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  • The proposed law applies to chattels and intangible property.
  • In that culture, family members were legally dependent upon the oldest male, but they were not chattel.
  • Primitive communism, chattel slavery, serf slavery, and wage slavery were necessary stepping-stones in the evolution of society.
    Jack London  --  The Iron Heel
  • Here was a population, low-class and mostly foreign, hanging always on the verge of starvation, and dependent for its opportunities of life upon the whim of men every bit as brutal and unscrupulous as the old-time slave drivers; under such circumstances immorality was exactly as inevitable, and as prevalent, as it was under the system of chattel slavery.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle

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  • She was merely his chattel now, his convenience, his dog, his cringing and helpless slave, the humble and unresisting victim of his capricious temper and vicious nature.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’n’head Wilson
  • Myself and my chattels (some books and clothes) were soon transferred to a modest lodging I had hired in a street not far off.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  The Professor
  • Before now they didn’t kill you because you was somebody chattel.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • "Women are not chattel, to be traded off like cattle or hogs!" she’d thundered out.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Then, after they siphoned off my money, my "feminist" parents let Nick bundle me off to Missouri like I was some piece of chattel, some mail-order bride, some property exchange.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • My grandmother’s chattel, source of my own salvation.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • On the way we meet the fleeing inhabitants trundling their goods and chattels along with them in wheelbarrows, in perambulators, and on their backs.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • So Simon, having forgotten his teacher’s dictum on the possession of human chattels, bought three slaves and with their aid established a homestead on the banks of the Alabama River some forty miles above Saint Stephens.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Check him, or he will have your lands and chattels in spite of you.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • This animal is part of the chattel of the Benzini Brothers circus, and as sheriff I am authorized on behalf of—
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • This same gentleman, having heard of the fame of George’s invention, took a ride over to the factory, to see what this intelligent chattel had been about.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • "I give a chattel mortgage on my cultivator and seeder," he said.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • Not all his servants and chattels are wraiths! There are orcs and trolls, there are wargs and werewolves; and there have been and still are many Men, warriors and kings, that walk alive under the Sun, and yet are under his sway.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • We’ve fought the soldiers and the Ra’zac, but it means nothing if we die alone and forgotten-or are carted away as chattel.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The man can neither make, nor retain, one moment of time; it all comes to him by pure gift; he might as well regard the sun and moon his chattels.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • The workers departed, taking with them their goods and chattels, leaving only the empty huts behind.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • In entering upon the duties of a slaveholder, she did not seem to perceive that I sustained to her the relation of a mere chattel, and that for her to treat me as a human being was not only wrong, but dangerously so.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Here was a population, low-class and mostly foreign, hanging always on the verge of starvation, and dependent for its opportunities of life upon the whim of men every bit as brutal and unscrupulous as the old-time slave drivers; under such circumstances immorality was exactly as inevitable, and as prevalent, as it was under the system of chattel slavery.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • When the day of sale came, she took her place among the chattels, and at the first call she sprang upon the auction-block.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • —Pretty countryfolk had few chattels then, John Eglinton observed, as they have still if our peasant plays are true to type.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • And yet they were not slaves, not chattels.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • You then stood without a chattel to your name, and I was the master of the house in Corn Street.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • I will be your chattel.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Peggotty and myself will constantly keep a double look-out together, on our goods and chattels.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Lastly, the bouman took himself off by one way; and Alan I (getting our chattels together) struck into another to resume our flight.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • About this time the father of our Chrysostom died, and he was left heir to a large amount of property in chattels as well as in land, no small number of cattle and sheep, and a large sum of money, of all of which the young man was left dissolute owner, and indeed he was deserving of it all, for he was a very good comrade, and kind-hearted, and a friend of worthy folk, and had a countenance like a benediction.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • In the meantime Marian and Izz Huett had journeyed onward with the chattels of the ploughman in the direction of their land of Canaan— the Egypt of some other family who had left it only that morning.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The security offered for such transactions—a crop and chattel mortgage—may at first seem slight.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • As far as everyone was concerned, as Moody’s wife I was his chattel.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • She was merely his chattel now, his convenience, his dog, his cringing and helpless slave, the humble and unresisting victim of his capricious temper and vicious nature.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • He and his Scotch wife and his Scotch children, the only respectable inhabitants of Queen’s Crawley, were forced to migrate, with their goods and their chattels, and left the stately comfortable gardens to go to waste, and the flower-beds to run to seed.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • He had a lot of respect from everyone for his shrewdness, and when he opened his grand old mouth to say something about a chattel mortgage or the location of a lot, in his laconic, single-syllabled way, the whole hefty, serious crowd of businessmen in the office stopped their talk.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Jude was in such physical pain from his unfortunate break-down of the previous night, and in such mental pain from the loss of Sue and from having yielded in his half-somnolent state to Arabella, that when he saw his few chattels unpacked and standing before his eyes in this strange bedroom, intermixed with woman’s apparel, he scarcely considered how they had come there, or what their coming signalized.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • …king’s highway; therefore we require and demand that the said noble persons, namely, Cedric of Rotherwood, Rowena of Hargottstandstede, Athelstane of Coningsburgh, with their servants, ’cnichts’, and followers, also the horses and mules, Jew and Jewess aforesaid, together with all goods and chattels to them pertaining, be, within an hour after the delivery hereof, delivered to us, or to those whom we shall appoint to receive the same, and that untouched and unharmed in body and goods.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • …and incapable now of further harm, caught at last and the captains and the collectors saying, ’Old man, we don’t want you’ and Abraham would say, ’Praise the Lord, I have raised about me sons to bear the burden of mine iniquities and persecutions; yea, perhaps even to restore my flocks and herds from the hand of the ravisher: that I might rest mine eyes upon my goods and chattels, upon the generations of them and of my descendants increased an hundred fold as my soul goeth out from me.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • A man should be able to do as he likes with his own chattel.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • A thrall was bound to service, but he was not chattel.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • The next piece of chattel was already being led up to take their place.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • I’m not made to be any man’s chattel.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • She is a valuable industrial possession or chattel to the man, who may profit by her labour; never a luxury—a bill of expense.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • It will be remembered, doubtless, that the faithful creature, the morning the calamity overtook the Hurs, broke from the guard and ran back into the palace, where, along with other chattels, she had been sealed up.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Was the hall dight With the lives of slain foemen, and slain eke was Finn The King ’midst of his court-men; and there the Queen, taken, The shooters of the Scyldings ferry’d down to the sea-ships, And the house-wares and chattels the earth-king had had, E’en such as at Finn’s home there might they find, Of collars and cunning gems.
    Unknown  --  Beowulf
  • Chattel to be traded like livestock.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • *fitted For chattels hadde they enough and rent, And eke their wives would it well assent: And elles certain they had been to blame.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • "If a man," saith he, "that is Innocent, be accused of Felony, and for feare flyeth for the same; albeit he judicially acquitteth himselfe of the Felony; yet if it be found that he fled for the Felony, he shall notwithstanding his Innocency, Forfeit all his goods, chattels, debts, and duties.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Lord Cardinal, the King’s further pleasure is, Because all those things you have done of late By your power legatine within this kingdom, Fall into the compass of a praemunire, That therefore such a writ be sued against you; To forfeit all your goods, lands, tenements, Chattels, and whatsoever, and to be Out of the King’s protection.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
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