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  • He was one of the dragoons who accompanied Napoleon into Egypt.
  • In this state they set forth with the sharp rain driving in their faces: clattering at a heavy dragoon trot over the uneven town pavement, and out upon the mire-deep roads.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale Of Two Cities
  • His attempt to recruit Irish soldiers captured by the Germans and dragoon them into fighting the British proved a wretched fiasco
    Time Magazine, 1974  --  http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,908451-2,00.html(retrieved 09/02/09)
  • He often chose to sleep away the daylight hours some distance from the den site, perhaps in order to reduce the possibility of being dragooned into the role of babysitter at too frequent intervals.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf

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  • You remember Dr. Bulkeley told us he used to be a captain of the dragoons in Barbados.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • They simply did not concern her—at least until as his dragooned secretary she began to divine the depth and extent of her father’s fiery enthusiasm.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • At the Middle Dutch Church they pulled out the pulpit, the pews, and the floorboards and let the horses of the Light Dragoons practice.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • He bought his commission in the mid-thirties-1730s, that is—and served as a captain of dragoons.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Our infantry were stationed there, and at the farthest point the dragoons.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "And what bastion is it?" asked a dragoon, with his saber run through a goose which he was taking to be cooked.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers

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  • In this state they set forth with the sharp rain driving in their faces: clattering at a heavy dragoon trot over the uneven town pavement, and out upon the mire-deep roads.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • However, as he was a favorite with Cucumetto, as he had for three years faithfully served him, and as he had saved his life by shooting a dragoon who was about to cut him down, he hoped the chief would have pity on him.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Wayne, in his celebrated campaign on the Miami, received the fire of his enemies in line; and then causing his dragoons to wheel round his flanks, the Indians were driven from their covers before they had time to load.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • You’re an independent dragoon, too!
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • The Captain had written her notes (the best that the great blundering dragoon could devise and spell; but dulness gets on as well as any other quality with women).
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • I never budged so much as an inch till that thundering apparition had got within fifteen paces of me; then I snatched a dragoon revolver out of my holster, there was a flash and a roar, and the revolver was back in the holster before anybody could tell what had happened.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Simply put, I was dragooned.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • It was an old Colt dragoon with a seven-inch barrel and, as he was fond of saying, weighed about as much as the leg he strapped it to.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • In her bewilderment, she offered him first a wooden dragoon, and next a handful of marbles; neither of which being adapted to his else omnivorous appetite, she hastily held out her whole remaining stock of natural history in gingerbread, and huddled the small customer out of the shop.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • …magnificent specimen of manhood he was truly augmented obviously by gifts of a high order, as compared with the other military supernumerary that is (who was just the usual everyday farewell, my gallant captain kind of an individual in the light dragoons, the 18th hussars to be accurate) and inflammable doubtless (the fallen leader, that is, not the other) in his own peculiar way which she of course, woman, quickly perceived as highly likely to carve his way to fame which he almost bid…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He had purchased the post of lieutenant of dragoons, and afterwards came to be a captain; but having quarrelled with his colonel, was by his interest obliged to sell; from which time he had entirely rusticated himself, had betaken himself to studying the Scriptures, and was not a little suspected of an inclination to methodism.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • She should have been a general of dragoons herself.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • Only once did he see a patrol of mounted dragoons.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • He dragooned me!
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • Amused by their terror, the dragoon was making his horse perform volts and pirouettes, backing it into the crowd and making it rear slowly as in a circus turn.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Martin sought to acquire a delight in giving long strong pulls all together, but he felt like a man who has been dragooned into wearing yellow tights at a civic pageant.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • They believed that foreigners were dragooned and bayoneted; and though they certainly got their own skulls promptly fractured if they showed any ill-humour, still it was with a blunt instrument, and that didn’t count.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • It is the bould dragoon, ye mane?
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • The child with his sweet pranks, the fool of his senses, commanded by every sight and sound, without any power to compare and rank his sensations, abandoned to a whistle or a painted chip, to a lead dragoon, or a ginger-bread dog, individualizing everything, generalizing nothing, delighted with every new thing, lies down at night overpowered by the fatigue, which this day of continual petty madness has incurred.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • He was fond of saying, "There is a bravery of the priest as well as the bravery of a colonel of dragoons,—only," he added, "ours must be tranquil."
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • CAVALRY HORSES By the brand on my shoulder, the finest of tunes Is played by the Lancers, Hussars, and Dragoons, And it’s sweeter than "Stables" or "Water" to me— The Cavalry Canter of "Bonnie Dundee"!
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • At Tucson, he headed east along sun-baked two-lane highways, through little towns named Dragoon and Wilcox and Bowie, then across the New Mexico line and towns named Lordsburg and Deming.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Now and then, indeed, where was a big bush of heather, we lay awhile, and panted, and putting aside the leaves, looked back at the dragoons.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • When I got to Casterbridge Barracks, they said, ’The Eleventh Dragoon-Guards be gone away, and new troops have come.’
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Now, this gentleman had a younger brother of still better appearance than himself, who had tried life as a Cornet of Dragoons, and found it a bore; and had afterwards tried it in the train of an English minister abroad, and found it a bore; and had then strolled to Jerusalem, and got bored there; and had then gone yachting about the world, and got bored everywhere.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • …only to a circulating library, she immediately pictured to herself a mob of three thousand men assembling in St. George’s Fields, the Bank attacked, the Tower threatened, the streets of London flowing with blood, a detachment of the Twelfth Light Dragoons (the hopes of the nation) called up from Northampton to quell the insurgents, and the gallant Captain Frederick Tilney, in the moment of charging at the head of his troop, knocked off his horse by a brickbat from an upper window.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • New bodyguards, instead of picked from new transportees, were elite convict troops, Federated Nations crack Peace Dragoons.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Now call for the President’s marshal again, bring out the government cannon, Fetch home the roarers from Congress, make another procession, guard it with foot and dragoons.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • William Howe had been a professional soldier from the time he fin— ished school at Eton and at age seventeen received a commission in the Duke of Cumberland’s Light Dragoons.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • ("I have supposed that the items in the table of the Quarter Master’s supplies and contingent expenses for the eight additional companies and privates to the old establishment and for the six additional companies of dragoons may be covered by the appropriations for the original army and that the 600 thousand dollars stated by the Quarter Master’s Department for the 12 regiments will procure all the camp equipage not provided for by the table.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Besides this, Wellington had, behind a rise in the ground, Somerset’s Dragoon Guards, fourteen hundred horse strong.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It was a dragoon’s coat, an officer’s coat.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • These Peace Dragoons had been sent to The Rock without a comfort detachment.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • In that case the dragoons could successfully make a flank counterattack.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The French dragoon was a young Alsatian who spoke French with a German accent.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • In an instant the fourteen hundred dragoon guards numbered only eight hundred.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • When the dragoons charged, the marchers at the rear first knew nothing of it.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • I endured it with never a nasty word for Dragoons who searched me; wanted to get home.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Rostov smilingly reassured the dragoon and gave him money.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The Scotch Grays no longer existed; Ponsonby’s great dragoons had been hacked to pieces.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
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