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  • —only then was my coffin to be disinterred, only then could my poems be removed from my cold dead hand, to finally be published to the approbation and delight of all.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • Imagine wandering out into the Yamacraw night, with the spirits and graveyards astir with disinterred fury, and the witches congregating in wicked clusters around the funeral sites of souls long dead and resurrected for a single night.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • One of the most poignant aspects of the account was that her body had for complicated and obscure reasons gone unidentified, had been buried in a pauper’s grave, and only after a matter of weeks had been disinterred and sent back for final burial in Virginia.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • (Partners In Health had found a donor to pay for a mental health project there: the disinterment and proper reburial of Mayan Indians who had been slaughtered by the Guatemalan army and dumped in mass graves.) One time, not long after he’d taken a fall in Cange and broken both an arm and his tailbone, he flew all the way around the world, bound for Asia on tb business.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains

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  • ) Disinter—disinterested—disjoin—dis(She backtracks, indignant.
    William Gibson  --  The Miracle Worker
  • The skull of old Major, now clean of flesh, had been disinterred from the orchard and set up on a stump at the foot of the flagstaff, beside the gun.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • When the flashlight’s beam finally disinterred me, there was a gasp of relief.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Is it not by chance that the unfortunate child was disinterred under the trees?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • You should have heard the disinterred body of Mr. Kurtz saying, ’My Intended.’
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Among the more curious of such remains is part of a skull, which in the year 1779 was disinterred in the Rue Dauphine in Paris, a short street opening almost directly upon the palace of the Tuileries; and bones disinterred in excavating the great docks of Antwerp, in Napoleon’s time.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • From these embers the inspector disinterred the butt-end of a green cheque-book, which had resisted the action of the fire; the other half of the stick was found behind the door; and as this clinched his suspicions, the officer declared himself delighted.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Old phrases, sweet only with a disinterred sweetness like the figseeds Cranly rooted out of his gleaming teeth.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • As he turned his back hastily on the curious and delighted faces, the Room of Requirement vanished, and he was standing inside a ruined stone shack, and the rotting floorboards were ripped apart at his feet, a disinterred golden box lay open and empty beside the hole, and Voldemort’s scream of fury vibrated inside his head.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Wild beasts had disinterred many of the bodies, and human bones were bleaching in the rains of summer.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Finding that the area of a single county did not afford a canvas large enough for this purpose, and that there were objections to an invented name, I disinterred the old one.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Like those disinterred dead from his childhood that had been relocated to accommodate a highway.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • When you begin to hear about a writer reemergent or a painter lovingly disinterred, it’s usually because women have shown extraordinary interest, even when the artist is a man.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • The cobbler told them how the body of the Butcher King had been disinterred and clad in copper armor, after the Green Grace of Astapor had a vision that he would deliver them from the Yunkai’i.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • In a second I had disinterred the box; then, that it might not be known I had done so, I filled up the hole, threw the spade over the wall, and rushed through the door, which I double-locked, carrying off the key.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • In less than one week from this time I will ascertain who this M. de Monte Cristo is, whence he comes, where he goes, and why he speaks in our presence of children that have been disinterred in a garden.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • "Well, no, madame,—this is the terrible news I have to tell you," said Villefort in a hollow voice—"no, nothing was found beneath the flowers; there was no child disinterred—no. You must not weep, no, you must not groan, you must tremble!"
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • This child lives, and some one knows it lives—some one is in possession of our secret; and since Monte Cristo speaks before us of a child disinterred, when that child could not be found, it is he who is in possession of our secret.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Poole disinterred the axe from under a stack of packing straw; the candle was set upon the nearest table to light them to the attack; and they drew near with bated breath to where that patient foot was still going up and down, up and down, in the quiet of the night.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • And I realized to my delight that, however unwittingly, I had already put together the first part of the frame to surround this tragic landscape: my dog-eared train ride, the passage I had cherished and reread with such daft absorption, would now represent the arrival in the town of our heroine’s body, disinterred from the potter’s field in New York and shipped in a baggage car for final burial in the city of her birth.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Among the more curious of such remains is part of a skull, which in the year 1779 was disinterred in the Rue Dauphine in Paris, a short street opening almost directly upon the palace of the Tuileries; and bones disinterred in excavating the great docks of Antwerp, in Napoleon’s time.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • …as with the effort of remembering a text:) MAN’S VOICE: This—soul(ANNIE puts the suitcase down, and kneels to the object: it is the battered Perkins report, and she stands with it in her hand, letting memory try to speak:) This—blind, deaf, mute—woman(ANNIE sits on her bed, opens the book, and finding the passage, brings it up an inch from her eyes to read, her face and lips following the overhead words, the voice quite factual now:) Can nothing be done to disinter this human soul?
    William Gibson  --  The Miracle Worker
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