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  • The judge said: "To give verisimilitude…… Yes, and that colleague, I presume, was momentarily out of touch with you?"
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • One might argue that this is simply verisimilitude: if the story is set in the west of Ireland, it almost requires rain.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • The scorn of verisimilitude throws all the greater emphasis on the ideas which the play hopes to offer.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • Plots in fiction should be wedded to the understanding of the reader, and be constructed in such a way that, reconciling impossibilities, smoothing over difficulties, keeping the mind on the alert, they may surprise, interest, divert, and entertain, so that wonder and delight joined may keep pace one with the other; all which he will fail to effect who shuns verisimilitude and truth to nature, wherein lies the perfection of writing.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote

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  • I love these little things, this pointillist approach to verisimilitude, the correction of detail that cumulatively gives such satisfaction.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Only rarely is the object of Anderson’s stories social verisimilitude, or the "photographing" of familiar appearances, in the sense, say, that one might use to describe a novel by Theodore Dreiser or Sinclair Lewis.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • Swann could at once detect in this story one of those fragments of literal truth which liars, when taken by surprise, console themselves by introducing into the composition of the falsehood which they have to invent, thinking that it can be safely incorporated, and will lend the whole story an air of verisimilitude.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • All those minute circumstances belonging to private life and domestic character, all that gives verisimilitude to a narrative, and individuality to the persons introduced, is still known and remembered in Scotland; whereas in England, civilisation has been so long complete, that our ideas of our ancestors are only to be gleaned from musty records and chronicles, the authors of which seem perversely to have conspired to suppress in their narratives all interesting details, in order to…
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • It (the talking, the telling) seemed (to him, to Quentin) to partake of that logic— and reason-flouting quality of a dream which the sleeper knows must have occurred, stillborn and complete, in a second, yet the very quality upon which it must depend to move the dreamer (verisimilitude) to credulity—horror or pleasure or amazement—depends as completely upon a formal recognition of and acceptance of elapsed and yet-elapsing time as music or a printed tale.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • I point out, Dear Diary, that these are not small-minded men-far from it!-and that to hear such talk (taken in confidence, I’m sure) adds a great deal of verisimilitude to the content of their exchange.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red

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  • Neither of them could do anything with a serious positive character: they could place a human figure before you with perfect verisimilitude; but when the moment came for making it live and move, they found, unless it made them laugh, that they had a puppet on their hands, and had to invent some artificial external stimulus to make it work.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • …in the nineteenth century, when there was so little art and so much talk about it, there was a theory that art and imaginative literature ought to deal with contemporary life; but they never did so; for, if there was any pretence of it, the author always took care (as Clara hinted just now) to disguise, or exaggerate, or idealise, and in some way or another make it strange; so that, for all the verisimilitude there was, he might just as well have dealt with the times of the Pharaohs.
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • His choice, while no doubt carrying a strong element of verisimilitude, also very likely houses symbolic or metaphorical intentions.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • We expect a certain amount of verisimilitude, of faithfulness to the world we know, in what we watch and what we read.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
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