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  • Falling masonry is dangerous in an earthquake.
  • Most of the original masonry has been replaced.
  • cracks in the masonry from a shifting foundation
  • I had scarcely laid the first tier of my masonry when I discovered that...
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado

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  • ...met every evening on a masonry platform under a great fig-tree.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • At the moment... there came, first a rumbling, then a creaking, and then a roar of falling masonry,
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew
  • What I had taken for masonry seemed now to be iron, or some other metal, in huge plates,
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • "Emma’s right," Millard said, lying on the ground with a chunk of broken masonry under his head for a pillow.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Bod led Scarlett carefully up the steps, through the hill, into the jutting black masonry of the Frobisher mausoleum.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • Somewhere a wall goes to pieces, a thousand kilograms of masonry crashing down.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • The windows and doorways, without architraves or wooden facings, were like holes unevenly cut out of the masonry.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • So after flipping through a library book about masonry, he went to the hardware store and bought two sacks of ready-mix cement.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • He said he lugged pails of water back and forth, dragged bags of masonry cement and builder’s sand heavier than himself.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Then with his lens he tested the hinges, but they were of solid iron, built firmly into the massive masonry.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • I descended, minding carefully where I went for the stairs were dark, being only lit by loopholes in the heavy masonry.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Keystones as a masonry technique for building stone archways had been one of the best-kept secrets of the early Masonic brotherhood.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Only a few lamps were on in the streets, hanging from masonry arches above the alleyways.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Alyssa took care of the masonry almost single-handedly with the power of the earth god.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • When structures began to rise not in tier on ponderous tier of masonry, but as arrows of steel shooting upward without weight or limit, Henry Cameron was among the first to understand this new miracle and to give it form.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • There were no windows, only patches of blue light shooting from dents in the masonry, the dead blue light proper for use in blackouts.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It blundered against a block of granite, staggered aside, and in a moment was hidden in a black shadow beneath another pile of ruined masonry.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • When I came to build my chimney I studied masonry.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • More and more buildings lost their window panes, there were round holes in the walls where they suffered a hit, and corners of masonry were knocked off.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • The Egyptian character of the masonry weighed upon me with its gloom.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • Master Claude, all that masonry costeth me dear.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • No portion of the masonry had fallen; and there appeared to be a wild inconsistency between its still perfect adaptation of parts, and the crumbling condition of the individual stones.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • An enormous hole in the ground, a pile of masonry, some bits of flesh and mucus, a foot, with the boot still on it, flying through the air and landing, flop, in the middle of the geraniums–the scarlet ones; such a splendid show that summer!
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • She presents the curious anomaly of the most solid masonry joining with oak and hemp in constituting the completed ship.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • A large stone had served as a wedge; flints and pebbles had been inserted around it, so as to conceal the orifice; this species of masonry had been covered with earth, and grass and weeds had grown there, moss had clung to the stones, myrtle-bushes had taken root, and the old rock seemed fixed to the earth.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • So close on the heels of this as to seem instantaneous came a thud behind me, a clash of glass, a crash and rattle of falling masonry all about us, and the plaster of the ceiling came down upon us, smashing into a multitude of fragments upon our heads.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • All of the work for the building, such as brickmaking, brick-masonry, carpentry, blacksmithing, etc., would be done by the students.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Climb upon the wall of Uruk; walk along it, I say; regard the foundation terrace and examine the masonry: is it not burnt brick and good ?
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Six decades ago in this enchanting hideaway, less than a mile downstream from where the Mormon steps meet the floor of the gulch, twenty-year-old Everett Ruess carved his nom de plume into the canyon wall below a panel of Anasazi pictographs, and he did so again in the doorway of a small masonry structure built by the Anasazi for storing grain.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • No way to pull them out once they’ve buried themselves in the masonry; you’d end up pulling the whole building down.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • Malfoy and Goyle had vanished but at the end of the corridor, which was now full of dust and falling masonry, glass long gone from windows, he saw many people running backward and forward, whether friends or foes he could not tell.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • I hear the ruin of all space, shattered glass and toppling masonry, and time one livid final flame.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • I knew that the man who inscribed it had foreseen these ruins and did not want his masonry identified with the wrong era.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • I saw iron posts and blocks of masonry go rocketing up hundreds of feet, and smash against the windows of Orthanc.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • The first detail that struck the observer was, that the door could never have been anything but the door of a hovel, while the window, if it had been carved out of dressed stone instead of being in rough masonry, might have been the lattice of a lordly mansion.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • A masonry bridge arched over a narrow canal just ahead of them.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Well, it rained mortar and masonry the rest of the week.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • The masonry of the doorway was constructed with deep slots in it, in which heavy beams ran to and fro— heavy enough to withstand a battering ram.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • The police have laid bare the floors, the ceilings, and the masonry of the walls, in every direction.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • He looked up, and perceived two life-size portraits on panels built into the masonry.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Tom stared in glad wonder at the vast pile of masonry, the wide-spreading wings, the frowning bastions and turrets, the huge stone gateway, with its gilded bars and its magnificent array of colossal granite lions, and other the signs and symbols of English royalty.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • What should have been the inner end stood open on the upper floors, and showed against the sky with steps and stairs of uncompleted masonry.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • And there was no gateway anywhere and no pointed arch; only the dark unbroken masonry.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • I looked at the second face and saw, all of a sudden, the heavyish lips laid together to remind you of masonry and the knot of muscle on each cheek back where the jawbone hinges on.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Or were the rafters and posts drying out and contracting against the masonry?
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • He then cleaned up the premises, locked the door, put the key in a place she would know if she came back, and returned to his masonry at Alfredston.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
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