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  • My grandfather was conscripted before there was a voluntary draft.
  • When there weren’t enough volunteers, they resorted to conscription.
  • King Solomon conscripted laborers from all Israel—thirty thousand men.
    1 Kings 5:13 (NIV)
  • It was a convoy of conscripts enrolled from our people and starting to join the army.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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  • America scraping the bottom of the conscription barrel?
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • I had several times seen her conscript Albert ( and on rare occasions even George) to do duty as a babysitter while she went down to the bay for a drink or, as I mistakenly thought, simply went for a walk to stretch her legs.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Now that the comfort stations were run under military ordinances and the women not professionals but rather those who had unwittingly enlisted or been conscripted into the wartime women’s volunteer corps, to contribute and sacrifice as all did, the expectation was that the various diseases would be kept more or less in check.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • At the same time, in Narewka and many other villages throughout Poland, men were conscripted for forced labor.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • Learning happens on backless benches, at wooden tables grooved by the boredom of countless boys before them—squires, monks, conscripts, cadets.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • It overrepresents those who enlisted during the first year of the war, before conscription went into effect, and underrepresents conscripts, substitutes, and those who volunteered only to avoid being drafted.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865

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  • It was several days before I perceived that most of these "girls" were young men in hiding from the forced-labor conscription, which had grown more ruthless than ever.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • It had been started by a refugee from the Portuguese territory to the south (a man avoiding conscription), and it was beautifully sited, on a cliff overlooking the river.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • My eighteenth birthday is coming, and with it, conscription.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • It was a convoy of conscripts enrolled from our people and starting to join the army.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • That same month, American forces turned on Saipan’s neighboring isle, Tinian, where the Japanese held five thousand Koreans, conscripted as laborers.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Sixteen years ago, not too far away from here, I guess those Russian conscripts sensed something very similar before someone slashed their throats.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • You are included in the conscription, Fernand, and are only at liberty on sufferance, liable at any moment to be called upon to take up arms.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • For example, there was the conscription of consumption.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Yes, the Illuminati had killed people, but individuals, carefully conscripted targets.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • This was not the Belgian Army, official conscripted protectors of white people, but a group of young men who held secret meetings in the woods behind our house.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Well, sir, we conscripted his horse.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • To get away from wars and censorship and statism and conscription and government control of this and that, of art and science!
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • If the trapper was right about Galbatorix, then it could mean ugly war crouched in the future, accompanied by the hardships of increased taxes and forced conscription.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • There you have it, conscript.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • We are making a huge conscript army without the time to implant the discipline that a conscript army must have, to behave properly under fire.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Any one of them was rated a match for any ten ordinary Landsraad military conscripts.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • He had run away from Austria with his bride to avoid being conscripted into the army.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • —Are the conscript fathers pursuing their peaceful deliberations? he said with rich acrid utterance to the assistant town clerk.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • As regards the enemy’s naval conscripts, some of whom may even share our own abhorrence of the regicidal French Directory, it is the same on our side.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • It still numbered 2.5 million active troops and a civilian population that could be conscripted into a suicide defense force.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The same was true of his conscripted crewmen.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • But Princess Betsy could not endure that tone of his— "sneering," as she called it, using the English word, and like a skillful hostess she at once brought him into a serious conversation on the subject of universal conscription.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • The Nationalists conscripted First Brother five years ago.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • They pester the Government with petitions for her release, and will attempt in the name of charity to waylay and conscript you.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Is the glorious People’s Army now conscripting egrets for its assault troops?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • In a book Farmer had shown me, there was a photograph of a conscripted and presumably recalcitrant roadworker who had been disciplined by the Marine-supervised Haitian gendarmes.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • We had lost males before, cousins and uncles who were conscripted into armies or bonded as apprentices, who are almost as lowly as slave girls.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • His father, Monsieur Charles Denis Bartolome Bovary, retired assistant-surgeon-major, compromised about 1812 in certain conscription scandals, and forced at this time to leave the service, had taken advantage of his fine figure to get hold of a dowry of sixty thousand francs that offered in the person of a hosier’s daughter who had fallen in love with his good looks.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • He was an old-time Austro-Hungarian conscript, and there was something soldierly about him: a neck that had strained with pushing artillery wheels, a campaigner’s red in the face, a powerful bite in his jaw and gold-crowned teeth, green cockeyes and soft short hair, altogether Napoleonic.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • On one page she saw a list of headings: exchange controls, rationing, the mass evacuation of large towns, the conscription of labor.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • They threw me out before my second conscription for overweight.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Tiverzin’s brother had fought as a conscript in the war and had been wounded at Wafangkou.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • So is /kindergarten/: I read lately of a /kindergarten/ for the elementary instruction of conscripts.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • France and Germany have conscription, and Asquith will fall if he should fail to institute it in England.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • He could remember sums of money demanded and paid, the dates of the conscription of other agents into the network.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • Over thirty years, the IQ of Dutch conscripts rose twenty-one points and those of Spanish schoolchildren by ten points.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • With war on the horizon, Rowan would face her greatest challenge; she needed stalwart volunteers, not halfhearted conscripts.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • I object to conscription the way a lobster objects to boiling water: it may be his finest hour but it’s not his choice.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • People whined about taxes and conscription, as they always have; but there was an emptiness beneath the apathetic passion play of politics.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • It’s a whole lot safer to have a blank file on your flank than to have an alleged soldier who is nursing the "conscript" syndrome.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
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