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  • He expressed his indebtedness for their help.
  • His total indebtedness is over ten thousand dollars.
  • His theory of Circles reappears without the least verbal indebtedness to himself in the splendid essay on Love.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • The indebtedness that shadows them.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed

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  • Cursed be that mortal inter-indebtedness which will not do away with ledgers.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I lay listening as the sound flowed to and around me, bringing me a calm sense of my indebtedness.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • For instance, rescue might suggest passivity, good fortune, indebtedness.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • He gave her a bag of groceries and a little book in which he jotted down her indebtedness.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • She planted that terror of debt so deeply in her children that even now, in a changed economic pattern where indebtedness is a part of living, I become restless when a bill is two days overdue.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • The net indebtedness of the black tenant families of the whole county must have been at least sixty thousand dollars.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk

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  • The South foresaw itself in a state of permanent indebtedness to the financial institutions of the East unless easy money could be made available to pay its heavy debts.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • The possible indebtedness of Greek mythology to the Orient has been treated in several recent books since T. B. L. Webster’s From Mycenae to Homer (London, 1958): by P. Walcott, in Hesiod and the Near East (Cardiff, 1966), G. S. Kirk, Myth, its Meaning and Functions in Ancient and Other Cultures (Cambridge, 1970), and M. L. West, Early Greek Philosophy and the Orient (Oxford, 1971).
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • She said she’d pay me through Wells Fargo, and there was all that talk about settling up indebtedness that’s so hard to give a definite character.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • While her friend reproached her for missing the opportunity to eclipse her rivals, she was once more battling in imagination with the mounting tide of indebtedness from which she had so nearly escaped.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • He could not tell the history of the loan, but it was more vividly present with him than ever, as well as the fact which the Vicar delicately ignored—that this relation of personal indebtedness to Bulstrode was what he had once been most resolved to avoid.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The Percy Driscoll estate was in such a crippled shape when its owner died that it could pay only sixty percent of its great indebtedness, and was settled at that rate.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • …of him, it was he who had engineered that triumph by striving in vain to prevent her from going there, whereas if he had approved of her plan, which for that matter was quite defensible, she would have had the appearance of being there by his counsel, she would have felt herself sent there, housed there by him, and for the pleasure which she derived from entertaining those people who had so often entertained her, it was to him that she would have had to acknowledge her indebtedness.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • The fact was that reflection had acquainted her with her indebtedness to Carmichael.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • Obligation is more than a claim imposed on us; it is a personal sense of indebtedness.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • It is at such times that I feel my indebtedness to Shiva.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • She would do whatever was necessary to earn the man’s indebtedness; then she would use her advantage however she saw fit.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • During the moment the stranger offers his or her goodness, the person being aided offers degrees of humility, indebtedness, surprise, trust, delight, relief, and amusement to the stranger.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • What thing?"The indebtedness thing,’ he said.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • "It would not be proper for me to discuss Lord Stannis’s indebtedness or lack of same.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • I make the admission of indebtedness without intending it to diminish my obligation to thee.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Indeed, he claimed the indebtedness was yours to him.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • In point of fact, it appears that Shakspeare did owe debts in all directions, and was able to use whatever he found; and the amount of indebtedness may be inferred from Malone’s[543] laborious computations in regard to the First, Second, and Third parts of Henry VI.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • The last three sentences stung Tom into a fury, and he said to himself that if his father were only alive and in reach of assassination his mother would soon find that he had a very clear notion of the size of his indebtedness to that man, and was willing to pay it up in full, and would do it too, even at risk of his life; but he kept this thought to himself; that was safest in his mother’s present state.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • Suggestions beget suggestions; so he remembered suddenly his own great indebtedness to the man; the time he himself was in the hands of a Roman guard going, as was supposed, to a death as certain and almost as terrible as this one of the cross; the cooling drink he had at the well by Nazareth, and the divine expression of the face of him who gave it; the later goodness, the miracle of Palm-Sunday; and with these recollections, the thought of his present powerlessness to give back help…
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • "Far to the west of this," he began again, "there is a land which may never be forgotten; if only because the world is too much its debtor, and because the indebtedness is for things that bring to men their purest pleasures.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
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