But what is the use of a cipher message without the cipher?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -- The Valley of Fear
Fancy a man lugging with him a book of that description into this nowhere and studying it— and making notes—in cipher at that
Joseph Conrad -- Heart of Darkness
He looked down at the page of his cipher in Kvothe’s neat handwriting.
Patrick Rothfuss -- The Name of the Wind
The only subjects that came easily were those taught by Writing Mistress: composition and ciphering.
Gail Carson Levine -- Ella Enchanted
I liked ciphering all right, but I didn’t care much for spelling and studying the Bible and memorizing psalms.
James Lincoln Collier -- My Brother Sam is Dead
Brunet was skeptical—Luis rarely spoke and was a bit of a cipher—but when he whipped together a ham-and-cheese omelet, Brunet was impressed.
Joshua Davis -- Spare Parts
A cipher of some kind.
Alexandra Bracken -- The Darkest Minds
Under the indifferent eye of the Nazi Moloch he was another doomed cipher.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
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I said, eyeing the snowy cuff of his shirt, which was embroidered with a tiny cypher in Chinese red, block letters so small and stylized they were nearly invisible.
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
Part of it looks like a numeric cipher.
Dan Brown -- The Da Vinci Code
The word came by long-distance telephone in a cipher code, just a little while before each race; and any man who could get the secret had as good as a fortune.
Upton Sinclair -- The Jungle
Benedetto could read, write, and cipher perfectly, for when the fit seized him, he learned more in a day than others in a week.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
But, at last I began, in a purblind groping way, to read, write, and cipher, on the very smallest scale.
Charles Dickens -- Great Expectations
There was no ciphering her out by the rules that worked with other children.
Lucy Maud Montgomery -- Anne Of Green Gables
Knitting, sewing, reading, writing, ciphering, will be all you will have to teach.
Charlotte Bronte -- Jane Eyre
In moments like this she thought of all the little girls who grew into adulthood and old age as a sort of cipher alphabet for all of those who didn’t.
Alice Sebold -- The Lovely Bones
There was so much he didn’t know about her—in many ways she remained a cipher to him.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Last Song
He went to school at the age of forty, and learned to read, to write, to cipher.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
I guess you’ll report what you hear and see to the cipher at the Grange; and this thing won’t be settled while you linger about it.’
Emily Bronte -- Wuthering Heights
But something was wrong with the order of the words and he couldn’t describe or cipher it to save his life.
Toni Morrison -- Beloved
’twas certain he could write, and cipher too.
Frank McCourt -- Angela’s Ashes
He was adept at ciphering.
Margaret Mitchell -- Gone with the Wind
My henchmen, lead me hence, away, away, A cipher, less than nothing; no delay!
Sophocles -- Antigone
True, there was another life,—a life which, once believed in, stands as a solemn, significant figure before the otherwise unmeaning ciphers of time, changing them to orders of mysterious, untold value.
Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Uncle Tom’s Cabin
These are hieroglyphical; that is, if you call those mysterious cyphers on the walls of pyramids hieroglyphics, then that is the proper word to use in the present connexion.
Herman Melville -- Moby Dick
So into Lykia ’ he sent him, charged to bear a deadly cipher, magical marks Proitos engraved and hid in folded tablets.
Homer -- The Iliad
They were written in a strange cipher which no one had been able to break: it had taken him less than an hour to crack the code no one had realized that Leonardo had written his diaries not only in code, but in mirror image.
Micheal Scott -- The Alchemyst
Now on their way are …’ At this point the announcer read out a list of figures and letters of the alphabet in military cipher that fell on civilian ears like a mysterious cabbalistic threat.
Wladyslaw Szpilman -- The Pianist
Yes, it looked like cipher.
Joseph Conrad -- Heart of Darkness
Anne of Austria re-entered her apartment, and came out again almost immediately, holding a rosewood casket in her hand, with her cipher encrusted with gold.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Three Musketeers
The language was one he had recognized immediately—an encrypted cipher language from the seventeenth century.
Dan Brown -- The Lost Symbol
He’s a cipher.
T. H. White -- The Once and Future King
Black curtains hang at their windows, Jimmy: black quilts cover their body at night: a black veil cover their eyes, Jimmy; and the buzzing, buzzing, buzzing in their ears keep them from ’ciphering what you got to say.
Ernest J. Gaines -- The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
Much of the dialogue that transpired between Harris and me was eerily similar to the dialogue between Adams and the cipher.
Jon Krakauer -- Into Thin Air
Which I take to be either a fool or a cipher.
William Shakespeare -- As You Like It
He seemed to her paltry, weak, a cipher—in a word, a poor thing in every way.
Gustave Flaubert -- Madame Bovary
It was a very angular and very lively little mass, imprisoned in its linen sack, stamped with the cipher of Messire Guillaume Chartier, then bishop of Paris, with a head projecting.
Victor Hugo -- The Hunchback of Notre Dame
You’ll read and write and cipher.
Robert Newton Peck -- A Day No Pigs Would Die
But now this accomplished young man does it all by ciphering and mensuration.
Thomas Hardy -- The Mayor of Casterbridge
"Give me an example of your meaning, Wamba,—I know nothing of ciphers or rates of usage," answered the Knight.
Sir Walter Scott -- Ivanhoe
He had written it in Sanskrit, which was his mother tongue, and he had encoded the even lines in the private cipher of the Emperor Augustus and the odd ones in a Lacedemonian military code.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- One Hundred Years of Solitude
It had a large black seal, bearing the D— cipher very conspicuously, and was addressed, in a diminutive female hand, to D—, the minister, himself.
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Purloined Letter
He makes dreadful mouths as he rules the ciphering-book; and now he throws his eye sideways down our lane, and we all droop over our books and tremble.
Charles Dickens -- David Copperfield
So there was splendour and wealth, but no great happiness perchance, behind the tall caned portals of Gaunt House with its smoky coronets and ciphers.
William Makepeace Thackeray -- Vanity Fair
He has been picking up a bit of reading for her, here — and a bit of writing for her, there — and a bit of ciphering for her, somewhere else — these seven years.’
Charles Dickens -- Hard Times
They’re using computer-based ciphers, same as us.
Tom Clancy -- The Hunt for Red October
MARTHA: …. I mean, you’re a blank, a cipher. ….
Edward Albee -- Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
If it had been booked for only a month away, I could have sold it short; but, as matters stood, I couldn’t seem to cipher out any way to make it do me any good, so I gave up trying.
Mark Twain -- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court