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  • And very instructive.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • "Let’s table that thought for a second, because that’s instructive, the fact that you were aware of the groups, but didn’t seek them out.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I thought you might find it instructive.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • "Well, sir, I was reading a story out loud to them from the Bible, and I thought instead it might be more instructive maybe — to sort of — well, to act it out, and — " "To act it!"
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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  • If it was true, Abby thought, that she represented a recurring figure in Mrs. Whitshank’s life—the "sympathizer"—it was equally true that Mrs. Whitshank’s type had shown up before in Abby’s life: the instructive older woman.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • He loved to talk about himself and nothing could have been more instructive to me.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • But even if such narrowly focused animosity against an Oriental foe had not been real, most people could scarcely have known about the Nazi death camps, and this makes Steiner’s ruminations all the more instructive.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Not the head," he added instructively, "for the blade may slip off easy.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • An early rivalry between two star players proved particularly instructive for Luma.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Days, even months, passed by unheeded in one rapid and instructive course.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • But the maiden herself was most instructive.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • After this, three pages were left blank in the diary, and then the following was written: I have had a long and instructive talk alone with Brother V., who advised me to hold fast by brother A. Though I am unworthy, much was revealed to me.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "I suppose you consider this an instructive practice for him," said Augustine, drily.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Burke’s speech was more instructive than any other book on a political subject that I had ever read.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • And under the pressing fingers and the quiet instructive voice, she would.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • This is instructive at the same time.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He’s given me an instructive explanation.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He had not yet spoken, and something consolatory and instructive was expected from so renowned a chief on an occasion of such interest.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • I have wondered, incidentally: does Our Father have his Bibles so entirely in mind that he can select an instructive verse and calculate backward to the one-hundredth previous?
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • For a long minute he hovered, his back to the church as the instructive words kept falling around the room, rich with promise, full with warnings.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • I want to thank you for a most instructive experience!
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • It’s quite instructive, don’t you think?
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • "Eavesdroppers often hear highly entertaining and instructive things," he grinned.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • When I was developing the Dauntless simulations, years ago, we discovered that certain levels of potency overwhelmed the brain and made it too insensible with terror to invent new surroundings, which was when we diluted the solution so that the simulations would be more instructive.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • The posture of the body is important, here and now: minor discomforts are instructive.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • He then had it returned and obtained another—a most instructive incident, since it proved conclusively to my mind that we were dealing with a real hound, as no other supposition could explain this anxiety to obtain an old boot and this indifference to a new one.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • The catalogue alone of the books we read with this object would fill a whole chapter, which, although it might be very instructive, would certainly afford our readers but little amusement.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • General Lee’s various stratagems will be most instructive, most illuminating.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • ’To Miss Hermione Jean Granger, I leave my copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, in the hope that she will find it entertaining and instructive.’
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Aunt woke up and, being more good-natured after her nap, told me to read a bit and show what frivolous work I preferred to the worthy and instructive Belsham.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • It is instructive to look at a chart of the crime rate in New York City from, say, the mid1960s to the late 1990s.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • I think it was all the more interesting and instructive because we went for most of the way on one of the slow, old-fashioned canal-boats.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • A most instructive discussion.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It was to be both instructive and true, she said.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • If there is a touch of a Bronze Age Miss Manners about the poet of The Odyssey, and some justification for calling his poem the first novel, it must be said that it reaches well beyond the competence of that instructive lady and beyond the normal reach of the novel.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • ’Yes, yes,’ began Bazarov; ’it’s a lesson to you, my young friend, an instructive example.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • —Why then, said Mr Casey, it is a most instructive story.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • His previous experiences with the odd device that stored and revealed thoughts and memories, though highly instructive, had also been uncomfortable.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • A fortnight after the Winchester tournament, while Elaine nursed her hero back to life, Guenever was having a scene with Sir Bors at court Being a woman-hater, Bors always had instructive scenes with women.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • And of all types and kinds, what can be more instructive than the leadership of a group within a group?
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Your most instructive pamphlet has been widely circulated through the patronage of the bishop, and has been of appreciable service….
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • If I have acquired an interest in hearing of your instructive experiences, and can scarcely hear enough of them, I claim no merit for that, since I believe it is a general sentiment.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • That was very instructive, although you would have done well to omit your last words.
    Gloria Whelan  --  Listening for Lions
  • She opens the book across their knees and leans in his direction, gravely instructive.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • " Which drew from Bloch nothing more instructive than "Sir, I am absolutely incapable of telling you whether it has rained.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • When we see how cruel statesmen and warriors can be to the human race, and how absurd distinguished men can be to their acquaintance, it will be instructive to observe the instances multiply of pacific, acquiescing manners; and to find how compatible it is to be great and domestic, enviable and yet good-humored.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • We seek not resemblances but differences, choose the most accentuated differences because they’re the most striking and also the most instructive.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Meanwhile it was in a terrible way instructive to see how Oliver behaved, how unruffled he tried to appear.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • I am happy to have under my charge now the daughters of many of those who were your contemporaries at my establishment—what pleasure it would give me if your own beloved young ladies had need of my instructive superintendence!
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • His voice was highpitched but deliberate, instructive.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
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