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  • Bedeviled as they may have been at times by the dilemma of surplus population, the traditional slaveholders of the Western world were under Christian constraint to avoid anything resembling a "final solution" to solve the problem of excess labor; one could not shoot an expensively unproductive slave; one suffered with Old Sam when he grew superannuated and feeble, and let him die in peace.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The talk of setting aside a corner of the pasture for superannuated animals had long since been dropped.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • The Mexican government was able to seize nothing but a few wooden cars and one superannuated locomotive.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • However, this quarter, which had a superannuated rather than an antique air, was tending even then to transformation.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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  • There was a black barge, or some other kind of superannuated boat, not far off, high and dry on the ground, with an iron funnel sticking out of it for a chimney and smoking very cosily; but nothing else in the way of a habitation that was visible to me.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • The above, appearing in a publication now long ago superannuated and forgotten, is all that hitherto has stood in human record to attest what manner of men respectively were John Claggart and Billy Budd.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • I have known a great deal of the trouble of annuities; for my mother was clogged with the payment of three to old superannuated servants by my father’s will, and it is amazing how disagreeable she found it.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • It was a fresh kind of place, all circumstances considered, where the wind from the river had room to turn itself round; and there were two or three trees in it, and there was the stump of a ruined windmill, and there was the Old Green Copper Ropewalk,—whose long and narrow vista I could trace in the moonlight, along a series of wooden frames set in the ground, that looked like superannuated haymaking-rakes which had grown old and lost most of their teeth.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • They would have to meet now, year after year, until one of their husbands was superannuated.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • 4d. in the pound, sandwichman, distributor of throwaways, nocturnal vagrant, insinuating sycophant, maimed sailor, blind stripling, superannuated bailiffs man, marfeast, lickplate, spoilsport, pickthank, eccentric public laughingstock seated on bench of public park under discarded perforated umbrella.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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  • Accursed be he of Goodalricke, who baited this trap for me! and doubly accursed Albert de Malvoisin, who withheld me from the resolution I had formed, of hurling back the glove at the face of the superstitious and superannuated fool, who listened to a charge so absurd, and against a creature so high in mind, and so lovely in form as thou art!
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Still, he carried himself with martial erectness, had his clothes scrupulously brushed, and his trousers tightly strapped; and on the Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, when he came to Tom, he was always inspired with gin and old memories, which gave him an exceptionally spirited air, as of a superannuated charger who hears the drum.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • On the other side of the house, the superannuated extension ladder broke in half.
    Louise Erdrich  --  The Leap
  • Those officers whose bodies and minds have grown old in peace, are removed, or superannuated, or they die.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • The living body of religion has been bound down to the dead corpse of superannuated polity: cut but the bonds which restrain it, and that which is alive will rise once more.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • He had been in the house for six weeks, and had not as yet attempted to slap him on the back, or address him as "old boy," or try to make him feel a superannuated fossil.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • This was probably the only kind of operation which could save him from superannuation, and it was just the kind of thing that was big enough for London to want to take over for itself.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • When a man has served his country long and usefully, there should be a better reason for dismissing him from office when he is too old to start a new occupation to support himself than the imaginary danger of a superannuated bench.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • The trapper made a sign that he perfectly understood the case; and he walked towards the superannuated savage, who began to manifest an intention of commencing his assigned task, leaving the bee-hunter to recover the use of his limbs as well as he could, and to put Middleton in a similar situation to defend himself.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • In a republic, where fortunes are not affluent, and pensions not expedient, the dismission of men from stations in which they have served their country long and usefully, on which they depend for subsistence, and from which it will be too late to resort to any other occupation for a livelihood, ought to have some better apology to humanity than is to be found in the imaginary danger of a superannuated bench.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • …gone dry or an old philosopher writing his will, their bindings glossy and old as the County (older than W. B. Hodge Sr by three generations, stamped Taggert V. Hodge, Batavia, N.Y.), deep-toned as oil paintings, cracked like bamboo, solemn and superannuated as the engraving of the Roman Colosseum hanging above the door—made Hodge and son insignificant creatures of the fleeting instant, light and brittle as a pair of Giant American Beetles on a stick moving swiftly and casually…
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • …of all agreeable sensations; a devotee of something mysterious and sacred to which he occasionally alluded in terms more ecstatic even than those in which he spoke of the last pretty woman, and which was simply the beautiful though somewhat superannuated image of HONOR; he was irresistibly entertaining and enlivening, and he formed a character to which Newman was as capable of doing justice when he had once been placed in contact with it, as he was unlikely, in musing upon the possible…
