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  • It is a bulwark against storms.
  • The sailors looked over the bulwarks.
  • We have seen the necessity of the Union, as our bulwark against foreign danger
    James Madison  --  Federalist Papers
  • Fallen is the wall on which we relied as an impregnable bulwark both for us and our fleet.
    Homer  --  The Iliad

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  • Every soul aboard stood at the bulwarks or on the seats of the steamer and stared at that distant shape, higher than the trees or church towers inland, and advancing with a leisurely parody of a human stride.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War Of The Worlds
  • It is the bulwark against starvation.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • Hands, who was not so far up, was in consequence nearer to the ship and fell between me and the bulwarks.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • ...and many banners waving from the decks, and a row of shields, bright as silver, along the bulwarks.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • Lucy, leaning over the bulwark,
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • Over the causeway toward the huge smoldering bulwark of Saint-Malo.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • When Edna relented, the last major bulwark of opposition or doubt among the parents tumbled to the ground.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Despoiled and exploited like the South, and like it, a poverty-ridden, agrarian, feudal society, Poland has shared with the Old South one bulwark against its immemorial humiliation, and that is pride.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • And a non-Muslim is a nonbeliever standing as a bulwark against the spread of Islam.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Our will—the will of the disinherited, the forgotten, the oppressed—shall weld us into a solid bulwark, with a common faith and a common goal.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Before I could say a word, or move forward to seize him, he sprang on the bulwark and deliberately threw himself into the sea.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • When the young man on board saw this person approach, he left his station by the pilot, and, hat in hand, leaned over the ship’s bulwarks.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The lights seemed to fade, and now she was looking across an oak-dusted lawn to an ornate Gothic Revival structure that seemed to loom up above the trees like the bulwark of a great ship.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • By our valour the wild folk of the East are still restrained, and the terror of Morgul kept at bay; and thus alone are peace and freedom maintained in the lands behind us, bulwark of the West.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Instead of surging over the bulwarks and exploding in the captain’s face, it ricocheted off the ship’s side and went straight into the Pacific, where it died with a hiss.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Flames of abnormal size were pursuing them, licking up the sides of the junk bulwarks, which were crumbling to soot at their touch.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • It became necessary, therefore, to destroy this last bulwark of Calvinism—a dangerous leaven with which the ferments of civil revolt and foreign war were constantly mingling.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • But at that moment he is sprung upon by a panther billow leaping over the bulwarks.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The cart whisked them silently alongside the country’s western border-a fifty-foot-tall cement bulwark thick enough to ward off attacks even by tanks.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • A day later, as the trail crested a ridge, he got his first glimpse of Mt. McKinley s high, blinding-white bulwarks, and a day after that, May 1, some twenty miles down the trail from where he was dropped by Gallien, he stumbled upon the old bus beside the Sushana River.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • There was only one thing in the world that was a certain bulwark against any calamity which fate could bring, and that was money.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Every soul aboard stood at the bulwarks or on the seats of the steamer and stared at that distant shape, higher than the trees or church towers inland, and advancing with a leisurely parody of a human stride.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • It was a year before I finished my little bulwark; and having some intervals of relaxation, after my daily wandering abroad for provision, I drew up this plan, alternately, as creditor and debtor, to remind me of the miseries and blessings of my life, under so many various circumstances.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • It was, as we have said, the mother’s last bulwark.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • All then proceeded to the poop, which was very handsomely decorated, and seated themselves on the bulwark benches; the boatswain passed along the gangway and piped all hands to strip, which they did in an instant.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • A huge rent appeared, the decks and bulwarks were torn open, the water was covered with floating wreckage—all seemed in ruins; and the compartment where the pinnace rested was fully revealed to view.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • That these were the ornament and bulwark of the kingdom, worthy followers of their most renowned ancestors, whose honour had been the reward of their virtue, from which their posterity were never once known to degenerate.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Today is Women’s Day, a special day of appreciation for the church’s bulwark.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • I saw he was of the material from which nature hews her heroes — Christian and Pagan — her lawgivers, her statesmen, her conquerors: a steadfast bulwark for great interests to rest upon; but, at the fireside, too often a cold cumbrous column, gloomy and out of place.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • White college students, after all, had been one of the great bulwarks in the battle for racial justice, and many had dedicated themselves heroically to this cause.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • He is ’the word which stilleth the heaven above’ but he is also ’a rushing deluge that troubles the faces of men, a torrent which destroys the bulwarks’.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • High-thundering Zeus himself could not now otherwise dispose the fight: those walls are overthrown we put our trust in as impregnable, a bulwark for the ships and for ourselves.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Our camp was enclosed with a solid wall of the dead—a bulwark, a breastwork, of corpses, you may say.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • I required more, a discipline as bulwark within which to hold all I valued, a shield against the onslaught.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Both of these expressions Mrs. Crupp considered actionable, and had expressed her intention of bringing before a ’British Judy’ — meaning, it was supposed, the bulwark of our national liberties.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • With all my strength, I plucked myself clear of him and ran to the bulwarks.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • "The fool," answered Wamba, raising the relics of a gammon of bacon, "will take care to erect a bulwark against the knave."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • That had been the breaking in of the outer bulwarks of his hope: this was of his second line.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • …who were singing the service for the twentieth time that day, began lazily and mechanically to sing: "Save from calamity Thy servants, O Mother of God," and the priest and deacon chimed in: "For to Thee under God we all flee as to an inviolable bulwark and protection," there again kindled in all those faces the same expression of consciousness of the solemnity of the impending moment that Pierre had seen on the faces at the foot of the hill at Mozhaysk and momentarily on many and many…
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The inherited stupidity of the race—sound English common sense he jovially termed it—was shown to be the proper bulwark for Society.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The happier state In Heaven, which follows dignity, might draw Envy from each inferior; but who here Will envy whom the highest place exposes Foremost to stand against the Thunderer’s aim Your bulwark, and condemns to greatest share Of endless pain?
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Maria’s loving words, her fond and tender looks tore large gaps in the bulwark of my esthetics.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • Farther under the starboard bulwark were some big hutches containing a number of rabbits, and a solitary llama was squeezed in a mere box of a cage forward.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • The government portrayed itself as a bulwark against the return of alien, Tutsi hegemony, the ever-present threat, which events in Burundi made entirely plausible.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • And she and Maisie were a sort of bulwark round him.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • …in and out, hammers going in ship-builders’ yards, saws going at timber, clashing engines going at things unknown, pumps going in leaky ships, capstans going, ships going out to sea, and unintelligible sea-creatures roaring curses over the bulwarks at respondent lightermen, in and out,—out at last upon the clearer river, where the ships’ boys might take their fenders in, no longer fishing in troubled waters with them over the side, and where the festooned sails might fly out to the…
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
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