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  • The candidate reaches across social strata — from millionaires to the unemployed.
  • Re-orientation of rock strata occurs principally due to tectonic forces.
  • Nobody quite knew how they made a living, but they did, and they would have created a new social stratum in Maycomb had the rest of the town acknowledged their existence.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • During the long, hot ride across the sprawling city, we were transfixed by the gridlock, the cages of barking puppies for sale at roadside, and the human strata that the Southeast Asian metropolis offers.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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  • She set down a bowl of tortilla chips and a casserole dish filled with elaborate dip in multicolored strata, like sedimentary rock.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • He said he was sorry he did not have the energy to return Barney to his original stratum in South Dakota.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • For one thing, although my Union sample is somewhat more representative of the class spectrum of the army as a whole than the Confederate sample, it is still skewed toward officers and upper-strata occupations.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • The woman on the bed was no more than a hard stratum of marble they had reached.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • Mikey too was still trying to climb higher, and he actually made it some of the way, into a rock strata above where I was standing.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • But this was concrete evidence; it was a fragment of the abolished past, like a fossil bone which turns up in the wrong stratum and destroys a geological theory.
    George Orwell  --  1984

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  • Specimens associated with Morrison formation strata in Colorado, Utah, and Oklahoma.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • I use Roman numerals to codify pelagic strata.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • I don’t mean that he had traded on his phantom millions, but he had deliberately given Daisy a sense of security; he let her believe that he was a person from much the same stratum as herself — that he was fully able to take care of her.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • For another thing, he didn’t have any idea how to "name three sedimentary strata you observe" or "describe two examples of erosion."
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • The entire member seems a dense webbed bed of welded sinews; but cut into it, and you find that three distinct strata compose it:—upper, middle, and lower.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • It is a picturesque expanse, framed in lofty crags in large strata, encrusted with white salt—a superb sheet of water, which was formerly of larger extent than now, its shores having encroached with the lapse of time, and thus at once reduced its breadth and increased its depth.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Given the treacherous nature of the local topography (most of the cliffs that riddle the region are composed of Navajo sandstone, a crumbly stratum that erodes into smooth, bulging precipices) and Ruess’s penchant for dangerous climbing, this is a credible scenario.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • And he remembered sunrise here on Arrakis—colored strata of the Shield Wall mellowed by dust haze.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Late in the day on their summit push, the two Americans climbed a stratum of steep, crumbly rock-the infamous Yellow Band.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • A few remnants of fossilized jawbone, some broken teeth in strata of limestone, would be the only mark man would have left of his existence in the world.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • The Corsican vendetta has penetrated to certain lower strata and has become the law there; it is so simple that it does not astonish souls which are but half turned towards good; CHAPTER II.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It was not a bright or splendid summer evening, though fair and soft: the haymakers were at work all along the road; and the sky, though far from cloudless, was such as promised well for the future: its blue — where blue was visible — was mild and settled, and its cloud strata high and thin.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • She lay on her back, feet up against the wall, bruised legs out straight, examining the strata of colors—cream, tan, pink, peach—in the solid rock overhead.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • He has drawn volunteers and admirers from every stratum of Pakistan’s society and from all the warring sects of Islam.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • When you invert your head, it looks like a thread of finest gossamer stretched across the valley, and gleaming against the distant pine woods, separating one stratum of the atmosphere from another.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • A few feet in the other direction, Phillip works the crowd, collecting a final round of hugs and high fives from all strata of Ballou’s society.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • IN POUGHKEEPSIE, WE are raided, and for once the social strata are bridged: working men, performers, and bosses alike weep and snizzle as all that scotch, all that wine, all that fine Canadian whiskey, all that beer, all that gin, and even moonshine is poured onto the gravel by straight-armed, sour-faced men.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Brother and sister were products of the highest strata of humanity’s evolution.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • His tales "The Masque of the Red Death" (1842) and "The Fall of the House of Usher" (1839) both deal with a stratum of society most of us only get to read about: the nobility.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • They are members of a social stratum which includes welfare mothers, housing project residents, immigrant families, the homeless and unemployed.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Because it takes incalculable strength just to live in those deep strata and withstand their pressure.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • September 4 13:25 I have dropped into a calmer stratum of air so I can hover over the island and observe them.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • He says this, a censor of morals, a very pelican in his piety, who did not scruple, oblivious of the ties of nature, to attempt illicit intercourse with a female domestic drawn from the lowest strata of society!
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • But he had read about Chicago in those days, about the great feudal families of Armour, Palmer, Field, Crane, Warren, Swift, and McCormick and many others, and since that time not a few patients had come to him from that stratum of Chicago and New York.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • The sapling which had rooted down to a poisonous stratum on the spot of its sowing had been transplanted to a deeper soil.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • One circle was her husband’s government official set, consisting of his colleagues and subordinates, brought together in the most various and capricious manner, and belonging to different social strata.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • He told how, although the swift was so fine a flyer that he could sleep on the wing all night, and although the Wart himself had claimed to admire the way in which rooks enjoyed their flights, the real aeronaut of the lower strata—which cut out the swift—was the plover.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • In the view of a certain stratum of society, Carrie was comfortably established-in eyes of the traveling, beaten by every wind and gusty sheet of rain, she was safe in a halcyon harbor.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • No, I was sitting in a blue light in a round room and a rare atmosphere, in a stratum of reality that had become rarefied in the extreme.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • It is necessary rather to know the composition of the substances in question—the geological strata, the atmospheric actions, the quality of the soil, the minerals, the waters, the density of the different bodies, their capillarity, and what not.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • On the lowest stratum of this world appear the two original elements, Te Tumu and Te Papa.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • From the costly simplicity of her attire, I deduced at once that she belonged to the upper strata of society.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • It is not possible to say today if any were native to Mesopotamia, and belonged to the still older stratum of the population which may have been in occupation of the land before the arrival of the Sumerians, but throughout it is the known Sumerian gods who play the chief role in the Epic; and this is an additional argument, if any were needed, in favour of the great antiquity of all the episodes.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • In quarries I could see its strata, the dragon’s veins and muscles; the minerals, its teeth and bones.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • The heather and peat stratum overhung the brow of the pit in mats, hiding the actual verge.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Such was the state of things when the current affairs of Casterbridge were interrupted by an event of such magnitude that its influence reached to the lowest social stratum there, stirring the depths of its society simultaneously with the preparations for the skimmington.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • This exclamation of distress, far from exciting compassion, only added amusement to the good Parisian populace who surrounded the ladder, and who, it must be confessed, taken in the mass and as a multitude, was then no less cruel and brutal than that horrible tribe of robbers among whom we have already conducted the reader, and which was simply the lower stratum of the populace.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Countless times the strata bad creaked and shifted, as the unimaginable weight of water disturbed their precarious equilibrium.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • The Curator brought out a huge book of photos and showed him that very place, perched on its crag, overlooking the gigantic valley of many-hued strata.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • In the Bruhl Terrace in Dresden, between two and four o’clock—the most fashionable time for walking—you may meet a man about fifty, quite grey, and looking as though he suffered from gout, but still handsome, elegantly dressed, and with that special stamp, which is only gained by moving a long time in the higher strata of society.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
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