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  • The clock uses a pendulum to keep time.
  • Now the pendulum has swung the other direction and voters are demanding...
  • With every blow Kuba swung back and forth like the pendulum of a grandfather clock.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Milkweed
  • The measured movement of the pendulum disturbed them not at all.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum

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  • It was in this apartment, also, that there stood against the western wall, a gigantic clock of ebony. Its pendulum swung to and fro with a dull, heavy, monotonous clang;
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death
  • The silence is heavy between us, everything past and remembered and forgotten and wanted swinging there like a pendulum.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • He didn’t stop, repeating the word over and over; a mucus-thick strand of saliva finally crested over his bottom lip and swung back and forth like a hypnotist’s pendulum.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • ) I waited patiently—years—for the pendulum to swing the other way, for men to start reading Jane Austen, learn how to knit, pretend to love cosmos, organize scrapbook parties, and make out with each other while we leer.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • A mighty pendulum, that fugger.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Window, bed, back again, her head turns like a pendulum swinging.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea

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  • I would probably start with a pendulum of some sort.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • He stepped towards the bathroom, the yellow pendulum of lamp beside his knees.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • We walked quickly past the Octopus and another ride that looked like a swinging-ax pendulum.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • The pendulum swings on and on in the old grandfather clock.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • It turned out that Christoffels belonged to an almost vanished trade, the itinerant clockmender who trudged on foot throughout the land, regulating and repairing the tall pendulum clocks that were the pride of every Dutch farmhouse.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • The blue harpy feather in her hair swung like a pendulum.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • And they could see his knife, which Stephano was moving slowly like the pendulum of a grandfather clock.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • The Duncans’ house, however, boasted a clock, a magnificent contrivance of walnut panels, brass pendulums, and a face decorated with quiring cherubim, and this instrument pointed to half-past six.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Murky portraits, china spaniels on the mantelpiece, golden pendulum swinging, tockety-tock, tockety-tock.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • The familiar pendulum swing was to happen once more, and then stop.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • His tie is a pendulum, long dead in its clock.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Before his pendulum swing took him back toward Alby, he reached out for another vine, catching a nice thick one.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • The hoist swung like a pendulum above the city.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • His little hands swiveled at the wrists, his fingers snapped, and his head swung side to side like a pendulum.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • The pendulum beat the seconds, which each player eagerly counted, as he listened, with mathematical regularity.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Sometimes your life is a pendulum swing from one to the other.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Increase the swing of the pendulum, increase, increase, come up and bear against that point of furthest balance— increase—increase— "Heave!"
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Her lips were slightly parted, and her breast rose and fell with the regularity of a pendulum.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • They had no right to swing me back and forth like a pendulum on a clock.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • It had no effect upon the cries; no pendulum could be more regular.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • The pendulum had swung.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The minister’s voice was a pendulum.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • They swept back and forth, pendulums of light.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • There was a clock on the middle of the mantelpiece, with a picture of a town painted on the bottom half of the glass front, and a round place in the middle of it for the sun, and you could see the pendulum swinging behind it.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • It swings in front of her like a pendulum, an enormous and muscled worm.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • His habits of mind had the regular swing of a pendulum.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The pendulum was in motion.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • More even than a clock’s pendulum, those breaths pulled me through the burning seconds toward the end.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Her leg was swinging like a pendulum, and the troll’s breath was breaking over her face in rancid waves.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • As the display swung down like a pendulum, the lion leaped off onto the model earth’s North Pole.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • Physics has had great success at describing certain kinds of behavior: planets in orbit, spacecraft going to the moon, pendulums and springs and rolling balls, that sort of thing.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • The clock ticks with its pendulum, keeping time; my feet in their neat red shoes count the way down.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Impelled by the blows that rained upon him, now from this side, now from that, White Fang swung back and forth like an erratic and jerky pendulum.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • His shadow swung like an irregular pendulum across the pavement, describing the course of a soundless battle: it was a man fighting himself to enter that door or to escape.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • No resolution could withstand it; in that dreamy mood losing all consciousness, at last my soul went out of my body; though my body still continued to sway as a pendulum will, long after the power which first moved it is withdrawn.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Charles awakened on the stroke of four-thirty as surely as though the brass pendulum of the clock had nudged him.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Reluctantly, Hezekiah allowed the gosha to subside to the end of its leather string like a slowing pendulum.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • But the fourth solution—to swing one rope back and forth like a pendulum and then grab hold of the other rope—occurred to only a few people.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • All the little duties were faithfully done each day, and many of her sisters’ also, for they were forgetful, and the house seemed like a clock whose pendulum was gone a-visiting.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • The pendulum made a final stroke.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
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