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  • Colin and Hassan followed her to a six-foot-tall obelisk—a kind of miniature Washington Monument—before which la’ a plethora of not-new pink silk roses.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • The horse paused beside the obelisk.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • Nearby lay a rectangular cairn—hundreds of stones piled in the shape of an oversized grave with a granite obelisk for a headstone.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Nothing else had changed at all, except that all the old books and bric-a-brac — the marble cockatoos, the obelisks—were covered with an additional layer of dust.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • Singlehandedly responsible for filling Paris with Egyptian obelisks, art, and artifacts.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • James Taggart rose, walked to the window and pulled the blind down over the white obelisk.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • That obelisk in Washington—
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • In case you’ve never seen it: the Needle is an obelisk, not a needle, and it doesn’t have anything to do with Cleopatra.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • A love for these animals wells up in me suddenly, a flash flood, and there it is, solid as an obelisk and viscous as water.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • "How about obelisks?" he demanded.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons

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  • Here and there rose a white or silvery figure in the waste garden of the earth, here and there came the sharp vertical line of some cupola or obelisk.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • Even his cuff-buttons were engraved with hieroglyphics, and he was more inscribed than an Egyptian obelisk.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Our dragnet was filled with Midas abalone, harp shells, obelisk snails, and especially the finest hammer shells I had seen to that day.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Instead of an obelisk covered in names, there was a statue of three people: a man with untidy hair and glasses, a woman with long hair and a kind, pretty face, and a baby boy sitting in his mother’s arms.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • In the darkness of the dome they wait, their pushedback chairs, my obelisk valise, around a board of abandoned platters.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The 555-foot marble-faced obelisk marked this nation’s heart.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • As they approached the Piazza del Popolo, the crowd became more dense, and above the heads of the multitude two objects were visible: the obelisk, surmounted by a cross, which marks the centre of the square, and in front of the obelisk, at the point where the three streets, del Babuino, del Corso, and di Ripetta, meet, the two uprights of the scaffold, between which glittered the curved knife of the mandaia.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The black Japanese script cut into the white face of the obelisk read simply, "A Memorial to the Dead."
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • Everything struck your eye at once: the carved gable, the pointed roof, the turrets suspended at the angles of the walls; the stone pyramids of the eleventh century, the slate obelisks of the fifteenth; the round, bare tower of the donjon keep; the square and fretted tower of the church; the great and the little, the massive and the aerial.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • A low obelisk glowed softly.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • He was alone in his garret, busy imitating in wood one of those indescribable bits of ivory, composed of crescents, of spheres hollowed out one within the other, the whole as straight as an obelisk, and of no use whatever; and he was beginning on the last piece—he was nearing his goal.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • They divided it into cakes by methods too well known to require description, and these, being sledded to the shore, were rapidly hauled off on to an ice platform, and raised by grappling irons and block and tackle, worked by horses, on to a stack, as surely as so many barrels of flour, and there placed evenly side by side, and row upon row, as if they formed the solid base of an obelisk designed to pierce the clouds.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • But who could complain of this pert, pretty Paris when it revolved like a merry-go-round—the gold bridge-horses, the Greek Tuileries heroes and stone beauties, the overloaded Opera, the racy show windows and dapper colors, the maypole obelisk, the all-colors ice-cream, the gaudy package of the world.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The place to which Mr Cheeryble had directed him was a row of mean and not over-cleanly houses, situated within ’the Rules’ of the King’s Bench Prison, and not many hundred paces distant from the obelisk in St George’s Fields.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Opposite the Gate, reaching towards the clouds, is a four-sided shaft of stone, an obelisk mounted on a two-storey terrace of balustraded marble, all glistening in the sunlight, while in the shadows below on the huge base of the structure are carved the struggles and triumphs of Mao’s revolution.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Solitary trees marked distant hills like obelisks.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • He thrust his pole out ahead of them and pushed them away from a towering green obelisk.