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  • It is a hard cheese with piquant taste and rich flavor.
  • She has a piquant wit.
  • Fresh scandals have eclipsed it, and their more piquant details have drawn the gossips away from this four-year-old drama.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Besides, here is a piquant FRICANDEAU and a fillet of beef.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers

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  • There was something so piquant and original in these elucidations of humanity, that Mr. Shelby could not help laughing in company.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Besides, the eccentricity of the proceeding was piquant: I felt interested to see how he would go on.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • She had a round, sly, piquant face and pretty black eyes.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • —Let him! she said with a pert toss of her head and a piquant tilt of her nose.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Sir Andrew had been dreaming evidently, gazing into the fire, and seeing therein, no doubt, a pretty, piquant face, with large brown eyes and a wealth of dark curls round a childish forehead.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • This kind of unflinching frankness was the most piquant form of joke to the company at the Rainbow, and Ben Winthrop’s insult was felt by everybody to have capped Mr. Macey’s epigram.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner

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  • The latter three Misery novels had been little more than straightforward adventure tales with a fair amount of piquantly described sex thrown in to please the ladies.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • There were much glare and glitter and piquancy and phantasm—much of what has been since seen in "Hernani."
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death
  • ’That’s just what gives it piquancy.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • What gave the marriage piquancy was that it was preceded by an elopement, and this greatly captivated Adelaida Ivanovna’s fancy.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • The ecclesiastic contented himself with uttering a groan, and the chemist went on— "It’s like it is in the Bible; there there are, you know, more than one piquant detail, matters really libidinous!"
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Rebecca used to mimic her to her face with the most admirable gravity, thereby rendering the imitation doubly piquant to her worthy patroness.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • On his way home from his dull call, he would perhaps meet Tony and Lena, coming along the sidewalk whispering to each other, or the three Bohemian Marys in their long plush coats and caps, comporting themselves with a dignity that only made their eventful histories the more piquant.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • "Ah, you should see me Sundays!" she said piquantly.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • They were pretty in the main, some even handsome, with an air of independence and indifference which added, in the case of the more favored, a certain piquancy.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Then they began to pass around the dusky, piquant, Arlesian sausages, and lobsters in their dazzling red cuirasses, prawns of large size and brilliant color, the echinus with its prickly outside and dainty morsel within, the clovis, esteemed by the epicures of the South as more than rivalling the exquisite flavor of the oyster,—all the delicacies, in fact, that are cast up by the wash of waters on the sandy beach, and styled by the grateful fishermen "fruits of the sea."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • So Liddy’s idea was at first rather harassing than piquant.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • His well-known haughty indifference to the society of womankind, his silent avoidance of converse with the sex, contributed a piquancy to what would otherwise have been an unromantic matter enough.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Clyde noted that a small, dark girl dressed in pink with a pretty and yet saucy and piquant face, nodded to him.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Often a drop of irony into an indifferent situation renders the whole piquant.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • ’May you do well,’ said the guide with her piquant smile.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The thoughts, too, that run around the ring of familiar guests have a piquancy and mirthfulness, and oftentimes a vivid truth, which more rarely find their way into the elaborate intercourse of dinner.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • III The Little Theaters, which were to give piquancy to American drama three or four years later, were only in embryo.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • She wanted to leave, she wanted to lie alone, facedown on her bed and savor the vile piquancy of the moment, and go back down the lines of branching consequences to the point before the destruction began.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • He found a certain piquancy in the reflection that neither Cortot nor Pachmann had been so fortunate.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • Schwartz’s face with his Piccadilly whiskers, and his slim figure in evening dress, had as usual an air of elegant solemnity which contrasted with the playfulness of his character and had a special piquancy here, or so it seemed to Peter Ivanovich.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • But if Maggie had been the queen of coquettes she could hardly have invented a means of giving greater piquancy to her beauty in Stephen’s eyes; I am not sure that the quiet admission of plain sewing and poverty would have done alone, but assisted by the beauty, they made Maggie more unlike other women even than she had seemed at first.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Although nothing had been consulted but strength and security, the rude, massive logs, covered with their rough bark, the projecting roof, and the form, would contribute to render the building picturesque in almost any situation, while its actual position added novelty and piquancy to its other points of interest.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • He had quitted the party early, and would have thought it altogether tedious but for the novelty of certain introductions, especially the introduction to Miss Brooke, whose youthful bloom, with her approaching marriage to that faded scholar, and her interest in matters socially useful, gave her the piquancy of an unusual combination.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • They may be piquant enough at times.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  Hedda Gabler
  • So God has armed youth and puberty and manhood no less with its own piquancy and charm, and made it enviable and gracious and its claims not to be put by, if it will stand by itself.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • The young American, like the youngster of any other race, inclines irresistibly toward the dialect that he hears at home, and that dialect, with its piquant neologisms, its high disdain of precedent, its complete lack of self-consciousness, is almost the antithesis of the hard and stiff speech that is expounded out of books.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • These paragraphs, it was said, were so interesting and piquant that they were soon taken.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • I made it up to add piquancy.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • But Fyodor Pavlovitch, who was among them, sprang forward and declared that it was by no means impossible, and that, indeed, there was a certain piquancy about it, and so onů.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • There is a certain piquancy about her situation, and her manner to her acquaintance at the sense of it, which carries off the gloom of facts, and renders even the humblest bride independent awhile of the real.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • The enmity of our parents gave a piquancy to you in my eyes that was intenser even than the novelty of ordinary new acquaintance.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • "What is it?" said Rosa, a bright, piquant little quadroon who came skipping down stairs at this moment.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • The mystery which enveloped Clifford, so far as it affected her at all, was an annoyance, rather than the piquant charm which many women might have found in it.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Neither did her face—with the brown ringlets on either side, and the slightly piquant nose, and the wholesome bloom, and the clear shade of tan, and the half dozen freckles, friendly remembrances of the April sun and breeze—precisely give us a right to call her beautiful.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Of her daughters, the eldest, Amy, was rather little: naive, and child-like in face and manner, and piquant in form; her white muslin dress and blue sash became her well.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The sense that he was watched, that craft was employed to circumvent his errant tastes, added piquancy to a journey so entirely sentimental, so long as the danger was of no fearful sort.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Is she piquant?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • All hens are well worth studying for the piquancy and rich variety of their manners; but by no possibility can there have been other fowls of such odd appearance and deportment as these ancestral ones.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Still some novelty was necessary, to give to their return the piquancy with which I wished it to be invested.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • "You are severe," said Holgrave, compelled to recognize a degree of truth in the piquant sketch of his own mood.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
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