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  • The three hops of the bunny became three struts of a vaudeville vamp.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • Whatever she does or says is burnished with an almost vaudevillian touch.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • And from behind the screen, hand in hand, flashing uniform vaudevillian smiles, came Sophie and Nathan dancing a little two-step and wearing some of the most bewitchingly tailored clothes I had ever seen.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • You sound like some vaudevillian.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King

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  • Is it an inspiring sight to see a man commit a heroic gesture, and then learn that he goes to vaudeville shows for relaxation?
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • He shot a look in my direction, wagging his eyebrows like a villain in vaudeville.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Yet I had to fight him as I could, in terms he understood, even though we sounded like characters in a razor-slinging vaudeville skit.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • This feeling was surcharged by listening to the sad tunes of the orchestra, reminiscent of the melancholy music played for acrobats in vaudeville.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • They came to the brilliantly lighted facade of a big vaudeville house.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • He never realized that many of the satirical songs he had written for the vaudevilles passed into folk-music and have been borne everywhere along the highroads.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey

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  • Well, do you want to get in a comedy or on the vaudeville or in the chorus?
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • A real comedian he was—this was as much a vaudeville performance as a robbery.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • It sounds like a vaudeville act.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • ’I also write vaudevilles of all sorts.’
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • National in scope, local in flavor, Bond Tours combined the old-fashioned elements of vaudeville, the county fair, the Fourth of July parade.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • With a flourish to rival the best of vaudeville performances, he unveiled the gramophone.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • Several acts of vaudeville tonight for my entertainment.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • I went to the office and looked up their records and found that most of them had spent their lives playing cheap vaudeville.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Even Raymie lost his simple faith, and tried to show that he could do a vaudeville shuffle.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • No shoes no socks no underwear no shirt no gloves no hat no necktie no collarbuttons no vest no coat no movies no vaudeville no football not even a shave.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • However, he wasn’t just their entertainer; when he turned grave and stopped the vaudeville with a pair of somber eyes he got earnest silence for the speech he was going to make, and a full weight of respect.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • He called on the famous actors and vaudeville artists when they came to town, gave them cigars, addressed them by their first names, and—sometimes—succeeded in bringing them to the Boosters’ lunches to give The Boys a Free Entertainment.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • He told him his uncle Ed Alison had gone up to the preacher after the funeral was said and shook his hand, the two of them standing there holding onto their hats and leaning thirty degrees into the wind like vaudeville comics while the canvas flapped and raged about them and the funeral attendants raced over the grounds after the lawnchairs, and he’d leaned into the preacher’s face and screamed at him that it was a good thing they’d held the burial that morning because the way it was…
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • Suffering would be out of place in vaudevilles, for instance; I know that.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • We joined the vaudeville circuit and went on stage.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place
  • Jesus, he’s a walking vaudeville act!
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • But they brought—often from experience in Yiddish theater and vaudeville—a genius for the cultural common denominator that captivated the American public.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • At length, without a sound, the lid of the coffin on the upper shelf to his left lifted three inches and a white-gloved hand, limp as the glove of a vaudeville clown, groped along the edge.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Didn’t Clif, with his puppy-dog humor, his speech of a vaudeville farmer, his suspicion of fine manners as posing, take life too easily?
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Rostipov made his living as a magician in vaudeville shows and had achieved the incredible feat of stringing a wire from the pinnacle of the cathedral to the cupola of the Galician Brotherhood, on the other side of the plaza, which he walked across with only a frail stick for balance.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • If he likes vaudeville, he goes to a /music-hall/, where the /head-liners/ are /top-liners/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • You procure your mistresses from the opera, the Vaudeville, or the Varietes; I purchased mine at Constantinople; it cost me more, but I have nothing to fear.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I just got these at Trash and Vaudeville.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • He had had a piece rejected at the Vaudeville.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Vaudeville.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Vaudeville.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • She told him that she "adored" vaudeville, that her father, Andrew Jackson Tozer, was born in the East (by which she meant Illinois), and that she didn’t particularly care for nursing.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • A ROSE IN MISERY And she hummed scraps of vaudevilles, as though she had been alone, frolicsome refrains which her hoarse and guttural voice rendered lugubrious.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Beside the vaudeville aspirants, another group, which was also taking advantage of the uproar to talk low, was discussing a duel.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Near Grantaire, an almost silent table, a sheet of paper, an inkstand and a pen between two glasses of brandy, announced that a vaudeville was being sketched out.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He had played in vaudeville at Saint-Mihiel.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • This altogether admirable tradition rules the vaudeville stage, facetious illustrators, and syndicated newspaper humor, but out of actual life it passed forty years ago.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Impossible to conceal ourselves inside it without the artists seeing us, and then they will get off simply by countermanding the vaudeville.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • In 1895 Weber and Fields tried to establish /music-hall/ in New York, but it quickly succumbed to /vaudeville-theatre/, as /variety/ had succumbed to /vaudeville/ before it.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • In 1895 Weber and Fields tried to establish /music-hall/ in New York, but it quickly succumbed to /vaudeville-theatre/, as /variety/ had succumbed to /vaudeville/ before it.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • It did not seem to be a tabloid university; it did not seem to be any kind of a university; it seemed to be a combination of vaudeville performance Y. M. C. A. lecture, and the graduation exercises of an elocution class.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Disguises, vaudevilles, multiple personalities, diseases, conversations.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • She had a wonderful memory of journeying to a strange part of Brooklyn to see the great Sarah Bernhardt in a one-act play in a Keith vaudeville house.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • The theatres open their doors and present vaudevilles; the curious laugh and chat a couple of paces distant from these streets filled with war.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Very well, since the only way to get rid of you is to play the vaudeville stooge, I shall ask the proper question: Who was in dear Gail’s office today?
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
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