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Sir Walter Raleigh
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  • Sir Walter Raleigh was imprisoned and released from the Tower of London twice. The third time he was imprisoned, he was beheaded.
  • Walter Raleigh is beckoning to me from that lane—Wycliffe—Harvey— Hooker—Arnold—and a whole crowd of Tractarian Shades—
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Sir Walter Raleigh, when they arrested him, had half a million francs on his back including a pair of fancy stays.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He was singing the news with his old, out-of-tune voice, accompanying himself with the same archaic accordion that Sir Walter Raleigh had given him in the Guianas and keeping time with his great walking feet that were cracked from saltpeter.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude

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  • The Spaniards have had a confused notion of this country, and have called it El Dorado; and an Englishman, whose name was Sir Walter Raleigh, came very near it about a hundred years ago; but being surrounded by inaccessible rocks and precipices, we have hitherto been sheltered from the rapaciousness of European nations, who have an inconceivable passion for the pebbles and dirt of our land, for the sake of which they would murder us to the last man.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • We’re going to cover the Greeks and Romans, Middle Ages, Renaissance Italy, and I’m p-planning a chart, the Min-Minoans way high, Calvin down low, Sir Walter Raleigh, up; Carlyle, stinks; modern science, stand-still.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Servants help Marie Antoinette and Sir Walter Raleigh, Napoleon and Queen Elizabeth from their coaches.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • Thus, at the trial of Sir Walter Raleigh in 1603, Sir Edward Coke, then attorney-general, displayed his animosity to Raleigh by addressing him as /thou/, and finally burst into the contemptuous "I /thou/ thee, /thou/ traitor!"
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • With his blood ringing in his ears and his heart pounding, he began to laugh-because he had instantly assumed the exact pose of Sir Walter Raleigh, someone of whom he had not thought for even a tenth of a second since he was nine years old.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • While the Elizabethan age is considered by many historians to be one of enlightenment, given the rise of such geniuses as Shakespeare and Sir Walter Raleigh (see: cape in the mud, etc.), there is no question that Elizabeth, toward the end of her reign, began to behave in an unpredictable and skittish fashion.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble

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  • And in that restless mood in which one takes books out and puts them back again without looking at them I began to envisage an age to come of pure, of self-assertive virility, such as the letters of professors (take Sir Walter Raleigh’s letters, for instance) seem to forebode, and the rulers of Italy have already brought into being.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • Sir Philip Sidney, Earl of Essex, Lord Bacon, Sir Walter Raleigh, John Milton, Sir Henry Vane, Isaac Walton, Dr. John Donne, Abraham Cowley, Charles Cotton, John Pym, and John Hales were Englishmen, scholars, statesmen, and authors.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • …was born four years after Shakspeare, and died twenty-three years after him; and I find, among his correspondents and acquaintances, the following persons:[609] Theodore Beza, Isaac Casaubon, Sir Philip Sidney, Earl of Essex, Lord Bacon, Sir Walter Raleigh, John Milton, Sir Henry Vane, Isaac Walton, Dr. Donne, Abraham Cowley, Berlarmine, Charles Cotton, John Pym, John Hales, Kepler, Vieta, Albericus Gentilis, Paul Sarpi, Arminius; with all of whom exists some token of his having…
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
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