, that heaven should practise stratagems Upon so soft a subject as myself!
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • That can only be done by stratagem, and by catching him when he is not surrounded by these people.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He read and reread the works of Stephen Potter , the English writer who coined the termsone-upmanship andgamesmanship, not as social satire but as a manual of practical stratagems.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild

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  • It now appeared that Snowball had not, as the animals had previously imagined, merely attempted to lose the Battle of the Cowshed by means of a stratagem, but had been openly fighting on Jones’s side.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • My voice had an accent of forced bravery in it and I was ashamed of my paltry stratagem.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Fritz was delighted with my stratagem, and rushing forward picked up some of the finest of the nuts.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Each time they followed his example, he retreated with concern and racked his brain for some new stratagem that would enable him to turn upon them scornfully again.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not mov’d with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils; The motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Further he was more directly connected with the Wild than they; and he knew more of its secrets and stratagems.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Think: we were there nine years, and we tried everything, all stratagems against them, up to the bitter end that Zeus begrudged us.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • "Not that I shall, though," she added to herself, as she finished the letter; "and my dear aunt, if you do not tell me in an honourable manner, I shall certainly be reduced to tricks and stratagems to find it out."
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • They hang, behead, and impale their criminals in the most agreeable possible manner; but some of these, like clever rogues, have contrived to escape human justice, and succeed in their fraudulent enterprises by cunning stratagems.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • It came of my lifting up my own eyes from a task I was poring at— writing some passages from a book, to improve myself in two ways at once by a sort of stratagem—and seeing Biddy observant of what I was about.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • But as if perceiving this stratagem, Moby Dick, with that malicious intelligence ascribed to him, sidelingly transplanted himself, as it were, in an instant, shooting his pleated head lengthwise beneath the boat.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • General Lee’s various stratagems will be most instructive, most illuminating.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • There she found Odysseus, peer of Zeus in stratagems, holding his ground.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The victory was won by a stratagem devised by Count Erard de Valery.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • That turned the conversation, and they all began discussing dragon-slayings historical, dubious, and mythical, and the various sorts of stabs and jabs and undercuts, and the different arts, devices and stratagems by which they had been accomplished.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • At last he devised a stratagem and returned up into the hills to put it into effect.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • I didn’t want even to show him the letter, but to prevent him from coming by some stratagem with your help…. because he is so irritable….
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • If an aware person (one who himself uses the stratagem) is given an answer which is truthful but bears only slightly if at all on the question, he knows that the information he seeks is of a private nature and will not be handed to him willingly.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • All stratagems are fair in love, sir.’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Here was a killer wary of the Voice, wary of every combat stratagem, wary of every trick of death and violence.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • With the exception of Mandel, Roran and his companions confined themselves to the mansion throughout the following day, taking advantage of the delay to rest, hone their weapons, and review their stratagems.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Nevertheless, when our poet beheld quiet reestablished to some extent, he devised a stratagem which might have redeemed all.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • This dead man is bound up with my life, therefore I must do everything, promise everything in order to save myself; I swear blindly that I mean to live only for his sake and his family, with wet lips I try to placate him—and deep down in me lies the hope that I may buy myself off in this way and perhaps even get out of this; it is a little stratagem: if only I am allowed to escape, then I will see to it.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • A stratagem.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Lot’s slowly approaching army was so much more numerous than the King’s forces that it had been necessary to resort to stratagems.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • But his stratagem had a serious flaw: because neither he nor Beidleman had a radio, Anatoli had no way of knowing the true nature of the missing climbers’ predicament, or even where on the huge expanse of the upper mountain they might be.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • CHAPTER XLVI Few families in the north end of town slept that night for the news of the disaster to the Klan, and Rhett’s stratagem spread swiftly on silent feet as the shadowy form of India Wilkes slipped through back yards, whispered urgently through kitchen doors and slipped away into the windy darkness.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • When we are born, we cry that we are come To this great stage of fools—This’ a good block:— It were a delicate stratagem to shoe A troop of horse with felt: I’ll put’t in proof,; And when I have stol’n upon these sons-in-law, Then kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill!
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • Some of General Kuribayashi’s technical stratagems could almost have been lifted from the science-fiction comic books the Marines had read as boys.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • …times really afraid of a gun; but then being exceedingly hungry and furious upon that account, their eagerness to come at the horses made them insensible of their danger; and that, if we had not, by a continual fire, and at last by the cunning stratagem of the train of powder, got the better of them, it had been great odds if their number had not overpowered us; besides, it was a great mercy we alighted from our horses, and fought them with that courage and conduct, which, had we…
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • So this Machiavellian captain of infantry cast about him for some happy means or stratagem by which he could gently and gradually bring the Misses Osborne to a knowledge of their brother’s secret.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • But since Nasuada’s stratagem does not seem to put either of you in unreasonable danger, and by means of this you may have the opportunity to further your learning in Ellesmera, neither I nor my brethren shall object.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Even while he was saying good-by to Lise, the thought had struck him that he must attempt some stratagem to find his brother Dmitri, who was evidently keeping out of his way.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • And in sedition, men being alwayes in the procincts of Battell, to hold together, and use all advantages of force, is a better stratagem, than any that can proceed from subtilty of Wit.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Thus if you had been trying to damn your man by the Romantic method—by making him a kind of Childe Harold or Werther submerged in self-pity for imaginary distresses—you would try to protect him at all costs from any real pain; because, of course, five minutes’ genuine toothache would reveal the romantic sorrows for the nonsense they were and unmask your whole stratagem.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • "Oh, he always keeps in his upstairs study on Saturday afternoon," said Tom, who disliked anything sneaking, but was not disinclined to a little stratagem in a worthy cause.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • It seemed to McCormack that, for Paul, pih wasn’t just a stratagem but also a way of trying to create a new communion.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • A strange resolution of Sophia, and a more strange stratagem of Mrs Honour.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Transito Ariza did all she could and more, using all the stratagems of a sweetheart to console him when she realized that he had lost his speech and his appetite and was spending nights on end in constant weeping, and by the end of the week he was eating again.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • The stranger accepted the stratagem without objection.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
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