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  • they stormed the ramparts of the city
  • The invaders were unable to penetrate the outer ramparts.
  • they dug deep holes in the snow, piling it up in ramparts to windward as a protection
    Washington Irving
  • The rampart is covered instantly by a formidable row of enemies.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac

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  • There is no sound other than the rhythmic clink of armor as the legionnaires patrol the ramparts.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • And if in my life I’ve witnessed the most terrible of things, if I’ve seen what no decent being should ever look upon and have to hold in close remembrance, perhaps it means I should be left to the cold device of history, my likeness festooning the ramparts of every house and town and district of man.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Earthen ramparts rose almost to the tops of the surrounding trees—a hundred feet at least.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • They blow across the ramparts, turn cartwheels over rooftops, flutter into the ravines between houses.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Thunder still grumbled over the far Brooklyn ramparts, but the rain’s fragile pattering now, like the intermittent sound of a single tap dancer, told me that most of the deluge had ceased.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Against the new masonry I re-erected the old rampart of bones.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado

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  • And they crawled the jagged ramparts in the night, and their dim lights flickered on the pale stone walls of the road.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • I can’t scale the ramparts on this side!’
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • And some are in the ramparts and some far deep in the darkness of the walls.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • From the park bench, I can see the old ramparts ringing the ancient town center and its tangle of narrow, crooked streets; the west tower of the Avignon Cathedral, the gilded statue of the Virgin Mary gleaming atop it.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • On arriving at the angle of the trench which was to serve them as a rampart, one of the Guardsmen fell.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • The ancient stone ramparts before him were dramatically lit by soft floodlights.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Cracked cement ramparts, a less than mighty bastion, swamp cooler overflow, drool down the battlement.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • To our left, far away in the gloom, fires burned on the ramparts of Erebos, the great black walls of Hades’s kingdom.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • On the fourth day fires broke out on the Zubovski rampart.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Farther on towards Weybridge, just over the bridge, there were a number of men in white fatigue jackets throwing up a long rampart, and more guns behind.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Placing it in a favorable position, he joined the females, who now found themselves alone with him for the first time since they had left the friendly ramparts of Fort Edward.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • It was about a quarter mile square, with earthen ramparts on all four sides, the tops lined with sharpened spikes.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • And yet Odysseus gazed out marvelling at the ships and harbors;, public squares, and ramparts towering up with pointed palisades along the top.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Old as Pizarro, this whiteness keeps her ruins for ever new; admits not the cheerful greenness of complete decay; spreads over her broken ramparts the rigid pallor of an apoplexy that fixes its own distortions.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • It was the Wild, the savage, frozen-hearted Northland Wild. jack london,white fang On the northern margin of the Alaska Range, just before the hulking ramparts of Mt. McKinley and its satellites surrender to the low Kantishna plain, a series of lesser ridges, known as the Outer Range, sprawls across the flats like a rumpled blanket on an unmade bed.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • In contrast to Tarnag’s thickly built ramparts, the buildings within, though of stone, were shaped with such cunning as to give the impression of grace and lightness.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The fortress was eminently suited to its purpose, with stout, brick walls, a few slits wide enough for sentries, ramparts behind which defending archers could hide, and corner turrets from which boiling oil could be poured upon the attacker—should such an emergency arise in an institute of learning.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Immediately, and according to custom, the ramparts of Fort Saint-Jean were covered with spectators; it is always an event at Marseilles for a ship to come into port, especially when this ship, like the Pharaon, has been built, rigged, and laden at the old Phocee docks, and belongs to an owner of the city.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The rampart loomed suddenly before them, a high shadow beyond a dark pit.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • In a few minutes all Miraz’s followers were running down to the Great River in the hope of crossing the bridge to the town of Beruna and there defending themselves behind ramparts and closed gates.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • All along the old walls and ramparts people were standing.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • An Irishman saved his life on the ramparts of Vienna.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Indeed it is a rampart of the great valley itself, the valley of the Umzimkulu, and from it you look down on one of the fairest scenes of Africa.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • In Uruk he built walls, a great rampart, and the temple of blessed Eanna for the god of the firmament Anu, and for Ishtar the goddess of love.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • He regarded with curiosity the pile of clothes on the hall floor and the rampart of bags filled with newspapers; then he peered through the bedroom door while Salander’s world started spinning in the wrong direction.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Think of the ghost of Hamlet’s father when he takes to appearing on the castle ramparts at midnight.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Harry bellowed, as somewhere out of sight Hermione screamed, and Harry heard innumerable objects crashing to the floor on the other side of the destabilized wall: He pointed his wand at the rampart, cried, "Finite!" and it steadied.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Banners yellow, glorious, golden, On its roof did float and flow; (This—all this—was in the olden Time long ago) And every gentle air that dallied, In that sweet day, Along the ramparts plumed and pallid, A winged odor went away.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • It was the twelfth to hold its ground against the corps of the Prince of Hesse, behind the old rampart of Andernach, and only rejoined the main body of the army when the enemy’s cannon had opened a breach from the cord of the parapet to the foot of the glacis.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • You ladies need have no alarm about the proximity of the Yankees, for General Johnston and his army stands there in the mountains like an iron rampart.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • The 25,790-foot ramparts of Nuptse defined the right wall of the Cum, Everest’s massive Southwest Face formed the left wall, and the broad frozen thrust of the Lhotse Face loomed above its head.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • We did not, therefore, suppose that the mighty animals remained hidden in the woods of our territory; but concluded that, after this freebooting incursion, they had withdrawn to their native wilds, where, by greatly increasing the strength of our ramparts, we hoped henceforth to oblige them to remain.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Nothing else disturbed the gloom of Helgrind’s inky, windswept ramparts.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Thither, winged with speed, A numerous brigade hastened: as when bands Of pioneers, with spade and pickaxe armed, Forerun the royal camp, to trench a field, Or cast a rampart.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • The great curving ramparts of the Bala Hisar Fort loomed over the receding town, glowing in the fiery light like a long-dormant volcano on the verge of awakening.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Dumbledore had already crossed the crenellated ramparts and was dismounting; Harry landed next to him seconds later and looked around.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Around the city, outside the ramparts, sight was lost in a great circle of fleecy vapors through which one confusedly distinguished the indefinite line of the plains, and the graceful swell of the heights.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The tables were laid parallel with the inner slope of the rampart, and awnings were stretched overhead.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Lestat had his coffin in a miserable room near the ramparts.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • What I saw in him—as evidently as the indestructible ramparts of Old Ticonderoga, already cited as the most appropriate simile—was the features of stubborn and ponderous endurance, which might well have amounted to obstinacy in his earlier days; of integrity, that, like most of his other endowments, lay in a somewhat heavy mass, and was just as unmalleable or unmanageable as a ton of iron ore; and of benevolence which, fiercely as he led the bayonets on at Chippewa or Fort Erie, I take…
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
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