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  • Probability was one thing, but some events fell so far outside the actuarial tables that even insurance underwriters were compelled to haul in the supernatural in order to explain them —rotten luck, as my father had said mournfully one night out by the pool, dusk falling hard, smoking Viceroy after Viceroy to keep the mosquitoes away, one of the few times he’d tried to talk to me about my mother’s death, why do bad things happen, why me, why her, wrong place wrong time, just a fluke…
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • And he had experience of the like brood beasts and of springers, greasy hoggets and wether wool, having been some years before actuary for Mr Joseph Cuffe, a worthy salesmaster that drove his trade for live stock and meadow auctions hard by Mr Gavin Low’s yard in Prussia street.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The authorities were extremely strict about this, and the only kind of publication that would pass muster might be a quarterly on actuarial science for a prisoner studying accounting.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • A salesman of some sort, or maybe an actuary.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato

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  • I shall set up chambers in the City, and work at actuarial calculations and conveyancing.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • I, however,’ said Louis, ’losing sight of you, sat in my office and tore the date from the calendar, and announced to the world of ship-brokers, corn-chandlers and actuaries that Friday the tenth, or Tuesday the eighteenth, had dawned on the city of London.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • It is lamentable to think of; but this restraint was the result of no arithmetical process, was self-imposed in defiance of all calculation, and went dead against any table of probabilities that any Actuary would have drawn up from the premises.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Mamma thought we were doing a round of sightseeing together; but I was really at Honoria’s chambers in Chancery Lane every day, working away at actuarial calculations for her, and helping her as well as a greenhorn could.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
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