I’m. pleased to have found a friend at these balls, where I expected to find only tedium… Does Ella (oops) Lela want more than friendship?
Gail Carson Levine -- Ella Enchanted
They hate the guards, they hate the food, they hate the tedium.
Scott Pratt -- An Innocent Client
Dutchy tells me about the tedium of life on board—how his best friend from their basic training days, another Minnesotan named Jim Daly, has taught him to play poker, and they spend long hours below decks with a revolving cast of servicemen in an endless ongoing game.
Christina Baker Kline -- Orphan Train
After I had exhausted all reading matter and had tended to the defrosting of my feet once again, I decided that the most prudent and intelligent thing to do at this particular moment of time would simply be to drop off in a . deep sleep; no, a coma, a state of suspension that would eliminate the tedium of waiting for the earth to tilt the other way and the waters to reverse their flow and race inland toward the fresher waters and the brighter rivers upstate.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
Imagine, if you will, a land in which carpetbaggers swarmed not for a decade or so but for millennia and you will come to understand just one aspect of a Poland stomped upon with metronomic tedium and regularity by the French, the Swedes, the Austrians, Prussians, Russians, and possessed by even such greedy incubuses as the Turks.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
But my hands grew clammy around the porcelain bowl as I thought of myself stepping out, alone and powerless, to confront that mob of solid and virtuous citizens, avid for the excitement of punishment and blood to alleviate the tedium of existence.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
Yet, hours into the night, I lay awake arguing with myself: relentless tedium, back and forth, what if, what if, what harm could it do?
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
Small periods of socialization are granted to alleviate the tedium.
Suzanne Collins -- Mockingjay
The tedium of sea search made practical joking irresistible.
Laura Hillenbrand -- Unbroken
For most of the Fugees, tryouts meant the end of weeks of tedium.
Warren St. John -- Outcasts United
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Or do you just find that coming to terms with the mindless tedium of it all presents an interesting challenge?
Douglas Adams -- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
These women are pillars of wonder, defying gravity while wearing the ho-hum aspect of perfect tedium.
Barbara Kingsolver -- The Poisonwood Bible
The tedium of that work is hard to conceive.
Helen Keller -- Story of My Life
I often thought of the tedium of life once one had seen all its surprises.
Maya Angelou -- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
To reduce the tedium of the journey, Orik played a game of riddles with Saphira.
Christopher Paolini -- Eldest
I’m grateful I have others to deal with the tedium.
Stephenie Meyer -- Breaking Dawn
There was nothing for it but to sit in my usual place beside Mrs Van Hopper while she, like a large, complacent spider, spun her wide net of tedium about the stranger’s person.
Daphne du Maurier -- Rebecca
Like they were hoping a fight might break out to alleviate the tedium of another Monday morning.
Stephenie Meyer -- Eclipse
There was something glad in your glance, and genial in your manner, when you conversed: I saw you had a social heart; it was the silent schoolroom — it was the tedium of your life — that made you mournful.
Charlotte Bronte -- Jane Eyre
Undoubtedly the very tedium and ennui which presume to have exhausted the variety and the joys of life are as old as Adam.
Henry David Thoreau -- Walden
As the omnibus contained only one other passenger, a sleepy old lady, Amy pocketed her veil and beguiled the tedium of the way by trying to find out where all her money had gone to.
Louisa May Alcott -- Little Women
But the view—of the blank face of the compound’s outer wall—provided no relief from the tedium of the room.
Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin -- Three Cups of Tea
But, in the end, even that distraction with no expectation only increased the tedium.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- Love in the Time of Cholera
If your man is of the first type, bawdy humour will not help you—I shall never forget the hours which I wasted (hours to me of unbearable tedium) with one of my early patients in bars and smokingrooms before I learned this rule.
C.S. Lewis -- The Screwtape Letters
To dispel the tedium of the hours which her husband found it necessary to devote to the processes of combination and analysis, Georgiana turned over the volumes of his scientific library.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Birthmark
I have a memory of infinite tedium.
H.G. Wells -- The Island of Dr. Moreau
Sprightly, trivial, and harmless items she passed on to friends, thus enhancing her status and relieving the tedium of spinsterhood.
