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  • When Buttercup was fifteen, Adela Terrell, of Sussex on the Thames, was easily the most beautiful creature.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • I knocked and entered as the last record ceased playing, and the great barge with its jubilant trumpets vanished around a turning on the Thames.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • And she had never seen any river at all except the Thames, which also would be all the better if its face was washed.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • At the mouth of the Thames River.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach

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  • And this was not Yale versus Harvard on the Thames River in Connecticut, all pulling together.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • I hurled it out of the window, and it disappeared into the Thames.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • The banks of the Thames presented a new scene; they were flat but fertile, and almost every town was marked by the remembrance of some story.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • He is an experienced hand at the work, as he has had for years a launch of his own on the Thames, and another on the Norfolk Broads.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Our taxi snaked its way along the banks of the Thames.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • With Higgins’s physique and temperament Sweet might have set the Thames on fire.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion

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  • If you must battle them, find a bridge over the Thames.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • Across the Thames, except just where the boats landed, everything was quiet, in vivid contrast with the Surrey side.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Just below the end of the second, going down, the stone wall on the left terminates in an ornamental pilaster facing towards the Thames.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • It is notorious, for example, that at the present hour, the Thames is poisoning London.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Langdon had attempted to board it once, but the "viewing capsules" reminded him of sealed sarcophagi, and he opted to keep his feet on the ground and enjoy the view from the airy banks of the Thames.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • They had stopped for a rest, were lounging on the grass while Edith and Lorina played in the shallows of the river Isis, as that particular stretch of the Thames was called.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • The big building I had left was situated on the slope of a broad river valley, but the Thames had shifted perhaps a mile from its present position.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • We passed over five or six rivers, many degrees broader and deeper than the Nile or the Ganges: and there was hardly a rivulet so small as the Thames at London-bridge.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • The sea-reach of the Thames stretched before us like the beginning of an interminable waterway.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • At that time, the steam-traffic on the Thames was far below its present extent, and watermen’s boats were far more numerous.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Mark Twain gives us the Mississippi, Hart Crane the Hudson-East-Mississippi/generic-American, and T. S. Eliot the Thames.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Twenty minutes later we were in a fast police car crossing the Thames on our way out of London.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • The royal barge, attended by its gorgeous fleet, took its stately way down the Thames through the wilderness of illuminated boats.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • His horns were thick and tipped with brass; his two nostrils like the Thames Tunnel as seen in the perspective toys of yore.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • The Baronet will never set the Thames on fire, but there seems to be no harm in him.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • I wish it were in the bottom of the Thames, I do; and if Miss Pinkerton were there, I wouldn’t pick her out, that I wouldn’t.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • We had a steamboat or two on the Thames, we had steam warships, and the beginnings of a steam commercial marine; I was getting ready to send out an expedition to discover America.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • My aunt was quite gracious on the subject of the Thames (it really did look very well with the sun upon it, though not like the sea before the cottage), but she could not relent towards the London smoke, which, she said, ’peppered everything’.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • It has a sort of howdah on its back, and its distended tusked mouth into which the billows are rolling, might be taken for the Traitors’ Gate leading from the Thames by water into the Tower.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Below me is the Thames, dappled with street light.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • A measure of the great man’s anxiety about the Queen on this occasion is that he is said to have swum his horse across the Thames at the beginning of the ride, from Westminster Bridge to Lambeth, in spite of the fact that, if anything had gone wrong, his armour would certainly have drowned him.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • There were new bridges over the Thames, but in the old places.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • There was a wharf behind, opening on the Thames.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • It stood upon a low hill, above the river—the river being the Thames at some forty miles from London.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • NOW THERE’S A DARK Westminster of a time when a multitude of objects cannot be clear; they’re too dense and there’s an island rain, North Sea lightlessness, the vein of the Thames.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • …magazines or his mother’s romance magazines, the Miracle and the Oracle, which always have stories about factory girls who are poor but beautiful in love with sons of earls and vice versa and the factory girl ends up throwing herself into the Thames with the hopelessness only to be rescued by a passing carpenter who is poor but honest and will love the factory girl for her own humble self though it turns out the passing carpenter is really the son of a duke, which is much higher than…
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • Was it really possible that the Germans could own the Thames?
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • On the following day, there was still no trace of the missing man, but towards evening of the day after that again, a body was found in the Thames which proved to be that of the ill-fated Chinaman.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • And it was still going on, Mrs. Ramsay mused, gliding like a ghost among the chairs and tables of that drawing-room on the banks of the Thames where she had been so very, very cold twenty years ago; but now she went among them like a ghost; and it fascinated her, as if, while she had changed, that particular day, now become very still and beautiful, had remained there, all these years.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • …by any means unknown for desperadoes who had next to nothing to live on to be abroad waylaying and generally terrorising peaceable pedestrians by placing a pistol at their head in some secluded spot outside the city proper, famished loiterers of the Thames embankment category they might be hanging about there or simply marauders ready to decamp with whatever boodle they could in one fell swoop at a moment’s notice, your money or your life, leaving you there to point a moral, gagged and…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • These wherries are large vessels, with good accommodation for carrying passengers from Harwich to London; and though they are called wherries, which is a word used in the Thames for a small boat rowed with one or two men, yet these are vessels able to carry twenty passengers, and ten or fifteen tons of goods, and fitted to bear the sea.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • Boudicca is honoured with a statue on the Thames at Westminster Bridge, opposite Big Ben.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • —— 1893 LONDON THE NIGHT WAS COLD AND DISMAL, AND OUT ON THE Thames, the rivermen cursed their luck.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • It stood upon a low hill, above the river—the river being the Thames at some forty miles from London.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Come, let me pour in some sack to the Thames water; for my belly’s as cold as if I had swallowed snowballs for pills to cool the reins.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • God bless the Thames!
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • Parliament, the Thames, the irresponsive chauffeur, would flash into the field of house-hunting, and all demand some comment or response.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • The sport of boating, so popular on the Thames, has also given colloquial English some familiar terms, almost unknown in the United States, /e. g./, /punt/ and /weir/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • At Barnes the river is muddy, dingy, and tidal; it has neither the graceful charm of the Thames above the locks nor the romance of the crowded stream below London Bridge.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The Thames, its foul, mud-colored main artery and portal to the world, carried more traffic than any river in Europe.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
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