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  • As her release date neared, Vanessa got increasingly anxious, with a decided uptick in religious observance.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • "Religious observances shouldn’t be denied to anyone."
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • He seemed rather embarrassed at being caught in the act of condoning acts of paganism, as it were, but brushed it off as merely a local observance with historical color, like the Wearing of the Green.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • In Kilanga these are matters of religious observance, they are baptism and communion.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible

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  • F.C. Wintergreen and were sped along by him in zealous observance of regulations.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Religion and its observances had made Felton a man inaccessible to ordinary seductions.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • It was the place whence proclamations were wont to be made, amidst an assemblage of the magistracy, with all the ceremonial that attended such public observances in those days.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The only reason he postponed your arrest was to run this observance in hopes you did something that made his case stronger.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Also . I have never attended a Blood-oath Celebration and it is the most important of our observances.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • In his regiment Maximilian Morrel was noted for his rigid observance, not only of the obligations imposed on a soldier, but also of the duties of a man; and he thus gained the name of "the stoic."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • So in the same way Moscow was empty when Napoleon, weary, uneasy, and morose, paced up and down in front of the Kammer-Kollezski rampart, awaiting what to his mind was a necessary, if but formal, observance of the proprieties—a deputation.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • If thou lovest me then, Steal forth thy father’s house tomorrow night; And in the wood, a league without the town, Where I did meet thee once with Helena, To do observance to a morn of May, There will I stay for thee.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Your acceptance of it, and your observance of it as binding, is the only remaining condition that I am charged with, by the person from whom I take my instructions, and for whom I am not otherwise responsible.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Ay, marry, is’t; But to my mind,—though I am native here, And to the manner born,—it is a custom More honour’d in the breach than the observance.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Fremen mark the observance according to the ninth meridian-crossing cycle of the first moon.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • The Churchills might not have a word to say in return; but then, you would have no habits of early obedience and long observance to break through.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • In the school we made a special effort to teach our students the meaning of Christmas, and to give them lessons in its proper observance.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • And so he did all the observance of the service himself, both the dirige, and on the morn he sang mass.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Having resolved to do it without loss of time, as his leave of absence extended only to the following Saturday, and having no feelings of diffidence to make it distressing to himself even at the moment, he set about it in a very orderly manner, with all the observances, which he supposed a regular part of the business.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Guilty of a fierce desire to remain alive, they and Rearden traded like savages, without rights, titles, contracts or protection, with nothing but mutual understanding and a ruthlessly absolute observance of one’s given word.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • And says John Wyse: —’tis a custom more honoured in the breach than in the observance.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Each soul was rated upon a basis often as regards its goodness, its diligence in religious observance, and its importance to its family group.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • The sullen soldiers shouldered their empty tubes and fell into their places, like men whose blood had been heated by the past contest, and who only desired the opportunity to revenge an indignity which was still wounding to their pride, concealed as it was under the observances of military etiquette.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • While in various silent ways the seamen of the Pequod were evincing their observance of this ominous incident at the first mere mention of the White Whale’s name to another ship, Ahab for a moment paused; it almost seemed as though he would have lowered a boat to board the stranger, had not the threatening wind forbade.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Signior Bassanio, hear me: If I do not put on a sober habit, Talk with respect, and swear but now and then, Wear prayer-books in my pocket, look demurely, Nay more, while grace is saying, hood mine eyes Thus with my hat, and sigh, and say ’amen’; Use all the observance of civility, Like one well studied in a sad ostent To please his grandam, never trust me more.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • No smile, no continued observance attended it; his eyes were immediately returned to their former direction.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • At Mark Keppel High School there was an annual observance: the battle between the Mexicans and Anglos.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Baby was christened, the rector deciding that a double baptism was the lesser risk to incur; and on this occasion Silas, making himself as clean and tidy as he could, appeared for the first time within the church, and shared in the observances held sacred by his neighbours.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Nor will there ever be wanting to a prince legitimate reasons to excuse this non-observance.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • It is as easy to count atomies as to resolve the propositions of a lover:—but take a taste of my finding him, and relish it with good observance.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • I do beseech you,— Though I perchance am vicious in my guess, As, I confess, it is my nature’s plague To spy into abuses, and of my jealousy Shape faults that are not,—that your wisdom yet, From one that so imperfectly conceits, Would take no notice; nor build yourself a trouble Out of his scattering and unsure observance:— It were not for your quiet nor your good, Nor for my manhood, honesty, or wisdom, To let you know my thoughts.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • The countenance of the first-named gentleman, peculiarly intelligent at all times, acquired great additional interest from his close observance of the game, and his attentive perusal of Mr. Chitling’s hand; upon which, from time to time, as occasion served, he bestowed a variety of earnest glances: wisely regulating his own play by the result of his observations upon his neighbour’s cards.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Such is the policy by which I seek To serve the Commons and conformably I have proclaimed an edict as concerns The sons of Oedipus; Eteocles Who in his country’s battle fought and fell, The foremost champion—duly bury him With all observances and ceremonies That are the guerdon of the heroic dead.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • He spent years and years in desultory studies, undertakings, and meditations; he began to evince considerable indifference to social forms and observances.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Are there no other tokens Between you ’greed concerning her observance?
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • There was something about the luxury of the Welland house and the density of the Welland atmosphere, so charged with minute observances and exactions, that always stole into his system like a narcotic.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • This was an observance the authorities considered mandatory.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • The servants said they would follow the fashion, a fashion grown sacred through immemorial observance; they would scatter fresh rushes in all the rooms and halls, and then the evidence of the aristocratic visitation would be no longer visible.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Jude agreed, and Sue went up-stairs and prepared to start, putting on a joyful coloured gown in observance of her liberty; seeing which Jude put on a lighter tie.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Mostly a lot of riffraff turned up, however, in observance of his troubles, which were by then public and had been for some time.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • She had never received from her more than outward attention, nothing beyond the observances of complaisance; had never succeeded in any point which she wanted to carry, against previous inclination.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • Chapter 5 The observance of Sunday at Bellomont was chiefly marked by the punctual appearance of the smart omnibus destined to convey the household to the little church at the gates.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Or I have no observance.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • The observance of this law, from the equall distribution to each man, of that which in reason belongeth to him, is called EQUITY, and (as I have sayd before) distributive justice: the violation, Acception Of Persons, Prosopolepsia.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • He spoke in the name of something sacred and precious—the observance of a magnificent form.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • And as he is so scrupulous in his observance of the laws of knight-errantry, he will, no doubt, in order to keep his word, obey the injunction I have laid upon him.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Thirdly, Mr. Bucket has to take Jo by the arm a little above the elbow and walk him on before him, without which observance neither the Tough Subject nor any other Subject could be professionally conducted to Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Cedric, to whom the name of Alfred was as that of a deity, had treated the sole remaining scion of that great monarch with a degree of observance, such as, perhaps, was in those days scarce paid to an acknowledged princess.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • He slipped back to thinking and dreaming in the vernacular, and mechanically followed the lama’s ceremonial observances at eating, drinking, and the like.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • round the cup with the ejaculation tr-r-r-oonk, tr-r-r—oonk, tr-r-r-oonk! and straightway comes over the water from some distant cove the same password repeated, where the next in seniority and girth has gulped down to his mark; and when this observance has made the circuit of the shores, then ejaculates the master of ceremonies, with satisfaction, tr-r-r-oonk! and each in his turn repeats the same down to the least distended, leakiest, and flabbiest paunched, that there be no mistake;
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
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