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  • The mercantile and commercial interests of the north are at odds with the southern desire for cultural preservation.
  • preached a mercantile and militant patriotism
  • mercantile theories
  • The exchange was created for purely mercantile purposes.

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  • ’bout got to shop at that Wallace store or up at the mercantile in Strawberry, which is jus’ bout as bad.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Her husband was captain of a mercantile boat plying between Dublin and Holland; and they had one child.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • The story of "old Prue," in the second volume, was an incident that fell under the personal observation of a brother of the writer, then collecting-clerk to a large mercantile house, in New Orleans.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • At the end of two months, being obliged to go to Lisbon about some mercantile affairs, he took the two philosophers with him in his ship.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • This side of the Seine was, however, the least mercantile of the two.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Meanwhile he held on to his modest position in a mercantile house in New Orleans, where an equal familiarity with English, French and Spanish gave him no small value as a clerk and correspondent.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening

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  • The store was on its feet within one year, expanding in two, opening branches in three, and its descendants, a great mercantile system, now dominate a large part of the area.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Greece had contacts, some mercantile and some hostile, with Eastern peoples during the Bronze Age, and by the eighth century had founded thriving cities on the western coast of present-day Turkey.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • THE DEAD ARE IN THE RIGHT AND THE LIVING ARE NOT IN THE WRONG 849 or mercantile absorption lessens a people’s power of radiance, lowers its horizon by lowering its level, and deprives it of that intelligence, at once both human and divine of the universal goal, which makes missionaries of nations.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Miss Hawkins was the youngest of the two daughters of a Bristol—merchant, of course, he must be called; but, as the whole of the profits of his mercantile life appeared so very moderate, it was not unfair to guess the dignity of his line of trade had been very moderate also.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • His face they seldom saw, for, either through shyness, or not to disturb his mercantile mood, he avoided looking towards their quarters.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • He made a supreme effort to learn the mundane simplicity of mercantile prose, imitating models from notarial files with the same diligence he had once used for popular poets.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • ’I propose,’ said Mr. Micawber, ’Bills — a convenience to the mercantile world, for which, I believe, we are originally indebted to the Jews, who appear to me to have had a devilish deal too much to do with them ever since — because they are negotiable.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • They had regard for the ability which could amass a small fortune, own a nice home, keep a barouche or carriage, perhaps, wear fine clothes, and maintain a good mercantile position.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • He added that, as soon as I should be acquainted with mercantile business, he would promote me by sending me with a cargo of flour and bread, etc., to the West Indies, and procure me commissions from others which would be profitable; and, if I manag’d well, would establish me handsomely.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • The prohibition of the use of fleshmeat and milk at one meal: the hebdomadary symposium of incoordinately abstract, perfervidly concrete mercantile coexreligionist excompatriots: the circumcision of male infants: the supernatural character of Judaic scripture: the ineffability of the tetragrammaton: the sanctity of the sabbath.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The mercantile life isn’t inspiring like medicine.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • I always say—and believe me, I base it on a pretty fairly extensive mercantile experience—the best is the cheapest in the long run.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Perhaps they encouraged and stimulated him to exertion, for, during the next two weeks, all his spare hours, late at night and early in the morning, were incessantly devoted to acquiring the mysteries of book-keeping and some other forms of mercantile account.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • The man whom he had first seen sitting gravely on the steps of the mercantile store made a sudden and amazing load in his pants.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • The mercantile and reasonable part in England, will be still with us; because, peace with trade, is preferable to war without it.
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
  • He also established New York’s first mercantile agency and presided over it until just before his death at the age of eighty-five in 1873.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • He told Madame de Cintre a hundred long stories; he explained to her, in talking of the United States, the working of various local institutions and mercantile customs.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • As long as the mercantile shipping of the United States preserves this superiority, it will not only retain what it has acquired, but it will constantly increase in prosperity.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Although Chicago was rapidly achieving recognition as an industrial and mercantile dynamo, its leading men felt keenly the slander from New York that their city had few cultural assets.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • He had been recommended to the favor of Judge Temple by the head of an eminent mercantile house in New York, with whom Marmaduke was in habits of intimacy, and accustomed to exchange good offices.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • All the navigating States may, in different degrees, advantageously participate in it, and under circumstances of a greater extension of mercantile capital, would not be unlikely to do it.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The living had belonged to the family for generations; but Jim was one of five sons, and when after a course of light holiday literature his vocation for the sea had declared itself, he was sent at once to a ’training-ship for officers of the mercantile marine.’
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • ’Our illustrious host and friend,’ said Bar; ’our shining mercantile star;—going into politics?’
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • I used to go regularly into the Sylvan Mercantile and smell every perfume bottle they had, trying to identify it.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • Once, out of curiosity, Van Riper and Klein and a group of about a dozen Marine Corps generals flew to the Mercantile Exchange in New York to visit the trading floor.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • The Shipping & Mercantile Gazette, the Lloyd’s List, France’s Packetboat and Maritime & Colonial Review, all the rags devoted to insurance companies—who threatened to raise their premium rates—were unanimous on this point.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • And in 1907, there was the entry: Mortgage, Montague Irwin to Mortonville Mercantile Bank, $42,000, due January 1, 1910.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Oz, Lou, and Diamond were in the back, sitting on sacks of seed and other supplies purchased from McKenzie’s Mercantile using egg money and some of the dollars Lou had left over from her shopping excursion in Dickens.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • ’ The phrase is not altogether unjust, for all its mercantile ring.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Amongst a multitude of men you will find a selfish, mercantile, and trading taste for the discoveries of the mind, which must not be confounded with that disinterested passion which is kindled in the heart of the few.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • …The perfect equality of the female with the male, the fluid movement of the population, The superior marine, free commerce, fisheries, whaling, gold-digging, Wharf-hemm’d cities, railroad and steamboat lines intersecting all points, Factories, mercantile life, labor-saving machinery, the Northeast, Northwest, Southwest, Manhattan firemen, the Yankee swap, southern plantation life, Slavery—the murderous, treacherous conspiracy to raise it upon the ruins of all the rest, On and on to the…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • I hadn’t known this until I was eight and she bought me an Easter-dyed biddy from the mercantile.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • I was just thinking I would love to have one of those silver charm bracelets they have down at the mercantile.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • The only people who owed Hodge favors, or thought they did, were sidestreet tailors, Polish grocers, farmers, Ed Bilchmann at the Camera Shop, and the second teller from the end at Mercantile Trust.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • A landed interest, a manufacturing interest, a mercantile interest, a moneyed interest, with many lesser interests, grow up of necessity in civilized nations, and divide them into different classes, actuated by different sentiments and views.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Those discerning citizens are well aware that the mechanic and manufacturing arts furnish the materials of mercantile enterprise and industry.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • We go on down to the mercantile now and order up our stuff, we’ll save her some time so when she come from seein’ that lawyer, we can jus’ go on home.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • The Barnett Mercantile had everything.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • More than once I stopped and gazed over my shoulder at the mercantile.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Mercantile men will take up very eagerly, and without any very close scrutiny, all the general ideas on philosophy, politics, science, or the arts, which may be presented to them; but for such as relate to commerce, they will not receive them without inquiry, or adopt them without reserve.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
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