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  • To me, housework is drudgery.
  • the drudgery of carefully reading another contract
  • I work sixty hours a week, but very few feel like drudgery.
  • He awoke in the morning with a sinking heart because he must go through another day of drudgery.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage

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  • George was taken home, and put to the meanest drudgery of the farm.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Before Peter, weight training had always been drudgery; now I was addicted.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • ...the students themselves would be taught to see not only utility in labour, but beauty and dignity; would be taught, in fact, how to lift labour up from mere drudgery and toil, and would learn to love work for its own sake.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • I dress quickly, hoping to get to her before Cook sets us to our daily drudgery.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • After a few hours of not seeing any sign of them, he relaxed into the drudgery of walking, walking and then more walking.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • His dead family, his dead friends, his squad mates, the drudgery of winter camp, the fights borne of boredom and fatigue and fear (but mostly fear), the rumors that when spring comes the Teds are launching a major offensive, a last-ditch effort to purge the world of the human noise, of which Razor is very much an active part.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea

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  • The house was still a terrible mess, and because I felt there was so much improving to do, it was clear I shouldn’t include my daughter in the mundane drudgeries.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • There would be no more endless drudgery, and she could snap her fingers at a woman like Goodwife Cruff.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Another planter’s son, a sergeant in the 16th Mississippi with two brothers in the same regiment, also detested the drudgery of an enlisted man’s lot.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • By contrast, I was still very much feeling my oats, in every sense of that expression, and had to bring a facetious attitude not only to the whole idea of the editorial side of book publishing, which my fatigued eyes now saw plainly as lusterless drudgery, but to the style, customs and artifacts of the business world itself.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • There’s nothing like the sharp smell of formaldehyde or the depressing sheen of hospital-tiled halls to make the drudgery of chasing down dead leads seem like inspired work.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • The unpleasantness, the work, the drudgery, it would fall on Thalia.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • One more cigarette and then we’ll both return to the drudgery.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • War is thrilling; war is drudgery.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • Denisov then relieved him from drudgery and began taking him with him when he went out on expeditions and had him enrolled among the Cossacks.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • George was taken home, and put to the meanest drudgery of the farm.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • From the moment when the machine first made its appearance it was clear to all thinking people that the need for human drudgery, and therefore to a great extent for human inequality, had disappeared.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • I try to avoid the drudgery of housekeeping chores, which is more up Rachel’s alley if she can stoop to being helpful on a given day.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Had he been just a little bit older and had he had to face the drudgery of programming with computer cards, he says, he would have studied science.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • But, though everybody was kind and ready to help us, there was only one hand that could turn drudgery into pleasure.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • He did the cooking for the other men in the fort, the dish-washing and the drudgery.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • He would hire two others to do the drudgery and leave her as Mammy-in-chief.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • But in this I was mistaken; for he never took me with him, but left me to look after his little garden, and do the drudgery of his house, and when he returned from sea, would make, me lie in the cabin, and look after the ship.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • She would miss Giti and her pinch-faced earnestness, yes, and Hasina too, with her wicked laugh and reckless clowning around But, mostly, Laila remembered all too well the inescapable drudgery of those four weeks without Tariq when he had gone to Ghazni.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • And now consider that in each of my little free communities there would be a machine which would wash and dry the dishes, and do it, not merely to the eye and the touch, but scientifically—sterilizing them—and do it at a saving of all the drudgery and nine-tenths of the time!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Science may have alleviated the miseries of disease and drudgery and provided an array of gadgetry for our entertainment and convenience, but it has left us in a world without wonder.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • IN 1951, after years of this drudgery, it was Nakamura-san’s good luck, her fate (which must be accepted), to become eligible to move into a better house.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • What a starved, unloved life she had had—a life of drudgery and poverty and neglect; for Marilla was shrewd enough to read between the lines of Anne’s history and divine the truth.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • There was no trouble Kate would not take, no drudgery she was afraid of, and, in addition, she brought business.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • But labor of the hands, even when pursued to the verge of drudgery, is perhaps never the worst form of idleness.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • That my health was much impaired, by the continual drudgery of entertaining the rabble every hour of the day; and that, if my master had not thought my life in danger, her majesty would not have got so cheap a bargain.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Official work here was not the stiff, hopeless drudgery that it was in Moscow.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • But these solemn lessons which succeeded those, I remember as the death-blow of my peace, and a grievous daily drudgery and misery.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • I am interested, however, that the doctor at the work farm added this statement: ’Don’t overlook the possibility that this man might be feigning psychosis to escape the drudgery of the work farm.’
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • What drudgery!
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • This was a day for adventure, not drudgery.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • He had surprised her in her drudgery.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • There is a good deal of drudgery, of course; but one preserves one’s moral freedom, what we call in French one’s quant a soi.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • But their souls must be seen by only one man, and they obey not unwillingly, and consent to remain at home as our slaves—ministering to us and doing drudgery for us.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • When Phillotson arrived upstairs, weary with the drudgery of the attendance-numbers, it was a quarter to twelve o’clock.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • The toil, like all farm toil, is monotonous, and here there are little machinery and few tools to relieve its burdensome drudgery.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • It was no gossip, however, but fact, that though, as before hinted, Claggart upon his entrance into the navy was, as a novice, assigned to the least honourable section of a man-of-war’s crew, embracing the drudgery, he did not long remain there.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Although some of the men regarded the march as drudgery I never did.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • I glanced towards the centre of the room, where Miss Jellyby’s lover, now engaged with single pupils, was undergoing greater drudgery than ever.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • They are also days filled with the anxiety and drudgery of being a young mother with your first baby.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • And I should never succeed in anything by dint of drudgery.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
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