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  • People are attracted to his élan.
  • Mike Strank, an immensely popular sergeant who had some of the élan, if not the notoriety, of John Basilone, had his own colorful way of expressing brotherhood.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Consider this dog of great élan, of impeccable manner, of ton, enfin of a certain majesty.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Even Eiffel’s tower, forecast by wishful Americans to be a monstrosity that would disfigure forever the comely landscape of Paris, turned out to possess unexpected élan, with a sweeping base and tapered shaft that evoked the trail of a skyrocket.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
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