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  • If you didn’t know her, you’d think her zest comes from malice.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Kit chose the stories she herself enjoyed most, and her reading had a zest and liveliness that enthralled the children.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • "une merveille," even "big" would do, almost anything but "sweet"—and perhaps it was only my glum silence after this which impelled her to begin to stroke and pump me with a zest that mingled the adroitness of a courtesan and a milkmaid.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Big zest for life.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • His approaching departure did not prevent his amusing himself, but rather gave zest to his pleasures.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I bounced zestfully up the dormitory stairs.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • He actually seemed to serve as a zest to Mr. Jaggers’s wine.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • ’A million years?’ persisted the jeering old man with keen, sadistic zest.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Pheoby eager to feel and do through Janie, but hating to show her zest for fear it might be thought mere curiosity.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • This incident gives zest to our investigation, however, and I only trust that our little friend will not suffer from her imprudence in allowing this brute to trace her.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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  • He was not tall, and his slenderness gave him an air of youthful energy, almost of boyish zest.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Gone was the zest for life Ronnie had noticed when they first met, and Blaze seemed older, too, as if she’d aged years instead of weeks.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • Frieda was all authority and zest.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • This certainty of the morrow gave zest and enthusiasm to life, and the County people enjoyed life with a heartiness that Ellen could never understand.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • I admired the cheerful zest with which grandmother went about keeping us warm and comfortable and well-fed.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Mr. Heathcliff, I believe, had not treated him physically ill; thanks to his fearless nature, which offered no temptation to that course of oppression: he had none of the timid susceptibility that would have given zest to ill-treatment, in Heathcliff s judgment.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Then she wept all the way back to Green Gables, where she sorrowfully put the remainder of the raspberry cordial back into the pantry and got tea ready for Matthew and Jerry, with all the zest gone out of the performance.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • The zest is gone, as the English say.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • At Duke lane a ravenous terrier choked up a sick knuckly cud on the cobblestones and lapped it with new zest.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He did so with wholehearted zest.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • In America, as everyone knows, girls early sign the declaration of independence, and enjoy their freedom with republican zest, but the young matrons usually abdicate with the first heir to the throne and go into a seclusion almost as close as a French nunnery, though by no means as quiet.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Whatever zest and pep the other girls had that made them cartwheel, high kick, and smile constantly was missing in me, like a genetic or chemical malfunction.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • "Uncharted," she repeated with real zest.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • They talked all the time with unflagging zest.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Doing it before the mothers’ eyes was what gave zest to the amusement.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Every motion, every glance had something in it of the pleasure he felt in Carrie, of the zest this new pursuit of pleasure lent to his days.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Novelty in society and adventure were the zest of life to Richard Coeur-de-Lion, and it had its highest relish when enhanced by dangers encountered and surmounted.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • One was short and stocky, powerfully muscled, broad shouldered, robust of limbs, the head squat, the hair black and luxuriant, the mustache heavy, the eyes bright and penetrating, and his whole personality stamped with that southern–blooded zest that, in France, typifies the people of Provence.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • The light soon died away, but the look of suffering remained, and Zossimov, watching and studying his patient with all the zest of a young doctor beginning to practise, noticed in him no joy at the arrival of his mother and sister, but a sort of bitter, hidden determination to bear another hour or two of inevitable torture.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • In her poverty she had met with repulse from the society to which she had belonged, and she had no great zest for renewing an attempt upon it now.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • He is a man who looking back over his life continues to live it with an odd mixture of zest and sorrow.
    August Wilson  --  The Piano Lesson
  • His words about his schoolmaster had, perhaps, less zest in them than his words concerning his cousin.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • The zest for decoration stopped in the eighteenth century, nor was it ever democratic.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Sir Percy was an enthusiastic whip; his four thoroughbreds, which had been sent down to Dover a couple of days before, were just sufficiently fresh and restive to add zest to the expedition and Marguerite revelled in anticipation of the few hours of solitude, with the soft night breeze fanning her cheeks, her thoughts wandering, whither away?
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • It was seen in his appreciating notice of the vase of flowers, the scent of which he inhaled with a zest almost peculiar to a physical organization so refined that spiritual ingredients are moulded in with it.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • The U.S. Naval Academy The loss of his left leg above the knee had not taken away Oliver Wendell Tyler’s roguish good looks or his zest for life.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Tess Durbeyfield, then, in good heart, and full of zest for life, descended the Egdon slopes lower and lower towards the dairy of her pilgrimage.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • How the Crawleys got the money which was spent upon the entertainments with which they treated the polite world was a mystery which gave rise to some conversation at the time, and probably added zest to these little festivities.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • It may be that her beauty and all the state and brilliancy surrounding her only gives him the greater zest for what he is set upon and makes him the more inflexible in it.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The company indeed was perfectly assorted, since all the members belonged to the little inner group of people who, during the long New York season, disported themselves together daily and nightly with apparently undiminished zest.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • The fatted calf is dressed for me, But the husks have greater zest for me ….
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Fred carried the letter to the fire, and thrust the poker through it with much zest.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The zest of the spring morning was smothered in the stale office air.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • But she carried with her a new zest, fueled by the secret she kept inside, and the change in her attitude wasn’t lost on people around her.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Nights in Rodanthe
  • The zest of winter was gone.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • He learned to bark at the young cows when they got too frisky and tried to go off on their own; he did so with obvious zest.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • From another point of view—the freedom they possessed, the zest with which they managed to contrive social activities and exchanges—he was drawn to them.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • They would have over-emphasized the novelty of the adventure, trying to make him feel in it the zest of an escapade.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Perhaps that was the trouble: in the years of retirement, however many they might be, he would have no further goals to give any zest to life.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • ’I know his amiable nature, and yours,—mere little remarks that give a zest to your daily intercourse—lovers’ quarrels that add sweetness to those domestic joys which promise to last so long—that’s all; that’s all.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
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