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  • And then after a horrendous dry spell, I met Katherine XVI on the roof deck of a hotel in Newark, New Jersey, during an Academic Decathlon tournament in October of my junior year, and we had about as wild and torrid an affair as you can possibly have over the course of fourteen hours at an Academic Decathlon tournament, which is to say that at one point we had to kick her three roommates out of her hotel room so we could make out properly, but then even after I emerged from the…
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Miri preferred her movies torrid and dark.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • It’s even hotter up here, torrid, and the smell of perspiration makes him light-headed.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • "If you must know," I replied, deadpan, "for the past six months I’ve been having this torrid affair with Warren Jacobi."
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die

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  • Sitting on the tremendous rock in the torrid sun, Roger received this news as an illumination.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Where are the torrid fantasies?
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Most of those nights they’d spent engaged in torrid activities, like having contests to see who could take the longest to eat a single Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • In this she was successful; when the candle she chewed made contact with the torrid images she evoked, the candle began to burn.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • The Pagan leopards—the unrecking and unworshipping things, that live; and seek, and give no reasons for the torrid life they feel!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • On the Sabbath, Friday nights, it was a thrill for me to pretend I was going downstairs to the kitchen and then creep into the store to pick up the torrid love notes he slipped under the door.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water

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  • Beer had never been my favorite, but it tasted fine, ice-cold, on such a torrid day.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • He had detected the latent sensuality, which unfolded under his delicate sense of her nature’s requirements like a torpid, torrid, sensitive blossom.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • The torrid cracks of the furnace gleamed in the crimson darkness and he heard the throaty undertone of the draft devouring the air.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • The ashes under the grate were lit by the fire vertically, like a torrid waste.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • He was at first bare and out of doors; but though this was pleasant enough in serene and warm weather, by daylight, the rainy season and the winter, to say nothing of the torrid sun, would perhaps have nipped his race in the bud if he had not made haste to clothe himself with the shelter of a house.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • But in that confident prophecy Chang was wrong, for less than a month after his arrival at Shangri-La Conway received a second summons to that torrid upper room.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • I felt traumatized, embarrassed, trapped in my own emotionally torrid world.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • His spear—to equal which the tallest pine Hewn on Norwegian hills, to be the mast Of some great ammiral, were but a wand— He walked with, to support uneasy steps Over the burning marl, not like those steps On Heaven’s azure; and the torrid clime Smote on him sore besides, vaulted with fire.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • We pushed our bed under the lattice window, hoping to catch a cool breeze, but there was none, just torrid stillness.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • I used to have a torrid crush on the Partridge girl from LA.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Shortly afterwards, a man in a blue cotton frock, much soiled, came in and bought a pipe, filling the whole shop, meanwhile, with the hot odor of strong drink, not only exhaled in the torrid atmosphere of his breath, but oozing out of his entire system, like an inflammable gas.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • That darkness in which resolutions have to be made—it isn’t merely local; it’s the same darkness that exists in the fiercest clearnesses of torrid Messina.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • …islands, its persistent formation of homothetic islands, peninsulas and downward tending promontories: its alluvial deposits: its weight and volume and density: its imperturbability in lagoons and highland tarns: its gradation of colours in the torrid and temperate and frigid zones: its vehicular ramifications in continental lakecontained streams and confluent oceanflowing rivers with their tributaries and transoceanic currents, gulfstream, north and south equatorial courses: its…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Through this atmosphere of torrid splendour moved wan beings as richly upholstered as the furniture, beings without definite pursuits or permanent relations, who drifted on a languid tide of curiosity from restaurant to concert-hall, from palm-garden to music-room, from "art exhibit" to dress-maker’s opening.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • These latter came out of a dozen rivers—the Illinois, the Missouri, the Upper Mississippi, the Ohio, the Monongahela, the Tennessee, the Red River, the White River, and so on—and were bound every whither and stocked with every imaginable comfort or necessity, which the Mississippi’s communities could want, from the frosty Falls of St. Anthony down through nine climates to torrid New Orleans.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • In cool, fresh weather Mrs. Yeobright would have found no inconvenience in walking to Alderworth, but the present torrid attack made the journey a heavy undertaking for a woman past middle age; and at the end of the third mile she wished that she had hired Fairway to drive her a portion at least of the distance.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • She wanted this last weekend to be everything summer could be…hot, hazy, torrid.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • Do you not feel the terrible, torrid heat?
