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  • And yet with all the lights on and the music and the silhouetted figures behind the curtains moving around dancing, there was a strange festivity to the warm autumn air, as if the place were the site of a favorite seasonal fete, as in those old English novels of Sunny’s that I would glance at from time to time.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • In the middle of the 19th century, a 17-year-old English officer was ordered to organize the building of a road from Colombo to Kandy.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • The Whitshanks’ silverware was real sterling, embossed with an Old English W. She wondered when they had acquired it.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • BOAR’S HEAD INN, read the Old English letters around the china rim, AN AMERICAN LANDMARK.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • We played Kool and the Gang songs for hours, smoking weed, drinking Old English 800 malt liquor, and rehearsing in the drummer’s basement for days at a time until the guy’s mother threw us out, at which time we’d find another place to jam.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • You had to know Old English and the History of the English Language and a representative selection of all that had been written from Beowulf to the present day.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • It was written in a script that was clear and neat but a bit "Old English" in style, its characters reminding me of German calligraphy.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Pound’s first Canto, a translation of the opening of Book 11 of The Odyssey in a disguised form of the Old English alliterative line, is masterly, but it is hard to imagine it prolonged for many thousands of lines.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The document had been completed and signed in less than three hours — fast work for a shyster — and now resided in Hallorann’s breast pocket, folded into a stiff blue envelope with the word WILL on the outside in Old English letters.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Sophie and Josh watched as the letters shifted on the page like tiny beetles, shaping and reshaping themselves, becoming briefly almost legible in recognizable languages like Latin or Old English, but then immediately dissolving and re-forming into ancient-looking symbols not unlike Egyptian hieroglyphs or Celtic Ogham.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst

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  • Let me whisper the terrible word, from the Old English, from the Old German, from the Old Norse.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • "I’ll see you at six," she called out cheerfully, and left me stuck there face to face with a fat man buying two boxes of Super Snax and a bottle of Old English.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • He ended up where he always hung out—on the back steps of the closed and dreary Clinton Elementary School, sitting with his friends, sharing a forty-ounce bottle of Old English Malt Liquor.
    Sampon Davis, et. al.  --  We Beat the Street
  • "Franklin Runyon Sousley" reminds you that the hillfolk of Kentucky still carried in their culture the calcified rhythms and accents of Old English, carried across the Atlantic and into the mountain wilderness.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • I began with Slade’s place, had no luck, asked Slade to try to hang on to Dr. Stanton if he came in, and then moved through the other establishments of chromium, glass bricks, morros, colored lights, comfy Old English worm-eaten oak, sporting prints, comic frescoes, or three-piece orchestras.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • The word: she tried to prevent it sounding in her thoughts, and yet it danced through them obscenely, a typographical demon, juggling vague, insinuating anagrams—an uncle and a nut, the Latin for next, an Old English king attempting to turn back the tide.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • All his relaxations—baseball, golf, movies, bridge, motoring, long talks with Paul at the Athletic Club, or at the Good Red Beef and Old English Chop House—were necessary to Babbitt, for he was entering a year of such activity as he had never known.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • It is so thoroughly Old English.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • She switched nervously to Old English.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  The Secret Hour
  • That this was what afterwards befell, we learn from the Old English poem Widsith.
    Unknown  --  Beowulf
  • After we’ve learned ’Fflat Huw Puw’ we’ll learn ’The Dream of the Rood’ in Old English.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Sometimes they drilled to "Dorothy, an Old English Dance," and sometimes to Fur Elise-everybody out of kilter.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • Sometimes they drilled to "Dorothy, an Old English Dance," and sometimes to Fir Elise—everybody out of kilter.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • "I also get a smattering of Old English, and a few words of Hebrew, but the rest is dead impossible," said Charles.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • Waste is an interesting word that you can trace through Old English and Old Norse back to the Latin, finding such derivatives as empty, void, vanish and devastate.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • They use slippy for slippery; red up meaning to tidy up; nebby, an Old English word for nosy; and anymore, as in " ’Anymore, there’s so many new buildings you can’t tell which is which."
