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  • a picture of a serpent eating its tail
  • the serpent in the Garden of Eden
  • It’s quite right what it says in the poetry-book about sharper than a serpent it is to have a toothless child — but it means ungrateful when it says toothless.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • ...because being able to talk to snakes was what Salazar Slytherin was famous for. That’s why the symbol of Slytherin House is a serpent.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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  • Serpent, I say again!
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • Voldemort swept from the room without a backward glance, and the great serpent floated after him
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • And soon after that, I turn into the likeness of a great serpent, hungry, fierce, and deadly.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • All the serpents bite;
    Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV)  --  The Great Hymn to the Aten
  • But the only thing about him that could be fixed upon as remarkable was his staff, which bore the likeness of a great black snake, so curiously wrought that it might almost be seen to twist and wriggle itself like a living serpent.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • ...the whole ship was under an arch of serpent.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader

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  • Conviction to the serpent none belongs.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Every button of her ebony shirt gleams with the shimmer of a serpent’s eyes.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • I hold the box with its narrow mouth over the water, and immediately, a hundred shiny arched backs roll toward me, a mob of serpents, the tails cutting across the surface furiously, and then the mouths are below me, the fish roiling over each other to swallow the pellets and then, like trained pets, aiming their faces up toward me for more.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Glorious’s fire lay curled in Jace’s veins like a serpent, and the best he could hope for was to control it so that it didn’t destroy him.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Now please ask your serpent to back away, lest he crinkle the pages.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • ’Talk about the wolves and serpents and ancient killing machines.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • The rope seemed almost alive, the greatest of all water serpents heading at last for home.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • It was in the figure that we call a serpent, a star which shone green and which I knew.
    Scott O’Dell  --  Island of the Blue Dolphins
  • Christopher-John’s whistling increased to a raucous, nervous shrill, and grudgingly I let the matter drop and trudged along in moody silence, my brothers growing as pensively quiet as I. Before us the narrow, sun-splotched road wound like a lazy red serpent dividing the high forest bank of quiet, old trees on the left from the cotton field, forested by giant green-and purple stalks, on the right.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • He wondered whether the dead rev liked to play with slimy serpents.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • I returned to the serpent mythology on numerous occasions during the year, exhorting the students to look truth in the eye and to understand that the things we learn in our youth are not always literally correct.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The young man, sitting now on a mat with his girl, asked, "Do you know the symbolism of the serpent on the President’s stick?
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • On one of her mother’s fingers was a slender golden band in the entwined form of a cobra, the eye of the serpent made of a tiny ruby.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • A dozen serpents swam free—each one lime green with a frilled crown around its head.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • He was on a quest with Hercules to kill the monstrous Hydra, an enormous serpent with nine heads.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79
  • Each hedge was a different kind of serpent, some long, some short, some with their tongues out and some with their mouths open, showing green, fearsome teeth.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • "I’ve no stomach for sea serpents."
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Somehow I’d gone right through the Italian masterworks (crucified Christs and astonished saints, serpents and embattled angels) ending up in England, eighteenth century, a part of the museum I had seldom been in before and did not know at all.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • The small rug before the fire unraveled itself into a long, slender serpent with wicked teeth.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • As the serpent’s head drove down toward Clary, a shining blur slashed across it, almost blinding her.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • They walk like cats and spring with the swiftness of serpents.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • O serpent heart, hid with a flowering face!
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • What! wouldst thou have a serpent sting thee twice?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • A huge banner showing the Slytherin serpent covered the wall behind the High Table.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Methought a serpent eat my heart away, And you sat smiling at his cruel prey.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • The serpent relaxed immediately.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • Thinking thus, he slipped, with the suppleness of a serpent, to the lowest branches, the ends of which bent almost to the ground.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • If any wretch have put this in your head, Let heaven requite it with the serpent’s curse!
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • Fernand, pale and trembling, drew back, like a traveller at the sight of a serpent, and fell into a chair beside him.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • "A huge human foot d’or, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel."
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • CHRISTIAN (same play): Thus he strangled in my heart The…. serpents twain, of….
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • For each of the hobbits he chose a dagger, long, leaf-shaped, and keen, of marvellous workmanship, damasked with serpent-forms in red and gold.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Then they will become the new serpent.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • You seek for knowledge and wisdom, as I once did; and I ardently hope that the gratification of your wishes may not be a serpent to sting you, as mine has been.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • A huge sea serpent appeared from above us and spiraled down toward the roof.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • There were brief, very unpleasant flashes of deadly-looking insects and coiled serpents in her memories.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • "Yes-s," repeated the Director, lingering, a serpent, on the "s."
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Each water spout was a snarling gargoyle, and every window and door was framed by carvings of serpents, harts, ravens, and knotted vines.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Then he realized that it was a colossal skull, comprised of what looked like emerald stars, with a serpent protruding from its mouth like a tongue.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • In an instant his strange headgear began to move, and there reared itself from among his hair the squat diamond-shaped head and puffed neck of a loathsome serpent.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
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