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  • There was an underlying strength to her embrace, the kind of muscle tone that came from hard work.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • The Theorem of underlying Katherine Predictability, he thought.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • A brief thaw the previous day had allowed the plane’s skis to sink into an inch or two of slush, where they had frozen solid to the underlying ice.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • In fact, I began to sense a greater underlying pattern to the way the wind moved through the courtyard.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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  • And yet still I have always wondered if training or rearing tells more than the simple earth and ash and blood from which we come, or whether these social inurements eventually fall away, like the moldering garments of the dead, to reveal the underlying bones.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • He possesses enormous talent, but I fear the fidgeting belies an underlying weakness.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • There was something so defeated, so bitter, underlying the captain’s words that Dorian, for a heartbeat, felt badly.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • The problem with nitro was that it only treated symptoms, not the underlying coronary disease.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • It took me a long time but I soon became aware of an underlying, pervasive fixation for violence among the people of the island.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • This feeling underlay the well-advertised resolve of Sher-man’s soldiers to take South Carolina apart.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865

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  • But there had been something else underlying their words—something else that had them at odds.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • They were as aggressive, but without Ferdinand’s underlying graciousness.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • There comes a point in a narrative like this one when a certain injection of irony seems inappropriate, perhaps even "counterindicated"—despite the underlying impulse toward it—because of the manner in which irony tends so easily toward leadenness, thus taxing the reader’s patience along with his or her credulity.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • No underlying agendas.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • The ride to Fort William had dried my outer garments fairly well, but the underlying layers of petticoat were still wringing wet.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • There was a lot of underlying racism and a lot of baggage they brought with them.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • There lay another of those pieces of pink squareness that underlay the structure of the island.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • I just wanted us to be talking and joking comfortably, like we were on the couch together back home, but some tension underlay everything.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • There is a simple network of wide tunnels that directly corresponds to the main street plan above, underlying the major avenues and cross streets.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • But the principal, underlying cause was that, as early as the beginning of the twentieth century, human equality had become technically possible.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • And maybe it’s because of that underlying goodness that he can move a crowd—no, a country—to his side with the turn of a simple sentence.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • She was unaccustomed to the Kabuli dialect of his Farsi, and to the underlying layer of Pashto accent, the language of his native Kandahar.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • They learned about the extended family clans that underlay the town’s social structure.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • My friends, as you can see, the chaos of the world has an underlying order.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Ford leaped to his rescue, hazarding " counterpoint the surrealism of the underlying metaphor of the er " He floundered too, but Arthur was ready again.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • And, underlying all, deeper than anything else, higher and broader, lay the strongest principle of her being—conscientiousness.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Much like the rest of us on the surface, he had an underlying obliging and considerate strain which barred him from being a really important member of the class.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Sweet it was in one sense, honey-sweet, and sent the same tingling through the nerves as her voice, but with a bitter underlying the sweet, a bitter offensiveness, as one smells in blood.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Some, if they were left unattended, became infected, and others caused underlying muscles to tense up.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • FIRST ITERATION [picture] "At the earliest drawings of the fractal curve, few clues to the underlying mathematical structre will be seen."
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Understanding the principles underlying defensive magic.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Shultz had a score of charges, but underlying them all was the implication that because of community pressure, Fleming and Smith had deliberately neglected their duties.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • I stopped for a long time to let my nerves settle, then leaned back from my tools and stared up at the face above, searching for a hint of solid ice, for some variation in the underlying rock strata, for anything that would allow passage over the frosted slabs.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The music of the pearl was triumphant in Kino’s head, and the quiet melody of the family underlay it, and they wove themselves into the soft padding of sandalled feet in the dust.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • The smell of ashes and smoke hung heavy on the air, familiar to her from the last time she was here—but there was something else underlying those smells, a heavier, thicker stench, like rotting fruit.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • CHAPTER X. THE BISHOP IN THE PRESENCE OF AN UNKNOWN LIGHT The old member of the Convention did not appear to notice the bitter meaning underlying the words "after all."
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Bishop Brooks taught me no special creed or dogma; but he impressed upon my mind two great ideas—the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man, and made me feel that these truths underlie all creeds and forms of worship.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • And though she said nothing, and even denied it when confronted, I knew the underlying issue was the fact that I was supposed to be home for good and wasn’t It was the first and only time that Savannah ever lied to me.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • This is the underlying discovery of Noetic Science.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • As the glacier inched over humps and dips in the Cum’s underlying strata, it fractured into countless vertical fissures-crevasses.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Although they may sound as if they don’t have very much in common, they share a basic, underlying pattern.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • With his deeper truthsense, Paul caught the underlying motive, had to use every ounce of his training to mask his excitement.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • High up on the plateau at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, she saw rolling red hills wherever she looked, with huge outcroppings of the underlying granite and gaunt pines towering somberly everywhere.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • In both words the underlying idea is that of a body of men united by an oath.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • But although we felt less anxiety than we had at any time for nearly a year, an underlying effect remained, a sense of warning, with a sharpened awareness that we were set apart, with the safety of all of us lying in the hands of each.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Whichever way we decide there’s a terrible feeling of underlying treachery.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Levin saw that there was an idea underlying this question with which he did not agree.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • They all make fun of themselves-and each other-though their underlying confidence never seems jilted.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The Pharisee is the Guy Fawkes prowling in the hid chambers underlying the Claggarts.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Yet underlying the uniqueness of each crisis is a disturbing sameness.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
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