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  • three years elapsed
  • Three months have elapsed since the fire.
  • Just over eight minutes had elapsed.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Hear it, somehow, until whole seconds elapse between beats.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City

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  • After over an hour of the visiting time had elapsed, I was beside myself.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • I wasn’t even sure how much time had elapsed since the judge’s ruling, as I had never received the order.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Then, after a suitable period of recovery had elapsed, someone called out, "Lanre!
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Almost a decade had elapsed since he first introduced the legislation and he was finally able to bring it to a vote.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Hardly a second or two had elapsed between his last words and his seizing of the manual, in which he was now totally engrossed.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Average soldiers-disabled, average enemydisabled, average time-elapsed-before-victory. in every category he was ranked first.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game

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  • "For what?" she asked, but time had elapsed by then.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • It seemed to him that more than half an hour had elapsed.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • She allowed a convincingly sufficient time to elapse.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • No one spoke during the twenty minutes which elapsed before they reached their destination.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Two years had now nearly elapsed since the night on which he first received life; and was this his first crime?
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I know that no more than ten or twelve seconds elapsed, but it seemed much longer, and finally she nodded slightly.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • It was as if the family had been beamed magically from one world to another; they had little feeling for the miles traveled, the continents or oceans crossed, or the time elapsed.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Another put in a rider that the thirst then generated was such that even the time which had elapsed had not completely allayed it.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • In the case of Pondicherry, seven weeks elapsed between the threat and its fulfilment, in Dundee it was only some three or four days.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • I lay there dismally calculating that sixteen entire hours must elapse before I could hope for a resurrection.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • In the moments that elapsed, I felt the weight of Tim’s prognosis hanging over both of us.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • He descended, nearly as eager as herself; and a considerable interval elapsed ere they had a thought to spare for any but themselves.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Whenever I fell asleep, I awoke with the notion I had had in the sluice-house, that a long time had elapsed and the opportunity to save him was gone.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The principle had been discovered; but many, many years were to elapse before that principle was usefully applied.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Several minutes elapsed before Roran could bring himself to stir.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • He thought all this and more in the moment that elapsed between the stranger’s remark and Injun Joe’s next—which was— "Because the bush is in your way.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Nearly half my time-stop has elapsed.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Five seconds has scarcely elapsed after the disappearance of the officer, when the door opened, and a new personage entered.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Only a few seconds elapsed before he was on his feet again.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Several days had elapsed.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • The sentence had passed; and it appeared to me that a very long interval of time had since elapsed.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • How much time had elapsed since he had seen Sirius lying on the Department of Mysteries floor?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • A week elapsed before she could see Elizabeth without scolding her, a month passed away before she could speak to Sir William or Lady Lucas without being rude, and many months were gone before she could at all forgive their daughter.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • She was, indeed; for, when candles were brought, they saw that in the very short time which had elapsed since their return home, the hue of her countenance had changed to a marble whiteness.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He wondered why she should scream so long after the fact-and then he realized that the time elapsed since the touch of the first lever was not a full minute.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Had it simply been lost in the sixteen years that had elapsed since it had been written, or had it been taken by whoever had searched the room?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Although so many years had elapsed in total seclusion, it continued to be my strong impression that we should one day be restored to the society of our fellow men.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Its proprietor, Roderick Usher, had been one of my boon companions in boyhood; but many years had elapsed since our last meeting.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • Weeks, it is true, would sometimes elapse, during which Pearl’s gaze might never once be fixed upon the scarlet letter; but then, again, it would come at unawares, like the stroke of sudden death, and always with that peculiar smile and odd expression of the eyes.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • He forgot how much time had elapsed.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • If he glued it together the next morning months might elapse before his wife noticed what had happened, and meanwhile he might after all be able to match the dish at Shadd’s Falls or Bettsbridge.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • But twenty-four hours have elapsed since then, and in that time I have witnessed incredible things in this house.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • No dust has settled on that robe; no time has elapsed since that divinity was revealed.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Neither poem as we have it could have been recorded at one sitting, and it is possible that long intervals elapsed between the recording of one part and that of another.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Several days elapsed, and they neither saw nor heard of Cucumetto.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Between the births of Beverly and Nancy, three more years elapsed, and these were the years of the Sunday picnics and of summer excursions to Colorado, the years when she really ran her own home and was the happy center of it.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Before an hour had elapsed, however, the speed of Hawkeye sensibly abated, and his head, instead of maintaining its former direct and forward look, began to turn suspiciously from side to side, as if he were conscious of approaching danger.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Three months elapsed, and there was no prospect of release or of a purchaser.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • A very long time elapsed.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • She remembered that he’d said something about spending the holidays overseas, but as each day elapsed without word from him, she vacillated between the certainty that he still loved her and the hopelessness of their situation.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
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