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  • They looked to the venerable old woman for advice.
  • Many were surprised that a venerable institution like Bear Stearns could so rapidly go out of business.
  • ...the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale turned to the dignified and venerable rulers;
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • He was as noble and as fair in face as an elf-lord, as strong as a warrior, as wise as a wizard, as venerable as a king of dwarves, and as kind as summer.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit

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  • How old, would you think, is our oldest Samana, our venerable teacher?
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • My son, by all means desist from kicking the venerable and enlightened Vizier:
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • I pray you, my venerable brother, let not this thing be!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • Good old Deacon Gookin had arrived, and waited at the skirts of that venerable saint, his revered pastor.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • He filled Rainsford’s glass with venerable Chablis from a dusty bottle.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • the exterior, through the lapse of years, might have been adding venerableness to its original beauty, and thus giving that impression of permanence which I consider essential to the happiness of any one moment.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables

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  • At base, it is a simple dichotomy: there are the coerlfolc, the teeming mass of common people who make up humanity’s great bulk, and there is the hidden branch—the crypto-sapiens, if you will—who are called syndrigast, or "peculiar spirit" in the venerable language of my ancestors.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • So very venerable.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Bennington represented a dying part of the South: the venerable, hoary-maned administrator who tended his district with the same care and paternalism the master once rendered to his plantation.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • He regarded sermons as interesting only to venerable relics like his mother and me.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • The place was crowded with people, most of them elderly, spooning their borscht and munching at potato pirogen; and a great noise of Yiddish—a venerable roar—filled the dank and redolent air with unfathomable gutturals, as of many wattled old throats gargling on chicken fat.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • ANNE DE LARMESSIN — KITSEY’S godmother—was hosting our party at a private club which even Hobie had never set foot in, but knew all about: its history (venerable), its architects (illustrious), and its membership (stellar, running the gamut from Aaron Burr to the Whartons).
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • The Maycomb jail was the most venerable and hideous of the county’s buildings.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The more venerable families, especially, cling to the old times, when Downworlders were for killing.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • He is a man of venerable appearance and of saintly life.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Beloved and venerable parent!
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Her venerable bows looked bearded.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • "Can a sleigh pass?" he asked his overseer, a venerable man, resembling his master in manners and looks, who was accompanying him back to the house.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • That night Finny began to talk abstractedly about it, as though it were a venerable, entrenched institution of the Devon School.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Among zookeepers, Goliath’s death is famous; he was a bull elephant seal, a great big venerable beast of two tons, star of his European zoo, loved by all visitors.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • To this I said: ’But you, now:-you must tell me how I can trap this venerable sea-god.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • College on their left and, on their right, the School Community Singery reared their venerable piles of ferro-concrete and vita-glass.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • He did not then think of the Carnival, for in spite of his condescension and touching kindness, one cannot incline one’s self without awe before the venerable and noble old man called Gregory XVI.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The two friends began to dance around the venerable St. Chrysostom, kicking about famously the sheets of the thesis, which had fallen on the floor.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Just after 9:00 she walked two blocks to the venerable Zimmertal Hotel, where she booked a room in Monica Sholes’ name.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Well, in prison, it seems, he remembered the venerable elder; the Bible, too, made its appearance again.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • David, though he regarded his treasure with longing eyes, was constrained to answer, especially as the venerable father took a part in the interrogatories, with an interest too imposing to be denied.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Vice has always a new fresh young face, while virtue is venerable as nothing else in the world is.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • A very merry lunch it was, for everything seemed fresh and funny, and frequent peals of laughter startled a venerable horse who fed near by.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Never once had he imagined Dumbledore’s childhood or youth; it was as though he had sprung into being as Harry had known him, venerable and silver-haired and old.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Those venerable and feeble persons were always seen by the public in the act of bowing, and were popularly believed, when they had bowed a customer out, still to keep on bowing in the empty office until they bowed another customer in.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Venerable men of his own persuasion had come to pray beside him, but he had driven them away with curses.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Grandfather merely put his finger-tips to his brow and bowed his venerable head, thus Protestantizing the atmosphere.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Innocent and venerable infancy of art and contrivances!
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Sometimes he fell asleep in his garden, and then there was nothing more venerable possible.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The venerable president of the noble order was in the chair and the attendance was of large dimensions.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • I then descended to the courts of justice; over which the judges, those venerable sages and interpreters of the law, presided, for determining the disputed rights and properties of men, as well as for the punishment of vice and protection of innocence.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • All that was venerable ceased here.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • We looked at the venerable stream not in the vivid flush of a short day that comes and departs for ever, but in the august light of abiding memories.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • The poor creature looked round him with a wishful eye, trembling at the thoughts of death; yet, seeing himself a little at liberty, nature, that very moment, as it were, inspired him with hopes of life: He started away from them, and ran, with incredible swiftness along the sands, directly to that part of the coast where my ancient and venerable castle stood.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • DR. HEIDEGGER’S EXPERIMENT That very singular man, old Dr. Heidegger, once invited four venerable friends to meet him in his study.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment
  • The whole of the Danish nobility were in attendance; consisting of a noble boy in the wash-leather boots of a gigantic ancestor, a venerable Peer with a dirty face who seemed to have risen from the people late in life, and the Danish chivalry with a comb in its hair and a pair of white silk legs, and presenting on the whole a feminine appearance.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • "Oh, yes," said Doctor Dohmler, nodding his venerable head, as if, like Sherlock Holmes, he had expected a valet and only a valet to be introduced at this point.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Even if any brain in Raveloe had put the said two facts together, I doubt whether a combination so injurious to the prescriptive respectability of a family with a mural monument and venerable tankards, would not have been suppressed as of unsound tendency.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • And finally-" Green fumbled, and seemed to accidentally shut the Bible, whereupon the visiting legal dignitaries grinned and nudged each other, for this was a venerable court-room ploy-the lawyer who while reading from the Scriptures pretends to lose his place, and then remarks, as Green now did, "Never mind.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • One was an old, venerable white-haired guy with bifocals, another was some young brilliant Jewish guy, like one of the teachers he had at Jefferson.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
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