Pat Frank -- Alas, Babylon
I started noting the deadness in Padre Ignacio’s voice, the tedium between the gospel and communion, the dry papery feel of the host in my mouth.
Julia Alvarez -- In the Time of the Butterflies
Her laugh had taken on the tones of an organ, her breasts had succumbed to the tedium of endless caressing, her stomach and her thighs had been the victims of her irrevocable fate as a shared woman, but her heart grew old without bitterness.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- One Hundred Years of Solitude
On re-entering the cloister, the archdeacon found at the door of his cell his brother Jehan du Moulin, who was waiting for him, and who had beguiled the tedium of waiting by drawing on the wall with a bit of charcoal, a profile of his elder brother, enriched with a monstrous nose.
Victor Hugo -- The Hunchback of Notre Dame
She passed as weary a fortnight as ever mortal spent in Miss Crawley’s sick-room; but her little nerves seemed to be of iron, as she was quite unshaken by the duty and the tedium of the sick-chamber.
William Makepeace Thackeray -- Vanity Fair
His kind of rationality has been used since antiquity to remove oneself from the tedium and depression of one’s immediate surroundings.
Robert M. Pirsig -- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
And in subjecting ourselves to week after week of toil, tedium, and suffering, it struck me that most of us were probably seeking, above all else, something like a state of grace, less virtuous, motives of course for some Everesters myriad other came into play, as well: minor celebrity, career advancement, ego massage ordinary bragging rights, filthy lucre.
Jon Krakauer -- Into Thin Air
And this the sad fact, one of the saddest: that weary tedium which the heart and spirit feel when they no longer need that to whose need they (the spirit and the heart) are necessary.
William Faulkner -- Absalom, Absalom!
"Nowt," said Askew, and I heard the deep tedium in his voice.
David Almond -- Kit’s Wilderness
There were only four soldiers, two horseback and two in the wagon, and they had relieved the tedium of travel by getting drunk.
Larry McMurtry -- Lonesome Dove
Others, whose briefer span forbade their devoting themselves to studies so abstruse, beguiled the little tedium of the way with penny-papers.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The House of the Seven Gables
On the other side her bed was bounded by the window: she had the street beneath her eyes, and would read in it from morning to night to divert the tedium of her life, like a Persian prince, the daily but immemorial chronicles of Combray, which she would discuss in detail afterwards with Francoise.
Marcel Proust -- Swann’s Way
Carol herself would gladly have followed Mr. Ole Jenson, and migrated even to another Main Street; flight from familiar tedium to new tedium would have for a time the outer look and promise of adventure.
Sinclair Lewis -- Main Street
To relieve the tedium of this untimely day she would overhaul the cupboards containing her grandfather’s old charts and other rubbish, humming Saturday-night ballads of the country people the while.
Thomas Hardy -- The Return of the Native
It was to this part of the cap that the bells were attached; which circumstance, as well as the shape of his head-dress, and his own half-crazed, half-cunning expression of countenance, sufficiently pointed him out as belonging to the race of domestic clowns or jesters, maintained in the houses of the wealthy, to help away the tedium of those lingering hours which they were obliged to spend within doors.
Sir Walter Scott -- Ivanhoe
[Despairingly] I am dying of this tedium.
Anton Chekhov -- Uncle Vanya
He was hardly surprised at the deepening postponement and tedium of his journey.
Eudora Welty -- The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
If this was power, why did it taste like tedium?
George R.R. Martin -- A Storm of Swords
He preferred to hunt and hawk, and leave the tedium to old Lord Arryn.
George R.R. Martin -- A Feast For Crows
The rest was a tedium the queen knew well.
George R.R. Martin -- A Dance With Dragons
Inching to the pantry, I knew that this game, born out of monsoon tedium, was no longer that.
Abraham Verghese -- Cutting for Stone
For there was one last letter, this one in code, seemingly innocuous in its babbling about hunting and the tedium of life in Niagara.
Orson Scott Card -- Red Prophet
Encompassed by the massy walls of this venerable academy, I passed, yet not in tedium or disgust, the years of the third lustrum of my life.
Edgar Allan Poe -- William Wilson
The men needed to see that he was still full of confidence, and that he had not allowed the tedium of their present predicament to weigh him down.