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Those hymns set your feet moving like the march played on the piano for us to enter Davis School—"Dorothy,an Old English Dance" was the name of that, and of course so many of the Protestant hymns reached down to us from the same place; they were old English rounds and dance tunes, and Charles Wesley and the rest had—no wonder—taken them over.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
  • The term hijack comes from an old English word that means ’to capture,’ or even better, ’seize.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • By eleven o’clock the next day we were well upon our way to the old English capital.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Her computer was clogged with old English papers from two years ago, and even though they’d gotten A’s back then they were probably embarrassingly bad and should be deleted.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • It isn’t just setting, that hoary old English class topic.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • "So you’ve come to say good-bye to your old English teacher," she said, pleased.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • But then I am in a gentleman’s family—good old English stock.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • On the table—in token that the sentiment of old English hospitality had not been left behind—stood a large pewter tankard, at the bottom of which, had Hester or Pearl peeped into it, they might have seen the frothy remnant of a recent draught of ale.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • This progress you will see easily in that old English ballad TURPIN HERO which begins in the first person and ends in the third person.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • The father and mother were in the old English style, and the young people in the new.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • Perhaps the reason for this was that the boar season happened in the two winter months, when the old English snow would be liable to ball in your horse’s hoofs and render galloping too dangerous.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • She sings a snippet of song, something I recognize faintly as being an old English folk tune.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • It appeared to me that it would take time to become uncommon, under these circumstances: nevertheless, I resolved to try it, and that very evening Biddy entered on our special agreement, by imparting some information from her little catalogue of Prices, under the head of moist sugar, and lending me, to copy at home, a large old English D which she had imitated from the heading of some newspaper, and which I supposed, until she told me what it was, to be a design for a buckle.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • When I wrote to my new employer conveying my regrets at the situation, I received by reply from America instructions to recruit a new staff ’worthy of a grand old English house’.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • For the time being one can meditate on the fact that the old English roots for the Buddha and Quality, God and good, appear to be identical.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • On the other hand, I have already said, that if any thing like a true picture of old English manners could be drawn, I would trust to the good-nature and good sense of my countrymen for insuring its favourable reception.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • …then he can readily be incorporated into this System, according to his Folio, Octavo, or Duodecimo magnitude:—The Bottle-Nose Whale; the Junk Whale; the Pudding-Headed Whale; the Cape Whale; the Leading Whale; the Cannon Whale; the Scragg Whale; the Coppered Whale; the Elephant Whale; the Iceberg Whale; the Quog Whale; the Blue Whale; etc. From Icelandic, Dutch, and old English authorities, there might be quoted other lists of uncertain whales, blessed with all manner of uncouth names.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I liked the hush, the gloom, the quaintness of these retreats in the day; but I by no means coveted a night’s repose on one of those wide and heavy beds: shut in, some of them, with doors of oak; shaded, others, with wrought old English hangings crusted with thick work, portraying effigies of strange flowers, and stranger birds, and strangest human beings, — all which would have looked strange, indeed, by the pallid gleam of moonlight.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The two old English ladies lived on top, and I lived in a room on the basement floor of the cottage.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • Their thoughts were diverted by the voice of the auctioneer: "Now this antique oak settle—a unique example of old English furniture, worthy the attention of all collectors!"
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • A woman should be able to sit down and play you or sing you a good old English tune.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Bold black old English script, stretching fromthe front to the rear fender, announces THE WAGES OF SIN IS A BUCK FIFTY.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • Fiercely independent and loud, he yanked my brother and me into his world of James Brown, Jackie Wilson and SamCooke, of barroom dances, Old English 800 Malt Liquor Beer and weight lifting.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • , where, it is historically true, there are more old English families than you would find in any six English counties taken together.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
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