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  • She was acquitted on an entrapment defense.
  • …shelves jammed with books), had the enormous good fortune to inhabit a world populated by writers and poets and critics and other literary types; and thus on these evenings as the twilight softly fell and the terrace began to fill with chattering, beautifully dressed sophisticates, I discerned in the shadows the faces of all the impossible heroes and heroines I had ever dreamed of since that moment when my hapless spirit had become entrapped by the magic of the printed world.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Or how those hands, which could set the most intricate of snares, could as easily entrap me.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • "It is the bleakest of crimes to entrap an angel," she said.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls

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  • The enemy, far from trying to repel him, welcomed him in, so he could be thoroughly entrapped before they destroyed him.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Her entrapped hand was on the table, but she had already put her other hand behind her waist.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • A troop of baboons ran with arched tails flying as they zigzagged, not yet understanding their entrapment.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Here in her hairs The painter plays the spider, and hath woven A golden mesh t’ entrap the hearts of men Faster than gnats in cobwebs: but her eyes!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Perhaps some of these days I may be entrapped, like poor Peppino and may be very glad to have some little nibbling mouse to gnaw the meshes of my net, and so help me out of prison.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • By this time the faint air had become a complete calm; so that whether or no, the Pequod was now fairly entrapped in the smell, with no hope of escaping except by its breezing up again.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • First entrap the bird, and where shall the chicks run then?
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Do you suggest, Miss Fairfax, that I entrapped Ernest into an engagement?
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • The Comtesse had not dared to refuse, and then and there was entrapped into a promise to send little Suzanne to spend a long and happy day at Richmond with her friend.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • The plunge into this pit I had avoided by the merest of accidents, I knew that surprise, or entrapment into torment, formed an important portion of all the grotesquerie of these dungeon deaths.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • Miss Woodhouse made the proper acquiescence; and finding that nothing more was to be entrapped from any communication of Mrs. Cole’s, turned to Frank Churchill.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • It was very desirable to increase our stock of these pretty birds, and I cautioned the boys against shooting near our tree while they had nests there, and also with regard to the snares, which were meant only to entrap the wild-fig-eaters.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • And he had no way of clearing himself, for a man couldn’t go about saying he had lost his head about a woman—and a gentleman couldn’t advertise the fact that his wife had entrapped him with a lie.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • In the early days, a number of effective men were entrapped in situations that either damaged them personally or ruined their reputations.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • This girl," he continued, looking at me, "knew no more than you, Wood, of the disgusting secret: she thought all was fair and legal and never dreamt she was going to be entrapped into a feigned union with a defrauded wretch, already bound to a bad, mad, and embruted partner!
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • I could have thrown my bootjack at him (it lay ready on the rug), for having entrapped me into the disclosure of anything concerning Agnes, however immaterial.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Not the doughtiest soldier of old Gondor, nor the most savage Orc entrapped, had ever thus endured her, or set blade to her beloved flesh.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • This advice was well received, the old woman approved it; they said not a word to his sister; the thing was executed for a little money, and they had the double pleasure of entrapping a Jesuit, and punishing the pride of a German baron.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • The caverns had multiple entrances and exits to avoid entrapment.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Or how if the Queen of the Underworld knew all about the signs and had made the Knight learn this name simply in order to entrap them?
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • Nonetheless some workers found one of them the following Saturday in a brothel and they made him sign a copy of the sheet with the demands while he was naked with the women who had helped to entrap him.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • It was as if his precocity of crookedness (and every vulgar villain is precocious) had for once deceived him, and the man he had sought to entrap as a simpleton had, through his very simplicity, ignominiously baffled him.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • The foolish scissors have slipped too far over the knuckles, it seems, and Hercules holds out his entrapped fingers hopelessly.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • But when effects stretch so far she should not go and do that which entraps a man if he is honest, or herself if he is otherwise.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Could she have been entrapped?
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • It briefly crossed his mind that the woman meant to entrap him on behalf of the court, but that was an objection he had no difficulty in fending off.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • From a colonnade steps descended to a garden, in which a lotus pool lay entrapped, the leaves so closely set that they gave an impression of a floor of moist green tiles.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • Lyopidus cried out in his fear that it had been the Sky that drove him to entrap his brother, and he called on the Sky to protect him, but there was no answer.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • The father of this pleasant grandfather, of the neighbourhood of Mount Pleasant, was a horny-skinned, two-legged, money-getting species of spider who spun webs to catch unwary flies and retired into holes until they were entrapped.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • We trained them secretly, using codes, methods of transport, entrapment and killing-even weapons Command Saigon knew nothing about.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • They were entrapped in an educational system that told them exactly what to do and exactly how to do it, but sparks of individuality shone through.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • He came beneath them in the water, which did not rise over his long boots; and stood looking at the entrapped flies and butterflies.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Isabel couldn’t rid herself of a suspicion that they were playing somehow at cross-purposes—that the simplicity of each had been entrapped.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Nothing transpired, however, to confirm this suspicion, and Tim could not be entrapped into any confession or admission tending to support it in the smallest degree.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • And thou wert best look to’t; for if thou dost him any slight disgrace, or if he do not mightily grace himself on thee, he will practise against thee by poison, entrap thee by some treacherous device, and never leave thee till he hath ta’en thy life by some indirect means or other: for, I assure thee, and almost with tears I speak it, there is not one so young and so villainous this day living.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • The crop-lien system which is depopulating the fields of the South is not simply the result of shiftlessness on the part of Negroes, but is also the result of cunningly devised laws as to mortgages, liens, and misdemeanors, which can be made by conscienceless men to entrap and snare the unwary until escape is impossible, further toil a farce, and protest a crime.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • On the one hand she wished this kind of entrapment on no one.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • A feeling of marching through a great maze; a sense of entrapment mixed with mystery.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • They were to get behind the redcoats and entrap them in the Hollow Way.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • This man here was unable to entrap him; His defenses are sound when such snares enwrap him.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • Violent urges that entrap him each morning and each night and for which he knows only one cure.
    Judith Guest  --  Ordinary People
  • And both male and female must contend with the family instinct by which each seeks to entrap and control the other.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • The morning that Margaret had spent with Miss Avery, and the afternoon she set out to entrap Helen, were the scales of a single balance.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Isabel couldn’t rid herself of a suspicion that they were playing somehow at cross-purposes—that the simplicity of each had been entrapped.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • And the roots, like serpents twisted, Through the sand and boulders toiling, Fright us, weirdest links uncoiling To entrap us, unresisted: Living knots and gnarls uncanny Feel with polypus-antennae For the wanderer.
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • ’Reality’ got me so entrapped in its meshes now and again during the past six months, that I forgot my ’sentence’ (or perhaps I did not wish to think of it), and actually busied myself with affairs.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
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