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  • After nine hours of listening to the vagaries of Old Sarum’s inhabitants, Judge Taylor threw the case out of court on grounds of frivolous pleading and declared he hoped to God the litigants were satisfied by each having had his public say.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • I was considering what she had suggested about our pretending to be other people, like figures in a Western novel, imagining how we could somehow exist outside of this place and time and circumstance, share instead the minute and sordid problems of such folks, the vagaries and ornate dramas of imperfect love.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • He claimed no intricate or extensive medical knowledge, and had no use for the lay habit of venturing amateur diagnoses of illness; his training had, however, made him more than ordinarily enlightened about the chemical vagaries and ailments of the human body, and so the moment he first laid eyes on Sophie ("this sweetie," he murmured with enormous concern and gentleness, twisting the lock of her hair) he guessed, with dead accuracy as it turned out, that her ravaged appearance was the…
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He held the knife in his hand, and pushed its point between my teeth: but, for my part, I was never much afraid of his vagaries.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights

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  • In addition to the financial strain of exchanging a steady paycheck for the vagaries of self-employment, Walt’s separation from his first wife left him with two families to support.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • His enlistment seemed just another of Leper’s vagaries, such as the time he slept on top of Mount Katahdin in Maine where each morning the sun first strikes United States territory.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • She had never been one to worry long over the vagaries of human conduct or to be cast down for long if one line of action failed.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Such were their numbers and the vagaries of their excitement that the noise came and went like a flock of birds, at times very loud, swirling around me, then rapidly dying off as the closest meerkats fell silent while others, further off, started up.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • But the strangest part of the affair is the effect of this vagary, even on a sober-minded man like myself.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • Surely you do not mean to persist in that mulish vagary?
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street

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  • Instead of protecting this child from the vagaries of fate, you condemned her to be a sacrifice for others, to absorb their misery and suffering so that they might live in peace.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Indeed, the fact that biotechnology can be applied to the industries traditionally subject to the vagaries of fashion, such as cosmetics and leisure activities, heightens concern about the whimsical use of this powerful new technology.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Everybody was essentially himself—was riotously busy fulfilling the vagaries of human nature.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • At times, again, I was obliged to resolve all into the mere inexplicable vagaries of madness, for I beheld him gazing upon vacancy for long hours, in an attitude of the profoundest attention, as if listening to some imaginary sound.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • Life and love have such strange vagaries.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Laurie turned the matter over in his mind so often that he soon brought himself to confess that he had been selfish and lazy, but then when a man has a great sorrow, he should be indulged in all sorts of vagaries till he has lived it down.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • She had discovered that a lane opened out below the apple orchard and ran up through a belt of woodland; and she had explored it to its furthest end in all its delicious vagaries of brook and bridge, fir coppice and wild cherry arch, corners thick with fern, and branching byways of maple and mountain ash.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • People bored Manchek; the mechanics of manipulation and the vagaries of subordinate personality held no fascination for him.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • After a string of conventional vagaries, Pilar Ternera predicted: "You will not be happy as long as your parents remain unburied."
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • These ’vagaries’ were soon on exhibition before them; but they only moved their compassion and their sorrow, not their mirth.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • By now, he knows as much as most young adults about the vagaries of professional goals and heart’s desiressometimes so clear, within easy reach, other times barely visible.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Sunday passed with equal doubts, worries, assurances, and heaven knows what vagaries of mind and spirit.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • If she’s up to such vagaries she must suffer for ’em.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • The cause of the pervasive pessimism of Mesopoitamian thought lay partly in the precariousness of life in the city-states, dependent on vagaries of flood and drought and turbulent neighbours; dependent also on the character of the gods, who were the powers held responsible for such conditions.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Rather than having to haul rocks across the river and depend on the vagaries of transport up rutted roads, Haji Ali, in the end, had convinced Mortenson to use rock cut on hillsides only a few hundred yards distant from both banks.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • I am as confident of seeing Frank here before the middle of January, as I am of being here myself: but your good friend there (nodding towards the upper end of the table) has so few vagaries herself, and has been so little used to them at Hartfield, that she cannot calculate on their effects, as I have been long in the practice of doing.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • "A strange vagary, this of hers, isn’t it, Oak?" said Coggan, curiously.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • …exalted into the beneficent contriver of the whole occasion, actually took the top of the table; and, when he addressed them on the subject of my being bound, and had fiendishly congratulated them on my being liable to imprisonment if I played at cards, drank strong liquors, kept late hours or bad company, or indulged in other vagaries which the form of my indentures appeared to contemplate as next to inevitable, he placed me standing on a chair beside him to illustrate his remarks.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • "It’s a pity she ever married abroad then," said May, in the placid tone with which her mother met Mr. Welland’s vagaries; and Archer felt himself gently relegated to the category of unreasonable husbands.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • In religion he could be, as long as it suited him, the facile echo of Dorothea’s vagaries.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • There was a madman in Seville who took to one of the drollest absurdities and vagaries that ever madman in the world gave way to.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • The vagary of Timothy Fairway was infectious.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Now, we ask, which of the three arts has really represented human thought for the last three centuries? which translates it? which expresses not only its literary and scholastic vagaries, but its vast, profound, universal movement? which constantly superposes itself, without a break, without a gap, upon the human race, which walks a monster with a thousand legs?