    Henry James  --  The American
  • ’This isn’t the first time you’ve talked about superannuating me; but, if you please, we’ll make it the last, and drop the subject for evermore.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • So, stifling a natural regret at the thought of the home comforts he would leave behind him, he said stoutly, "Bless your soul, I’m not superannuated yet.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Francis, my third (nine), one and sixpence halfpenny; Felix, my fourth (seven), eightpence to the Superannuated Widows; Alfred, my youngest (five), has voluntarily enrolled himself in the Infant Bonds of Joy, and is pledged never, through life, to use tobacco in any form.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • "When I had more control I did what I could—sold off the two and a half animals, and the mangy pony, and the superannuated tools; pulled down the outhouses; drained; thinned out I don’t know how many guelder-roses and elder-trees; and inside the house I turned the old kitchen into a hall, and made a kitchen behind where the dairy was.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • The company consisted of the brothers Cheeryble, Tim Linkinwater, a ruddy-faced white-headed friend of Tim’s (who was a superannuated bank clerk), and Nicholas, who was presented to Tim Linkinwater’s sister with much gravity and solemnity.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • The marriage took place, therefore, in accordance with this now superannuated fashion, at M. Gillenormand’s house.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Now that the small field beyond the orchard had been set aside for barley, it was rumoured that a corner of the large pasture was to be fenced off and turned into a grazing-ground for superannuated animals.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • The opening of the red handkerchief had disclosed a superannuated "Keepsake" and six or seven numbers of a "Portrait Gallery," in royal octavo; and the emphatic request to look referred to a portrait of George the Fourth in all the majesty of his depressed cranium and voluminous neckcloth.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Tom took no notice of her, but took, instead, two or three hard peas out of his pocket, and shot them with his thumbnail against the window, vaguely at first, but presently with the distinct aim of hitting a superannuated blue-bottle which was exposing its imbecility in the spring sunshine, clearly against the views of Nature, who had provided Tom and the peas for the speedy destruction of this weak individual.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • At the present time, in the dark little parlour certain feet below the level of the street—a grim, hard, uncouth parlour, only ornamented with the coarsest of baize table-covers, and the hardest of sheet-iron tea-trays, and offering in its decorative character no bad allegorical representation of Grandfather Smallweed’s mind— seated in two black horsehair porter’s chairs, one on each side of the fire-place, the superannuated Mr. and Mrs. Smallweed while away the rosy hours.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The brothers were in a perfect ecstasy; and their insisting on saluting the ladies all round, before they would permit them to retire, gave occasion to the superannuated bank clerk to say so many good things, that he quite outshone himself, and was looked upon as a prodigy of humour.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • On more than one occasion, a dozen at the lowest, near the North Bull at Dollymount he had remarked a superannuated old salt, evidently derelict, seated habitually near the not particularly redolent sea on the wall, staring quite obliviously at it and it at him, dreaming of fresh woods and pastures new as someone somewhere sings.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • …at which there was a roar of laughter, and Tim Linkinwater being charged with blushing, and called upon to explain, denied that the accusation was true; and further, that there would have been any harm in it if it had been; which last position occasioned the superannuated bank clerk to laugh tremendously, and to declare that it was the very best thing he had ever heard in his life, and that Tim Linkinwater might say a great many things before he said anything which would beat THAT.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • There was the superannuated bank clerk, Tim Linkinwater’s friend; and there was the chubby old lady, Tim Linkinwater’s sister; and there was so much attention from Tim Linkinwater’s sister to Miss La Creevy, and there were so many jokes from the superannuated bank clerk, and Tim Linkinwater himself was in such tiptop spirits, and little Miss La Creevy was in such a comical state, that of themselves they would have composed the pleasantest party conceivable.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • There was the superannuated bank clerk, Tim Linkinwater’s friend; and there was the chubby old lady, Tim Linkinwater’s sister; and there was so much attention from Tim Linkinwater’s sister to Miss La Creevy, and there were so many jokes from the superannuated bank clerk, and Tim Linkinwater himself was in such tiptop spirits, and little Miss La Creevy was in such a comical state, that of themselves they would have composed the pleasantest party conceivable.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • He knew good food from bad, expensive from cheap, and he could use his knowledge to impress his business associates, as he called them, when necessary; but he had no respect for what is known as fine food—meats cooked with wines and spices brought in flaming, as though they would look and taste of decay in their natural state; vegetables chopped or diced or shredded in the decadent French manner, as if for the toothless gums of superannuated uncles and aunts of the royal house.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • In this dilemma he motioned to a superannuated warrior, to whom he had confided the charge of the non-combatants, and leading him apart, he placed a finger significantly on his shoulder, as he said, in a tone, in which authority was tempered by confidence— "When my young men are striking the Pawnees, give the women knives.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
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