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  • In the countersuit she charged that the lenders were conspiring to dispossess her of her property.
  • attempting to ease the suffering of the dispossessed people
  • Once, the first time, when the rent of the house was two months behind and the landlord was threatening dispossession, it was Felipe Rivera, the scrub-boy in the poor, cheap clothes, worn and threadbare, who laid sixty dollars in gold on May Sethby’s desk.
    Jack London  --  The Night-Born
  • Too many have been dispossessed of their heritage, and we have banded together in brotherhood so as to do something about it.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man

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  • I had resolved to be calm about my dispossession, to keep my mind on the goal I had given myself.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • The teacher, a man named Stefan Zaorski, had been a flutist with the Warsaw Symphony, and Sophie had had to cajole and flatter and plead in order to get him to take Eva as a student; aside from the money that Sophie could pay, a pitiful amount, there was little incentive for a dispossessed musician to give lessons in that stark and cheerless city—there were better (although mainly illegal) ways to earn one’s bread.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He would be dispossessed, of me and of himself.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • And then the dispossessed were drawn west—from Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico; from Nevada and Arkansas families, tribes, dusted out, tractored out.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • To-morrow some other little problem may be submitted to my notice which will in turn dispossess the fair French lady and the infamous Upwood.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • But the devil does not suffer himself to be easily dispossessed from a place in which he has fixed his garrison.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers

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  • After all, they were needy and hungry and despised and dispossessed, and sinners the world over were in the driver’s seat.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Unquestionably, when it came to dividing, dismantling, dismembering, desolating, detaching, dispossessing, destroying, or dominating, Mama Elena was a pro.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • Sometimes the quarrel between two princes is to decide which of them shall dispossess a third of his dominions, where neither of them pretend to any right.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • He was well aware how much I prized my refuge by the side of my old aunt, and he determined to dispossess me of it.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Frequently, brown and withered country women with broods of towhaired silent children spent the night there, women widowed by the war, dispossessed of their farms, seeking relatives who were scattered and lost.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Forget: a dispossessed.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The organization dispossesses him for the landlord.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • They were, consequently, the first dispossessed; and the seemingly inevitable fate of all these people, who disappear before the advances, or it might be termed the inroads, of civilization, as the verdure of their native forests falls before the nipping frosts, is represented as having already befallen them.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Will you do as I ask, or will you dispossess me and lead the Varden yourself?
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • We were alone with the quiet day, and his little heart, dispossessed, had stopped.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • A robbery would be a relief since it would dispossess my mind of the fear of something else.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • Remain thou still in darkness: thou shalt hold the opinion of Pythagoras ere I will allow of thy wits; and fear to kill a woodcock, lest thou dispossess the soul of thy grandam.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • For he had killed as many of the dispossessed lords as he could lay hands on, and few had escaped; he had won over the Roman gentlemen, and he had the most numerous party in the college.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • It was the old school, the Norman baronial attitude, which provided the adventures at this period—for few people can hate so bitterly and so self-righteously as the members of a ruling caste which is being dispossessed.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • And thou, sly hypocrite, who now wouldst seem Patron of liberty, who more than thou Once fawned, and cringed, and servilely adored Heaven’s awful Monarch? wherefore, but in hope To dispossess him, and thyself to reign?
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • He knew, however, that his father’s property was going to be sold by auction, and in the manner of his own dispossession he felt the world give the lie rudely to his phantasy.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • WOMAN Not many men will brave the curse of a dispossessed husband.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King’s Horseman
  • Why does my blood thus muster to my heart, Making both it unable for itself And dispossessing all the other parts Of necessary fitness?
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • But it was also spectacular, part of the grandness of a sweepinge vent, like the vivid scene in the switching yard or the people trudging across the snowy overpass with children, food, belongings, a tragic army of the dispossessed.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • I’ll tie a dispossess bomb to your tails that’ll blow you out in the street!
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • As a member of the minority who still called themselves Palestinians, he and his family had lived in the slums of Tharsis, human testimony to the bitter legacy of the terminally dispossessed.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Hers too, was an ancient, age-old feat The fear of being dispossessed.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • In the nineteenth century, Fort Beaufort was one of a number of British outposts during the so-called Frontier Wars, in which a steady encroachment of white settlers systematically dispossessed the various Xhosa tribes of their land.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • The worthy gentleman then became once more the life and soul of the society; being again reinstated in his old post of lion, from which high station the temporary distraction of their thoughts had for a moment dispossessed him.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • …hand-embroidered linen and not only takes command of all the servants who likewise know that she will never tip them because they know as well as the white folks that she will never have anything to tip them with but goes into the kitchen and dispossesses the cook and seasons the very food you are going to eat to suit her own palate; —it’s not this, not this that she is depending on to keep body and soul together: it is as though she were living on the actual blood itself like a…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • He recognized the winding road to Aberdeen, anticipated the sight of the gaudy floating restaurants and, beyond, the unbelievable congestion of junks and sampans of the boat people, a massive floating community of the perpetually dispossessed; he could even hear the clatter and slaps and shrieks of the mah-jong players, hotly contesting their bets under the dim glow of swaying lanterns at night.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • And so it was from the ’Guermantes way’ that I learned to distinguish between these states which reigned alternately in my mind, during certain periods, going so far as to divide every day between them, each one returning to dispossess the other with the regularity of a fever and ague: contiguous, and yet so foreign to one another, so devoid of means of communication, that I could no longer understand, or even picture to myself, in one state what I had desired or dreaded or even done…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Or putting dispossesses under the door because you never actually see him.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Of course these two tribes were the first who were dispossessed of their lands by the Europeans.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • They were exiles and sons of exiles, dispossessed and unforgiven …. yet formidable fighters still.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Jan Hinckart was dispossessed by Farnese, and Leonard I, the Thurn and Taxis Grand Master, reinstated.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • This was more than they had ever expected from the town that only a few months before saw them as the dispossessed.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • They walked slowly toward the gibbet, and the birds took indignant wing, cawing and circling like a mob of angry dispossessed peasants.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • In the islands it was scarce unheard of for a strong, ambitious uncle to dispossess a weak nephew of his rights, and usually murder him in the bargain.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • Saphira balanced there for a moment more, the three of them suspended between the stars and the earth, floating in the silent twilight like dispossessed spirits.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • Send us your poor, your dispossessed, send them by thousands and hundreds of thousands; we’ll teach them swift, efficient Lunar methods of tunnel farming and ship you back unbelievable tonnage.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • A famous law suit, in the days of his grandfather, had wrested it from the illegal possession of a neighbouring family of petty landowners; the dispossessed party had never acquiesced in the judgment of the Courts, and a long series of poaching affrays and similar scandals had embittered the relationships between the families for three generations.
    Saki  --  The Interlopers
  • Each house is, as it necessarily must be, the judge of the elections, qualifications, and returns of its members; and whatever improvements may be suggested by experience, for simplifying and accelerating the process in disputed cases, so great a portion of a year would unavoidably elapse, before an illegitimate member could be dispossessed of his seat, that the prospect of such an event would be little check to unfair and illicit means of obtaining a seat.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Restless Amata lay, her swelling breast Fir’d with disdain for Turnus dispossess’d, And the new nuptials of the Trojan guest.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • Especially when we handed him the following typewritten rules and regulations for the Secret Annex (a van Daan production): PROSPECTUS AND GUIDE TO THE SECRET ANNEX A Unique Facility for the Temporary Accommodation of Jews and Other Dispossessed Persons Open all year round: Located in beautiful, quiet, wooded surroundings in the heart of Amsterdam.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
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