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  • Many consider America to symbolize modernity — good and bad.
  • The tribal elders and the teenagers differ in their view of the benefits of modernity.
  • There is more than one path to modernity.
  • A Chagall—Clary’s favorite, all soft roses and blues and greens, incongruous against the apartment’s modernity.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire

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  • A few cultures have retained this harmonious relationship with our people, though only in places where both modernity and the major religions have failed to gain a foothold, such as the black-magic island of Ambrym in the New Hebrides.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • The modernity and precision—and, above all, the "manufactured" look of the plates—really excited him, and he was sure it would excite everybody else as well.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • But this house was the essence of modernity.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • And yet, unless my senses deceive me, the old centuries had, and have, powers of their own which mere "modernity" cannot kill.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • The cold night smelled like dirt and plants and human modernity—Clary almost thought she could scent the iron on the air.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Fashion and modernity and the rot at the Table’s heart were in hiding, and his great idea was on the move once more.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King

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  • The antenna of a powerful radio transmitter jutted up beyond the edge of the roof like a flagless pole, announcing Khan’s affiliation with modernity.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Bulbuls and roses would still persist, the pathos of defeated Islam remained in his blood and could not be expelled by modernities.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Her first impression, of a society torn between tradition and modernity, lingered and grew over the next two years.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • But he couldn’t resist a little modernity here and there; he sped around his lake in gleaming speedboats.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Fashion, by which what is really fantastic becomes for a moment universal, and Dandyism, which, in its own way, is an attempt to assert the absolute modernity of beauty, had, of course, their fascination for him.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • It seemed more like bold modernity, which was how Fermina Daza must have understood it, for in her second letter to Florentino Ariza, she began by begging his pardon for any difficulties in reading her handwriting, since she did not have at her disposal any means more advanced than her steel pen.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • …and by his side a diminutive groom, like Toby, "the late Beaudenord’s tiger," I saw—or rather I felt its outlines engraved upon my heart by a clean and killing stab—a matchless victoria, built rather high, and hinting, through the extreme modernity of its appointments, at the forms of an earlier day, deep down in which lay negligently back Mme. Swann, her hair, now quite pale with one grey lock, girt with a narrow band of flowers, usually violets, from which floated down long veils, a…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • This is the greatest handicap of Muslim Middle Eastern societies today, the flaw that most bars them from modernity.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Some people are put off by the modern design, they distrust modernity, but then I tell them that it is this that whitens the teeth of the King of England.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Despite the fact that Esteban Trueba was no great lover of innovation, and had, in fact, a deep mistrust of the dislocations of modernity, he decided that his house should be constructed like the new palaces of North America and Europe, with all the comforts but retaining a classical style.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • She had overthrown the sordid, self-seeking habit of life; she had awakened to real womanhood; she had fought the insidious spell of modernity and she had defeated it; she had learned the thrill of taking root in new soil, the pain and joy of labor, the bliss of solitude, the promise of home and love and motherhood.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • On the glossy green cover, in red and black, were the portraits of the president, a round quippish man who loved all young physicians; the general manager, a cadaverous scholarly man who surely gave all his laborious nights and days to the advancement of science; and the vice-president, Martin’s former preceptor, Dr. Roscoe Geake, who had a lively, eye-glassed, forward-looking modernity all his own.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • And all of a sudden he began to speak about Petrarch, whom he called the "Father of Modernity."
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Modernity, led by the automobile, was perforating the frontier.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Bigburger attracted a lot of African officials and army people as well—they liked the decor and the modernity.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • But this was a vastly expanded discourse, on the maldistribution of all the good fruits of modernity, especially of medicine and public health, a discourse that was both scholarly and passionate.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Even in modernity, the ages of darkness were not so far behind us.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • There was a jumble of modernity; a myriad of women showing their bare calves, and men in vests and pleated pants; an uproar of workers drilling holes in the pavement, knocking down trees to make room for telephone poles, knocking down telephone poles to make room for buildings, knocking down buildings to plant trees; a blockade of itinerant vendors hawking the wonders of this grindstone, that toasted peanut, this little doll that dances by itself without a single wire or thread, look…
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • But it still fed us in a hundred ways with its language and sent us its increasingly wonderful goods, things which, in the bush of Africa, added year by year to our idea of who we were, gave us that idea of our modernity and development, and made us aware of another Europe—the Europe of great cities, great stores, great buildings, great universities.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
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