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Rather, it was as though one had available a never-ending number of days, months, years in which to sort out the vagaries of one’s relationship with Miss Kenton; an infinite number of further opportunities in which to remedy the effect of this or that misunderstanding.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • It just crossed her mind, too, that he might have a faint recollection of his tender vagary, and was disinclined to allude to it from a conviction that she would take amatory advantage of the opportunity it gave her of appealing to him anew not to go.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • After Jake’s death they had talked a good deal about the vagaries of justice, and what might cause a pleasant man to go bad.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • The changes that were rung upon dots, which in such a position meant such a thing, and in such another position something else, entirely different; the wonderful vagaries that were played by circles; the unaccountable consequences that resulted from marks like flies’ legs; the tremendous effects of a curve in a wrong place; not only troubled my waking hours, but reappeared before me in my sleep.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • But because of the vagaries of the mail system, the remoteness of the island, and the often deliberate slowness of the censors, the book would reach you after the date that it needed to be returned.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Least of all, while avoiding her sight, ought Giovanni to have remained so near this extraordinary being that the proximity and possibility even of intercourse should give a kind of substance and reality to the wild vagaries which his imagination ran riot continually in producing.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini’s Daughter
  • At a period when such vagaries of thought most fully possessed me, and when we had been at work perhaps an hour and a half, we were again interrupted by the violent howlings of the dog.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Gold-Bug
  • But having fallen in love with him, she had become inoculated with the virus of Evangelism and proselytizing which dominated him, and had followed him gladly and enthusiastically in all of his ventures and through all of his vagaries.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • …tends and protects them it loves out of allreason and robs them steadily and evades responsibilityand obligations by means toobarefaced to be called subterfuge even and is taken in theft or evasion with only that frankand spontaneousadmiration for the victor which a gentleman feels for anyone who beats him in a fair contest,and withal a fond and unflagging tolerance for whitefolks’ vagaries like that of a grandparent for unpredictable and troublesome children, which I had forgotten.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • Here, amid a wide desert of caste and proscription, amid the heart-hurting slights and jars and vagaries of a deep race-dislike, lies this green oasis, where hot anger cools, and the bitterness of disappointment is sweetened by the springs and breezes of Parnassus; and here men may lie and listen, and learn of a future fuller than the past, and hear the voice of Time: "Entbehren sollst du, sollst entbehren."
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • However, we wondered whether it owed a little too much to the techniques of Mrs. Woolf The crystalline present moment is of course a worthy subject in itself especially for poetry; it allows a writer to show his gifts, delve into mysteries of perception, present a stylized version of thought processes, permit the vagaries and unpredictability of the private self to be explored and so on.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Each now wore a heavy coat against the elements-Kassad in FORCE-issue thermouflage cape, Brawne Lamia in a long garment called a trenchcoat for reasons long forgotten, Martin Silenus in thick furs which rippled now sable, now gray with the vagaries of wind, Father Hoyt in long black which made him more of a scarecrow figure than ever, Sol Weintraub in a thick goosedown jacket which covered him and the child, and the Consul in the thinning but serviceable greatcoat his wife had given…
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The vagaries of popular trends?
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • The vagaries of the digestive tract have no rhyme or reason.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • He knew these sand-storms were but vagaries of the desert-wind.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • Joan was a victim to swift vagaries of thought and conflicting emotions.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • A vagary of nature, wherein she has displayed less of her infinite wisdom than is usual.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
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