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  • And that would leave Jane with her tepid tea and her bone china and these girls who could make an hour’s conversation out of nothing.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Before dialing, he found it all too easy to imagine that she’d answer with only tepid enthusiasm.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • The water is tepid.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • It seems to me I should be tucked away in my bed and dreaming of myself on younger legs, running after the boy with joyous, flowing ease, instead of sitting here at the table with shoots of a draft prickling my feet and a tepid cup of green tea cooling in my hands.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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  • He loved the Fort at this hour, these Colombo nights, the windows of his car open and the breeze for the first time almost cool, no longer tepid, hitting his face with all the night smells, the perfume of closed boutiques.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • I sat in the shadow of the dark-green café awning, staring down the length of the Rue des Francs Bourgeois, the tepid sun of a Parisian autumn warming the side of my face.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • The damp logs in the fireplace make the house smoky and give off a tepid heat.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • His arguments that I did not follow the chain of command were a bit tepid after that.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • To which I added a tepid "Thanks."
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • So on the weekends we went out to East Hampton, where we stayed in the house of friends of hers who were summering in France; and during the week we met downtown after I got off work, drinking tepid wine in sidewalk cafes, deserted Tribeca evenings with fever-hot sidewalks and hot wind from the subway grates blowing sparks from the end of my cigarette.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • She took the cup and rinsed her mouth and spat and then drank the cupful of tepid water.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • I think of what it must be like to recover from a whipping in midsummer, with the searing heat and the tepid water from the tap.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Heavy thunderstorms rolled into Atlanta early in the week and hovered overhead, soaking the field into a tepid mush, like a cotton mop dunked in a bucket.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • When he was in the pint-sized bath, Liesel listened at the washroom door, imagining the tepid water turning to steam as it warmed his iceberg body.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • At four o’clock the sun wasn’t too hot, but the water was pleasantly tepid, and small, languid ripples were creeping up the sand.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • Simon poured a glass full of the tepid liquid and brought it to Maia.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • His face splashed into shallow tepid water, which gurgled around him and ran up his nose.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Putting the cocoon in a cool place, a dark place, but with water, so she wasn’t dry; no, not just water, but water mixed with the sap of a certain tree, and kept tepid so that certain reactions could take place in the cocoon.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Winston, still carrying the brief-case containing the book, which had remained between his feet while he worked and under his body while he slept, went home, shaved himself, and almost fell asleep in his bath, although the water was barely more than tepid.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The remains of a tepid rain were still sifting down when we stepped out into the street.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • Yet Dives himself, he too lives like a Czar in an ice palace made of frozen sighs, and being a president of a temperance society, he only drinks the tepid tears of orphans.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • But if you put that frog in a pot of tepid water and slowly warm it, the frog doesn’t figure out what’s going on until it’s too late.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • She could probably have found the cafeteria in her sleep; she’d brought Luke enough tepid cups of coffee from there to fill the Central Park reservoir.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • It had died of its own accord, expired completely without even an ember to be watered down, and there was nothing for the disappointed firemen to do but drink tepid coffee and hang around trying to screw the nurses.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • And then we fought, my dad and I, while we crunched burnt toast and swigged tepid tea.
    David Almond  --  Skellig
  • Enjoy a bath now: clean trough of water, cool enamel, the gentle tepid stream.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He was so cheap he turned the hot water heater down to tepid.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • He crouched down between the sheets, glad of their tepid glow.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • The water was crystal clear and warm as a tepid bath.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • There was her milk, untouched, forgotten, barely tepid.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • It was tepid, only faintly effervescent, delicious.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • They were trapped on the peninsula, starving and terrified, and finally rounded up at bayonet point to be marched north through tepid rice paddies and blazing heat, marched through exhaustion and sickness and beyond it, marched from their feet to their hands and knees, emaciated, hallucinating from thirst and racked with malaria, toward a prison camp which few of them ever reached, and fewer survived.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • He quite shook hands with me — which was a violent proceeding for him, his usual course being to slide a tepid little fish-slice, an inch or two in advance of his hip, and evince the greatest discomposure when anybody grappled with it.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • As he sipped at the tepid orange soda through a leaky straw, Mortenson watched Abdul reading the items aloud and winced as Ali’s practiced fingers tapped the calculator balanced on his knee.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • When the tanks were at last screwed up, a gasoline can filled with tepid water was handed through one of the cabin windows.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • Public response to the children was often hot and never tepid.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • But the machine in the corridor dispenses only coffee, tepid at best, in paper cups.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • Mr. Jackson had helped himself to a slice of the tepid filet which the mournful butler had handed him with a look as sceptical as his own, and had rejected the mushroom sauce after a scarcely perceptible sniff.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • It may be that he deserved to be; but I still think that the tepid support of his fellow-investigators and his desertion by the great body of scientific workers was a shameful thing.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Faced with trouble at home and pressure from abroad, P. W. Botha offered a tepid, halfway measure.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • It takes place in an impalpable grayness, with nothing underfoot, with nothing around, without spectators, without clamor, without glory, without the great desire of victory, without the great fear of defeat, in a sickly atmosphere of tepid skepticism, without much belief in your own right, and still less in that of your adversary.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • For over an hour after returning from work he lay in a tepid bath while his blood and, so it seemed, his thoughts warmed the water.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Hollow vessels of girls to be rinsed of our own ambitions, wants, and opinions, just waiting to be filled with the cool, tepid water of gracious compliance.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • The tepid morning reeked with the odors of a crowded, rushing humanity, the smells strangely not unpleasant.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • He is carried along beside the lakeshore; he squints into the immense morning light, passing here and there the solitary fishermen as they cast their lures into the tepid and indolent waves.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • In the prairie heat she trudged along unchanging ways, talked about nothing to tepid people, and reflected that she might never escape from them.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • They all three squatted on the gallery and ate, slowly, without talking; then in the store again, they drank from a tin dipper tepid water smelling of the cedar bucket and of living beech trees.
    William Faulkner  --  Barn Burning
  • For it is really nauseating, when you detest it, to have to eat every day several slices of thin, tepid, pink india rubber, and it is disagreeable to have to drink brandy when you would prefer to be cheered up by warm, sweet Kuemmel.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • Mean while the tepid caves, and fens, and shores, Their brood as numerous hatch, from the egg that soon Bursting with kindly rupture forth disclosed Their callow young; but feathered soon and fledge They summed their pens; and, soaring the air sublime, With clang despised the ground, under a cloud In prospect; there the eagle and the stork On cliffs and cedar tops their eyries build: Part loosely wing the region, part more wise In common, ranged in figure, wedge their way, Intelligent…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Occasionally she came to a spot where independent worlds of ephemerons were passing their time in mad carousal, some in the air, some on the hot ground and vegetation, some in the tepid and stringy water of a nearly dried pool.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
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