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  • They’d traversed about half of what they could see of its length when Mark heard voices, then saw their source.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Carried to its extreme, the idea gives license to the belief that one’s own actions do not matter much; we traverse the world in our own bubbles, occasionally breaking through to one another but largely and ultimately alone.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • My own reaction was not so dramatic, although I may very well have set some sort of a record for a cross-country traverse myself.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • The wind is cool and goose bumps traverse the length of Sam’s arms.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four

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  • There are two steps between the annex and the main house, and without Nathan’s help he could not traverse them.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • In the beginning, he traversed the world for opposition.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • Tonight the Sunday clothes would be wrapped in newspaper and hung for Sunday and the shoes would be packed away to be brought out again only when the weather turned so cold that bare feet could no longer traverse the frozen roads; but for today we all suffered.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • One of our favorites was to ride the streetcars that traversed the city.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • She opens to the first page: Mrs. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies’ eardrops and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place .
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Four stories up, the Austrians clap another shell into the smoking breech of the 88 and double-check the traverse and clamp their ears as the gun discharges, but down here Werner hears only the radio voices of his childhood.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • Only one car could traverse the road at a time.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • It is possible once again to traverse the country from one end to the other—something the colonial power thought it alone had brought about.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • That day as she traversed the edge of the gardens on her way toward the library she caught a glimpse of something which thereafter dwelled so immovably in her mind that she wondered if it, too, was not at last bound up in a mystical way with Nathan, and the imminence of his appearance in her life.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Lousy Lane traverses the Grim River, a body of water that is nine-tenths mud and that contains extremely unnerving fish, and it encircles a horseradish factory, so the entire area smells bitter and strong.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • Watching his halting progress as he traversed the narrow room, I said, "You know, massage can help a bit.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Some days he climbed over the foothills of indifference to see the landscape of his life and future for what it was: mappable, traversable, achievable.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • In Atlanta, one could traverse gaping boundaries of race and class by simply crossing a street.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • To follow Enrique’s journey, I traversed thirteen of Mexico’s thirty-one states.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • I walked back along the border of the lawn, traversed the gravel softly, and tiptoed up the veranda steps.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • There were little cliffs to be scaled, some to be used as paths, lengthy traverses where one used hands as well as feet.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • "We are now traversing the night side " he said in a hushed voice.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Thus prepared, a party of the enemy came forward, viewing our posture, and traversing the ground on the front of our line.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • The Mongolia had still sixteen hundred and fifty miles to traverse before reaching Bombay, and was obliged to remain four hours at Steamer Point to coal up.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Territory he had soared over effortlessly on a dragon’s back now took him months to traverse.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • We traversed but one side of the square, however, and at the end of it she stopped, and put her candle down and opened a door.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Shall I meet you again, after having traversed immense seas, and returned by the most southern cape of Africa or America?
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • They had not traversed many steps of the long main staircase when he stopped, and stared at the roof and round at the wails.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • In this manner I traverse five sleepers.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Flocks of birds, flying at great speed, were wheeling and circling, and traversing all the land as if they were searching for something; and they were steadily drawing nearer.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The family sat through a longwinded commencement address delivered by Secretary of Labor Elizabeth Dole, and then Billie snapped pictures of a grinning Chris traversing the stage to receive his diploma.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • And the morning was filled with long boat races and a series of terrible workouts in the demo pits-that’s a scum-laden sea-water slime, which we had to traverse on a couple of ropes, invariably falling straight in.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • It was miles and miles, and it would take me days to traverse, but once I stepped off this wash I was officially adrift.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • It was to the rear, somewhere in the snow expanse they had just traversed.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Nudges and winks and whispers traversed the room, but Tom sat still, with his arms upon the long, low desk before him, and seemed to study his book.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • The Jew was evidently too familiar with the ground he traversed to be at all bewildered, either by the darkness of the night, or the intricacies of the way.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • With a memory sharpened to almost preternatural clearness, she remarked every turn in the road, and formed a mental estimate of the time to be occupied in traversing it.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Mornings as the streetcar traversed my ghetto I experienced a mixture of dread and trauma.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • It was the subject of my meditations for many an hour, while pacing to and fro across my room, or traversing, with a hundredfold repetition, the long extent from the front door of the Custom-House to the side entrance, and back again.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • I liked better some American detective stories which were traversed from time to time by unkempt fierce and beautiful girls.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • The most effective means of sending and retrieving sensitive Alyssian intelligence had been to use portal runners to traverse the Crystal Continuum.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • A slight noise attracted my notice, and, looking to the floor, I saw several enormous rats traversing it.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • I suppose it took her a minute or so to traverse the place, but to me she seemed to shoot across the room like a rocket.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • Gradually from naming an object we advance step by step until we have traversed the vast distance between our first stammered syllable and the sweep of thought in a line of Shakespeare.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Having passed the Guards and traversed an empty space, Rostov, to avoid again getting in front of the first line as he had done when the Horse Guards charged, followed the line of reserves, going far round the place where the hottest musket fire and cannonade were heard.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • They would have to traverse the length of the cathedral, passing three other chapels, each of them, like the Chigi Chapel, covered with translucent plastic shrouds.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Never had I thought to see this land, but Zeus has let me see it- and let me, too, traverse the Western Ocean- only to find no exit from these breakers.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The minute after a step traversed the hall; the open house was too tempting for Heathcliff to resist walking in: most likely he supposed that I was inclined to shirk my promise, and so resolved to trust to his own audacity.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Every so often a beam of light appeared out of thin air, traversed the wall like a ghostly, exploratory finger, and slid off into nothing again.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • There are fashionable and well-attended watering-places at and near the spring where Hawkeye halted to drink, and roads traverse the forests where he and his friends were compelled to journey without even a path.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Once more she sowed ferocity, traversing the ranks of men, redoubling groans and cries.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
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