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  • Embarrassed as she was, she tried to maintain some semblance of dignity.
  • The substitute teacher had to battle to maintain even a semblance of order.
  • Kindness, which had been the food of my life through so many years, had lately been so entirely denied me, that I welcomed with grateful joy the slightest semblance of it.
    Anne Bronte  --  Agnes Grey
  • His mouth wore its usual semblance of a smile.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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  • They stand as still as statues, their masks long since melded to their features, any semblance of emotion a distant memory.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • And because he paused at the door to unlock it, and because she thought she might never see him again, Mae found her phone, reached over the stall wall, and took a picture, not knowing whether or not she would catch any semblance of him.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • WITHIN THL stifling women’s unit, Crystal "the mayor" made an effort to maintain a faint semblance of prison protocol.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Or at least a semblance thereof.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • If Ambrose was willing to go to these lengths, I could only imagine what drastic measures he would take if he didn’t need to maintain a semblance of civility.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • He could barely stand to be on the same ship as his father, let alone sit across from him at dinner, but he had to maintain some semblance of civility.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100

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  • But no, we crossed the vast expanse of linoleum, me pushing the baggage trolley, Nathan pushing Will, and as the glass doors opened, there they were, standing at the barrier, side by side in some rare semblance of unity.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Thankfully, someone had created some semblance of order before they arrived.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • I glance back to see who this Holder character is that has somehow managed to wash away any semblance of self-respect Shayna/Shayla might have had.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • Eventually I restored a semblance of peace and the game continued.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • After some semblance of calm had settled back over us, he pulled his map up and spread it out over the wheel.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • And I realized that, as if seeking whatever semblance of present reality I was able to offer, she had taken hold of my hand in a numbing grip.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Today, he told them, he would get at least some semblance of a timeline.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • The filmic quality had become so stage-lit and stark that all semblance of real life had vanished; we’d been neutralized, fictionalized, flattened; my field of vision was bordered by a black rectangle; I could see the subtitles running at the bottom of what he was saying.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He turns his back, allowing me some semblance of privacy.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Thus far we had no semblance of a target in the village.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • There was not even the semblance of a hello.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • His mouth wore its usual semblance of a smile.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Only its slim front legs had a semblance of normal position.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • What manner of man is this, or what manner of creature, is it in the semblance of man?
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • If it be so, How little is the cost I have bestowed In purchasing the semblance of my soul From out the state of hellish cruelty!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • He went to the bathroom at the end of the hall; she watched him washing his hands, throwing his loose, straight hair back into a semblance of order.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Rosaleen, on the other hand, had stopped all semblance of work and looked from June to Neil.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • He was still listening to the howling gargles, he knew that, only now it had somehow taken on the semblance of perfectly straightforward English.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • They did not grow up like the children of the eighties and nineties, stripped of any semblance of family other than the constant presence of drugs and violence.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • But Ruth May was shrouded in so many misty layers of mosquito netting I could barely make out any semblance of a dead child inside.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • King of Japan, whose lofty jet they say at times assumed the semblance of a snow-white cross against the sky?
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He held the mirror at arm’s length, and his face resumed its normal semblance-but it still did not seem quite his own.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Be sure to provide yourself with some previous engagement which shall have a semblance of probability, and communicate the fact to me by a line in writing.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • That will return a semblance of life.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • A little semblance round the forehead maybe, but this ain’t her mouth.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • His face turned to a semblance of gray paste.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • I feel my eyes grow moist and try to rearrange my ruined face into some semblance of toughness.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Our march had lost all semblance of discipline.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • And then — perhaps it was not happening, perhaps it was only a memory taking on the semblance of sound — a voice was singing: ’Under the spreading chestnut tree I sold you and you sold me ’ The tears welled up in his eyes.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • For there were not many buyers really - there was only one, and he kept these agents in separate offices to give a semblance of competition.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • She was the living spirit of love to soften and attract; I might have become sullen in my study, rought through the ardour of my nature, but that she was there to subdue me to a semblance of her own gentleness.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • They had long since dropped to pieces, and every semblance of print had left them.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • The camp’s musical director, who was also the conductor, scrambled to get us situated and then it was everything he could do to get us playing the most basic of movements in any semblance of time.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • He was accustomed to symbolic progressions that made some semblance of sense, but everything here—the pentacle, the text, the numbers—seemed disparate at the most fundamental level.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • It was important for Eragon and Saphira to maintain a semblance of equality in their dealings with the different races.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • On top of each tomb, in full papal vestments, lay life-sized semblances of each Pope, shown in death, arms folded across their chests.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • As for shoes and stockings, I had none, but made a semblance of something, I know not what to call them; they were made like buskins, and laced on the sides like spatterdashes, Barbarously shaped like the rest of my habit.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • I tried to put the scale back together as best I could, managing to at least fit all the parts back inside and pound the frame back into a rough semblance of its previous shape.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Much later than I ate, and only after blotting off any semblance of grease, and then cutting them into many small pieces.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • When the voice had ceased and was quiet, I saw four great shades coming to us: they had a semblance neither sad nor glad.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
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