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  • John Milton and John Bunyan, standing at widely different angles of experience, make one of the most interesting complementary pairs in all literature.
    Robert Huntington Fletcher  --  A History of English Literature
  • Will-making and will-breaking became complementary trades, like armor-making and gun-making.
    Jack London  --  The Iron Heel
  • Mrs. Jackson had figured out how to keep Meg’s old look but tweak it to be more complementary.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Rather than let the pink bully her, she had fought back, splashing the room with complementary hues of orange and green and red—a bright carnation bookcase here, an apricot bedspread there—and thus had vanquished the omnipresent and puerile stain.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • Some of the littluns started a ring on their own; and the complementary circles went round and round as though repetition would achieve safety of itself.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Grown men and women seem to think a red plaid and a pink floral print are complementary colors.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • A sceptic who adheres to a believer is as simple as the law of complementary colors.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • She always smelled of machine oil, and when she talked with Leo, she switched from Spanish to English constantly—using them like complementary tools.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Their whispers rose like smoke to the ceiling: complementary’supplementary’intersection’endpoint.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Plus, in Sierra Living a complementary piece outlining the horrors of meth: How it eats big holes in the brain, destroys the pleasure center.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank

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  • I’ll file a complementary report.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • The tapestry of family and friends that wove together around me was a beautiful, glowing thing, full of their bright, complementary colors.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • She knew only that if she did or said thus-and-so, men would unerringly respond with the complementary thus-and-so.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • His complementary part, his opposite?
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • On the street you beheld an old woman, her red wig fallen a little over one ear, her left cheek angry with a leprous affection, her right with a complementary adjustment of rouge.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • We want male and female to be counterparts, face-to-face equals, each unique and different, distinctive in gender but complementary, and each empowered uniquely by Sarayu from whom all true power and authority originates.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Send two of first size, two of No. 3, and six of No. 4, together with the proper complementary details—and two of my trained assistants.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Up to a point that was right: men were for that, beam and idea, girder and logarithm; but somehow Dick and Nicole had become one and equal, not opposite and complementary; she was Dick too, the drought in the marrow of his bones.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • ’Well — now don’t get upset, Molly, but Augustus Pye had an idea… he’s the Trainee Healer, you know, lovely young chap and very interested in… um… complementary medicine… I mean, some of these old Muggle remedies… well, they’re called stitches, Molly, and they work very well on — on Muggle wounds —’ Mrs Weasley let out an ominous noise somewhere between a shriek and a snarl.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • He wore blue jeans, more hole than jean, and a black Twisted Sister Tshirt—the complementary pack of cigarettes rolled up in the sleeve—which also showed serious signs of aging.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • She walked in with a firm step, she walked in prepared to command, with the English furniture brought back on their honeymoon and the complementary furnishings they sent for after their reconciliation trip, and from the first day she began to fill it with exotic animals that she herself went to buy on the schooners from the Antilles.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • He was sensitive to shades of difference which Miss Bart would never have credited him with perceiving, because he had no corresponding variations of manner; and it was becoming more and more clear to him that Miss Bart herself possessed precisely the complementary qualities needed to round off his social personality.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • And since there was always lurking in my mind the dream of a woman who would enrich me with her love, that dream in those two summers used to be quickened with the freshness and coolness of running water; and whoever she might be, the woman whose image I called to mind, purple flowers and red would at once spring up on either side of her like complementary colours.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • That was how she said it that quiet, that still, and again it was as though it had not been she who spoke but the house itself that said the words—the house which be had built, which some suppuration of himself had created about him as the sweat of his body might have created, produced some (even if invisible) cocoon-like and complementary shell in which Ellen had had to live and die a stranger, in which Henry and Judith would have to be victims and prisoners, or die.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Headphones and discs of fashion magazines were complementary.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • The glowing green suit and black-fisted shirt weren’t complementary to my red-blond hair and bushy red beard.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • And our current thought is to dress you in complementary costumes," says Cinna.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • He waited, saw no complementary enthusiasm on Toohey’s face and finished lamely: "Well, I might be wrong….
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • …monosyllabic onomatopoeic transitive verb with direct feminine object) from the active voice into its correlative aorist preterite proposition (parsed as feminine subject, auxiliary verb and quasimonosyllabic onomatopoeic past participle with complementary masculine agent) in the passive voice: the continued product of seminators by generation: the continual production of semen by distillation: the futility of triumph or protest or vindication: the inanity of extolled virtue: the…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • After six years he had tried one hundred seventy-two of them, in addition to complementary treatments that appeared on the labels of the bottles, and all that he achieved was an itching, foul-smelling eczema of the scalp called ringworm borealis by the medicine men of Martinique because it emitted a phosphorescent glow in the dark.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
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