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • As it was, he could only stare into Teeleh’s torrid eyes and fight his own terror.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • But all were torrid, mind you.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • The blizzard of Montana or the torrid sirocco of the Staked Plain was no hindrance to the travel of the buffalo.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • Nestor had taken six wickets for twenty-five runs in a torrid spell of pace bowling, and four of those were by catches I took standing well behind the wicket.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • The courtyard, a large square space, was one torrid blaze of sunshine, and, bathed in intense light, Cornelius was creeping across in full view with an inexpressible effect of stealthiness, of dark and secret slinking.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • He had read the great poets, more characteristic of their race than the poets of other lands; for they seemed to have drawn their inspiration not at all from the general currents of the world’s literature but directly from the torrid, scented plains and the bleak mountains of their country.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Thou glorious mirror, where the Almighty’s form Glasses itself in tempests; in all time, Calm or convulsed—in breeze, or gale, or storm, Icing the pole, or in the torrid clime Dark-heaving;—boundless, endless, and sublime— The image of eternity; the throne Of the Invisible; even from out thy slime The monsters of the deep are made; each zone Obeys thee; thou goest forth, dread, fathomless, alone.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • …from Bagdad; here is Captain Friese, from Cape Turnagain, and Captain Symmes,[432] from the interior of the earth; and Monsieur Jovaire, who came down this morning in a balloon; Mr. Hobnail, the reformer; and Reverend Jul Bat, who has converted the whole torrid zone in his Sunday school; and Signer Torre del Greco, who extinguished Vesuvius by pouring into it the Bay of Naples; Spahr, the Persian ambassador; and Tul Wil Shan, the exiled nabob of Nepaul, whose saddle is the new moon.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • This delicious produce from the Torrid Zones ripens all year round, and Malaysians, who give them the name "pisang," eat them without bothering to cook them.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Then eels and fish, in backwaters, in currents, wriggled here and there at the scalding breath of torrid blasts from the great smith, Hephaistos, and dried away by them, the river cried: "Hephaistos, not one god can vie with you! Neither would I contend with one so fiery.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • I lie in a shady place like this and think of adventurous spirits going to the North Pole or penetrating to the heart of the Torrid Zone with admiration.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • She thought it good for them to see that she could make an excellent lather while she corrected their blunders "without looking,"—that a woman with her sleeves tucked up above her elbows might know all about the Subjunctive Mood or the Torrid Zone—that, in short, she might possess "education" and other good things ending in "tion," and worthy to be pronounced emphatically, without being a useless doll.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • (O South, your torrid suns!
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Mr. Bagnet is an exartilleryman, tall and upright, with shaggy eyebrows and whiskers like the fibres of a coco-nut, not a hair upon his head, and a torrid complexion.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • There was a slow, torrid beat of her pulse.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • His pure tight skin was an excellent fit; and closely wrapped up in it, and embalmed with inner health and strength, like a revivified Egyptian, this Starbuck seemed prepared to endure for long ages to come, and to endure always, as now; for be it Polar snow or torrid sun, like a patent chronometer, his interior vitality was warranted to do well in all climates.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • This toxic vegetation has increased beneath the seas of the Torrid Zone, so the disease spreads unchecked from the mouth of the Rio de la Plata to Florida!
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • For Hot, Cold, Moist, and Dry, four champions fierce, Strive here for mastery, and to battle bring Their embryon atoms: they around the flag Of each his faction, in their several clans, Light-armed or heavy, sharp, smooth, swift, or slow, Swarm populous, unnumbered as the sands Of Barca or Cyrene’s torrid soil, Levied to side with warring winds, and poise Their lighter wings.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • High in front advanced, The brandished sword of God before them blazed, Fierce as a comet; which with torrid heat, And vapour as the Libyan air adust, Began to parch that temperate clime; whereat In either hand the hastening Angel caught Our lingering parents, and to the eastern gate Led them direct, and down the cliff as fast To the subjected plain; then disappeared.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • It goes down south, skirts equatorial Africa, warms its waves in the rays of the Torrid Zone, crosses the Atlantic, reaches Cape São Roque on the coast of Brazil, and forks into two branches, one going to the Caribbean Sea for further saturation with heat particles.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
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