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  • Carlotta stepped back, to better deliver the truth that, when she contemplated holy matrimony, made her heart beat faster.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • I haven’t been to visit him at his condo in several days, but I hear from him that he and Liv have been shopping for their matrimonial bed, each of theirs a bit too historied for the spending of restful nights.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Unless you had matrimonial plans concerning Miss Hill.
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  Bud, Not Buddy
  • The idea of assuming the role of father for two young children terrified me, and the additional burden of entering a house where the shadow of a man I never knew was imprinted in every corner seemed a legitimate reason for hesitating on the brink of matrimony.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • I would also be dishonest if I did not admit that to the sweet prospect of copulation there was added the fleeting image of matrimony, should it turn out that way.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • And the thin metal suddenly heavy as the bonds of matrimony, as though the rings were tiny shackles, fastening me spread-eagled to the bed, stretched forever between two poles, held in bondage like Prometheus on his lonely rock, divided love the vulture that tore at my heart.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • But various paw injuries hinted at matrimonial strife.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Really I like him extremely; is there not also a matrimonial engagement contemplated for him?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • In a few days after her arrival, Mr. Ruggles called in the Rev. J. W. C. Pennington, who, in the presence of Mr. Ruggles, Mrs. Michaels, and two or three others, performed the marriage ceremony, and gave us a certificate, of which the following is an exact copy:— "This may certify, that I joined together in holy matrimony Frederick Johnson** and Anna Murray, as man and wife, in the presence of Mr. David Ruggles and Mrs. Michaels.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

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  • What did I know of matrimony?
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • MISS EYNSFORD HILL [who considers Higgins quite eligible matrimonially] I sympathize.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • Mentally and spiritually dead, his mother had been handcuffed to his father by matrimony.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • In her desire to be matrimonially established, you might suppose her to have passed her short existence in the perpetual contemplation of domestic bliss.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • "Flom’s early specialty was proxy fights, and that was not what we did, just like we don’t do matrimonial work," said Robert Rif kind, a longtime partner at Cravath, Swaine and Moore.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • I do not recommend matrimony at present to Emma, though I mean no slight to the state, I assure you.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • No question about his right: but have you never observed that, of all the tales told here about matrimony, Mr. Rochester has been favoured with the most lively and the most continuous?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • She lay awake, gazing upon the debris that cluttered their matrimonial trail.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Sweat
  • And the teacher was not only an intellectual paragon and a social leader, but also the matrimonial catch of the countryside.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • The precept as well as the practice of the Primitive Church was distinctly against matrimony.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • As one who pretended to do nothing but plunder and forage where he could, the Farmer-General—howsoever his matrimonial relations conduced to social morality—was at least the greatest reality among the personages who attended at the hotel of Monseigneur that day.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • With the tide of hysterical gaiety and excitement flooding the city, they rushed into matrimony.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • In 1940, my grandparents were united in holy matrimony.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Twaha fell silent for a moment, considering the exotic matrimonial customs of Americans.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • He, the sleepiest, dullest, most British Britisher that had ever set a pretty woman yawning, had secured a brilliant matrimonial prize for which, as all chroniclers aver, there had been many competitors.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • "A more determined enemy of matrimony than you I never saw," said Sergey Ivanovitch.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • But thirty-five has nothing to do with matrimony.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • It is in youth that we plant our chief habits and prejudices; it is in youth that we take our party as to profession, pursuits and matrimony.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Following this letter one of the Masonic Brothers whom Pierre respected less than the others forced his way in to see him and, turning the conversation upon Pierre’s matrimonial affairs, by way of fraternal advice expressed the opinion that his severity to his wife was wrong and that he was neglecting one of the first rules of Freemasonry by not forgiving the penitent.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • And such is your definition of matrimony and dancing.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • Later I found out Payasa ended up pregnant and in a prison of matrimony somewhere.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • He stood aloof, because he wished to avoid suggesting himself as a subject for the Squire’s fatherly jokes in connection with matrimony and Miss Nancy Lammeter’s beauty, which were likely to become more and more explicit.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • So spake domestick Adam in his care And matrimonial love; but Eve, who thought Less attributed to her faith sincere, Thus her reply with accent sweet renewed.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • For although she does not avoid or shun the society and conversation of the shepherds, and treats them courteously and kindly, should any one of them come to declare his intention to her, though it be one as proper and holy as that of matrimony, she flings him from her like a catapult.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • What causes young people to "come out," but the noble ambition of matrimony?
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Being mentally older than her mother she did not regard Mrs Durbeyfield’s matrimonial hopes for her in a serious aspect for a moment.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • As a virgin on the edge of spinsterhood who has been shipped halfway around the world to marry a man she doesn’t love, she has some very understandable anxieties about matrimony and sex.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • This is a very common and much-approved matrimonial course of treatment, which is often very effective.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Life would have been quite another matter for them both if they had learned in time that it was easier to avoid great matrimonial catastrophes than trivial everyday miseries.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • In what way had he utilised gifts (1) an owl, (2) a clock, given as matrimonial auguries, to interest and to instruct her?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • For certainly if Anne and I had been trapped in that room, my mother and Governor Stanton would have set us up in matrimony, even if grimly and grudgingly.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • I did not want to be associated with the issue of a campesina who had had no respect for the holy banns of matrimony or for the good name of Mirabal.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • On the other hand, it was a proposal that blasphemed holy matrimony.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • In truth, Mrs. Gradgrind’s stock of facts in general was woefully defective; but Mr. Gradgrind in raising her to her high matrimonial position, had been influenced by two reasons.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • His mind had slipped from matrimony to Calcutta.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • For years he had been steadily modifying his matrimonial devotion, and found her company dull.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • But neither this, nor what the Spanish governor has told you of their choosing by consent, can be reckoned a marriage, nor any more than an agreement to keep them from quarrelling among themselves; for, Sir, the essence or sacrament of matrimony (so he called it) not only consists in mutual consent, but in the legal obligation, which compels them to own and acknowledge one another, to abstain from other persons, the men to provide for their wives and children, and the woman to the same…
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • "That means matrimony," said Temperance Miller, following them out of sight with her eyes.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Despite this deficiency of mine, my dear mother continues her matrimonial scheming.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • But in regard to matrimony, you are now at the most dangerous period of your life.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
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