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • To the left of the slab is an eight-foot-high obelisk, also covered with cuneiform, with a bas-relief figure chiseled into the top.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Then rose the mighty monuments that cumber the river-bank and the desert—obelisk, labyrinth, pyramid, and tomb of king, blent with tomb of crocodile.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Like an obelisk towards which the principal streets of a town converge, the strong will of a proud spirit stands prominent and commanding in the middle of the art of war.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • Inside, sheltered dry smells stand like screens around a table covered with a red-checkered cloth, in the center of which flies hang on to an obelisk-shaped ketchup bottle.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • Throughout this mad jumble, however, Max could see unmistakable elements of human architecture—Chinese pavilions, Islamic minarets, Egyptian obelisks, massive domes and cupolas whose scale dwarfed their human antecedents.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • That distinction belonged to the thousands of small white obelisks spaced in perfect rows.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • He drove past the Armenian church, then around the obelisk at Arat Kilo—another war monument at a roundabout—past the Gothic spires and domes of the Trinity Cathedral and then the Parliament Building, which took its inspiration from the one on the banks of the Thames.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Jefferson, characteristically, had both designed the stone obelisk that was to mark his grave at Monticello and specified what was to be inscribed upon it, conspicuously making no mention of the fact that he had been governor of Virginia, minister to France, Secretary of State, Vice President of the United States, or President of the United States.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • I walked her back toward the Washington Monument and lectured her on the Egyptian obelisk and phallic symbols and classical mythology and ancient Rome and the difference between the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire and the nobility of men like Cincinnatus, emphasizing that he was the man for whom Cincinnati was named, while Troy, New York, was named after a mythical city in Homer, and Cairo, Illinois, after a real city in Egypt.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • There was a long-legged young man with a very little empty donkey-cart, standing near the Obelisk, in the Blackfriars Road, whose eye I caught as I was going by, and who, addressing me as ’Sixpenn’orth of bad ha’pence,’ hoped ’I should know him agin to swear to’ — in allusion, I have no doubt, to my staring at him.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • He read of the swallows that fly in and out of the little cafe at Smyrna where the Hadjis sit counting their amber beads and the turbaned merchants smoke their long tasselled pipes and talk gravely to each other; he read of the Obelisk in the Place de la Concorde that weeps tears of granite in its lonely sunless exile, and longs to be back by the hot lotus-covered Nile, where there are Sphinxes, and rose-red ibises, and white vultures with gilded claws, and crocodiles, with small beryl…
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • But he could not tell what it was—a small brown wooden box, shaped like the Obelisk.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • If I express myself strongly it is all because I love you so much; and from that point of view I may say I should as soon have thought of making up to that piece of pale high-mightiness as I should have thought of making up to the Obelisk in the Place des la Concorde.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • …towns, I see Algiers, Tripoli, Derne, Mogadore, Timbuctoo, Monrovia, I see the swarms of Pekin, Canton, Benares, Delhi, Calcutta, Tokio, I see the Kruman in his hut, and the Dahoman and Ashantee-man in their huts, I see the Turk smoking opium in Aleppo, I see the picturesque crowds at the fairs of Khiva and those of Herat, I see Teheran, I see Muscat and Medina and the intervening sands, see the caravans toiling onward, I see Egypt and the Egyptians, I see the pyramids and obelisks.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Colin and Hassan clapped politely, and then Colin walked over to the obelisk, which read only: ARCHDUKE FRANZ FERDINAND.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • She set the obelisk up on the piano, there in the crown of leaves; she pushed a statue out of the way.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • A colossal Egyptian obelisk.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • My dad stared at the top of the obelisk.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • "That’s a lot of money," Colin said, his hand still on the granite obelisk.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • At last Old Man Moody, the smarter one of those two, spied what they were looking for, the obelisk with its little moving part and its door open.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • America’s Egyptian obelisk.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Look at the Washington Monument—the world’s largest Egyptian obelisk.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • Mr. Fatty tiptoed over and picked the obelisk up and set it down again quickly.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
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