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  • We emphasized the incongruity of not allowing children to smoke, drink, vote, drive without restrictions, give blood, buy guns, and a range of other behaviors because of their well-recognized lack of maturity and judgment while simultaneously treating some of the most at-risk, neglected, and impaired children exactly the same as full-grown adults in the criminal justice system.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • After a few seconds, I was able to bite through it, and I closed my eyes, trying to ignore the scent of clean male, the feel of his skin against mine, the incongruity of what I was doing.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • I am profoundly appalled now by its collegiate silliness, but I think it worth quoting in order to further emphasize the glaring and even, perhaps, terrifying incongruity.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The only incongruities on this striking corporal were his232 hands—huge, brutish, animal things that one man would liken to paws.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken

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  • Yet when he opened his eyes, the annoying incongruity was still there.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Nor, strictly investigated, is there any incongruity in this comparison.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Perhaps it was just the incongruity of seeing him aloft and stricken, since he was by nature someone who carried others.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • "And what reason is that?" asked Hester, half smiling at the absurd incongruity of the child’s observation; but on second thoughts turning pale.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Our preconceived notions of this scene are so powerful that our mind blocks out the incongruity and overrides our eyes.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • "Speak for yourself when you are inclined to utter such incongruities," interrupted Aramis.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers

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  • But the trouble was the blank incongruity of this serenity and the swift death flying yonder, not two miles away.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Not with pleasure, though I was bound to him by so many ties; no; with considerable disturbance, some mortification, and a keen sense of incongruity.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Neither he nor she had had any such adventure before and neither was conscious of any incongruity.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • I might give her something, for the incongruity of it.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • The Joke Proper, which turns on sudden perception of incongruity, is a much more promising field.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • But if the aim of the battle was what actually resulted and what all the Russians of that day desired—to drive the French out of Russia and destroy their army—it is quite clear that the battle of Tarutino, just because of its incongruities, was exactly what was wanted at that stage of the campaign.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "How do you do, Miss Taggart," she said in a lazily gracious voice, a drawing-room voice which seemed to strike, in that office, the same style of incongruity as her suit and her bow.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Strange incongruity in a State called free!
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • In his present occupation he was an incongruity.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Of the fourth possibility, we know that incongruities, comic or otherwise, fascinate the novelist.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • But Fitzgerald judges incongruity distracting and generalizes the epithets: "the godlike athlete, son of Peleus, Prince / Akhilleus waited by his racing ships."
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • This incongruity did not escape the guest.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • As a consequence there is little uniformity in the spelling of Sherpa words or names; Tengboche, for instance, is written variously as Tengpoche or Thyangboche, and similar incongruities crop up in spelling most other Sherpa words.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Henchard as a Justice of the Peace may at first seem to be an even greater incongruity than Shallow and Silence themselves.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • To Tess’s sense there was, just at first, a ghastly bizarrerie, a grim incongruity, in the march of these solemn words of Scripture out of such a mouth.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • It was in fact the very appropriate truth that she had ventured to criticize the propriety, to hint at the incongruity, of so close an alliance, and even to go so far on the subject as a frank overture to Miss Jessel.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • For there is no more incongruity therein, than that he that hath the generall command of the whole Army, should have withall a peculiar Regiment, or Company of his own.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Paul looked at his father’s thick, brownish hands all scarred, with broken nails, rubbing the fine smoothness of his sides, and the incongruity struck him.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • All his letters show is an enormous confusion of contradictions and incongruities and divergences and exceptions to any rule he formulated about the things he observed.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The necessity of order, a place for everything and everything in its place: the deficient appreciation of literature possessed by females: the incongruity of an apple incuneated in a tumbler and of an umbrella inclined in a closestool: the insecurity of hiding any secret document behind, beneath or between the pages of a book.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Now what a radical reversal of things this was; what a jumbling together of extravagant incongruities; what a fantastic conjunction of opposites and irreconcilables—the home of the bogus miracle become the home of a real one, the den of a mediaeval hermit turned into a telephone office!
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Finery laid off is as unappetizing as the remains of a feast, and it occurred to Lily that, at home, her maid’s vigilance had always spared her the sight of such incongruities.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • He had that incongruity of common and elegant in which the habitually vulgar think they see the revelation of an eccentric existence, of the perturbations of sentiment, the tyrannies of art, and always a certain contempt for social conventions, that seduces or exasperates them.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Some of the clockers, training their field glasses on Tom Smith’s face as he led the horse back to the barn, noticed a glaring incongruity.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • The incongruity between the men’s deeds and their environment was great.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • He had not only public opinion but his own disinclination for the big wedding to support it without incongruity or paradox, as Ellen had her aunt as well as her own desire for the big wedding to support it without incongruity or paradox.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Rachel continued to be happy, involved with life, only slightly confused by the incongruities which faced her each morning when she awoke.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • It was like weakness in a good woman, or blood on satin; one of those terrible incongruities that shake little things in the back of the brain.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • — But he had fancied her in love with him; that evidently must have been his dependence; and after raving a little about the seeming incongruity of gentle manners and a conceited head, Emma was obliged in common honesty to stop and admit that her own behaviour to him had been so complaisant and obliging, so full of courtesy and attention, as (supposing her real motive unperceived) might warrant a man of ordinary observation and delicacy, like Mr. Elton, in fancying himself a very…
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Madame Merle had alluded more than once to some undefined incongruity in her relations with Ralph Touchett; so Isabel took this occasion of asking her if they were not good friends.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • He observed with the eye of an accountant, with unassailable accuracy but no interest in the delicious, gossipy detail, or the incongruities or neuroses of the characters he so drily introduced.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • He had a great aversion to taking things too hard; he thought that half the discomfort and many of the disappointments of life come from it; and for an instant he asked himself whether, possibly, he did not appear ridiculous to this intelligent young man, whose private perception of incongruities he suspected of being keen.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • Not that this inward amazement of Dorothea’s was anything very exceptional: many souls in their young nudity are tumbled out among incongruities and left to "find their feet" among them, while their elders go about their business.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The transformation was ludicrous, but as men are seldom struck with incongruities in their own appearance, any more than in their own conduct, the Delaware studied this change in a common glass, by which Hutter was in the habit of shaving, with grave interest.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • She tried to persuade them to confine their tributes to flowers and sweets, which had at least the merit of mortality; but she was never successful, and the house was gradually filled with a collection of foot-warmers, cushions, clocks, screens, barometers and vases, a constant repetition and a boundless incongruity of useless but indestructible objects.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • The scene was just what Lucy expected, and her kind heart delighted in bringing Philip and Maggie together again; though, even with all her regard for Philip, she could not resist the impression that her cousin Tom had some excuse for feeling shocked at the physical incongruity between the two,—a prosaic person like cousin Tom, who didn’t like poetry and fairy tales.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • This unwonted abstraction by love of all dignity from a man of whom it had ever seemed the chief component, was, in its distressing incongruity, a pain to her which quenched much of the pleasure she derived from the proof that she was idolized.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Our modern authors of comedy have fallen almost universally into the error here hinted at; their heroes generally are notorious rogues, and their heroines abandoned jades, during the first four acts; but in the fifth, the former become very worthy gentlemen, and the latter women of virtue and discretion: nor is the writer often so kind as to give himself the least trouble to reconcile or account for this monstrous change and incongruity.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • She smiled at such incongruities.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Now, it is a mere anomaly and incongruity here, out of date and out of purpose.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
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