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  • The IRS is investigating a barter exchange that we belonged to.
  • Make soap, wash dishes, barter—yes.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • And she’s trying to barter for our flowers!
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • "—as if my mother were some ancient peasant tribeswoman arriving from the tundra with an armful of raw yak meat and some buttons for bartering, trying to get something from Amy that wasn’t on offer.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • "And you’re willing to barter Clary’s life too?"
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • The barter system is back, baby!
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • I went to the street market to buy a bikini and sarong, bartered for carved masks and silver jewelry, and walked the back roads of Nusa Dua talking to the friendly locals.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Bars of metal were better for bartering, but full bars of metal were inconvenient to carry.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • One of them asks what "barter" means.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • The onions must be harvested, packed into the rough sacks that Mercy had sewn, and stacked ready to be hauled into Hartford or bartered for goods when a sailing ship came up the river.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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  • All we had left to barter were the last of my father’s suits.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • "I got some fine piecework to barter, if you’re amenable," I hear a man say to Mr. Nielsen, standing behind the counter.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • After the first day of extravagant spending, the kids took inventory of their finances and discovered to their chagrin that the trinkets for which they had bartered so generously that day were priced like crown jewels.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I couldn’t believe I was bartering my coat with a homeless woman.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • But—black market, barter currency?
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • This can be paid in paper notes, tetrarch coins, or the bartering equivalent.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • For surely he’d bartered his soul for this dark art.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • The way she uses these acts as currency, with which she barters for loyalty and allegiance.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Once I had something to barter with, things changed.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • You have bartered it for a pittance of the public gold.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • In the moments when Buckley sought her out, she often made a barter of it.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • We can certainly barter for the storm spirits and the satyr.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Sometimes he’d call Louie over, give him a package of the captives’ food, and order him to walk it over to the fence, where a woman would take it in exchange for barter payment.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Survival is a continuous negotiation, as you have to barter covertly for every service the government pretends to provide, but actually doesn’t.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • They bartered ciuchy, second-hand clothes, with my companions in exchange for food.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • With Sophie at gunpoint across the room, Langdon feared that discovering the cryptex’s elusive password would be his only remaining hope of bartering her release.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The ship, however, was by no means a large one: a Russian craft built on the Siberian coast, and purchased by my uncle after bartering away the vessel in which he sailed from home.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • They would not barter them for any earthly pleasure.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • As such, it is greatly prized by savages, and were we to fall in with natives, we might very possibly find a store of coral useful in bartering with them.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • They were met by mortar and machine-gun fire from straight ahead in the bartered palm trees.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • She had sewn money and jewelry into the lining of her dress, enough, she thought, to barter rides all the way.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • The minister got hold of a boat and carried a big cargo of empty cans to the mainland, and he was able to barter them with an outfit named the Toda Construction Company for a tile roof for his church.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • He thought of all the dark roads, the alleys, the back yards of the country, where the best of the country’s men would now exchange their services in jungle barter, in chance jobs, in unrecorded transactions.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • In fact, they were rare coins that a desperate customer had bartered in exchange for heroin.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Thus I could avoid all trade and barter, so far as my food was concerned, and having a shelter already, it would only remain to get clothing and fuel.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • They lived entirely off the produce of their lands and the game in the swamp, conducting their business generally by the barter system and seldom seeing five dollars in cash a year, and horses and uniforms were out of their reach.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Why! she’d live on black bread and water, she would not sell her soul, she would not barter her moral freedom for comfort; she would not barter it for all Schleswig-Holstein, much less Mr. Luzhin’s money.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • In the Middle Ages people returned to payment in kind and bartering.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • It seemed a wonderful barter.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • The cause of the quarrel is commercial, and appears to revolve round the barter of corn from Uruk against precious metals, gold, silver, lapis lazuli, and probably building stone from Aratta.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • The native Songhies of Esquimalt and many Japanese fishermen came to his boatbuilding shop on Saltspring Island, to barter and to buy.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Hadn’t I been told in all the tones of jealousy and admiration that he had collected, bartered, swindled, or stolen more ivory than all the other agents together?
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Dan had evolved a barter system for his services.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • He makes the horses ill with too much water, cuts good harness, barters the tires of the wheels for drink, drops bits of iron into the thrashing machine, so as to break it.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • After all these months of negotiating and bartering, putting up strongholds and retreating, she’d used her last weapon: trust.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • We first sailed to Achin, in the island of Sumatra, and then to Siam, where we bartered our wares for some arrack and opium, the last of which bore a great price among the Chinese; in a word, we went up to Suskan, making a very great voyage; &, after eight months time, I returned to Bengal, very well satisfied with this adventure, having not only got a sufficient quantity of money, but an insight of getting a great deal more.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Can you say with certitude by whom the soul of your race was bartered and its elect betrayed—by the questioner or by the mocker?
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • It can be bought, and sold, and bartered away.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • They had bartered it for food.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • The companionship of one’s wife is no article of merchandise, that, after it has been bought, may be returned, or bartered, or changed; for it is an inseparable accident that lasts as long as life lasts; it is a noose that, once you put it round your neck, turns into a Gordian knot, which, if the scythe of Death does not cut it, there is no untying.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
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